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One ticket allows access to two great shows
BBC Gardeners' World Live and BBC Good Food Show Summer are at Birmingham NEC from June 13 16.

Green-fingered royalty Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh and Carol Klein, are among the star-studded line-up presenting on-stage demos, giving hints and tips to solve garden problems, revealing the hottest gardening trends and suggesting ways to make the most of spending time in the garden over summer.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, Gardening, Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, Ainsley Harriott
Monty Don at Gardeners' World Live 2017


Blue Peter gardener, Lee Connolly, will be leading Gardeners' World Live's first Children's Activity Trail, weaving families around the show, taking them on an adventure into the world of gardening and getting youngsters involved in practical sessions.

The show hosts one of the largest floral marquees in the country. From orchids to lilies, dianthus to alliums, the spectacular displays will provide seasonal inspiration for all gardeners. Up to 80 new flower varieties will be included in plant pyramids, created using 4,000 plants. The spectacle takes the form of a monumental pyramid with four satellite structures, covered in new varieties of garvinea, gerbera, sunflower, pelargonium, nemesia, rose, foxglove, catnip, alstroemeria and echinacea.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, Gardening, Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, Ainsley Harriott
The Plant Pyramid at Gardeners' World Live 2018


The headline Show Garden is The Watchmaker's Garden, designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Inspired by the 19th century back gardens in Birmingham's Jewellery Quartet, the exhibit features a rustic building with a garden full of heirloom and heritage vegetables, salads, cottage garden plants and self-seeded native flowers. Unkempt grass areas surround the space, with rambling paths and fencing, along with nasturtiums and climbing peas scrambling up posts. Trees and shrubs border the garden, giving a mature feel, as well as screening the boundaries.

Other Show Gardens include one dedicated to dahlias, a canal scene, a space-saving garden and 'Onward and Upward' which includes a roof garden, sun deck and Jacuzzi.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, Gardening, Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, Ainsley Harriott
2018's Made in Birmingham Show Garden


Alongside BBC Gardeners' World Live is BBC Good Food Show Summer which boasts a number of top chefs, cooks and bakers. Ainsley Harriott returns to the show for the first time in over a decade, taking to the Big Kitchen stage alongside Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jr., Mary Berry, Nadiya Hussain and Prue Leith.

There are shopping opportunities aplenty, with offerings from artisan producers and well-known brands, and lots of chances to 'try before you buy'.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, Gardening, Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, Ainsley Harriott


Adam Frost, who will be sharing tips and advice in the BBC Gardeners' World Live Theatre, said: "Gardeners' World Live is a great place for the gardening community to come together and celebrate what we love. It's the perfect for anybody looking for exciting garden inspiration to try at home."

Michel Roux Jr. added: "There aren't many events that compare to the BBC Good Food Show Summer. With live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping and tasting it really is the ultimate summer day out for food lovers."
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Why? Top names at leading gardening and food shows
When: June 13 - 16, 2019
Phone: 0844 581 1343
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Cost: From 25
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