Britain’s top garden experts sharing their wisdom with Country Life — and you’re invited

Join Jo Thompson, The Land Gardeners, Jekka McVicar and Shane Connolly for a celebration of gardening in a series of talks and seminars during Chelsea Flower Show week.

Book your ticket for Country Life’s celebration of gardening event at Chelsea Barracks.

Country Life will be hosting two events at The Chelsea Barracks Spring Fair next month, timed to coincide with the first Chelsea Flower Show to be held in May since 2019, which takes place across the road.

The first event will feature Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson, who is curating the series of talks for the fair; the others are Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld of The Land Gardeners.

There will also be a chance to attend talks and events hosted by Shane Connolly, Jekka McVicar, Manoj Malde, plus Chelsea gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. They will cover a range of subjects, from environmental floristry and colour in the garden to the medicinal properties of herbs and how soil is key to healthy plants, people and the planet.

Book tickets here on the Eventbrite website — and you can scroll down to see the whole programme.

Bridget Elworthy, Henrietta Courtauld and Jo Thompson will host Spring Fair events.

The fair will see the outdoor spaces of Belgravia’s newest destination transformed to celebrate the flower show’s return with floral and plant installations by environmental floristry pioneer Shane Connolly, as well as specialists offering the best of British food and drinks, artisanal products and workshops.

Mulberry Square will be transformed into a marketplace curated by the Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair, where visitors will be able to buy sustainable crafts, such as ceramic pots, British-grown plants and rustic plant supports.

There will also be homeware and gardening accessories, including silkscreen prints of flowers and herbs by Hannah McVicar, flowers from the Electric Daisy Flower Farm in Wiltshire, plus florist’s accessories, gifts and sculptural and functional woodwork by Ash and Plumb.

For more information, visit The Spring Fair celebrates the first of several new openings coming soon to Chelsea Barracks on a permanent basis this year

The Spring Fair Programme

Wednesday May 25

2pm — Herbs: more than a garnish

By gardening expert, author and broadcaster Jekka McVicar

4pm — Soil to table

By award-winning garden designers and renovators The Land Gardeners

6pm — The gardener’s palette

Hosted by internationally renowned landscape designer and Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson

Thursday May 26

2pm — How green is your bouquet?

By pioneer in environmental floristry Shane Connolly

4pm — Highgrove Gardens Through the Years

By Emma Cochran-Patrick of Highgrove Gardens

6pm — Creating a sense of space in your garden

By award-winning landscape designers and Chelsea gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg

Friday May 27

2pm — Creating intimate garden spaces

Hosted by landscape designer and Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson

4pm — Colour my world

By award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde

6pm — The art of the outdoors

Sculpture and the landscape by art curators Marshall Murray

Chelsea Barracks will be transformed with plant installations.