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Gardening Shows in 2013

Which shows is everyone one planning on attending in 2013?

I have just been looking at some of them here Garden shows in 2013  and was wondering which ones people would recommend?

I did fancy Chelsea but not available in May. Any ideas

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  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I love the Malvern Spring Show and in Which recently it came up as one of the best. Not the huge show gardens but plenty of interest.

    Also like Harrogate shows. Sorry never been fortunate to visit London ones. 

    Quite like the idea of Tatton, but again never been fortunate to go.

  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    Thanks Rosa, malverns not to far away so I might try that one.

  • The malverns are  a lovely place to walk with views of the golden valley and Malvern is a lovely place to visit.I am off to Ford Abbey in spring and slim bridge which is not a garden show.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Live in Malvern - but rated the show even before we came here image

  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    Is Ford Abbey a garden show, I havent come across that one? Slim bridge is a bird centre isnt it?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,211

    Malvern show is good for buying plants and talking to the growers about how to care for them.   Lots of other stands too but not wonderful show gardens althouh they're nice enough.   Chelsea is good for show gardens big and small and talking to growers in the amazing floral marquee but, apart from a few seeds and lily bulbs you can only order plants for later delivery.   Tatton is similar to Malvern but bigger and, being later in the season, has a greater variety of plants on sale.   Haven't been to Hampton Court since it first started and found it really awful to get to and from cos of parking problems and distances which are not good if, like I was, you are driving a pushchair and carrying plants.

     

     

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I will be going to Hampton Court for the fourth year, it is a lovely show.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,992
    edited September 2019

    Ford Abbey is a beautiful building with a lovely garden and very high fountain open to the public. I went last June.

     

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    That is a great photo Lizzie image

  • We have been to both Tatton and Spring and Autumn shows at Malvern. Can recommend both. Malvern is a more manageable site, not too big, the Autumn show was more like a country show, with food stall and animals or it was when we went a few years ago, but enjoyable none the less. We haven't been to any shows in the last couple of years partly due to health reasons, OH has had both knees replaced, and the cost of entrance. We have also been to Forde Abbey, great garden centre, very affordable. It was when we visited just a garden to walk round. Beautifulimage

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     Forde Abbey June 2009

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