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25 May 2017

50 reasons to join us this Summer

BBC Gardeners' World Live
50 reasons to join us this Summer

We've compiled our 50 most compelling reasons as why you should join us for an unforgettable experience at BBC Gardeners' World Live and the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham this Summer...

  1. Two great shows under one 'roof'. Together, they’re one of the biggest and best events of the summer, having entertained over 2 million people over 25 years! The Shows are packed with garden inspiration, artisan food and drink, the UK’s most famous gardeners and food experts.
  2. Enjoy a great day out with family and friends - kids go free at the weekend too!
  3. Celebrate 50 years of BBC Two's Gardeners' World with a host of anniversary features, famous faces from the TV programme, a party atmosphere and birthday cake!
  4. The BBC TV Team filming from the Show on Thursday 15 June for their 1-hour anniversary special, airing the next evening on BBC2
  5. Be there when the Gardeners' World Golden Jubilee Plant is crowned LIVE at the Show on Thursday 15 June.
  6. Out of over 100 nurseries in our Floral Marquee and Plant Village, no less than 36 (yes thirty-six!) were awarded medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, 24 of which received the top accolade of Gold!

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  7. See your gardening heroes including Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and Carol Klein live on the BBC Gardeners' World Live Theatre sponsored by Wyevale Garden Centres.
  8. See past and present presenters of BBC Two's Gardeners' World including Frances Tophill, Toby Buckland, Nick Bailey, Peter Seabrook and more.
  9. Over 100 places to shop for spectacular plants in the Floral Marquee and Plant Village - from new introductions to trusted favourites, and with great show offers!
  10. Get culinary queries answered by top chefs and experts on the BBC Good Food stage.
  11. Stop by the VegTrug Grow Your Own Stage hosted by Matt Biggs for plot to plate inspiration.
  12. Get planting ideas, space-savvy tips and inspiration for fabulous colour combinations from the Beautiful Borders, all with a 50 years of Gardeners' World theme this year.
  13. Pick up fresh, summer recipe inspiration from stars such as Dr Hazel Wallace, Alice Liveing and Madeleine Shaw in the NEW Healthy Kitchen in the BBC Good Food Show.
  14. Explore the beautiful Show Gardens with a glass of Pimm's.
  15. Taste and try delicious flavours and ingredients before you buy from independent and artisan producers in the BBC Good Food Show.good food show
  16. Discover a contemporary butterfly and bee garden, amongst others, in the APL Avenue
  17. Get a mini masterclass from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's associate editor David Hurrion
  18. See what details from 1967 you can spot in The Nostalgia Garden including an original Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band record on the backseat of a vintage 1967 Mini cooper. 
  19. Enjoy bag-free shopping with our Plant CrécheShop and Drop service supported by Guide Dogs. Really take the weight off your feet by using the Car Collection service too - speak to Plant Créche or Shop and Drop  staff for details.
  20. Enjoy a tempting street food lunch from Birmingham's ever-popular Digbeth Dining club.
  21. From gazpacho to pizza, get ideas for growing ingredients in containers and choose your favourite in the Schools Meal in a Barrow competition.
  22. Let the kids play about in the Bathgate Sandpit and enjoy activities on picnic hill including face painting and crafting sessions.

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  23. Enjoy a sit down meal in the BBC Good Food Kitchen, with recipes inspired by
  24. The Rose Festival returns to the Floral Marquee where you'll find Peter Beales Roses, Harkness Roses, Styles Roses and more. Plus the brand new rose Gardeners' Gold introduced at the Show and available to buy for the first time.
  25. Whether you enjoy cider, beer, spirits, wines, champagne or cocktails, you’re sure to find expert tips and tasters to suit your palette in the Drinks Cabinet within the BBC Good Food Show.
  26. Don't forget to visit the Donkey Sanctuary to see the donkeys.
  27. Pick up your FREE Souvenir Showguide packed with recipes, exhibitor information and more.
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  28. Enjoy a picnic made from delicacies picked up from the BBC Good Food Show on Picnic Hill.
  29. Treat yourself to some me-time by booking kids into our Crèche, wall to wall with fun activities and a warm welcome.   
  30. Enjoy live music from the Jamie Brownfield Quartet and the Polka Dots.
  31. Be the talk of the street when you come home with a newly launched plant available for the first time at BBC Gardeners' World Live.
  32. Experts are on hand, ready to answer your questions on the Advice Desk run by The Guardian's Lucy Chamberlain.
  33. Discover a fabulous selection of artisan producers, and find out more about their stories in the BBC Good Food Champions shopping area.
  34. Get practical ideas from the Tesco 'Every Little Helps' Garden - and pick up a discount voucher to use in store when buying plants and products seen in the garden.
  35. Get one-to-one lawn care advice from the experts at GreenThumb. Plus see their Feature Garden.
  36. Be wowed by the three-tiered birthday cake made out of peonies by Primrose Hall Nursery in the Floral Marquee.
  37. See Birmingham City Council’s Gold Medal exhibit from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, recreated plant for plant at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
  38. See top names in the cookery business including Michel Roux Jr and Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) on The BBC Good Food Stage.
  39. Bring the outdoors in, with floristry demos for using your garden flowers with the British Florist Association.
  40. Get the expert eye by talking a guided walk with Matt Biggs, James Alexander-Sinclair or Jim Buttress in exclusive tours before the show opens to the public.
  41. Enter our Official Show Competition to win a stunning Woodpecker Joinery Greenhouse at the Show, worth over £2,000!
  42. Bring the kids along to see the Skinny Jean Gardener, of Blue Peter fame, with engaging talks on the VegTrug Grow Your Own Stage.
  43. Head to the National Garden Scheme stand to discuss opening your own garden for the scheme and to enter their competition.
  44. Get a massive saving plus a fantastic free gift when you sign up to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine at the Show.
  45. Take a journey through modern gardens at The Anniversary Garden, from the crazy paving of the 60s to the outdoor rooms of the 00s.
  46. See the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editors and very special guests on the Potting Shed Stage, ensuring your success with container gardening.
  47. Get specialist advice from the experts on the Demo Bench, hosted by Jim Buttress and Lucy Chamberlain – from orchids to bonsai, veggies to planting a terrarium – you’ll come away knowing more than before!
  48. Experience our first ever Hipster Garden, designed by Living Landscapes, with a bar area, a floating lounging platform with a bespoke steel wood burner and beanbags, creating space to entertain, party and relax.
  49. Reflect at the MS Society 'Journey to Hope' Garden, representing the journey of MS sufferers, using planting, texture, colour and design to reflect the stages of diagnosis and its effects.
  50. Succumb to the romance in Wyevale Garden Centres 'Romance in the Ruins' Show Garden, inspired by tumbledown turrets, fairy-tale castles and enchanting vistas.
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