The RHS has lots of different types of events, not just the world famous flower shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court.
There are courses and workshops, photography shows, exhibitions, plant fairs, walks, tours, walkies with your four-legged friends and forest bathing. Plus activities for kids!
There are all sorts of skills you can learn, not just gardening, but willow weaving, paper cuts, botanical painting, photography, floral arranging, Zarzo basketry, natural dyeing, rag rug making, needle felting, dry stone walling, creating stained glass flowers and calligraphy. Members can attend many of these (but not all) for free.
There are also a number of shows dedicated to a specific flower or plant, so here are some of them:
British Iris Society Show
This is at RHS Wisley on 7 and 8 May, to celebrate the iris with beautiful displays (including a rare Iris from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew). There are walks, demonstrations, specialist plant sales and lots of opportunities to find out all about this beautiful flower. It’s free to members and for non-members, normal garden admissions applies. Find out more
National Carnation Show
This will be at RHS Harlow Carr on 12 June outside Harrogate. The British National Carnation Society will be at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for the first time. There will be a range of stunning dianthus to enjoy and you can find out how to grow these blooms at home from the experts! It’s free to members and for non-members, normal garden admissions applies. Find out more
National Sweet Pea Show
Head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr on the 9th and 10th July for this show. There’s nothing like the scent and sight of gorgeous sweet pea blooms! And on this weekend, 70 classes will be judged on the Saturday morning with awards being presented at 2pm. You can tour the garden’s own sweet pea blooms and listen to expert advice on how to grow your own. Not only that, you will be able to buy bunches of surplus blooms and seeds so that you can take a bit of the show home with you! It’s free to members and for non-members, normal garden admissions applies. Dig up more information.
National Rhododendron Show
This is at RHS Rosemoor in Devon on 23 and 24 April. As well as 60 classes covering all sorts of rhododendrons, there are trade and advice stands and wonderful displays of camellias and magnolias! It’s free to members and for non-members, normal garden admissions applies. Find out more
Alpine Garden Society
The Alpine Garden Society takes place on 21 May (the Spring show) and the 15 October 2022 at RHS Garden Harlow Parr and this is a great opportunity to learn more about the varieties of alpines and get lots of advice from UK alpine plant growers!
Take a look at the various events taking place with the RHS during 2022 here. There’s lots going on!