I am an advocate for buying British grown plants, which have been raised and grown in our great British weather! I enjoy purchasing plants from independent, specialist nurseries, where I appreciate finding exquisite plants, which are perfectly adapted to our climate.
Daisy Roots Nursery has been created and nurtured over the past fifteen years, by Hertfordshire Nurserywoman, Annie Godfrey. I was thrilled to meet up with Annie Godfrey at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where I congratulated Annie on her Gold Medal, which was presented to her by the RHS judges, for a magnificent display of drought tolerant perennials and grasses, which were all grown by Annie Godfrey, at Daisy Roots Nursery in Hertfordshire.
Heralded as the world’s most prestigious horticultural event, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2017, opens to the public from Tuesday 23rd May 2017 until Saturday 27th May 2017. Visitors will be treated to exhibits showcasing the latest new plant introductions, alongside beautiful gardens, which demonstrate the latest ideas in garden and landscape design, many of which feature new, rare, unusual, and interesting plants, grouped together with much loved old favourites.
If you’re planning a special family day out to celebrate Father’s Day 2017, I hope this list of garden events and activities will help you to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.
Gardens and Parks to visit on Father’s Day 2017
The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP, are offering free entry to all Fathers who are accompanied by a full price, paying child, on Father’s Day, Sunday 18th June 2017, for all the details, please click here.
There are many local plant sales, fetes, and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free! Great quality, rare, hard to find, special, and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs and other events that I have listed below.
In this 2017 calendar of specialist plant fairs, sales, swaps, and other lovely events where you can buy plants, I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens, much smaller plant sales organised by local groups, and plant societies, and everything in between!
Snowdrops are often offered for sale ‘in the green’, where the snowdrops are still flowering, or the flowers are just going over, but the leaves are still fresh and green.
It’s really important to buy quality snowdrops from reputable suppliers, firstly to ensure that you receive the snowdrop variety that you’ve purchased, and secondly to ensure that you aren’t buying bulbs that have been taken from the wild.
I love snowdrops! Here are the details of some of the beautiful gardens where you can see collections of snowdrops, there are details of snowdrop study days, open days, talks, lectures, and other lovely snowdrop events for 2017. It might seem as if I am posting this a little early, but for some snowdrop events places are limited and prior booking is required – I don’t want any of my readers to miss out.
The RHS Wisley Flower Show was opened by actress Dame Penelope Keith, on Tuesday 6th September 2016. This lovely flower show runs until Sunday 11th September 2016, so you still have time to plan your visit.
There’s free entry to the RHS Wisley Flower Show for RHS Members, who can also bring a family member to the show without charge. If you’re not a member of the RHS, this is a great time to join.
Millais Nurseries’ Gold Medal winning exhibit, inside the Great Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
On the 23rd May 1916, the Rhododendron Society held their first AGM at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Since their first AGM, a hundred years have passed, during which time the Rhododendron Society has evolved, and its horticultural interests widened. It is now known as the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group (RCMG).
Jonathan Hogarth, of Hogarth Hostas, tending to his display of small and miniature Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
I so enjoyed catching up with Jonathan Hogarth, from Hogarth Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, where the RHS judges awarded the Hogarth Hostas exhibit a Silver-Gilt Medal.
Jonathan Hogarth, of Hogarth Hostas, pictured with his display of small and miniature Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is the world’s largest annual flower show! The Show covers 34 acres of ground, occupying both sides of the Long Water, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The Floral Marquee is 6,750 square metres in size – big enough to house an FA football pitch! Here you’ll find an array of award-winning specialist nurseries, selling a diverse range of interesting and exciting plants.