Two star-studded shows for the price of one, June 13-16!
If you like value for money, head to Birmingham’s NEC for Gardeners’ World Live (GWL) and The BBC Good Food Show from June 13-16.
Blue Peter gardener, Lee Connolly, will be leading the show’s first Children’s Activity Trail and getting youngsters involved in practical sessions. Tickets for under-fives are free.
Adam Frost said: “Gardeners’ World Live is a great place for the gardening community to come together and celebrate what we love.”
The BBC Good Food Show
Some of the world’s top chefs will be appearing at the NEC, including on the Big Kitchen Stage, Ainsley Harriott, Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jr, Mary Berry, Nadiya Hussain and Prue Leith.
Browse, shop and taste your way around an amazing selection of hand-picked artisan producers and well-known brands.
From the latest kitchen gadgets to seasonal produce, dive into a food lover’s paradise.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award – update
Both teams battling it out for the Young Landscapers Award achieved Gold Awards, with talented Warwickshire duo Matthew Wood and Sam Gordon narrowly winning the title.
The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award each created a front garden designed by Professor David Stevens.
Contestants were young landscapers who took the top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals:
- Matthew Wood: Champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The Association of Professional Landscapers’ (APL) Rising Star.
- Sam Gordon: From The Gardenmakers in Warwickshire, was awarded Silver.
- Reece McKay: Won Bronze, from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
- Brian Hughes: Achieved Highly Commended, also from CAFRE.
Plant Pyramid at BBC Gardeners’ World Live
The mysterious world of the plant breeder will be highlighted as the breeders of up to 80 new plant varieties join forces, with writer and broadcaster Peter Seabrook, to create a Plant Pyramid display in the Floral Marquee.
The main pyramid has four satellite pyramids, covered in upwards of 4,000 plants including new varieties of Garvinea (garden Gerbera), apple, sunflower, pelargonium, nemesia, rose, foxglove, catnip, Alstroemeria, Echinacea and many more.
- Farplants’ Nemesia Lady Penelope, with a delicious fragrance and seemingly never-ending summer blooms.
• Sakata’s Petchoa BeautiCal, with prolific, long-lasting flowers.
• Begonia Sweet Spice Bounty, one of the most floriferous scented begonias. Until 2021, Breeders Kerley & Co will donate 50 per cent of royalty income to the David Colegrave Foundation, supporting training in horticulture.
The new Pyramid Stage hosts talks including Ball Colegrave with details of new Impatiens (Busy Lizzie) Beacon® and Petunia Easy Wave® Lavender Sky Blue, floristry demos by the Florist Holland team and talks by Peter Seabrook, Steve Bradley and Matt Biggs.
Floral Marquee and Plant Village
- Monty Don, Adam Frost, Carol Klein and more, in conversation with host Jim Buttress.
- Shopping from more than 100 stands, with 35 medal-winners at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
• The launch of Rose Crazy in Love by Style Roses – a shrub rose with repeat-flowering double rosette flowers in cream/white, with a pink blush.
• The Plant Experts (Lucy Chamberlain, Darren Rudge and Professor David Stevens) will answer queries at The Advice Desk.
• The Demo Bench with talks including A Beginner’s Guide to Orchids.
Show Gardens and awards – update
Two Show Gardens won platinum awards – Alexandra Froggatt’s The Watchmakers Garden, also named as Best Show Garden and Lucy Bravington’s High Line Show Garden in APL Avenue, which also won Best Construction.
Other Gold winners included the Gadd Brothers in APL Avenue and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, the Showcase Garden by Hana Leonard and The Home Solutions by John Lewis Garden, supported by The APL.
Visitors saw feature gardens, APL Avenue, Show Gardens, Showcase Gardens and Beautiful Borders.
The Watchmaker’s Garden, by Alexandra Froggatt: Inspired by Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in the late 1800s. Heirloom and heritage vegetables grow alongside cottage garden and self-seeded native flowers, nasturtiums and climbing peas.
Canal and River Trust Garden – Making Life Better by Water, by Chris Myers: This full-sized waterway has a narrowboat, legger’s hut and tranquil canalside garden, featuring a vegetable patch, therapeutic flowers and a woodland of native trees and wildflowers.
Dahlia Garden, by Jon Wheatley: This walk-through garden invites visitors to touch and smell the blooms as they uncover the latest new dahlia launched by Jon at the show.
Macmillan Legacy Garden, by Martyn Wilson: Inspired by gifts left in wills to Macmillan Cancer Support. The garden has coloured planters of differing heights, referencing the ups and downs of cancer.
Onward and Upward by Andy Tudbury, Halcyon Days
Garden Design: The design maximises growing space with a roof garden and raised sun deck. There’s a wildflower area under trees to attract wildlife, a symbolic sculpture represents hope and a jacuzzi demonstrates the first step to recovery.
Marshalls Garden, by Johanna Elvidge – Marshalls CAD Manager: The garden will encourage visitors to ‘fall in love with stone’ and things made in Britain, with students at Solihull Academy. The clever use of space transforms an area to make it beautiful, useful and enjoyable.
Revelation – MS Society Garden, by Mike Baldwin and Derby College, with Derby MS Society, sponsored by Don Ammott Parks, Harrowden Turf CED and Makita: Four horses charge out in front of golden gates through a canal of water, surrounded by Catalpa trees and edged by scalloped laurel hedging. The large walled garden contains a series of ‘rooms’.
The two Showcase Gardens are Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Hana Leonard and a garden by Ben Stubbs, for the charity Children with Cancer.
APL Show Gardens
The Association of Professional Landscapers – APL – Avenue Show Gardens feature plots designed for a small front or back garden, on a limited budget.
They are intended to be inspirational, aspirational and achievable.
- Venue: National Exhibition Centre, North Ave, Marston Green, Solihull, Birmingham B40 1NT.
- Dates and times: June 13-16, 9am-6pm, Floral Marquee 10am-6pm.
- For tickets and information: www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com.