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2018 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

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.

Jonathan Hogarth and his Hostas at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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.

Specialist Nurseries at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

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!

If you missed the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, here is a taster of some of the award-winning specialist nurseries that were at this year’s Show:

A & J Plants A & J Plants pictured in the Plant Village, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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.

2017 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

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.

Buying Snowdrops in the Green

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.  

Special Snowdrop Gardens, Talks, Events, and Open Days for 2017

To visit my 2018 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.

RHS Wisley Flower Show 2016

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 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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).  

Hogarth Hostas at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows 2016

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.