2016: Year of the English Garden

Some of England’s most beautiful gardens will be showcased at January’s Excursions™, marking the start of VisitEngland’s 2016 Year of the English Garden.

The showcase will also coincide with 300th anniversary of the birth of ‘Capability’ Brown, best known for designing gardens and landscapes at some of the country’s grandest stately homes.

VisitEngland and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are working together with the show organisers, Tourism South East, to create an area specifically dedicated to gardens at the exhibition, which will be held at Alexandra Palace, North London on Saturday, 23rd January (10.30am-4pm).

The Year of the English Garden will spotlight and celebrate the country’s gardens with specialised events to inspire additional or extended overnight visits during 2016.

A large selection of free literature specifically designed by VisitEngland to help the travel trade capitalise on the campaign, will be available for visitors to take away at Excursions™ 2016.

The RHS will complete the feature area at Excursions™ with a winter garden filled with camellias, winter orchids and climbing plants, plus a visual display of some of the finest planting designs and combinations from RHS Gardens.

The RHS team will be on hand to share gardening advice and explain more about their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign, which aims to transform hard grey areas into living, planted places. There will also be a series of practical demonstrations and talks packed with inspirational ideas for group experiences.