Summer Garden Shows Around The UK

If horticulture is your game, you'll relish this list of stunning garden shows taking place around the UK. The Chelsea flower show has come and gone, but don't despair - there is plenty to keep avid gardeners entertained this summer.

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Gardening Scotland, 05 June - The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh

For what feels like the first time in a century, the weather is in our favour, bestowing impossibly blue skies on us - what better way to enjoy this than a stroll through the laid-back Gardening Scotland show. The Dobbies Floral Hall is decorated by an endless choice of beautiful plants to take home, and with expert advice on how to nurture them from some of the UK's top growers, it's money well spent. The picturesque Show Garden will give you some tips on the latest gardening trends, and afterwards you can grab a snack from the food fayre and venture into the craft marquee.

More info at www.gardeningscotland.com

Hampton Court Flower Show, 05 - 10 July - Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Head to the world's largest flower show at Hampton Court for an Alice-in-Wonderland-like experience. There will be an edible garden and a swinging sixties fashion show for the youngsters. This flower show is not only for gardeners, there is also something on offer for aspiring beer-makers and farmers. Snack on a natural buffet of edible wild plants while you lose yourself in the cultivated beauty of Hampton Court's unparalleled gardens.

More info at http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/Hampton-Court-Palace-Flower-Show/2011

Gardeners World Live, 15 - 19 June - NEC Birmingham

For the really serious gardener and fans of the magazine, the Gardeners World Live can't be missed. Book your seat for the Gardeners' World Magazine Theatre to hear what the top experts have to say: the line-up includes Monty Don, Carol Klein and Alan Titchmarsh. For the creative gardener, the beautiful show gardens will serve as inspiration and showcase 'new and upcoming British garden designers, developing a hot-bed of young talent in the field'. Ticket prices start at £19, with special rates for children and pensioners.

More info at www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.