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BBC Gardeners' World Live and Good Food Show 2014

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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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Two Big Shows For The Price of One
Two of Britain's most popular pastimes are covered in a two-for-the-price-of-one event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre from June 12 - 15.

BBC Gardeners' World Live
Everything's coming up roses at BBC Gardeners' World Live (pic: BBC Gardeners' World Live)

The BBC Gardeners' World Live and Good Food Show attracts thousands of devotees every year and 2014 has a star-studded line-up.

Top TV gardeners appearing include Monty Don, Diarmuid Gavin, Carol Klein and Joe Swift. Whetting the appetite at the Good Food Show are The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, James Martin and John Torode.

Gardeners' World Live Joe Swift
Star-studded: Joe Swift

There will be special appearances by Jim Buttress from The Big Allotment Challenge, former Gardeners' World frontman Toby Buckland and Countrywise presenter Rachel de Thame. Meanwhile, chef Tom Kerridge will host Saturday Kitchen Live and Lisa Faulkner will front the new Summer Kitchen attraction.

New features at Gardeners' World Live include dedicated specialist zones like Gardeners' Essentials, Grow & Eat, Wildlife, Know-How and Life & Style, talks in the Kitchen Garden tent and a Gardeners' Inspiration area featuring Plant Focus Pods, Celebrity Chef Kitchen Garden Containers and Garden Café.

Gardeners' World Live
Prize winning: Show garden at last year's BBC Gardeners' World Live

As always, there will be a number of specially designed show gardens, the RHS Floral Marquee, the RHS Plant Village with over 100 specialist nurseries, and small allotments called Edible Patches which show that you don't need a lot of space to grow tasty fruit and vegetables.

The two shows have teamed up to produce ten Chef's Kitchen Garden Containers. From Mary Berry's edible flowers to The Hairy Bikers' Asian Inspiration and James Martin's herbs for flavouring meat, there's no shortage of ideas for growing in pots.

BBC Good Food Show
All you can eat: BBC Good Food Show (Pic: BBC Good Food Show)

Also in the Good Food section are Good Food Bakes and Cakes Village, dedicated to all things baking, and the place to pick up tips and recipe ideas, and Producers' Village, a huge speciality food market packed with small artisan stalls.

Whether you love sowing and growing or wining and dining, Birmingham NEC is the place to be from June 12 - 15.
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Why? Two great shows for the price of one.
When: June 12 -15, 2014
Phone: 0844 581 1340
Where: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Cost: Advance tickets from £22.50
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