With the coronavirus pandemic having cancelled events left, right and centre, you may have given up hope that you’d be able to see a flower show this year – pretty much anywhere within the UK.
However, we have good news. While you may not be able to ‘attend’ a flower show until next year, a number of events are following the growing trend to go virtual, using a plethora of online tools to give you the same experience while at home.
Whether you’re looking for a little garden inspiration, professional advice from a range of experts or are looking to enter a flower show yourself, there are still a number of excellent summer events and festivals right across the UK to pencil into your diary.If you missed out on the two big ones earlier this year – the virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – then don’t fret. In this article, we will go through some of the best of the rest, starting with one that has grown more and more popular in years gone by…
Shrewsbury Flower Show. 14th – 15th August 2020.
In what would have been its 133rd year, the Shrewsbury Flower Show – like many other events across the UK – was cancelled earlier this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, not wanting to disappoint its regular attendees, the Shropshire Horticultural Society have worked together over recent months to come up with a viable alternative, after receiving positive feedback from locals saying they’d be interested in joining in and taking part.
Now, over the weekend of Friday 14th – Saturday 15th August, the society will be hosting a virtual event in place of the regular flower show. This will predominantly take place over their Facebook page, which you can find here, and will feature videos, photographs and competition results across the show’s website.
There will also be a chance for children to take part in online competitions, with a number of trader-supplied discounts, prizes and products up for grabs. To find out more, visit the Shrewsbury Flower Show website for further information.
Weston Flower Show. TBC (likely early-mid August 2020).
One of the smaller events on our list, the Weston Flower Show typically takes place annually in the North Somerset town of Weston-Super-Mare but, again, was cancelled earlier this year due to coronavirus.
However, John Chapman – the chairman of the Weston Horticultural Board – was quick to reassure the show’s regular attendees that the event would be replaced with a virtual alternative, where exhibitors can submit photos and videos of their entries for judging.
While the actual date of the virtual flower show is yet to be confirmed, entries for submission are required by 8 pm on August 8th 2020, suggesting that the event will be held that following weekend.
Even if you don’t want to submit an entry yourself – with it being an online event, anyone from around the UK is welcome to join in on the virtual fun. Simply click here to find out more and keep up to date on any announcements.
The Chorley Flower Show. 1st – 2nd August 2020.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the Chorley Flower Show was cancelled by organisers who, instead, decided to move it to an online show over the weekend of the 1st – 2nd August 2020.
Throughout the duration of the event, the flower show’s regular exhibitors, traders and societies will all be on hand to take virtual attendees behind the scenes, offering specialist hints and tips along the way as to how to maintain your garden.
There will also be a number of videos, photos, competitions and specialist advice being published across the event’s website and various social platforms.
Even if you’re not based locally to Chorley itself, you can still get involved with the fun and even potentially learn how to enter next year’s usual in-person event. For further details, check out the dedicated website.
While you may be currently unable to attend a flower show in person, there are still a few alternatives left to look forward to this summer – even if you’re not local to the area.
Some of the events listed above may have rules limiting your ability to enter into the shows themselves but – even virtually – you can still enjoy the atmosphere of the shows, draw inspiration from other gardeners and source an array of expert advice.And, you never know, what you learn this year could even help with your entries next year when coronavirus will, hopefully, be less of a global concern.