Visit the Chiswick House Camellia Show
The Chiswick House Camellia Show can only mean one thing: spring is here. Read all about Chiswick House and Gardens’ 10th annual Camellia Show (to 22 Mar) below, as well as two more bloomin’ brilliant floral spectacles in London this spring.
Nearly half of London is green space, so there’s no better city to be in for spring. From the trees that line the streets to the flowerbeds in the parks, the capital is in bloom.
If you’re after a more concentrated dose of fresh florals, head to Chiswick House and Gardens for its 10th annual, free-to-enter Camellia Show (27 Feb to 22 Mar 2020). On display in the Grade I-listed Conservatory are 33 varieties of the vibrant flower, ranging from vivid pinks, deep reds and crisp whites to striped blooms.
There are also free camellia-themed tours during the show, where a garden expert will guide you through the Italian Garden and Conservatory.
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace
Meanwhile, Florimania returns to Hampton Court Palace – King Henry VIII’s favourite residence – on Mother’s Day weekend (20-22 Mar 2020). A celebration of the fine art of flower arranging, the festival will see the King’s State Apartments filled with an array of floral displays.
The theme is ‘Heraldry’, so expect to see arrangements inspired by historic shields, banners and crests from well-known literary works and artworks, including The Family of Henry VIII portrait. Entry to Florimania is included in palace admission.
Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens
This year marks the 25th annual Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens (8 Feb to 15 Mar 2020). Put a spring in your step with a visit to the festival, which this year centres around the wildlife and culture of Indonesia. Did you know that Indonesia is home to at least 4,000 species of orchid? The immersive event will showcase a selection of these beauties, with displays that include an erupting volcano crafted from these exotic flowers.
Chiswick House Camellia Show | 27 Feb to 22 Mar 2020
Burlington Lane, Chiswick, W4 2RP | 020 3141 3350
Camellia Show admission free; house entry adult £7.80, under-18 free www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Hampton Court Palace Florimania | 20-22 Mar 2020
East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU | 033 3320 6000
Adult 24.50; child £12.20
Kew Gardens Orchid Festival | 8 Feb to 15 Mar 2020
Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE | 020 8332 5655
Adult £18; child £6
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