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Throughout the year England hosts a vast number of flower and garden festivals, all with differing specialities, audiences and celebrity guests. From nationwide competitions like the Chelsea Flower Show, to smaller, local or regional festivals, you're sure to find something to interest you in the flower and garden calendar for England in 2014. Here are some of the highlights from this year.
The Chelsea Flower Show might just be the most famous flower show in the world, if not certainly in England. Held every year in London since 1913, it is widely considered the pinnacle of flower and gardening competitions, with entries coming in from top designers and flower artists all over the world. Although now exceeded in size by the Hampton Court Palace Flower show, Chelsea still maintains its prestigious status in the flower industry.
However, it is not only in London that innovative and exciting flower designers can exhibit their work - the Harrogate Flower Show, held throughout the year with Spring and Autumn runs, attracts over 10,000 visitors and 1,00 exhibitors every year. This year's Spring highlights included the giant vegetable competition, a cooking theatre and a live gardening debate tent.
Now in its fourth year, the Camellia Festival at Chiswick House is quickly becoming a major event in the gardening and floristry calendar in England. Taking place in the conservatory, the festival showcases the House's of Camellia flowers, which were once the most popular and fashionable flower in the world. Adored by Coco Chanel and across Europe in the nineteenth century, the Camellia is now extremely rare, with the collection at Chiswick one of only two known nurseries of the plant in the world.
The Royal Cornwall Show is about more than livestock and farming, however, in recent years it has become a place for flower designers and florists across the county to exhibit their work. Its Flower Show section runs over three days, with talks on foraging, growing herbs, cooking with wild flowers and flowerbed design and maintenance, with talks from major flower designers and florists throughout the schedule. In association with the Cornwall troop of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, it has developed an interesting, varied and innovative schedule and is not to be missed.
Of course, there are countless gardens and areas of flower interest throughout England, covering different historical eras, styles, plant and flower species, colours, themes - the list goes on. From major National Trust and privately owned stately houses and country homes, to smaller private and council owned gardens, there is something for everyone interested in flowers in England. With so many to choose from, here is a profile of some of the major and more interesting gardens in the country.
Biddulph Grange Garden is a rarity - a perfectly preserved high Victorian garden with plants from all across the globe, it really is one of the most beautiful gardens in England. Designed as a tour around the world by designer James Bateman, Biddulph Grange features rare and exotic flowers from China, India and Egypt, complemented by flowerbeds of rhododendrons and dahlias.
Located on the east coast of Cornwall, Enys really is a great example of fantastic gardening designed to complement its surroundings. A peaceful and tranquil garden and country house overlooking the sea, Enys Gardens gives you great flower design and landscaping, coupled with stunning views of the Cornish coast. In bluebell season, the purple and blue shades of the fields stand out against the green landscape - it is one of the most beautiful gardens in England.
If you're inspired by one of the fantastic flower festivals around the country, or some of the great gardens and natural reserves, why not order flowers online for a friend or loved one? Flower delivery means you can sit back whilst your flowers are delivered directly to your recipient, and can be made to match the inspiration you felt walking around Biddulph Grange, the Chelsea Flower Show, or any of the other wonderful festivals, shows and gardens throughout England."