The Best Garden Shows To Visit This Spring And Summer


Spring is the beginning of gardening season, and thus it is also the beginning of the season for gardening shows. A perfect place to learn some tricks of the trade and take some inspiration from other gardeners, gardening shows make for a wonderful day out if you are passionate about the outdoors. However, when there are so many taking place around the United Kingdom, deciding which to prioritise can be difficult. Here are four of the ones we love the most:

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

April 23rd to April 26th

One of the most popular independent gardening events in the United Kingdom as ranked by Which readers, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show has plenty for garden lovers to enjoy. There are forums for people to discuss gardening with Q&A sessions at the Dig It Garden Theatre, there are cookery demonstrations throughout the event for those who looking to discover great new recipes, and new to 2015 are a series of How-To demonstrations for creating the perfect garden. Tickets range from £13.50 to £18.00 depending on the day of entry and whether or not you choose to book in advance.

Garden Show Ireland

8th May to 10th May

Part of the appeal of the Garden Show Ireland is its incredible location. It’s situated at the 400 year old gardens of Northern Ireland’s impressive Antrim Castle. However, there is still plenty of content for garden enthusiasts at the show, especially for families as there is an opportunity for kids to go foraging, try the climbing walls and enjoy a bean bag cinema. It is the perfect garden show from all the family. Tickets are £10 for adults and children get in free.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

19th May to 23rd May

Created by a charity called RHS, the Chelsea Flower Show is perhaps the most iconic of all the garden shows in the United Kingdom. It has been around since 1804. Because of this, the Chelsea Flower Show is the most expensive you will attend. Tickets can cost between £24 and £69. But it’s worth the cost as talent both young and old will be attendance and hundreds of exhibitions are planned for the event.

BBC Gardener’s World Live

June 11th to June 14th

Coming to the NEC arena in Birmingham this summer is the BBC’s Gardeners’ World show live. There will be plenty to enjoy from show gardens on display for inspiration to a floral marquee with plants to buy from the Royal Horticultural Society. There will also be experts on hand giving talks throughout the day about everything from gardening to homecare, such as Anne Swithinbank, Carol Klein, Jim Buttress, Mary Berry and much more. Tickets cost £22.50.

5 Must-Have Landscaping Ideas for 2015

indoor-outdoor-living-space2015 and spring is rapidly on its way. Don’t let your garden just sit there – ramp up its appeal with one of these five must-have landscaping ideas.

1. Indoor/Outdoor Flow

Boost the living space of your home by breaking down the barriers between the outdoor and indoor. Widen doorways; consider replacing the back wall of your home with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors (or even a transparent wall).

Choose a polished tile for the patio or decking that continues nicely from your kitchen tile, or go for a paving that aligns nicely with your indoor floor design. Opening up this space to become more ‘living-friendly’ will help you feel that you have more living space for when friends come over or those hot summer days.



2. Columnar Trees

Columnar trees can look beautiful as an alternative garden wall and give a neater, almost regal feel to your garden. Fastigiate Hornbeams are likely to work best, along with Cypress tress; European Green Beeches or Japanese Holly ‘Sky Pencil’ trees (anything that will grow upwards, not outwards).

Shape your trees with regular pruning, to either become dense hedges; trim topiaries or to grow flat against an existing wall. This look can look stunning with paired with freshly mowed grass or some good AstroTurf.

3. French Drains

Rather than try to hide the drainage and irrigation in your garden, why not turn it into a beautiful decoration piece or focal point?

French drains can look pretty and sophisticated when installed parallel to another edge in your garden (such as a wall or the edge of decking/a lawn). They run much like a border on a carpet and are perfect for conservatories (or other indoor-outdoor area), for a sleek and elegant addition.

4. Rock Gardens

Add a touch of the wild to your garden with an impressive rock garden. Whether you’re choosing to replace the lawn with pebbles (overlaid with some decking) or just want to confine the feature to a specific part of your garden, rock gardens are low-maintenance and bring distinct variety to your landscape.

Rock gardens can also be implemented in individual flower beds or planters. They are in season all year round and there are countless different rock/stone styles to choose from. Talk to a professional landscaping company in Liverpool to learn what variations will suit your garden’s existing design and shape best.


5. Fire Features (or Fire ‘Pit’)

A sure way to get friends flocking to your garden this spring/summer is with a stunning fireplace feature. Often situated in the center of one’s patio or lawn, a fire pit makes your garden a true gathering place – ideal for those long, hot, barmy summer nights.

Whether you simply use it for generating heat and light, or prefer to use it to toast marshmallows and make every night feel like camping(!), a fire feature can be the perfect addition to make those barbecues and summer get-togethers last longer.


Why Artificial Grass is Actually a Great Idea

I always said I’d hate to be a lawnmower salesman and I continue to stand by those words today. Particularly now when Lawnmower ownership is dropping rapidly thanks largely to a boom in people getting artificial grass fitted in their gardens to save time and money on labour costs.

In Liverpool Artificial Grass NW are leading the surge in the installation of artificial grass. Elderly couples who struggle to maintain their lawn, busy families with no time to give to the garden and landlords who don’t want to be paying for someone to maintain the garden, everyone seems to be investing in artificial grass.

Twenty years ago I would never have considered doing it to my own lawn, you could spot artificial grass from a mile away. However now artificial grass is indistinguishable from the real stuff. Only the lack of bare patches, muddy puddles and brown grass during summer may give guests an indication of the true nature of your lawn.

A few examples below from Artificial Grass NW show just how realistic it can now look. Some of them even have lawnmower stripes on them!

 astro turf Artificial Grass Liverpool

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