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Flower Shows To Visit in 2021

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Floristry and gardening festivals for green-fingered enthusiasts

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Following a year of cancellations, Britain’s flower shows are back. It’s likely this year’s events will welcome a whole host of new faces too, with the pandemic triggering an increased interest in all things green. Gardening was listed as the second most popular lockdown activity, according to a survey by GlobalData market research – and it seems the trend is here to stay, with seed sellers recently reporting a blossoming demand for orders. Flower shows offer aesthetic inspiration and expert advice on everything from garden design to biodiversity, often with live music and great food thrown in for good measure. Read on for the best of the bunch.

Flower Shows To Visit in 2021

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a beautiful sight year-round, but even more so when hosting its annual flower show. Explore three new Show Gardens, browse the Outdoor Plant Village and get inspired on a stroll down Floral Street. This year will also feature live demonstrations form the Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association, plus horticultural experts will be on hand to answer all your burning gardening questions. Due to social distancing requirements, there are a limited number of visitors and tickets must be bought in advance. 25 – 27 June 2021, blenheimflowershow.co.uk

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth views the Peter Beales Roses exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 in London Monday, May 21, 2018..RHS / Luke MacGregor

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous and prestigious event of its kind. It has taken place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every year since 1913 – apart from gaps during the two World Wars, and last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, it’s returning for an in-person event – though it has been moved from May to September, and things will look and feel a little different. Firstly, for the first time in history, the show will run for an extra day due to a reduction in the amount of visitors the show can accommodate at any one time. The change of season, meanwhile, will present new challenges for the garden designers. Set to be a highlight is the NHS tribute garden, designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. 21 – 26 September 2021, rhs.org.uk

Chorley Flower Show

Chorley Flower Show

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A relatively new addition to the floristry events calendar, Chorley Flower Show is returning to Astley Hall for its sixth year. The centrepiece for 2021 will be the Mayflower 400 garden, featuring indigenous British and American plants including an oak tree and a maple tree. A gardening theatre, meanwhile, will host demonstrations from top gardeners including Jonathan Moseley and Martin Fish. Visitors can also enjoy food and drink from a range of traders, as well as live music and walkabout acts. 31 July – 1 August 2021, chorleyflowershow.com

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

RHS employee rows pots of flowers accross the Long Water at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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The world’s largest annual flower show takes place against the backdrop of one of London’s most historic royal palaces, Hampton Court. Also run by the RHS, the festival will offer plenty of inspiration for both budding and experienced horticulturalists, with a new allotment area offering advice and tips on all things grow your own. Expect appearances from award-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith and former RHS Young Designer Will Williams, plus talks from the likes of Mary Berry and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. 6 – 11 July 2021, rhs.org.uk

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

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‘Summer of Love’ is the theme for the 2021 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which returns to Cheshire’s picturesque 1,000 acre deer park this summer. Highlights include the RHS Flower Power Garden, designed by former RHS Young Designer finalist Anca Panait, which will shine a light on the emotional and healing properties of plants. A feature garden by Manchester-based designer Michael McGarr, meanwhile, will invite viewers to consider the biodiversity of their own green spaces. The ever-popular Flower School will also return with floral demonstrations from Jonathan Moseley, plus a display from Fleurs de Villes, who make their northern debut with an array of floral couture installations. 21 – 25 July 2021, rhs.org.uk

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