|In the grey of January thoughts turn to the colours of spring, and where better to find them than the RHS Show Cardiff April
17th to the 19th. Tickets are now on sale for this first Royal Horticultural Society show of the season set in the splendid parklands of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the Welsh capital, where last year record crowds turned out to enjoy the best of the spring blooms and to seek inspiration for the gardening season ahead.
The RHS Flower Show Cardiff offers beautiful show gardens providing visitors with novel ideas for their own gardens. The floral marquees are full of impressive displays created by the UK's leading nurseries, and RHS Advisory specialists are on hand to answer gardening queries. With all this and more, the 2015 show hopes to be the best yet.
The three themes in 2015 will reflect the show's emphasis on
plants, people and places
The show, held at Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, has brought to life Cardiff City centre each spring with its yellow daffodils and will do so again
The three themes in 2015 will reflect the show's emphasis on plants, people and places
Step into Spring!
As the first outdoor RHS show
of the year we are encouraging people to welcome the new
season and get outside after the long winter and embrace the
outdoors. The showground will be awash with spring flowers
and colour from the wonderful displays in the Floral
Marquee, Plant Village and show gardens.
Highlights to include:
- 54 carefully-selected
UK nurseries will be displaying and selling
their award winning plants across the two Floral
Marquees. Welsh nurseries exhibiting include Pheasant
Acre Plants, Roualeyn Fuchsias, Bordervale Plants,
Dibleys Nurseries and Gordon’s Nursery. The Botanic
Nursery will also be celebrating their 30th anniversary
- Plant Village
exhibitors will create charming outdoor
displays to inspire plant combinations for the garden in
this outdoor plant shopping experience.
- The RHS Potting
Bench in Floral Marquee 2 will offer visitors
the chance to pick up top tips and advice from the
- An informative feature
looking at the work of the RHS trials team with
information on how the RHS trials work and how the AGM
is awarded, images of tulips taken from the Lindley
Library collection and planted pots of tulips being
trialled in 2015.
- A range of medal
winning show gardens, from well-known
designers, to first timers, colleges and students.
- A display of ‘Step
into Spring’ inspired illustrations from the
degree students at the University of South Wales..
Simple Spaces : Amazing
Many of us who live in an
urban environment have very little green space to call our
own. Gardens may have been paved over to allow for
additional parking or ease of maintenance, and as a result
vital green space around us is becoming ever smaller.
Green space is vital for wildlife, biodiversity and for our
own health and wellbeing. Simple Spaces: Amazing Places aims
to show how three average sized gardens can be utilised and
transformed into an inspiring, practical and easily
maintainable living space. The gardens will be packed with
ideas to take away to help make your own space amazing!
There will be:
- A funky kitchen
garden – for people who like to 'grow their
own', this will show how even in a small space you can
grow produce, keep chickens and enjoy dining alfresco
when the weather gets warmer. Taking the kitchen
outside! Designed by Landscaper Victoria Wade.
- A relaxing garden
office – a simple but dreamy, relaxing space
that incorporates a form of studio space to work.
Designed by Robert Hughes, Garden Designer.
- A wildlife haven –
a family garden that reflects the love of the outdoors
with the importance of gardening for wildlife and
encouraging birds, insects and hedgehogs. Designed by
Garden Designer Shani Lawrence.
The show is a place to learn,
pick up top tips and get involved in hands on activity
whatever your age or ability. This theme harnesses the
wealth of knowledge we bring together in one event. There
really is no better place to begin a new hobby, improve an
existing one or hone your expertise.
Highlights to include:
RHS Talks &
Demonstration Theatre hosted by BBC presenter Toby
Buckland. Toby will be there each day of the
show to talk on a gardening subject of his choice as
well as introducing the talks programme. There will be
six talks per day and they will run from 11am – 4pm
Wheelbarrow Competition – it wouldn’t be
Cardiff without this wonderful feature showcasing the
imagination and talent of local schools. The theme for
2015 will be 'Homes, Habitats and Hideaways'
focusing on wildlife gardening.
- The Family Area at
the show will include activities such as flower
arranging, tree climbing, face painting, storytelling
and willow weaving. There will also be a children’s
trail taking the young garden explorers on an adventure
around the showground.
- Learn & Grow
Marquee – showcasing displays from RHS
Affiliated Societies, Partner Gardens and Colleges.
- Interactive features
focusing on gardening for wildlife from
the Wildlife Trust of South Wales, RSPB, and Hedgehog
- Pick up the best must-have
gardening products on the market from carefully selected
exhibitors to help you garden better.
- Browse more than 30 local
artisan producers in the Farmers Market, and 40 craft
- Live music and
entertainment throughout the show!