01 February 2018 By Lucy Wheeler
We so enjoy attending the smaller plant fairs and flower shows throughout the year. These fairs are usually host to some wonderful nurseries selling interesting plant varieties you wouldn't normally have access to at garden centres. Meeting the nursery owners face to face also gives you an opportunity to pick their brains and get some expert knowledge and advice.
We've also highlighted a few open houses and flower shows that truly celebrate the beauty of each season.
28 January - 12 March: Scottish Snowdrop Festival, Cambo Estate. The snowdrops are truly magical and a welcome sight in the bleak midwinter season.
Sundays in February: Scottish Snowdrop Festival and flowering rhododendrons and camellias, Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland.
10 March: Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show at RHS Wisley. The orchid is a household favourite for many, and easy to keep alive when you know how. See some wonderful varieties and pick up a few for yourself too.
7 - 8 April: Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair, East Sussex. Seasonal plants will be available from specialist nurseries in this beautiful setting.
29 April: Garden Fair at Arundel Castle. Set amongst stunning grounds, this is surely set to be a lovely day out and a chance to see their beautiful tulip displays.
20 May: Winterbourne House and Garden Plant Fair, Birmingham. The surroundings don't get much more beautiful than these lovely gardens with a wisteria framed terrace. A great opportunity to pick up something a little different for your own garden.
17 - 18 June: Unusual Plants Fair, Gilbert White's House, Selborne. This iconic fair is a great opportunity to find something to stand out in your garden. There are workshops and tours of the garden throughout the weekend too.
16 - 17 September: Fairlight Hall Plants Fair. A good range of nurseries will be selling plants and bulbs for winter planting with tours and talks on offer too.
29 - 30 September: Malvern Autumn Show. We will be exhibiting at this seasonal autumnal show full of specialist nurseries and garden exhibitors.