Top Ten Tips for BBC Gardeners World Live
BBC Gardeners’ World Live is fast becoming a must-visit event in the annual gardening shows calendar with nearly 100,000 set to attend the show at the NEC over the weekend of 15-18th June.
A leading showcase of the biggest and most respected UK plant nurseries, gardening experts and inspiring gardens, BBC Gardeners World Love will provide an unrivalled source of inspiration, the latest trends and products and take-home advice for both novice gardeners and plant enthusiasts. The British Garden Centres team has outlined our top ten picks for the show and why you should make a beeline for this thriving gardening event.
The Show Gardens
The show gardens are the main event and Gardeners World Live is loved for its inspirational line-up and is the place to see the cutting-edge garden design, marvel at planting schemes, reflect and find ideas to take home. From traditional gardens to futuristic grow-your-own, spaces, visitors will see from award-winning landscapers how imagination and creativity can transform your outdoor space.
Designed and built by the Association of Professional Landscapers, is an area with some excellent smaller show gardens that are achievable on a smaller budget. Showcasing what incredible designers and landscapers they are in their own right; APL Avenue is the place to be for aspirational but relatable gardens at the show.
Most urban gardens have some narrow borders to deal with, particularly those gardening in small spaces. With thousands of varying styles and planting effects making a new garden border can be an exciting process and the Beautiful Borders have 20 borders that are achievable and have stunning impact.
The marquee, sponsored by Legal & General, is home to breath-taking floral displays by the best UK nurseries and specialist growers. Whether you love your plants with soft lines, an abundance of colour and sweet fragrances or are a fan of alpine plants and succulents, the Marquee will have something for you.
Have a question about a plant, then visit the Let’s Talk Plants where experts will be giving advice on how to look after your plants. You can also exchange plastic pots received with plants bought at the Show with sustainable alternatives from Wool Pots.
The Gardeners World Live Theatre
We are proud to sponsor the live stage once again and this year is once again jam-packed with the most well-known names in horticulture. Come and listen to In Conversation talks by Monty Don, Carol Klein, Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Michael Perry, Chris Collins and Alan Titchmarsh, in the BBC Gardeners’ World LiveTheatre all hosted by Nicki Chapman.
The Tool Shed
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out it’s essential you have the right tools for the job. The Tool Shed will be home to demos from exhibitors from around the halls and experts will share the best advice on how to make the most out of your garden with what’s in your shed or garage.
This area showcases the latest gardening products that have the potential to be the next ‘big thing’. Look out for the badges throughout the halls to easily identify the latest gardening sundries, equipment, and tools on the market.
A shopper’s paradise
Immerse yourself in a shopping heaven at the show with stands both inside and out selling lots of gardening goodies. The Plant Village and Houseplant Market have great plants and accessories, and the Artisan Collective Market provides everything you could possibly need for your outdoor space.
BBC Good Food Show
Did you know that all tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live include FREE general admission to the BBC Good Food Show Summer, taking place next door and packed with speciality food producers and live stage demos from top chefs such as James Martin, Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge and Michael Roux.