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Have , and always do visit both the Spring and Autumn shows in Malvern _ Well it's literally just down the road.
Usually visit the Harrogate autumn show, which I quite enjoy
Have been to Gardeners World Live, but stopped going as I found it very disappointing. Maybe it's improved now.
Never been to big London shows because of expense getting there, travel problems, parking etc etc.
Quit like the idea of visiting the Tatton Park one, but always seem to be busy around then.
I'd love to go to GW live but haven't managed it yet. In what way is it disappointing, I wonder?
My favourite has to be Malvern Spring Show, it's early, huge and stuffed with plants, gardening enthusiasts, and enough miscellaneous bumf to keep the non-gardening members of the family amused. I went to the Cardiff show a couple of years back and it was very good but it's just too far from where I live. GW Live is the easiest one for me to get to, I have noticed that the number of exhibitors has diminished quite a bit over the past few years. It would be lovely to see more specialist nurseries taking part although I expect it's a huge expense for a small business.
This year I shall probably go to GW Live, I'm planning to go to Tatton for the first time and I would like to try the Malvern Autumn show. Chelsea just isn't an option for me, it's just too expensive. Maybe if I win the lottery....
I went to Harrogate Autumn show last year and enjoyed it. I also went to Malvern and Gardeners World. I've booked for Harrogate Spring,Malvern and GWorld again. Also hoping to go to Sandringham Flower show. I live in the East Midlands Harrogate and Birmingham aren't too far to travel. I think Chelsea would be too crowded for me to enjoy
We went to Malvern last year and really enjoyed it after a few years of Tatton. I think it's best to swap around a bit, because they seem a bit samey year after year, and Tatton 2011 did seem to be suffering from the recession - show gardens a bit limited. Get there early and take a picnic. Friends/customers who have been to Chelsea swore they would never go again. Us provincials don't like dense crowds, though.
just bought mtickets for Chelsea centenary OH won't go as he's bored so just girlies day. Mate is brill at getting us on the right tube and it's usually fuss free also bin to GW live, Harrogate spring shows, Tatton park, Southport, love em all for different reasons but always spend too much. this year I'm not going to spend as often plants bought don't last the year up north!
ps we always get to shows for opening time and look round quick, also watch TV coverage to find places we want to see first then go back at end to anywhere we want or to pick up plants etc xx
I quite agree about getting there early and seeing as much as possible before the crowds thicken and staying late when the crowds have thinned out. If I can manage it without bumping too many people on the shins, I like to take a little plant truck into which jackets, hats and picnics can go in the morning and plants and other purchases later in the day. If necessary, OH will sit and mind it while people-watching, while I browse the stalls and show tents.