To see my 2019 Snowdrop Calendar, please click here.  Welcome to my 2018 Snowdrop Gardens, Talks, Events, and Open Days Calendar!  Here are the dates, and all the details of some of the most beautiful and magnificent snowdrop gardens across the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and Germany, which are all opening especially to allow visitors the joy of seeing their collections of snowdrops.  

You may have heard the news, that the proposed plans for improving the A3/M25 interchange in Surrey will result in the compulsory takeover of 10,000sq meters of the RHS Wisley Gardens.  If this proposal is successful, it will result in the destruction of over 500 important specimen trees, and will remove the treeline, which provides shelter between the busy A3 and the RHS Wisley Trials Field; this area of Wisley Gardens is already greatly affected by noise from the volume of traffic passing by as it is.

The Heritage Open Days are four very special days of the year, where you can experience local history, culture, and architecture, and visit special places which are normally closed to the public, as well as enjoying free entry to places that charge an admission fee.

The 2017 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 7th September 2017 to  Sunday 10th September 2017.  

Specialist Plant Nurseries

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show features an array of award winning specialist nurseries, this is a fabulous place to buy plants!  Whether you’re looking for South African plants, hardy plants, drought tolerant plants, indoor plants, air plants, orchids, ferns, ivy, clematis, herbaceous perennials,  bulbous plants, or succulents, you’re sure to find your favourite at this special show!

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is the world’s largest annual flower show!  This family orientated Show covers 34 acres of ground, occupying both sides of the Long Water, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

This year Garden Designer Juliet Sargeant has designed the RHS Kitchen Garden, which has been created to showcase a number of innovative methods used to grow edible plants.  

Butterflies are again a special feature of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  I love butterflies, so for me the Butterfly Dome is one of my favourite features of this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, can enjoy a butterfly meadow, the puparium, and of course the Butterfly Dome.

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.

Disabled Access Day began in 2015.  The idea behind this event was to create a special day to celebrate the attractions, gardens, and other days and evenings out, that offer great accessibility for disabled visitors.

The attractions participating in Disabled Access Day 2017, could feature carefully and considerately thought out and planned, level access for disabled visitors, over smooth, wide paths, that are easy to access for visitors, whether they are using a wheelchair or walking on foot, making the garden or attraction a pleasure to visit for disabled visitors who find walking difficult.  

If you’re looking for a special day out for Mother’s Day 2017, I hope this list of garden events will help you.

Gardens to visit on Mother’s Day 2017

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS, are offering free entry for all Mothers visiting Cliveden with their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 26th March 2017, for all the details, please click here.

From Saturday the 4th February 2017, until Sunday the 5th March 2017, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are hosting their Orchid Extravaganza!  This year, Kew’s Orchid Extravaganza has been designed to showcase India’s vibrant plants and culture.  Visitors will be treated to an array of inspiration, provided by sights, sounds, and scents which will entertain and delight from the moment you enter the Princess of Wales Conservatory during this very special event.

From Saturday the 4th February 2017, until Sunday the 5th March 2017, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are hosting their Orchid Extravaganza!  This year Kew’s Orchid Extravaganza has been designed to showcase India’s vibrant plants and culture.  Visitors will be treated to an array of inspiration provided by sights, sounds, and scent, from the moment they enter the Princess of Wales Conservatory during this very special event.

Daffodils are such cheerful flowers, heralding the start of springtime, they are a real joy to behold.  There are many different varieties of daffodils available; you can find daffodils flowering from early January until late May and beyond – so there’s plenty of time to enjoy their beauty.

Here’s some information on where you can find some beautiful daffodil gardens to visit, as well as some lovely, fun, and interesting daffodil events to attend in 2017:

Places To See Daffodils In Surrey, Hampshire And West Sussex: Surrey Daffodils

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD.  

To head straight to my 2018 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales and Swaps, 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.

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.  

To visit my 2019 Snowdrop Events Calendar, please click here.

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.

With the shorter daylight hours that winter brings, every moment outdoors feels like a gift. Spending your time outside in beautiful surroundings, with friends or family, can make the moment even more precious.

If you’re looking to find some winter inspiration, there’s nowhere better to visit than the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.  Kew offers so much to its visitors at every time of year.  

Gifts for Gardeners

I feel such an uplifting, happy sensation when I find the perfect gift.  I have been busy testing out products, searching for special gifts for gardeners.  Here are my recommendations:

Horticultural Society Membership

Membership of a horticultural society would make a super present.  There are many local gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey, where you can learn about gardening and make new friends.  

From Wednesday the 19th October 2016, through until Sunday 23rd October 2016, visitors to RHS Garden Wisley can celebrate the season at the Taste of Autumn 2016 Festival.

There’s so much to see and do at Taste of Autumn 2016, you could take a tour of the orchard, fruit garden, and vegetable garden, or learn more about growing vegetables with members of the National Vegetable Society, where you can also enter a fun competition to guess the weight of the pumpkin, and see other wonderful autumnal vegetables.