Flower shows are a classically British event that gives gardeners up and down the country the opportunity to show off their skills through stunning, unique floral displays. They attract thousands of visitors every year, including swathes of royal guests and TV VIPs who flock to get a chance to see the best garden showcases in the country. As well as exhibiting the best displays that global gardeners have to offer, there are usually lots of shopping opportunities and plenty of entertainment. People also go for the social aspect and for the chance to talk to expert gardeners. In this article you will find out which are the most Instagrammed flower shows in the UK, and why they are so popular.
For those who do attend, Instagram is a go-to tool for documenting their favourite gardens – so the Sefton Meadows team thought we’d check out the Instagram #s for the top flower shows in the UK to see which are the most Instagrammed.
Here are the top 10:
1. Chelsea Flower Show – 197.6k posts
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show, held annually at the iconic Chelsea Hospital in London. Now in its 105th year, the show is a celebration of all things floral, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the very best in horticultural design and planting. It is by far the most well-attended and popular flower show in the UK, so there is no surprise that it’s topped our list.
2. Hampton Court Flower Show – 19.2k posts
The RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival, also known as Hampton Court Flower Show, is one of the world’s most prestigious flower shows. It takes place every year in London and features some of the most beautiful flowers and floral displays from around the globe. Annually it attracts thousands of visitors who flock to the location to see the beautiful gardens, hear the latest from the gardening world, and enjoy the plentiful shopping and food that is always available.
3. Harrogate Flower Show – 5.4k posts
Organised by the wonderful North of England Horticultural Society, Harrogate Flower Show is one of the biggest and best flower show in the UK, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year! The show is usually held in spring and again as summer comes to a close, featuring the best seasonal flower displays and exhibitors.
4. Shrewsbury Flower Show – 4.7k posts
Shrewsbury Flower Show is one of the most popular events in the town’s calendar and takes place every year in August. The show features a wide range of flowers and plants on display, as well as a range of stalls selling everything from garden equipment to homemade jams and chutneys. People come from all around the UK (and the world!) to attend the show.
5. Southport Flower Show – 4.3k posts
Southport Flower Show is one of the biggest and best flower shows in the UK that is held every year in late August and attracts visitors from all over the country. The calendar for the event is always jam-packed, with special visitors, guest speakers, and shows being dotted throughout the duration of the show. As well as being a great day out for all the family, the show is also a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best blooms and floral displays.
6. Tatton Park Flower Show – 2.2k posts
The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show is an excellent event for any garden-lover. Set in the nature-abundant grounds of Tatton Park, the show features a wide range of plant and floral displays, as well as expert talks from some of the UK’s top gardening names. There is also a large array of trade stands full of flowers, equipment, local produce, and treats, so you’re sure to not leave empty-handed.
7. Manchester Flower Show – 1.6k posts
Different to other flower shows, the Manchester Flower Show usually takes shape as a walking trail through the city’s busy streets. The city is completely transformed with displays of flowers and foliage across shop windows, fixtures, statues, and squares. There are plenty of different zones and displays to explore, mixed amongst Manchester’s fantastic bars, retailers, and restaurants.
8. Chatsworth Flower Show – 1.4k posts
Taking place in the picturesque Derbyshire countryside, the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show attracts flocks of visitors every year. It is packed with speciality gardens, interesting exhibitors, and beautiful floral displays. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Chatsworth House and its grounds.
9. Taunton Flower Show – 1.2k posts
Taunton Flower Show is a must-see event for flower lovers! This annual show features beautiful blooms from all over the world, as well as stunning floral displays and exhibits. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden or just want to enjoy some of nature’s beauty, Taunton Flower Show is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
10. Malvern Flower Show – 985 posts
Finishing off our top 10 list is the fantastic Malvern Flower Show. The RHS Malvern Flower Show is a part of the bigger Malvern Autumn Show, which is a massive annual event that is perfect for families. It is a must-see for any gardener or flower lover. With different displays, speakers, and shopping opportunities, there is something for everyone at this event.
A list of UK-based flower shows was gathered. We reviewed the number of posts per related Instagram # and ranked each # from the highest number of posts to the lowest number of posts under the #.
Ryan Jenkins is a professional gardener and has been working in the gardening industry for over 25 years. This has allowed Ryan to accumulate a vast wealth of gardening knowledge which he shares on the Sefton Meadows blog.