It’s nearly Show time!
As we head into the final few weeks before BBC Gardeners’ World Live opens its doors, I have to admit that the recent the turn in the weather is extremely welcome! We’re all outside, enjoying the sun and our gardens are full of optimism again. Enjoy our gardening tips and inspiration below.
If you haven't already and would like a seat in our main theatre sponsored by Wyevale Garden Centres book today as seats are selling fast! Plus, new for this year, discover the perfect wine partners for al fresco dining in wine tasting sessions with the BBC Good Food Wine Club.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live is one of the most established garden shows in the country, with an enviable heritage of over 25 years. So we’re celebrating those who’ve been with us all these years including Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants. Plus, Professor David Stevens, who opened the very first Show with Geoff Hamilton in 1992, returns in 2018 as designer of the Wyevale Garden Centres Solutions Garden!
In season - rhubarb
Rhubarb is a stunning plant for your garden, with deep red stalks and bright green leaves. If you’re new to growing it, don’t be tempted to pick it in its first summer as it needs time to establish. Take yours to new levels with Michel Roux Jr’s Soufflé a la Rhubarbe recipe. Remember, BBC Gardeners’ World Live tickets include free entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer, with Michel on the line-up on Sunday 17 June!
Maximise what you've got
We’re following BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World like hawks as we discover, week by week, the Every Space Counts competition finalists. We loved the way Chris and Rachel, in episode seven, turned their Bristol courtyard into a juxtaposition of hot and exotic alongside cool and shady planting. Keep tuned to vote for your favourite, with the winner making their way to BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June!
Full steam ahead
We’re excited that the Show will include the first ever working steam train in a UK Show Garden ! Coming from Tyseley Works, the beautifully restored Vintage Train will take star position in the Made In Birmingham garden, alongside more homages to the Midlands’ industrial heritage including a barley field, hops and cut flower garden – plus tasters from local Davenports Brewery.
If you've sown sweetcorn seeds this year, you'll be starting to think about planting them out now. So what better moment to share Frances Tophill's expert tips on growing perfect sweetcorn? What’s more, we’ve paired them with a fantastic healthy summer recipe to make the most of your tasty crop - Madeleine Shaw’s Sweetcorn Fritters with tomato salsa and avocado .
Plant of the month
I’ve got the sun on my mind, so this month it’s all about sunflowers. It’s the perfect time to be sowing sunflower (helianthus) seeds, so get a group of kids together and start a competition that’ll keep everyone enthralled for months! ‘American Giant’ is a favourite, growing to monster proportions of up to 4.5m, or for a more diminutive version, try Moulin Rouge which reaches a respectable 2m.
Exclusive Pre-Show Tour
Join Jim Buttress on a floral extravaganza as he tours you around the wonders of the Floral Marquee highlighting top displays and with a chance to meet the growers. (Not available on Thursday due to judging taking place).
Discover the BBC Good Food Wine Club in partnership with Laithwaite’s and spark your imagination with a series of wine tasting sessions including ‘Sugar and Spice’ and ‘Ultimate BBQ Collection’ where you will enjoy a selection of wines.