The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.
The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.
As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS has revealed an exciting line-up, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and the brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the stunning Bute Park from 13 to 15 April.
Evergreen Wales – Cardiff-based father and son duo Richard and Adam Davis – will reconstruct the Welsh mountains with ‘Cwm Caerdydd’ using materials entirely sourced from Wales, highlighting everything they love about the Welsh landscape.
Showcasing a functional space for professional couples looking for a contemporary and green design requiring minimal maintenance, Bridgend College returns with first-time designer Petra Kodurand to create ‘Suburban Euphoria’.
‘Disequilibrium’ by first time Show Garden designer Mike Furse provides a Japanese-inspired garden offering a calm space to observe, listen and reflect in the workplace away from the stresses of everyday life.
Year of the Sea
The National Museum of Wales will be presenting mini laboratories in glass greenhouses for its fifth time at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Focusing on three areas of science and horticulture, the greenhouses will represent three of the seven museum sites: Big Pit National Coal Museum, National Museum Cardiff and National Waterfront Museum, each with interactive activities.
Other interactive features include RSPB Cymru alongside Cardiff Council and Buglife who will be joining forces to recreate Cardiff Bay from a swift’s bird’s eye view; anticipating the birds’ May arrival and looking into the variety of coastal habitats.
The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales ‘rain feature’ will depict an urban garden with the ability to channel the natural flow of rain.
And the ever-popular Wheelbarrow competition returns this year with adventures of the sea and its abundance of wildlife. From underwater creatures to life on the coast, the competition welcomes local pre-schools and primary schools to get creative with all things aquatic!
RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Credit: RHS and Huw John
Continuing the success of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, the Regeneration Gardens will show how small interventions with modest budgets can make significant changes to gardens and outdoor spaces.
Following a competition which selected three designs from recently graduated landscape architects and garden designers, the gardens feature practical ideas visitors can take home - from evocative Victoriana to modern functionality and quirky uses of unexpected materials. This category promises to get gardeners thinking about the ongoing issues we face in protecting our environment - and the importance of recycling - through showcasing the use of ordinary, low-cost everyday resources in our gardens.
Pam Creed’s design ‘The Reimagined Past’ will inspire show goers with a stimulating garden for contemplation. Having graduated from the London College of Garden Design, Pam recreates a deconstructed Victorian garden made up of miscellaneous household items from the era with fireplaces, grates and drain covers predominantly salvaged from South Wales.
Shin Myung Ja from Inchbald School of Design in Korea will present ‘The Reflection Garden’, exploring a sensory and modern setting with recycled bathtubs reworked as dining furniture at the heart of its design.
‘Urban Regeneration’ by Millie Souter will create a public space that sees low cost, easily accessible materials take centre stage including reclaimed water tanks found in Scotland.
The Floral Marquee and Plant Village will be bursting with 60 top-quality nurseries for visitors to grab their seasonal plants. There will be an abundance of take-home ideas to celebrate this spring, with new exhibitors including an unusual selection of epiphytic air plants from Andy’s Air Plants and Surreal Succulents who will display beautiful and easy-to-keep succulents.
Speaking about this year’s event, Welsh-born Show Manager Anna Skibniewski-Ball, who hails from Hook in Pembrokeshire says:
“Growing up in Pembrokeshire, I was so fortunate to be able to enjoy the very best of the beautiful Welsh coastline right on my doorstep so this year’s theme is particularly special for me.
“We are pulling together the finishing touches for the Show and it promises to be another spectacular celebration of spring, creativity and gardening. There will be lots to get involved in and plenty of take-home ideas and, as always, the support of Welsh businesses is at its heart, as well as welcoming in experts from across the UK for a truly inspiring show.”
RHS Flower Show Cardiff: how to book
For more information or to buy advance tickets for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff visit rhs.org.uk.
Event: RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018
Venue: Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Date: 13 – 15 April 2018
Friday 13 and Saturday 14: 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 15: 10am – 4.30pm (plant sell off 4pm)
Advance tickets: £11 (RHS members £10)
On the day: £14 (RHS members £12)
Children free (under 16)