KEY UK GARDENING EVENTS OF 2018
January & February
January 28th to March 12th - Scottish Snowdrop Festival, multiple gardens open in Scotland (visitscotland.com or rhs.org.uk).
February 12th to 14th - RHS Early Spring Plant Fair, Lawrence and Lindley Halls (rhs.org.uk)
March 15th to 2nd April - Falmouth Spring Flower Show, Cornwall, TR11 3EF. A local institution; rare and exotic flora (01326 313553 - falmouth.co.uk).
March 17th - Plant Hunter’s Fair, 10am-4pm, National Memorial Arboretum. The plant hunter’s year begins (01270 811443 - planthuntersfairs.co.uk).
March 19th - Rare Plant Fair, 10am-4pm, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset. First Rare Plant Fair of the year (0845 468 1368 - rareplantfair.co.uk).
March 20th - RHS Spring Free Day - Free Event - RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB (rhs.org.uk)
April 7th to 8th - Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc House, Cornwall. The famous early showcase for Cornish talent, gardens and home grown produce (07734 366504 - cornwallgardensociety.org.uk).
April 13th to 15th - RHS Flower Show, Bute Park, Cardiff. Kick start your gardening year at this flower show extravaganza (0844 338 7502 - rhs.org.uk).
April 27th to 28th April - Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, 10am-5pm, Powderham Castle, Devon. Specialist nurseries and popular Devon growers. Live music, local food and top-quality garden (tobygardenfest.co.uk).
May 10th to 13th - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Spectacular show gardens, Floral Marquee food demonstrations (0844 338 7502 - rhs.org.uk).
May 19th - 27th - Chelsea Fringe, London. Alternative garden festival celebrating community growing, outdoor performance, botanical art, walks, talks and events (chelseafringe.com).
May 22th to 26th - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London. The pinnacle of horticultural excellence with innovative show gardens by the world’s leading designers and the finest displays of plants (0844 338 7502 - rhs.org.uk).
June 1st to 3rd - Gardening Scotland, Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston. Show gardens, exhibitors, outdoor living festival and plant fair (0131 333 0965 - gardeningscotland.com).
June 6th to 8th - RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. Major event in the gardening calender. Loads to see and do (0844 995 9664 - rhs.org.uk)
June 24-26 - Grow London, House & Garden Fair, Olympia, London. An inspiring day out bursting with ideas on how to transform urban spaces (0844 412 4623 - houseandgardenfestival.com/event/grow-london).