Along with the spring bulbs, nesting birds and budding trees, one sure sign of spring that any keen gardener will spot is the advent of the season’s gardening shows and events. If you’re not too busy preparing your own garden here’re a few you can check out. You might get some inspiration and it’s always a treat to be amongst others who share your love of all things green.
The Great London Plant Fair
Held at the RHS Horticultural Halls on April 1st and 2nd. It’s free if you’re an RHS member, otherwise there’s a £5 entrance fee. A small price to pay for a chance to check out the spring wares from some of the most prestigious nurseries in the country. You can also view the Early Daffodil competition or attend some of the talks. This year these include the theme of ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate, something we’re all having to think about. The chances are you’ll go home with a head full of ideas and a car full of plants!
Later in April
Still at the RHS halls, on the 11th and 12th April you’ll find the Orchid and Botanical Arts show. Expect the opportunity to buy rare and new species, and to learn more about these exotic plants.
If orchids aren’t your thing, there’s a new RHS event on the 27th of April. At the London Alpine Garden Show, you’ll be able to ask question of expert alpine growers, see hands-on demonstrations covering aspects of alpine care and of course there will be plants to buy.
Is worth a visit just for the beauty of the gardens and it’s open year round. There’s also a program of events at Kew. This April you can choose between exhibitions such as Magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally, or Botanical Art in the 21st century. Tours of the gardens led by expert Kew guides are available twice daily, the basic introduction lasts about an hour and is included in the price of the admission ticket. Over Easter you or your children can also get involved in a plant hunt or a chocolate tour. There’s also a special spring tour which runs until the end of April.
Along with enjoying your own garden; looking at expertly designed gardens, chatting with professional gardeners, or just browsing plant stalls are all great gardening treasures. You can be sure that your Fantastic Gardeners will want to hear all about what you’ve seen and the ideas you’ve taken away with you from your day out. Oh, and don’t be too surprised if you bump into them at one or other of the events you attend!