Photos by Rob Tysall
A special outdoor BBC Gardeners World Live takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 26th – 29th August. Ann Evans provides a glimpse of what’s happening.
It’s where every gardener will want to be between now and Sunday 29th August. Deprived last year of the event because of Covid, this year there’s an Special Outdoor Edition, focused on the open air areas of the NEC.
There are still all the fantastic floral displays, shopping opportunities, gardening advice and inspiration to be had that we’ve come to know and expect. As always, people will be able to enjoy the beautiful show gardens and stands; the horticultural talks and advice provided by the likes of Monty Don, Adam Frost and Carol Klein. And you can browse and shop for plants, garden furniture, garden ornaments and everything you could possibly want for your garden.
There’s inspiration all around, not least from the collection of show gardens. These are judged to the highest standards of design, planting and inspiration. This year there are four categories of gardens: Show Gardens, APL Avenue, Showcase Gardens and Beautiful borders. We will highlight some of the winning gardens, displays and designers in our next article.
The spacious Floral Marquee is a delight for the senses (even though you’re asked to wear a mask inside the large hall) with fabulous displays by award-winning nurseries and horticulturalists. There are enchanting displays of Bonsai trees, incredible cacti, elegant orchids, roses, alliums, gladioli – so many magnificent displays worthy of gold, silver and bronze awards. It’s also the place to treat yourself to a cream tea!
While there won’t be a co-located BBC Good Food Show this year the Outdoor BBC Good Food Market will be bringing a tasty mix of artisan food and drink producers with street food and delicious produce you may not find elsewhere. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself – and your garden to a day at Gardeners World Live.
BBC Gardeners World Live is at the Birmingham NEC from 26th – 29th August 2021.
For more details and tickets: www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com