Top UK Garden Shows In 2017 You Should Visit

We have put together a list of our top suggestions for Garden Shows to visit in 2017. If your looking for some garden inspiration then these shows are packed full of wonderful ideas that are sure to help inspire you in your own garden. April 7-9th RHS Cardiff Flower Show often seen as the first major flower show of the year, the RHS kicks things off with a wonderful show in Cardiff. 20th-23rd Harrogate Spring Show boasting over 100 nurseries at the show, the Harrogate Spring Show is a must visit for any plant lover. Set in the wonderful town of Harrogate, the show has been running for many years at the showground. May 11-14th Malvern Spring Show the show, set with the wonderful back drop of the Malvern Hills, is run in conjunction with the RHS which means you know when you visit the show you are going to see high quality gardens, exhibits and nursery stands. 23rd-27th Chelsea Flower Show probably the most famous flower show in the world, packed full of ideas this show often sets the trends for the year. June 7-11th Chatsworth Flower Show a new show in 2017 from the RHS. We think it’s a must visit as we know the RHS will do a good job and being set in the Chatsworth estate it’s a must visit in 2017. 15-18th BBC Gardeners’ World Live always a more relaxed show at the NEC in Birmingham, you will find plenty of ideas and you can see all the famous faces from the BBC show at the event. July 4-9th Hampton Court Palace Flower Show billed as the largest flower show in the world you are sure to find plenty of summer garden inspiration at the show. 19th-23rd Tatton Park Flower Show another RHS show which is mainly based in the north of the country to enable visitors easier access to a high quality show. August 17-20th Southport Flower Show the show has been running for many, many years and offers unique displays and gardens in a wonderful coastal setting. September 15-17th Harrogate Autumn Flower Show a wonderful end to the year can be had at this must visit show. If nothing else you will be amazed at the vegatable displays! We hope you enjoy visiting these wonderful shows, we will try and pop along to some of the them to, but just to look as we don’t exhibit any longer, we are too busy sending out your orders now....

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Monty’s Top Ideas from Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Well it only seems like five minutes ago I was at Chelsea in 2015, but here we are again at the show in 2016 and what a year it is. The first garden I visited at the show was the Daily Telegraph Garden, a contemporary spin on how our earth is shaped and the garden won the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award. It set the tone for the planting in most of the gardens at the show, with a very natural feel as if humans hadn’t arranged these plants in the gardens but instead nature had taken hold. Unlike other years there doesn’t seem to be a ‘plant’ of Chelsea, such as Alliums in the past. This year was about a range of natural, native looking plants with subtle tones of colours. It actually takes some real skill to make a garden look like nature has created it, us humans have a tendency to organise rather than let things flow. A wonderful idea at the show was on the Senri-Sentei Garden, built around a garage with a very cute Mini in it. The garden used Acers, moss and subtle planting to create a tranquil place for you to sit and use to store your car. Perfect to green areas of cities where space is at a minimum. The roof and side of the garage used plants to maximise the space, this could easily be achieved at home by using planters, window boxes or hanging baskets to create the same look without breaking the bank. Just make sure you keep them well watered as plants in exposed places such as roof tops can easily dry out. I was in love with the planting on the LG Garden, a garden that was about technology but didn’t let itself down with the planting. This border at the front of the garden was awash with wonderful pinks, lilacs and whites which made a wonderful and eye catching display that visitors to the show were in love with as much as me. You could easily recreate this look in your own garden with Foxgloves, Roses, Wallflowers, Cosmos, Aquilegia and a base planting of grasses such as Stipa tenuissima. Most of these plants can be grown from seed and will give you a stunning combination of colours for a border or your whole garden. I think the key thing to remember here is a garden is as much about the planting as the structure or technology used in it, in my case I always believe the plants are far more important than anything else. As it is the Queens 90th Birthday this year, Happy Birthday...

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Best of Bird Care from Gardens2you

When it comes to the garden,  it’s the combination of plants, ornaments & wildlife that makes it such a wonderful place to be. Here at Gardens2you we try our very best to provide you with all the necessary ingredients to make your garden as perfect as possible. By providing the best bird care possible with places to nest, feed and bathe, you give your garden the best possible chance of becoming a haven for wild birds. What is so great about our Bird Baths, Feeders and Houses is that they not only will encourage bird life, but they also are attractively designed too, meaning they look great nestled into your outside space. Below we’ve picked out some of our real favourites to help you choose which pieces would be right for your garden. Bird Feeders A lot of our bird feeders and baths are interchangeable, however, the two below have been picked on their merits as a bird feeder alone. The Cast Iron Heart Bird Feeder has and always will be one of the best products on our entire site. It’s simple, stylish and sturdy, making it the perfect feeder for any garden (great gift idea too). Our second choice combines a feeder tray to hold seeds and other loose bird feed, with an apple or fat ball skewer through the middle. The ultimate bird feeding station!                         Bird Houses Anyone lucky enough to have enjoyed birds nesting in their garden will tell you that it is a truly magical and exciting thing to watch unfold. On the left we have a double box option that allows not 1, but 2 families to nest side by side. Also very easily attachable to walls and fences. Secondly, for a slightly alternate option, this watering can bird house is proving to be a really popular design. Birds popping in and out of a watering can is not something you see every day.                           Bird Baths  Birds love a bath and cool down and as long as they feel safe in your garden, they’ll always make the most of water if provided. Our standing Fairy Bird Bath is cute and sturdy making it a really ornamental piece that can go anywhere in the garden. The White Leaf Baths are great to nestle  amongst your garden with the realistic snails and butterflies keeping everything feeling as natural as possible. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Bring on the birds! Love Monty...

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Autumn Fruit Recipes

Autumn is such a fantastic time of year as the disappearing warmth of summer imparts it’s glow upon our foliage, creating a magnificent blend of colours. Colour palettes aside, it is the time for harvesting all our fruit and vegetables so we wanted to explore the many different things you can do with this glut of autumnal fruit.     Chocolate Pear Pudding, Nigella.com This really easy pudding is to die for and it’s truly perfect for this time of year. The recipe uses tinned pears but homegrown would be fine of course, after all, that’s what this post is about! The part we love the most is the gooey parts of the sponge where it’s not quite baked. View this indulgent recipe here.   Spiced Plum and Blackberry Crumble, BBC Good Food This is just pure comfort food. Everybody must have fond memories dating back to their childhood that involve a big bubbling crumble of sorts. This particular recipe calls for plums but any fruit can be used really; the magic is all in the spices and crumble topping, which for this recipe includes star anise with cinnamon and oats for the topping. Personally, we like a lot of crumble mix so you get the crunchy top but also a gooey layer underneath. We’re sure you’re all crumble experts but you can take a look here.   Autumn Pear Jam with Figs and Cinnamon, Serious Eats How hard can it be to make a jam? Honestly we have no idea but after trawling through all these sumptuous recipes we’ve just got to give it a go. As we’ll likely be swapping cheerios and muesli for porridge soon, it would be amazing to have a homemade seasonal jam to stir through it. As with any recipe you can swap about you ingredients to suit your own taste. Find out how to conjure your own right here.   Autumn Fruit Pie, Mail Online This one is from Mary Berry herself. We all love the Bake Off so we had to include a dish from the aptly named queen of cakes. What better way to battle the chilly nights and to stuff yourself full with a traditional apple and blackberry pie. This recipe works best if you use a metal pie tin as the pastry will cook better. Click here to read.   Happy baking!   Love Monty...

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Product Focus – Windspinners

Very popular with our customers, our huge range of Windspinners offer fun and depth to your garden and equally inside the home too. Aside from our own range we also stock Ironstop branded items too which boast vibrant designs featuring animals. Read on to find out what makes these so great.   Light & Movement – Having a garden full of beautiful flowers and plants is a sight to behold, but like dressing up for a night out, it’s all in the details. Accessorizing your garden can make the difference between lovely and spectacular. Windspinners are the perfect accessory to bring out the wonder in your outdoor space by adding reflection and movement, bringing your garden to life. Our Windspinners come in a variety of styles, from plain silver to brighter colours and even printed designs.   Durable & Functional – All our Windspinners are frost and weather resistant which is rather quite handy wouldn’t you say? The myriad of designs available are made from steel and come in either a polished or powder coated finish, depending on the design. As well as providing something pretty to look at they are also handy to have near the vegetable patch to scare aware those pesky crows.   Take a look at our entire range here.   Love Monty...

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Staff Choice – Mirror Garden Spheres

  Our Mirror Spheres remain one of our most popular items, and it’s easy to see why. They have an almost magical quality to them, yet at the same time providing a modern look. They are available in various sizes, individually or in sets, and come in reflective silver, brushed, gold, geometric, bronze and black finish. With many uses around the garden, either just as an ornament or some of our spheres even float in the water, perfect for ponds and water features.     Tina Tina is head of our marketing department here at Gardens2you, and the office is never dull with her colourful personality. Her favourite activities include walking her two dogs; Bruno the Cockapoo and Alfie the Westy, also enjoying sitting in the garden with a nice glass of wine. Tina has a small town garden that she loves to keep simple, she even installed artificial grass instead of having to mow a lawn (we think it’s so she can spend even more time working on crazy marking plans, well we hope!)   What’s a usual day at Gardens2you for you? Well it’s always busy, in fact I have no idea where the time goes some days. The day normal starts with a hot cup of coffee whilst I check over the social media accounts and the mentions we have from all our fans, it’s so great to connect with customers over social media as it can be hard to see them as we only sell online. Then I normally have a morning managers meeting followed by a catch up with the other marketing team members. Then I can start work on the exciting ideas I have for Gardens2you and the next big time for us, dare I say it Christmas….!. We have some fantastic new products coming so I am currently working on promotions, ideas and photo shoots for them, I am sure all our customers are going to love them.   Tell us why you like the Mirror Spheres? Before I had even started to work for Gardens2you I had actually purchased some from the site for my garden. I like them because of the versatile, contemporary look they give to my garden; they’re very arty and give an instant feeling of depth and space. There also no fuss, when I first put them in the garden I wiped them over with some WD40 which has help to keep the water marks off them and they still look the same as they did when I first put them outside over two years ago.     Where do you have the spheres in your garden?...

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