Dates for your diary this spring/summer, to make the most of this especially abundant time for flowers…
🌱 Top tele: plantswoman Carol Klein’s new show, Gardening with Carol Klein, is available to stream on Channel 5’s player – and it’s fantastic. Gardeners’ World is also back on our screens each Friday evening.
🐝 Read Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens’ research on the most bee-friendly early spring plants.
🌼 Get lost in the beauty of a huge range of gardens via the National Garden Scheme’s virtual garden visits. Their guides on how gardening benefits our mental and physical health are especially valuable.
🐦 Take a virtual Wellness Wander through Cambridge University Botanic Garden. It’s such a lovely opportunity to learn about the plants and flowers in this spectacular garden from their horticultural experts. The birdsong in recent videos is a reminder that spring is firmly on its way.
💌 Learn what history teaches us about the language of flowers, in this fascinating piece by English Heritage.
🌹 See the iconic plants of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Which ones do you recognise, or indeed already grow yourself?
💮 Rethink your front garden with Jessica Smith (Flower & Land), who created a stunning cutting garden in containers.
Things to look forward to
13th June: Cambridge University Botanic Garden shares a talk by Dr Alejandra Guerrero, who will discuss how scientists use biotechnology to produce plant pigments without plants.
Throughout spring and summer…
Explore the National Garden Scheme‘s selection of open gardens. Cambridge Flower Journal looks forward to spotlighting a couple of them in our stories during summertime.
Go for an awe walk around Anglesey Abbey; Wimpole Estate; Houghton Mill; Wicken Fen; and Ickworth. Do check the National Trust’s website before visiting to confirm that a given site is open, and book any timed entry tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden is open for walks, too. It is such an incredible place year-round.
Looking to add some greenery and flowers to your indoor spaces? Once Cambridge Market is back open, why not head down and explore Small and Green’s selection of houseplants and terrariums? They also sell items online, via Click It Local.
Don’t forget to support your local florists if you can.
✨ From spring onwards, discover a great selection of events from Anna’s Flower Farm, Audley End, including a course titled Grow Your Own Cut Flowers. You can also follow Flowers from the Farm on Instagram and Anna’s own account for plenty of inspiration year-round.
✨ Explore Cambridge Flower School’s selection of courses, which include a Beginners’ Floristry Taster workshop and a Floristry Career Course, based at Newton Hall, near Duxford.
✨ A little further out, the Lodge Flower and Craft School, Hemingford Grey, offer a selection of workshops throughout the year.
📆 If you’d like to share an event, course, open garden or other Cambridgeshire flower-related opportunity here, please complete the form below and Katherine will get back to you shortly.