10am - 5pm (4pm last entry)
Celebrating the intrinsic relationship between humans and horticulture, the theme for this year’s Woburn Abbey Garden Show is The Plant Connection. Taking place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2020 in Woburn Abbey’s beautifully landscaped gardens, the show now in its 11th year promises to be the highlight of the horticulturalists’ calendar.
Known as the ‘Gardeners’ Garden Show’ the event brings together some of the best-known and loved experts including BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost, BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time expert, Pippa Greenwood, international florist Jonathan Moseley and renowned UK garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair. New to this year’s line-up is 14-year old RHS Ambassador George Hassall and Jim Buttress, former Royal Gardener, renowned horticulturalist, and winner of numerous Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Show.
Visitors will have unparalleled access to award-winning exhibitors and nurseries complemented by an array of live entertainment, artisan foods, shopping, demonstrations, informative talks and gardening advice, tips and garden tours.
Pippa Greenwood says: “Quite simply THE best gardening show I know, with tours around the gardens, demos and talks, a Q&A and the most fantastic selection of nursery stands, garden tools, memorabilia and furniture (in fact everything you might want for your garden). Live music from the Bedford Town Band and all set in the most glorious setting imaginable, The Woburn Abbey Gardens. Perfection.”
Highlights / Themes for 2020
Connecting Plants and People
The plant nursery line-up includes specialist nurseries as well as those with rare and interesting plants available to buy. This year the nursery displays will be assessed by James Alexander-Sinclair and ‘The People’s Gardener’ Jim Buttress.
Grow Your Knowledge with New Skills
Jonathan Moseley, one of the UK’s most loved florists and keen gardener is renowned for his use of British-grown flowers and will be demonstrating on the main stage. Jonathan will be connecting with local florist Sophie of SA floristry who will also be offering smaller workshops on how to create a hand-tied bouquet, button holes for every occasion as well as demonstrating how to create floral crowns and beards.
Connecting Generations of Gardeners
RHS Ambassador George Hassall describes himself as a ‘nature nerd and gardening geek’, so fits in perfectly at this ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’. Inspired by his father – he’s already had more encounters with gardening celebrities than most, he’ll be assessing the Schools Competition and presenting the ‘Schools Horticultural Planter Award’ for the best School Desk Botanical Study.
Plants and Produce
As well as the Artisan Food Hall with an array of local producers selling homemade and free-from products, there will be The Field Kitchen, where chefs will demonstrate how to make the most of food fresh from the garden. Topics will include ‘the must-grow herbs’ and ‘new ways with vegetables’ to ‘how to use edible flowers’ and novel recipes to make the most of the vegetable garden glut.
The Good Life Connection
This themed area shows visitors ways to make life richer and healthier, more mindful, meaningful and sustainable. By adopting ‘The Good Life’ approach and the Show’s mantra, that everything comes back to the plant, guests and exhibitors will be brought together through sharing information, learning and building confidences to become successful, independent and happy growers.
Award winning vlogger Ade Sellars of Agents of Field will be anchoring The Shed Talks within The Good Life Connection and sharing his own journey. The Potting Shed stage was new last year and in 2020, the vibrant timetable of talks will be expanded further to cover a diverse range of topics from hydroponics to herbs for health.
The show also offers an array of hand-picked garden sundries suppliers selling everything from stylish garden furniture, greenhouses and pots, to plant supports, elegant garden rooms and gifts for gardeners - all stands have been selected for their high quality, and having something that’s special and a bit different. With a vast experience of flower shows, Garden Designer, Author and Editor at Large of Garden News Ian Hodgson will assess all Garden Trade stands and present an award for the Best Garden Trade Stand Display.
Other show highlights include exploring the 28 acres of Woburn Abbey Gardens and rare access to the 14 acres of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford’s Private Gardens, complimentary guided tours, a live band, The Hop Garden with local craft beer, The Pimm’s Garden, Street Food Catering Court and much more.
Adam Frost says: "I’m looking forward to being back at Woburn Abbey Garden Show in 2020 for a fourth year running. It’s a super show that really does put gardening right at its heart - organised by gardeners for all garden-lovers. There is always a fantastic selection of top quality nurseries and specialist growers exhibiting at the show. One of the best parts of my day is when I get to share my favourite plants that I’ve seen on the stands in my afternoon talk.”
Early Bird Prices
- Adults £16.25
- Concession £15.25
- Children 15 and under - free of charge
- Group discounts apply to groups of 12 or more.
Please note that when purchasing Disabled or Carer tickets, proof must be provided at the gate.
RHS Members receive a discount of 20% upon presentation of their membership card. Discounted RHS tickets can only be purchased on the gate.
VIP Enclosure Upgrade
To book tickets for the VIP Enclosure Upgrade please see here.
Discounted entry is available for groups of 12 or more. Please call 01525 290333 or email email@example.com
Mobility Scooter and Wheelchair Hire
Mobility scooter and wheelchair hire is available through Professional Mobility. Please pre-book online at https://professionalmobility.co.uk/mobility-scooter-event-hire.html.
A limited number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs will be avaible at the Garden Show for hire on the day, but unless prebooked they cannot be guaranteed.
To enquire about 2020 exhibitor spaces please email Jo-Anne.Wright@woburn.co.uk