Four Top Garden Events For Your Bucket List

April 25, 2016 by

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chelsea-flower-show-urbangardenswebSean Murray’a garden, winner of the Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.

To immerse yourself in the gardening world and soak up inspiration, there’s nothing quite like attending an acclaimed garden show where you can take in hundreds of different designs, learn about new products, and hear the best in the business discuss their ideas.

From the United Kingdom and Europe, through to Singapore and beyond, there are plenty of well-regarded festivals and shows around the world worth adding to your bucket list. Here’s the lowdown on some of the best that just might be worth the trip:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Probably the most well-known, and definitely the most prestigious gardening event in the world, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913. The show is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), a charitable organization that encourages and supports gardening. The Chelsea Flower Show is held annually in the last week of May, and runs for five days. The event attracts leading garden designers from around the world who come to display cutting-edge designs, new plants, and a wide variety of ideas which attendees can take home with them to try in their own gardens. The main attraction at the show is the Great Pavilion, a massive undercover space that covers close to three acres, enough room to park 500 London busesWithin the Pavilion visitors can check out amazing displays and a huge variety of flowers.

Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a fledgling green thumb, it’s always useful to see the latest outdoor design trends and learn things like the best options for affordable natural lawn care Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show throng to see designers from across the globe set up their gardens as they compete for medals–in particular, Best in Show, the most coveted award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Singapore Garden Festival

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If you ever plan a trip to Singapore, try to make it in July so you can attend the popular Singapore Garden Festival. Running for nine days, the festival gets bigger every year. It’s doubling in size for the 2016 event, when it will spread across 9.7 hectares, a size roughly equivalent to ten football fields. Attend this show and you will get to see a host of tropical horticulture, garden designs, and breathtaking floral artistry. The festival is held at the award-winning Gardens by the Bay, a huge nature park on reclaimed land with three waterfront gardens in the central part of the city. The event is perfect for everyone from families and hobbyists, to the most serious gardeners and designers looking for new ideas and inspiration. There’s even a Balcony Gardens display for people who want to learn how to transform their small outdoor spaces into a peaceful urban garden retreat.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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Another English event not to miss, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is today the largest annual gardening show in the world (the honor was previously held by the Chelsea show.) Also organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Hampton Court Palace festival first started in the early 1990s and is now held annually in early July along both sides of the Long Water at the famous palace in Surrey. If you attend the event you can enjoy browsing plant pavilions, the Rose Marquee, the Show Gardens, and the Floral Marquee while also checking out a variety of demonstrations, talks, and exhibits. Children and adults alike will be on awe at the sight of thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America held within the specially designed Butterfly Dome. The Hampton Court Show also offers lots of plants available for purchase.

Floriade World Horticultural Expo

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Held only once every ten years in a different location each time, the Floriade World Horticultural Expo in Holland attracts millions of visitors. Since 1960, the huge gardening event has been in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Venlo, and Zoetermeer, and will next be in Almere in 2022. The Floriade Expo runs for six months, typically featuring millions of flowers and plants on display across more than 40 hectares (almost 100 acres.) The horticultural industry in Holland presents all the latest developments and trends in the world of gardening with displays covering topics such as sustainability, water, architecture, gardens, flowers and more. Visit this impressive event and you’ll also get treated to things like theatre and music performances, art installations and exhibits, and culinary workshops.

3 Comments »

  1. Catherine Wachs said:

    So many gardens…so little time… I will be digging up my little corner of the world.

    — April 26, 2016 @ 20:30

  2. J.Gil Organic said:

    Wow! I love those pictures! I can’t believe Spring is already here!

    — May 2, 2016 @ 18:06

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