Home Horticultural shows RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show August 3-6 2017

RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show August 3-6 2017

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Kit Strange putting the finishing touches to her Eremurus display in 2012. Picture; RHS/Mike Moore
Kit Strange putting the finishing touches to her Eremurus display in 2012. Picture; RHS/Mike Moore

Four-day flower show in Essex

If you’re anywhere near Essex from August 3-6, make a beeline for RHS Hyde Hall, which is holding its four-day flower show at the garden on the outskirts of Chelmsford.

The show has plenty of shopping opportunities with specialist nurseries and gardening sundries, expert advice from RHS advisors and demonstrations, live music, as well as the chance to explore the garden.

New this year are:

  • Exhibits and advice from the British Cactus and Succulent Society and Southend Bonsai Club.
  • An expanded Artists’ Pavilion with more exhibitors, botanical art, glass and photography to view and buy.
  • Floral art displays on the theme Celebrate Summer.
  • Talks from Hyde Hall staff.

Each of the specialist nurseries will be creating a mini display garden to give ideas on how to use their plants at home.

There will be extra catering around the show site serving drinks, snacks and hot food and The Clover Café and Barn Restaurant will be open.

Exclusive to RHS members is the Flower Show Breakfast on Thursday 3 and Friday, August 4, from 8–9.30am. Enjoy a full English breakfast, a guided garden tour and early bird entry to the show. Price £22.50, booking essential on 020 3176 5830.


Planning your visit

Hyde Hall
Admiring a Gladioli display. Picture; RHS/Mike Moore

Show times: 10am-5pm.
Ticket prices: Free to RHS members plus one family guest.
Non-RHS members, adults £12.10, children (five-16) £6.05, four and under free. Buy at the gate or online.
Getting there: Use sat nav code CM3 8RA. Parking is free. Overflow car parking is on grass, so wear suitable footwear.
Accessibility: If you are a wheelchair user, notify the parking attendants on arrival. There are a limited number of manual wheelchairs, so it is advisable to bring your own.
Shopping: Most exhibitors will accept cards, but some smaller nurseries may only accept cash.
For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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