Events, Gardening Year, George

A new year means another twelve months packed with events to entertain every type of gardener. From flower shows and expert demonstrations to art exhibitions and plants to buy, there’s plenty to do in 2017. Now’s the time to book your tickets, grab the early bird discounts and fill out your calendar.

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2017 Gardening Events

January

28 – 30 Big Garden Birdwatch – be part of the world’s largest wildlife survey by seeing what you can spot in your garden this weekend.

February

4 – 5 Mar Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival – this year’s theme is the vibrant plants and culture of India.
14 – 15 RHS Early Spring Plant Fair – get cracking on the gardening season with expert advice and plants to buy from award-winning nurseries.
24 – 25 RHS Botanical Art Show – Lindey Hall hosts a collection of world class botanical art that is not to be missed.

March

29 – 30 RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show – be dazzled by displays of exotic orchids and spring flowers in full bloom.

April

7 – 9 RHS Cardiff Flower Show – Wales welcomes a spectacular array of show gardens and plants to browse.
20 – 23 Harrogate Spring Flower Show – the perfect gardener’s day out with 100 nurseries, show gardens and community plots to admire.

May

11 – 14 RHS Malvern Spring Festival – visit the Malvern Hills for a great day full of crafts, food, plants and fun.
23 – 27 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the gold standard of flower shows returns with garden designs to get the world talking.

June

2 – 4 Gardening Scotland – the epic national gardening show returns for three days packed full of inspirational plants and products for your garden.
7 – 11 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – a new show that promises to showcase innovative garden designs.
15 – 18 Gardeners’ World Live – be part of everyone’s favourite show for talks with top experts, flower shopping and designer show gardens.
23 – 25 RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show – bright, colourful plants pack out this magnificent summer gardening festival.
24 – 25 Woburn Abbey Garden Show – visit the stunning abbey gardens for guided tours, tea, demonstrations and expert advice.

July

4 – 9 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – enjoy unforgettable floral displays in this magical setting.
12 – 13 RHS Summer Urban Garden Show – get inspired to start growing at home, no matter how much or little space you have.
19 – 23 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – at the height of summer take a trip round gardens created by some of the country’s top designers.

August

3 – 6 RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show – spend a summer day taking in plant stalls, photography, art and shopping.
12 – 13 The Great Comp Summer Show – jazz music, Pimms, plants and a splash of local craftspeople – what more do you want this summer?
17 – 20 Southport Flower Show – come down for a day of entertainment, demos, a food festival and garden roadshow.
18 – 20 RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show – visit Rosemoor’s first ever flower show to see the best gardening of the South West.

September

5 – 10 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show – a floral extravaganza packed with plant nurseries for you to browse.
15 – 17 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show – return to Harrogate to get stuck into the autumn gardening season.
23 – 24 Malvern Autumn Show – celebrate the countryside with this spectacular show where you can buy seasonal food and plants.

October

3 – 4 RHS Harvest Festival Show – marvel at giant vegetables and buy some autumn produce to take home with you.
25 – 26 RHS Autumn Garden Show – enjoy the rich colours of the autumn season with these beautiful plants on show.

November

29 Wollerton Old Hall Garden Christmas Lecture – garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw returns for another inspiring talk.

December

7 Chelsea Physic Garden Tour – take a look behind the scenes of this botanical garden led by head gardener Nick Bailey.

So there we have a great selection of gardening events coming up in 2017. We hope you enjoy them and be sure to let us know if you have any more suggestions!

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

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Christmas, Events, Jorge

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As Christmas and gardens go together so well, Christmas is a great opportunity to drag your love ones out to your favourite places! Here are Primrose’s picks for the top garden events  in the United Kingdom this Christmas.

10-11 Return of the Reindeer – The Victorian Villa Holmwood House sees the return of Santa and his reindeer, and little ones may get to meet the man himself providing they’ve been good!

10-11, 17-18 A Christmas Carowl – The National Botanic Garden of Wales teams up with Pembrokeshire Falconry for a special festive production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol with a European Eagle Owl playing Scrooge.

12-13 Christmas at the Rowallane Garden – Not only are the charming gardens at Rowallane getting spruced up for the Christmas period, but there will be a two-day Yuletide market from the 12th and 13th, accompanied by wreath making and another appearance of Santa Claus. Also on the 12th, lucky young’uns will get to design their own gingerbread men. 

16-23 Brodsworth Hall at Christmas – Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is transformed with colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of seasonal food as Christmas approaches. Children even have the chance to meet Santa, who takes a break from his busy Christmas schedule.

17-18 RHS London Christmas Show – Hosted In London, the RHS’ inaugural Christmas show will feature a number of seasonal plants, making it perfect for those finishing their Christmas shopping! The event comes complete with winter themed stilt walkers, face painting and reindeer for the kids.

Till the 31st (Excluding the 25th) Christmas at the Alnwick Garden – With its traditional Christmas market, skating ring and of course Father Christmas, Alnwick Gardens is a great place for all the family. Special mention goes to the 18th with the Garden’s annual Grand Lantern parade.

Till the 31st A Very Victorian Christmas – The Victorian residents of Tyntesfield House are setting the whole estate aglow with Christmas lights and there will be Christmas themed events for everyone to enjoy including caroling at the chapel, wreath making and a carriage ride to see Father Christmas.

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Open most days till the 2nd of Jan Christmas at Kew – Kew is spectacularly illuminated with its Winter trail now entering its fourth year. For the younger ones, there are rides and Santa’s North Pole village. Also available are the usual seasonal culinary delights.

Till the 2nd of Jan (Excluding 24, 25) The Magical Lantern Festival – Described as spectacular fusion of art heritage and culture, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is embellished with giant lanterns brought over from China. The event also includes a huge Christmas fairy themed area stretching across landscape.

Jorge at PrimroseJorge works in the Primrose marketing team. He is an avid reader, although struggles to stick to one topic!

His ideal afternoon would involve a long walk, before settling down for scones.

Jorge is a journeyman gardener with experience in growing crops.

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Top Bank Holiday Gardening Products

With the bank holiday weekend just around the corner, and the sun set to shine down on us, we’ve highlighted a handful of products perfect for your garden this August.

Rattan Weave Set of 4 Armchairs and 4 Stools in Black by Arboro™
Relax in style with a rattan chair/ stool set, perfect for putting your feet up in the warm summers evening. Coming as a four-set, there is plenty of room for everyone to put their feet up too.

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Firefly­™ Black Lampshade Heater with Beech Wood Effect Stand
So you’re relaxing in your garden, but the sun is starting to set and you start to feel a bit cool. A perfect solution is a patio heater. Not only are they stylish and cheap to operate, but they will keep you and your guests warm long into the night.

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Banquet™ Jamaica Masonry Charcoal BBQ
There is nothing better than serving up sausages on a BBQ for your friends, family or even yourself. What better feature for your garden than a masonry charcoal BBQ, ready to deliver you a delightful, authentic taste.

Wheel Metal Garden Clock by About Time
A brand new addition to Primrose’ clock range, this stunning clock will be the perfect focal point for your guests who need to tell the time. It’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re having so much fun.

Kookaburra™ Shade Sail Frame
Need a break from the sun? Perhaps you have had enough of putting a hat on. A shade sail frame, along with a shade sail can be set up almost anywhere, and fit a range of shade sail shapes and sizes to create an idyllic shady area.

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Tortola Nautical Outdoor Garden Hammock
For when you want to just laze and imagine you’re basking in the tropics of Hawaii, hoist up a hammock and shut your eyes, imagining the ocean is behind you. Read a book, listen to some music or just watch the clouds pass.

Outdoor Rug Aqua
Spread out for breakfast, lunch or dinner with this gorgeous all-purpose rug. Great for relaxing upon, or setting up picnic with the family, you don’t have to worry about an outdoor rug getting ruined.

Bruce the Bull Recycled Steel Cooler
What better way to keep your drinks cool than with a recycled steel drinks cooler. Bruce the Bull is a best seller, and it’s easy to see why. Ample space for beers, wine or soft drinks, and a stylish design.

No matter what you get up to this bank holiday weekend, we’d love to know so send us in your photos in the following ways;

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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Primrose Exclusive: Brand New Rose Pattern Shade Sail Launch

Good news everybody, the sun is set to make a glorious appearance again this week. So what better way to create some garden shade than with a shade sail!

With over 300 shade sails in our extensive range, you’d be forgiven for thinking we had exhausted the options available to shelter you from the sun. However, we’ve recently launched a brand new rose-patterned shade sail, which will be a delight to any garden, and fit in any colour scheme you might have.

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Available in 3m triangle, this shade sail will protect you from the sun all day long. Should the British weather change (which is always a strong possibility), then this particular shade sail has the added benefit of being waterproof.

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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