Gardeners' World Live

Posted on: 12 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

BBC Gardeners' World Live returns to bloom at the NEC this June.

Flaming June sees the return of the hugely popular BBC Gardeners' World Live, taking place between 11th and 15th June 2008. For five days The NEC will be in bloom with some truly stunning floral displays and breathtaking Show Gardens, not to mention a whole host of celebrities giving visitors a wealth of hints and tips on how to recreate the looks at home.

The Celebrity Theatre will see the green fingers of gardening experts such as Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Joe Swift and Carol Klein weaving their magic and imparting invaluable advice to audiences.

The Grow Your Own Theatre will be encouraging everyone to grow their way to five a day by offering trade secrets on producing the best tasting fruit, vegetables and herbs in their own gardens. Aside from the focus on flavour, growing your own eliminates the carbon footprint created by transporting non-local produce.

While the fabulous show gardens will include fresh, inspirational ideas with a mixture of traditional, theatrical and slick and contemporary designs created by new enthusiastic designers as well as some of the more familiar faces. There will even be an exclusive Prince Caspian Garden which will recreate the Narnia shown in the brand new Disney film The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian.

Competition will be tight in the RHS Floral Marquee as 100 nurseries put together beautiful displays in the hope of winning one of the coveted RHS medals.

Elsewhere at the show a brand new floristry section will be featuring some fantastically wonderful creations and a new Orchid feature will be bringing an exquisite oriental flavour to the NEC.

A stroll down the Gardeners' Lanes, through the Gardeners' Market and Crescent and down the Avenue will give the ideal opportunity to buy some high quality and unusual gardeners' gifts, gadgets and accessories.

The environmentally conscious should look out for the greener living section which will have some great ideas on how to 'go green' in the garden, with a wealth of eco-gadgets.

One of the spectacular show gardens, built by Toby Buckland is inspired by Carol Klein's BBC2 green gardening project and will bring the message to life for visitors.

BBC Gardeners' World Live is taking place as part of the BBC Summer Festival which also incorporates the BBC Good Food Show Summer and dedicated Good Homes and Countryfile magazine areas, as well as a brand new central feature bringing a sustainable future to life.

It's one of the hot topics of the moment - how can we all do our bit to help counteract the effects of global warming and protect our planet? It can be difficult to translate all the advice given on television and in the newspapers into practical measures that we can all take every day, but the BBC Summer Festival will be doing just this. Running as a theme throughout the show, greener living will be under the spotlight and nowhere more prominently than in the brand new Sustainable Future Feature.

Positioned centrally in the show as part of the Countryfile magazine area, the Sustainable Future Feature will have four sections focusing on different issues and a central Green Clinic which will host enlightening talks by celebrity and key industry figures. Speakers will range from well known figures such as John Craven, Oliver Heath and Ben Fogle to respected property writer, Tina Jesson and Jacob Tompkins from Waterwise. Topics covered will include saving water, how to go green in your garden, the Eco home and green gadgets and will inspire listeners to do their bit at home.

Surrounding the Green Clinic, the first of the four sections of the feature will be asking visitors to look at how they can Save Energy. From insulating homes and buying products with reduced emissions to establishing energy saving habits, this area will be a treasure trove of totally practical ideas.

The second section will be looking at Greener Motoring and Renault will be on hand to offer advice on what to look for when choosing a “green” car and what the new environmental labelling on cars really means.

The third section will look at how we can Save Resources. With only 17 per cent of our waste being recycled annually, we have a long way to go in this area. Once again, there will be plenty of practical tips for what we can all do to help address this problem.

The final section will be encouraging visitors to Shop Fairly without it costing a fortune and explaining the truth behind labels such as 'organic' and 'fair-trade'.

Over at the BBC Good Food Show Summer, there will also be strong support for locally produced food. In a brand new partnership with Slow Food UK, a special section of the show will be devoted to the best small local producers as nominated by the public. Both Henrietta Green's Foodlovers' Fairs and The Great British Food Festival will also be championing superior quality and more environmentally-friendly home produced food.

Gardeners World LiveVisitor Information

Check out the website for full show details and to book tickets or telephone the ticket hotline on 0870 040 0371. A ticket to Gardeners' World Live also admits you to all other areas of the BBC Summer Festival.

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