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Flower Shows To Visit in 2021 – 2022

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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. 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 – 2022

2021

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

Belgravia in Bloom

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Returning for it’s sixth year and coinciding with Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia in Bloom will transform the prestigious London neighbourhood into a garden paradise. Visitors are invited to discover flower installations, unique displays and experiences created by Belgravia’s renowned luxury florists for this year’s theme – ‘Floral Fairground’. Think a spiralling Helter Skelter tower in Eccleston Yards, an eye-catching floral carousel complete with fairground horses in Halkin Arcade, and a Punch and Judy made from flowers. For the first time ever, there’s even a immersive augmented reality experience to get stuck in to. 20-26 September 2021, belgravialdn.com

Chelsea in Bloom

Chelsea in Bloom 2019

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show isn’t the only thing going on in the west London neighbourhood this September. Running alongside it is Chelsea in Bloom, a free festival produced by Cadogan in association with the RHS, which sees the squares and streets of Chelsea transformed with eye-catching flower displays. Over 70 shops, restaurants and hotels will be taking part, competing for a win in the awards, which are judged by an expert panel. The theme for 2021 is Extraordinary Voyages, designed to capture the last moments of summer and bring joy and colour to the neighbourhood. Each display is inspired by the famous Around the World in 80 Days story, allowing visitors to experience escapism in the capital after a difficult year. You can hop in a rickshaw from Sloane Square to explore the show free of charge – here are the highlights. 20 – 25 September 2021, chelseainbloom.co.uk

2022

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 show gardens, browse the Outdoor Plant Village and get inspired on a stroll down Floral Street – plus horticultural experts will be on hand to answer all your burning gardening questions. 24 – 26 June 2022, blenheimflowershow.co.uk

Chorley Flower Show

Chorley Flower Show

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A relatively new addition to the floristry events calendar, Chorley Flower Show will return to Astley Hall for its seventh edition in 2022. The centrepiece for 2021 was the Mayflower 400 garden, featuring indigenous British and American plants including an oak tree and a maple tree. A gardening theatre, meanwhile, hosts demonstrations from top gardeners – this year that included 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. Dates TBC, 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 offers plenty of inspiration for both budding and experienced horticulturalists, with a new allotment area offering advice and tips on all things grow your own. Dates TBC, rhs.org.uk

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

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‘Summer of Love’ was the theme for the 2021 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which returned to Cheshire’s picturesque 1,000 acre deer park this summer. Highlights included the RHS Flower Power Garden, designed by former RHS Young Designer finalist Anca Panait, which shone a light on the emotional and healing properties of plants. A popular feature of this show is the Flower School, which offers floral demonstrations from top gardeners like Jonathan Moseley alongside eye-catching displays. Dates TBC, rhs.org.uk

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