The best gardening events and flower shows and where to book tickets

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If you love gardens and you're in need of some inspiration, here's our guide to the big gardening events and flower shows happening in the UK this season.

If you have a gardening event that you would like to see on the Telegraph Gardening Events page, please email with the date, time, ticket prices and a brief description.

July 11

Creative Pruning Workshop


One-day workshop at Sculpture by the Lakes to explore pruning techniques for a range of trees and shrubs. Tutor Thomas Stone is a creative horticultural expert who specialises in roses, pruning (including topiary), border care and wildlife gardening. Tickets £75 (including lunch, tea and coffee). To book, call 07720 637808, or email

10.30am-4.30pm, Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, Dorchester, DT2 8QU

July 18

Meet the Gardener


Meet the head gardener at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, for a short walk around the gardens. Gary will talk about practical jobs to do in the garden for the month, this will be followed by tea in the café where there will be the opportunity to ask more questions. £10. Tea/coffee included (

11am-12.30pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton LU1 4LX

July 20 & 21

Carnivorous Plant Society Show


Explore the fascinating world of carnivorous plants at RHS Garden Wisley. Talks on planting, care and use; demonstrations on how to propagate. Plants and books for sale from the Carnivorous Plant Society and Sarracenia Nurseries; experts on hand to answer questions. Illustrated presentation at 11am and 2pm both days: “The Natural History of Carnivorous Plants”. Access to show included with normal Wisley entry, pre-book for 10 per cent discount (

10am-4pm, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

July 21

Rare Plant Fair


Plant fair

The beautiful gardens at Highnam Court, near Gloucester, are the setting for a Rare Plant Fair. Over the past 20 years, owner Roger Head has restored the gardens, with many new additions to complement and enhance the original design, including a brand new herbaceous border.

Nurseries are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell. Perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants for sale. Sellers are happy to offer advice on the right plants for your garden. Adults (plant fair and garden), £5. Children free. Homemade refreshments (

11am-4pm, Highnam Court, Highnam GL2 8DP

July 21

Plant Fairs Roadshow


Chawton House, Hampshire. It was formerly the home of Jane Austen's brother. Credit: Philip Enticknap / Alamy

Summer Plant Fair at Chawton House, Alton, an iconic venue with Jane Austen connections. An outstanding selection of nurseries will attend, with tours by the head gardener. £5 (

11am-4pm, Chawton House, Alton GU34 1SJ

July 21

Glastonbury Open Gardens


Greenhill House, Glastonbury 

Part of the Glorious Somerset Gardens Season, in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. Magdalene Street has three gardens to visit. Entry by donation.

Greenhill House: walled garden with trees (above), roses, iris and agapanthus. There is a selection of apricot, nectarine, apples, pears, plums and cherries.

The Covenstead: a courtyard garden, bohemian and relaxed with hammocks and swinging chairs.

Magdalene House: front garden of a B&B with stunning container plants.

2pm-5pm, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EJ

July 26-28

The Game Fair


Sunken knot garden with labyrinth at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire  Credit: John Glover / Alamy

The Game Fair at Lord and Lady Salisbury’s estate at Hatfield House includes the largest show garden ever attempted. The one-acre Game Fair Gardens, designed by Capel Manor College’s RHS gold medallists, will tell the story of the countryside through a number of themed gardens. Expect kitchen gardens, traditional crafts, art and sculpture. Adult weekend £75, £27 per day, child £10, member £25 (

Fri 9am-7.30pm, Sat and Sun 9am-6pm, Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield AL9 5HX

August 10&11

Great Comp Garden Summer Show


Great Comp garden, Kent

The Summer Show is Great Comp Garden’s biggest event of the year, held when the garden is at its peak.  

This year, for the first time in the event’s 17 year history, exhibitors will showcase their fantastic plants on the North Lawn.  This lies to the front of the 17th century manor house encircled by trees, and home to a collection of unusual flowering perennials.

Visitors can explore the seven-acre grounds and enjoy a glass of Pimms while listening to live jazz. 

William Dyson, owner of Dyson’s Nurseries, has invited nurseries specialising in unusual hardy perennials such as Plantbase, Heucheraholics, Edulis, Southon Plants, Pelham Plants, Pineview Plants, Madrona and Rose Cottage Plants. He will also be sharing three brand new salvias: Amanté, 'Pink Pong' and his own 'Wine & Roses'. 

The Old Dairy Tearooms will be serving lunches and teas. Adult £8.50, concs £7.50, child 6-17 £3, under-5s free.  Discounts for RHS members.

 11am - 5pm, Comp Ln, St Mary's Platt, Sevenoaks TN15 8QS (


If you have a gardening event that you would like to see on The Telegraph Gardening Events page, please email with the details and a brief description of the event