Gardening Days Out

Aside the harvesting and preserving this time of year often gives us a break from the more onerous tasks in the garden or on the plot. We’re also looking at some country wide good weather for the weekend so perhaps it’s an opportunity to escape to another horticultural space and maybe soften the back to school blow for the kids at the same time.  A quick look around the internet reveals that there’s still plenty to get out and do; here are some ideas:

Roses at Wisley

National Gardens Scheme

There are over eighty gardens all over the UK opening this weekend for the NGS, with all entrance money going towards good causes.  Enter a postcode, how far you want to travel and you’re good to go.

All information here

Horticultural Shows

The next couple of weeks should see a whole raft of local horticultural shows. So if the Big Allotment Challenge whetted your appetite for the show bench this could be just the thing or alternatively there will often be craft and baking categories.  I’ve included the link to ours here to give and idea and they will often welcome late entries if you fancy the competition.  A quick ‘google’ of your local area and you should find one close to home.

Plant Fairs

I’m a big fan of these as you’ll know if you read regularly.  Access to independent nurseries, excellent quality plants and good advice, often in a garden setting.  There’s a list here and this weekend sees an excellent looking event at Ness Botanic Gardens close to Ellesmere Port.

All information here

The National Trust

Of course we love the National Trust and their 50 things to do before your 11 3/4  programme makes this a family day out. Specifically I’m thinking about Waddesdon Manor which is hosting it’s annual Chilli Festival this weekend with forty exhibitors and artisan producers.  There will also be talks, demonstrations and a full entertainment programme.

All information here

Flower Shows

I’ve already written this week about the National Dahlia Society Show and details of the RHS Wisley Flower Show can be found here. Alternatively next weekend sees The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, with over four hundred exhibitors it looks like a corker.

All the information here


Enjoy your weekend!

And if you have any events your attending or would like to publicise let me know in the comments.

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9 Responses to “Gardening Days Out”

  1. David Ford September 5, 2014 @ 9:41 am (#)

    Nice photo Victoria your photography is moving along nicely with Dereks camera? you naughty, thing have you mastered depth of field or did you focus on the middle roses to make the photo more interesting (it does)

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — September 5th, 2014 @ 9:48 am

      Thank you David.  Yes it is Derek’s camera, i’ve finally stepped away from the phone.  I’m going on a food photography course in October so thought I’d better get used to it.  I’m still using the pre settings, either close up for flowers (hence the depth of field) or landscape.  A long way to go!

  2. Caro September 5, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    A good list of things to do – also there’s the RHS Secret Sundays on this weekend at the Horti Halls in Westminster for London folk. I’ve yet to go myself as I nearly always seem to be away when they’re on  but I’ve heard that they’re good.  There’s plants, cake and talks – what’s not to love!

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — September 5th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

      Good call, i’ve wanted to go to this all year but something else always seems to come up.

      RHS Secret Garden Sunday info here.

  3. Sue Garrett September 5, 2014 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    We’ve had a few garden visits recently and a NGS garden planned for Sunday.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — September 5th, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

      Lovely to see another garden for a bit of inspiration. I’m a bit torn but think it might be Wisley for us.

  4. Julie September 5, 2014 @ 9:16 pm (#)

    Great post Victoria, its so easy to get bogged down in late summer clear ups and harvesting, storing, cooking, preserving. Your food photography course sounds interesting too. 

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — September 6th, 2014 @ 6:32 am

      You’re so right, I’m trying to ignore some of the duller chores at the plot and make the most of sunshine.

      The course is at Leith’s and I’m really looking forward to it. 

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