For green thumbs everywhere, 2018 is shaping up to be a very colourful and entertaining year.
To start planting the seed for your travel plans, here’s a list of the best flower and garden shows coming up.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW
Held annually at Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building, you don’t need to travel far to attend one of the world’s great botanical events.
Expect spectacular floral displays and vibrant show gardens as you stroll the historic grounds. But it’s not only the wonderful displays of garden art to admire, visitors can also participate in a range of activities from masterclasses with renowned floral designers, enjoy an afternoon high tea, meet acclaimed landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, plus purchase from a range of seasonal bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and other garden accessories.
Dates: 21-25 March, 2018
Where: Carlton Gardens, 1-111 Carlton St, Carlton, Victoria
More info: melbflowershow.com.au
RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
Considered the ‘most prestigious flower show in the world’, England’s Royal Historical Society has staged the annual spectacular since 1912.
Centered around the covered Great Pavilion, this eye-popping floral extravaganza attracts visitors from across the world.
In the expansive outdoor displays, the world’s greatest designers and landscape artists show off their incredible skills all vying for the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award.
Dates: 22-26 May, 2018
Where: London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, London, UK
More info: rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show
RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW
South West of London in Surrey, the Royal Horticultural Society hosts a second annual flower and garden show each July.
The attraction here is its sheer size. Spread over 14 hectares (34-acres) of the Hampton Court Palace grounds, there are less crowds to contend with than at Chelsea but still plenty of amazing exhibits to enjoy.
Expect floral marquees and pavilions and stunning water garden displays. There are also talks and demonstrations, plus shopping opportunities.
Dates: 3-8 July, 2018
Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, UK
More info: rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
Philadelphia, wedged between New York City to the north and Washington DC to the south on the east coast of America, plays host to the world’s largest indoor flower show which is also the oldest continual horticultural show dating back to 1829.
Each year revolves around a central theme, with 2018 being ‘Wonders of Water’ celebrating the beauty and life-sustaining interplay between plants and water.
Expect tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes, all showcasing the flora of their environments. Be sure to take time out of your festive flower day and relax at the Flower Show Garden Tea Room.
Dates: 3-11 March, 2018
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Centre, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, USA
More info: theflowershow.com
SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL 2018
Already a must-see botanical attraction on any visit to Singapore, the festival is held at Gardens by the Bay tucked behind the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and entertainment complex.
Held every two years, the festival is one of Asia’s largest with themed areas including an orchid extravaganza, balcony gardens, landscape and fantasy gardens, floral table series, a Windows to the World display and a vibrant marketplace.
An icon of Singapore, also make sure you visit Supertree Grove. Standing 16-storyes tall, a suspended walking bridge links each of the trees covered by more than 200 species of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers.
Dates: 21-29 July, 2018
Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
More info: singaporegardenfestival.com