Happy new year! Happy new plants! Here are the dates and details of many local plant sales, plant 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 2019 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps.
I always look forward to seeing Jonathan Hogarth and his beautiful displays of miniature Hostas at the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, so it was especially nice to have a chance to have a proper catch up with Jonathan this week; Jonathan has given me special permission to share his very best, tried and tested, Hosta growing tips with you!
The highlight of the horticultural calendar, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show! Over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working solidly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into an oasis of gardening ideas and inspiration!
I love to visit the Grand Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! This vast arena, which extends to almost three acres in size, is filled with super exhibits created by around one hundred specialist nurseries during the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s such a joy to visit! If you’re looking for some new plants, and you don’t have a particular variety or species in mind, visiting specialist nurseries, or enjoying a day out at a specialist plant fair, or a flower show, such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show or the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, can help to connect you with your new favourite plant or plants!
At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show every single show garden, in every category has the opportunity to win a Gold Medal. There are no limitations on the number of Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, or Bronze medals that the judges can award, nor is there a requirement for any medal to be awarded – if none of the gardens are of Gold Medal standard, then no Gold Medals will be presented.
It may surprise you to know that in the garden, as well as on the catwalk, fashions change and evolve, often quicker than we expect. A plant that’s regarded as a ‘must have’ plant one minute, can soon be taken for granted and neglected, before being cast aside to make way for the latest modern plant introductions, when the superseded ‘must have’ plant is then at risk of being forgotten, often within a shorter time period than you might anticipate.
Jonathan Hogarth of Hogarth Hostas holds a National Collection of Small and Miniature Hostas. In 2016 Jonathan exhibited his Hosta collection at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where the RHS judges presented him with a Silver-Gilt Medal, and at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where Jonathan was presented with a Gold Medal and the Best Plant Heritage Exhibit by the RHS judges.
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.
City Living was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens. The RHS judges presented this Fresh Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!
Garden designer Kate Gould is passionate about greening up derelict, uncared for and unloved inner city spaces. Kate is so passionate about Greening Grey Britain, that she has self funded the entire build for this Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, to inform others as to how they can improve their city living.
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.
PB: Hello Jonathan, your stand looks absolutely lovely, congratulations! I wondered if you have any tips that I could share with my readers for growing miniature Hostas?
HH: …You see, the more heat you put into a plant, it’ll look rubbish this year, but next year it’ll be twice the size.
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…….
The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital was designed by Chris Beardshaw. This garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. I caught up with Chris Beardshaw, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about this special garden.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show. Award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working for the past three weeks to turn The Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into a sea of gardening ideas and innovation.
The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society Judges at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was designed by Adam Frost
The Garden was built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces
The Garden was sponsored by Homebase
I caught up with designer Adam Frost at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about the Gold Medal winning garden, The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat, Adam designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from The Royal Horticultural Society’s 2015 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show……….Fibrex Nurseries Harts Nursery Harperley Farm Hall Nurseries Derbyshire Bonsai Trewidden Nursery David Austin Roses Hampshire Carnivorous Plants The National Dahlia Collection Victorian Violas Roualeyn Fuchsias W. S. Warmenhoven Every Picture Tells A Story Hoyland Plant Centre Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants Brookfield Plants Blackmore & Langdon Southfield Nurseries Avon Bulbs Eagle Sweet Peas Vacherot & Lecoufle
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If you have an abundance of slugs and snails in your garden and your favourite delphiniums are disappearing overnight, next time you’re visiting your favourite nursery or garden centre, stock up on plants that are less appealing to slugs and snails.
Hostas are often thought of as the number one dining choice for slugs and snails, but this isn’t the case for every Hosta.
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
Bill, Joan, and Simon Lockyer are specialist growers and breeders of Florist Auriculas.
Gold Medal winning Show Gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2015
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious event in the horticultural calendar. At this show you’ll find inspiring gardens created by award winning designers, showcasing the hottest horticultural trends and movements, using exciting new plants alongside old favourites .
This is the flower show to come to for gardening inspiration!