Horticulture takes centre stage at the forthcoming Spring Garden & Leisure Show, held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the South of England Centre, Ardingly near Haywards Heath. This year’s event is heavily themed with the showground divided into zones, including Access the Countryside, Green, Leisure, Horticulture and Pet, making it far easier to explore all that is on offer.
Central to the two-day event, which spans Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May, is the Gardening Theatre. This will feature a range of presentations to entice everyone who is ‘green-fingered’, from the novice gardener to the seriously horticultural. First ‘on stage’ is Dr Glynn Percival from tree surgeons Bartletts with a demonstration on all things arboricultural and advice on how to deal with everything from saplings to firmly established trees. Both local education provider, Brinsbury College, and the world-famous NAFAS will provide flower-arranging demonstrations, followed by a gardeners’ question time to answer garden-related problems.
The panel of Ask the Garden Experts comprises a range of highly qualified and knowledgeable horticulturalists. The Chairman is the BBC’s roving gardening reporter Jean Griffin, a self-confessed plant-a-holic who is known to radio listeners across the south-east. Her weekly programme of handy hints and advice - as well as unearthing gardening gems - has been popular on radio stations since the 1970s.
As if all this were not enough to entertain, the Show includes the highly entertaining Mini Sheep Show; creatures great and small; everything from dogs and alpacas to fur and feather. Younger visitors will enjoy the funfair and following the Fluffy Duck Trail with the chance to win a prize, plus entertainment throughout the day.
Admission is great value, with a family ticket just £20 when bought in advance from www.springgardenshow.co.uk
Published 24th February 2012
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