Celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends
RHS Flower Show Cardiff kicks off next week, celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends, with a host of themed gardens and features.
The show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with Cardiff Council – will take place from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, in Bute Park. Last year’s record-breaking show attracted more than 26,000 visitors.
Show gardens will include Bridgend College’s ‘Y Meudwyaeth’, inspired by the Blackfriars monastic site and heritage, as well as Chris Myers’ homage to Blodeuwedd, a mythical woman made from flowers who, legend has it, was turned into an owl as punishment for trying to murder her husband.
Macmillan Cancer Support has a contemplative garden focusing on the theme of legacy, and gardener Daniel Bodin will create a modern garden with a historical twist to encapsulate Welsh heritage and traditions.
Two Cardiff-based charities – Grow Cardiff and The Dusty Shed – will work together on a display made completely by novice gardeners, containing edibles which support and attract wildlife. Tying in with the myths and legends theme, the garden will feature a castle and peasant’s cottage made from upcycled pallets and rubbish.
Other features include giant wicker bug sculptures, the schools’ wheelbarrow competition, demonstrations and live workshops, bushcraft and live animals.
As part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, visitors will ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ – learning how to transform their grey areas into a wildlife haven.
For children, activities include den building, tree climbing, a children’s trail, seedbomb making and bug hotel workshops.
Nurseries from across the UK can be found in the Floral Marquees and Plant Village.
The Museum of Wales will have a ‘Welsh Wood and Woodlands’ display, telling the story of the diversity of Welsh woodlands.
Show manager Rose Gore-Browne said: “We’re really excited about this year’s show and are busy gearing up for another fantastic event for the city. The Welsh Myths and Legends theme is certainly set to create some really imaginative show-stoppers.”
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff.
- Address: Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff CF10 3EA.
- Show times: Friday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm; Sunday, 10am-4.30pm, with plant sell-off at 4pm.
- Getting there by train: Bute Park is a 15-minute walk from Cardiff Central station.
- Getting there by bus: Regular bus services run from Cardiff Central station to Cardiff Castle and Bute Park. Bus numbers 21, 23, 24, 25 and 27 stop close to the showground.
- Getting there by car: From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland, take the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West, the approach is by the M5 and M4 then leave the M4 at Junction 29. Access from West Wales is by the M4, junction 32. Upon arrival in the city, follow signs for the city centre, Cardiff Castle and AA signs to the show.
- Parking: Available in surrounding city centre pay and display car parks which are within a short walk of the showground. A Park & Ride service is available at Cardiff East (postcode CF23 8HH) close to Junction 29 on the M4, which drops off in the city centre close to the showground. The route to the show on foot is signposted.
- Disabled parking: Between the Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club (CF10 3EW) and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (CF10 3ER) on the A470 North Road. Further on-street parking is available in the Civic Centre. For other accessibility information, visit here.