Gardeners World Live Show

Gardeners World Live Garden Show is different from all the other shows in a number of ways. The first is that it is not organised and promoted by the Royal Horticultural Society.  The RHS does however hold a floral marquee in the show so although it does not organise all of it, it is involved. The main organiser of the show is in fact the BBC and, of course, the front men (and Women) are the presenters of Gardeners World  Programme shown on BBC 2  on Friday evenings.

Another way the show differs is that it is not just a showcase for growers, but it is much more down to earth, giving loads of advice to ordinary gardeners. Having said that, there are a number of Show Gardens in the show which do show off the designers and growers skills, and of course the flower marquee again showcases  the growers talents.

Apart from the static gardens and floral marquee, there are a number of talks and demonstrations by Toby Buckland; Carol Klein; Joe Swift; Alys Fowler (presenters of Gardeners World) ; Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don (ex-presenters of Gardeners World). Apart from the talks and demonstrations, there is usually a time set aside to answer people’s questions, so if you have a problem this may well be a place to get an answer. One of the most publicised show garden is that constructed by Birminghan City Council with a number of other organisations to raise money for ‘Help the Heroes’ charity. This has a full size Chinook Helicopter complete with moving rotor blades hovering 4 metres above the ground. The helicopter has been covered with plants in colours to closely assemble the real thingand is representing the journey made by injured soldiers from the battlefields to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham and to their homes.

Of course, there are many plants to be bought at various stalls at the Gardeners World Live show. Another way the show differs from Chelsea Flower Show where the only plants you can buy are those used in the show available on the saturday evening. There is also the plant swap stall manned by Gardeners World presenters with plants from their garden. Their wish list of plants is on the BBC Gardeners World web site, so if you have spare plants this may well be putting them to a good use and getting yourself a bargain plant to boot.

Included in the price of the ticket to ‘Gardeners Worlds Live’ show is entry to the BBC Summer Good Food Show. This has cooking demonstrations from The Hairy Bikers and James Martin. It also has questions answered on grow your own garden.

Entry to both these shows is covered by one price and is well worth the cost, giving you a good day out with interest for a number of people, not just dedicated gardeners.

This show is well worth a visit, giving many things of interest for a wide range of people.

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