Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniversary at BBC Gardeners World Live!

The Barnsdale Gardens team will be continuing their 40th Anniversary celebrations at BBC Gardeners World Live this summer.

The Barnsdale show piece will bring elements of the last 40 years together. Much of the display is still ‘top secret’, however, we can tell you that there will be an area highlighting the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and ‘Cutting Garden’ from Barnsdale. These will include plants such as Pittosporum, Elymus, Stipa tenuissima, Hylotelephium, Dianella, Rosmarinus, Hebe and Eryngium because of their drought tolerance and suitability as cut flowers.


Barnsdale Gardens will also be showcasing cottage garden plants such as roses (including the ‘Geoff Hamilton’), perennial Potentilla, Geum, x Heucherella, Anemanthele, Achillea, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, Stipa gigantea, Alchemilla, Geranium, Lychnis, Spiraea, Nepeta, Helenium and many more!

On Saturday 17th June, Nick Hamilton will be presenting on the “Let’s Talk Plants” Stage in the Floral Marquee hosted by David Hurrion.

There will also be a signing session by Nick of his book ‘The Right Genes’ on Saturday 17th June. This book tells the tale of growing up as the son of a visionary of sustainable gardening. Geoff Hamilton was a firm believer and pioneer in peat-free and organic gardening, this ethos continues at Barnsdale today. ‘The Right Genes’ is a witty, happy and joyful excursion into the weird and wonderful journey of the Hamilton family. It shows how the lives of a father and son can follow the same pattern and ultimately mirror each other.

Barnsdale Gardens in the Floral Marquee

New year, new garden, new trends!

We’re through the garden gate into 2023, with a host of gardening trends blooming throughout the country. From house plants reaching dizzying heights of popularity, to the colour of the year ‘Viva Magenta’, read on for our full list of trends.

To get up close and personal with fresh garden inspiration, new plants, the latest gardening kit and more, join us in 2023.

Colour of the Year 2023

Hand-picked by Pantone, the colour of the year has been named as ‘Viva Magenta. 

Pantone describe the colour as ‘brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.’

Discover a world of colour and scent in the stunning Floral Marquee,  bursting with award-winning nurseries and display.

Sustainable gardening

Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!

Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.

Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.

Grow your own food

Looking to go from soil to supper this year? Get brilliant advice from the National Allotment Society at the event.

Peat-free gardening

Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.

Indoor gardening

Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.

Mindful gardening

Beautiful Borders returns with this year’s theme ‘My Garden Escape’ to give you space savvy ideas.

Gardening on a budget

Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.

Fermented foods

Visit the BBC Good Food Summer Show (with free entry with your ticket!) and discover the latest foodie trends.

Feeling inspired? Find out what else is happening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June!