Gardening delights in Cheshire this summer

The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show may take top billing in the North West when it comes to flowers shows – and it does deserve this accolade – but there are several smaller and perfectly formed gardening events that are taking place this summer too in our area.

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show has been delighting gardening fans for over a decade. From its beginnings in 1999 it has been a mecca for those looking for gardening inspiration, and closer than the long-running Chelsea Flower Show. The show at Tatton Park covers a showground of 28 acres, takes around three weeks to build and welcomes over 80,000 people over its three days.

Attendees can explore over 300 exhibitors, beautiful gardens, boutique shopping experiences, experts talks, street food, and family fun spread across the three days. The event takes place from 19 – 23 July 2023, with 19th July a dedicated day for RHS members to catch a first glimpse of the gardens! Tickets for Sunday include a chance to be there for the sell off of displays from 4pm. Day tickets for members cost £25.85, with prices for non-members set at £29.85. Find out more

For those looking for a more local events geared around gardening, the UK-wide National Gardening Scheme sees organisations and individuals open their gardens to the public, and, this summer, there are so many options in the North West and North Wales.

The Homestead, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire offers the opportunity to visit a gem of a garden created over the last seven years by a keen gardener and county NOGS organiser, Janet Bashforth, or visit Somerford, Knutsford, Cheshire where you will be able to perambulate around this 1.5 acre garden with hard landscaping and sculptures complemented by lush herbaceous and perennial borders and a a magnificent oak pergola. 

There are so many wonderful gardens to visit across our region - simply add the area you wish to visit and dates of your visit and the 'find a garden' website will do the rest.

Arley Garden Festival takes place on 24th and 25th June, and will be a celebration of all things for your garden. Expect with plant nurseries, garden accessories, garden tours by Lord Ashbrook, Question Time marquee, schools gardening challenge, countryside marquee, food fair, craft fair, live music and garden entry included. You'll need to be quick as ticket sales end today.