10 Flower-Filled Events to Attend, Virtually and In Person, This July

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By Nancy Molina

Gravetye Manor. Image: Claire Takacs

Summer is here. In some areas of the country, people are once again frolicking in nature and beginning to engage with others. But online events have indisputably blossomed, and many floral companies and flower creatives have developed virtual events and workshops that often compete with live ones in terms of quality and access.

In an effort to get a little more creative with our flower fun, every month, we will provide you with a range of flower-filled events that you can attend either online or in person.

This month, you can check out two popular garden shows that are reopening IRL, take a tour of the gardens of Versailles, and take mini online garden course that will show you how to double the number of blooms your annuals produce.

Get out your planner and start jotting down these flower events for July. Enjoy your experience, and don’t forget to tag us on your adventure.

Gravetye Manor. Image: Claire Takacs

1. Photographer Claire Takacs’s “Dreamscapes” Tour

Award-winning photographer Claire Takacs gives an online tour of some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. In her first live zoom, Takacs will lead participants on a journey via pictures from her favorite shoots sharing insights into the gardens she visited and her own creative process. This two-hour tour will include a look at unpublished work including recent images created during lockdown when she visited Great Dixter and Gravetye Manor.

When: Sunday, June 28th (two sessions at 9am and 6pm UK time)

Where: Online at Clairetakacs.com. Book tickets here.

Price: £15 (Roughly $18).

2. Flower Crown Workshop

Anita from Lush Blooms Bespoke Floristry will teach you how to make a beautiful flower crown.

When: Friday, July 3rd

Where: Online. Purchase tickets here.

Price: $15

3. Virtual Flower Arrangement and Sip Party

Gather your best blooms and get ready to make a fresh flower arrangement. Floral designers from Yay Maker will show you how to make a beautiful and balanced bouquet with a selection of seasonal, fresh-cut flowers.

When: Wednesday, July 8th, 7-9pm EDT

Where: Yay Maker

Price $15

floret flower farm

4. Floret Flower’s Cut Flower Mini Garden Course

Join Erin Benzakein of Floret Flowers in her free 3-part video series where she’ll share some of the techniques used to grow and harvest the amazing cut flowers at Floret. “In it you’ll learn: A simple step that can double the number of blooms your annual plants produce. How to cut and care for your flowers for the longest vase life. How to make mixed bouquets quickly and efficiently.”

When: No specified date. Sign up and you’ll be sent a link to the video.

Where: Online. Register here

Price: Free

5. How to Create A Floral Arrangement with Katrina Chipman

For the virtual gardening series of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, members of the garden’s talented horticultural team—who care for over 1,200 species of plants—will share what they know about gardening. In this course join Katrina Chipman, the zoo’s director of horticulture, on a virtual journey to improve your green thumb.

When: Saturday, July 18th, 2020 11-12am

Where: Online. Register here.

Price: $15

6. GrowNYC Summer Garden Workshops

GrowNYC Education is offering virtual gardening workshops every other Wednesday this summer from 2-3pm. You will receive a Zoom link one hour before the workshop. If you register less than an hour before the workshop, email growtolearn@grownyc.org for the Zoom link.

When: July 8th: Rat Mitigation in Gardens; July 22nd: Herbal Care and Remedies

Where: Online. Register here.

Price: Free


7. Virtual Tour of the Gardens of Versailles

Join one of Indagare’s premier Paris guides for a virtual tour through the Gardens of Versailles, with behind-the-scenes access to Marie-Antoinette’s private domaine. Indagare is a members-only boutique travel company that offers curated cultural itineraries.

Details: This requires a membership to Indagare. Explore here.

Price: Yearly membership starts at  $395

8. Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined

Atlanta Botanical Garden has reopened with Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined. The garden is implementing timed ticketing to ensure social distancing.

When: Tuesdays-Sundays 9am-9pm w/ timed tickets and reservation

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Price: $22

9. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Walt Disney Epcot Reopens with the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Get a guided tour at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival—including Gardens of the World, English Tea Garden, Royal Tea Garden and Behind the Seeds.

When: Reopens July 15th

Where: Epcot Walt Disney World Resort. Get Tickets Here.

Prices: $109.

10. The Great British Garden Show

The newly launched Great British Garden Show aims to celebrate the UK’s fabulous gardens—and the gardeners behind them—by showing them online. Set up by Richard Abrahams and Lucy Garrard-Abrahams, a father and daughter duo, in an effort to fill the void of horticultural events canceled due to coronavirus, the online portal gives visual tours of the gardens of UK residents. You can enter your garden to be featured online.

When: Ongoing

Where: Online. Visit the site here.

Price: Free

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