The gardening show season kicks off this month and one of the first shows of the year has been voted favourite in a survey of Which? members.
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show achieved an overall score of 86% and was the show most visitors would recommend to others and go back to themselves. This year, it runs from 25-28 April.
Something for everyone
Visitors particularly liked the flower competitions, the quality of plants for sale, all the other things to buy and the gardening advice. This year’s show promises 17 show gardens and more than 100 nurseries, many from the north of the country. There are craft and gift and food marquees, a cookery theatre and floral art competitions, so there should be plenty to occupy non-gardeners.
Tickets are £14 in advance or £16.50 on the gate and under 16s get in free if accompanied by an adult.
Top 10 gardening shows
Harrogate Spring Flower Show 86%
25-28 April, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ
- Hampton Court Show (RHS) 82%
9-14 July, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesley, Surrey KT8 9AU
- Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 81%
13-15 September, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ
- Malvern Spring Gardening Show (RHS) 80%
9-12 May 2013, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
- Tatton Park Flower Show (RHS) 79%
25-28 July, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
- Shrewsbury Flower Show 78%
9-10 August, Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1RN
- Wisley Flower Show (RHS) 76%
4-9 September, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
- Chelsea Flower Show (RHS) 75%
21-25 May, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
- Gardening Scotland Show 74%
31 May-2 June, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh EH28 8NB
- Malvern Autumn Gardening Show (RHS) 71%
28-29 September, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
We asked 2,342 Which? online members about gardening shows they had visited. Scores are based on the members rating each show ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ overall.