For the first time at any garden show, Paul Stone's incredible feature garden showcases a vintage steam engine and Pullman railway carriage - all within the scenic garden setting of a wildflower embankment, station cottage garden with prize allotment, and more.
Celebrating the industrial heritage of the West Midlands, this show-stopping garden will represent Birmingham at the heart of the national railway network. The Pullman Dining Carriage, named ‘Eagle’, is part of the beautifully restored fleet at Vintage Trains, coming to The NEC from their Tyseley works.
Recognising Birmingham’s contribution to agriculture and horticulture throughout the Black Country, the scene features a typical railway embankment allotment plot packed with the finest produce together with a stunning cut flower garden alongside the station platform. All flowers will be grown by volunteers from the MIND group in Knowle supported by Flowers from the Farm.
A field of barley surrounds the station signal box with hops growing along the railway siding fences to acknowledge Birmingham’s beer brewing industry from microbreweries to major brewers such as Davenports, and visitors will be able to view memorabilia from Davenports brewing past.
“We want to celebrate the vigor and energy of the Birmingham powerhouse from the past to the current day” says Paul.
(Design subject to change)