BBC Gardeners’ World Live (14-17 June at The NEC) features one of the largest Floral Marquees at any UK flower or gardening show. This year, the highlights include 89 specialist nurseries and growers, a talks and demo area hosted by gardening royalty Jim Buttress and one-to-one advice from The Plant Experts including Guardian’s Lucy Chamberlain and BBC Radio WM’s Darren Rudge.
As the country’s leading nurseries and growers come together, the Floral Marquee offers four days of unrivalled plant shopping. From roses to alpines, pinks to ferns (and everything in between) you’ll find no less than 36 exhibitors hotfooting it straight from the Chelsea Flower Show, 23 of which with prestigious Gold Medals freshly under their belts. If that wasn’t enough, there are a further 20 places for you to buy plants in the impressive Plant Village.
In the centre of the Floral Marquee sits an incredible 4.5m high display of Garvinea, the Garden Gerbera Pyramid, supported by The Sun. These technicolour blooms are robust and bee friendly garden plants, producing up to 100 flowers every year, and are noted for their high resistance to pests and diseases. Visitors will be able to purchase Garvinea plants, to take the magic home and enjoy it year after year in your own garden.
Jon Wheatley and Greenyard Flowers UK (holders of the National Dahlia Collection) present a technicolour display in the heart of the Marquee with a spectacular diversity of varieties including new introductions, with one brand new Dahlia being launched at the Show.
From wedding flowers to table top vases, Chelsea Gold Medal winning Carole Patilla and her team from Flowers From The Farm will demonstrate ways to create beautiful decorations using cut flowers from your garden.
For visitors looking to add to their gardening skill set, the Demo Bench sponsored by P20 Sun protection features an enviable line up of talks from the best in their field. To whet your appetite, the timetable includes A Guide Orchids for Beginners, Japanese Maples Myth-Busting and Care of Succulents. Plus Grow, Cut, Arrange with internationally renowned floral designer Jonathan Moseley.
And in case you’re overwhelmed by choice, The Plant Experts will be ready to take your questions. You can ask them to help you choose which plants to take home that are best suited for your garden, or maybe you need guidance or a solution for a problem in your garden. Whatever it is, the team are there to help!
BBC Gardeners’ World Live, with its spectacular Floral Marquee, takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 14 – 17 June. Book tickets and find out more at bbcgardenersworldlive.com