Happy new year! Happy new plants – what a great idea! Here are the details of many local plant sales, fetes, festivals, sales, swaps, and other super opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap plants or seeds 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 for you below, in this my 2018 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps.
Earlier this year, I decided to create an Orchidarium with an automated misting unit, LED lights, and fans, to house some of my miniature orchids and provide them with automatic care. Here is an update as to how the automated features that I installed have performed and how the plants have grown and developed. If you’re interested, you can read my step by step guide as to how my Orchidarium was created here.
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.
Every year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you’ll find a wealth of plant knowledge and expertise inside the Great Pavilion, where specialist nurseries, expert growers, and plants people, come together from all over the world, to showcase some of the special plants they grow and love.
Here’s a look at some of the nurseries and exhibits that were inside The Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016…….
This is Sarracenia x mitchelliana x Sarracenia x swaniana. A Venus Fly Trap, also known by its botanical name of Dionaea muscipula.
There’s something quite thrilling about carnivorous plants.
Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from The Royal Horticultural Society’s 2015 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show……….This is the Gold Medal winning display of Pelargoniums from Fibrex Nurseries Ltd at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Established by Hazel and Dick Key some 46 years ago, Fibrex Nurseries are a family run nursery, they hold National Collections of Hedera and Pelargonium.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015
The Great Pavilion at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show extends to an area equal in size to three football pitches; during Chelsea week it’s filled with a glorious array of interesting, new, rare and beautiful plants and stunning floral exhibits created by top plant breeders, growers and nurseries. Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show:W & S Lockyer – Auriculas Louise Batchelor and Simon Lockyer from W & S Lockyer Auricula Specialists with their Gold Medal exhibit at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.