They'll be no shortage of gardening programmes on TV next year with several old favourites returning and also some new series. Andy Taylor has been finding out what's planned for 2017.
Once again one of the highlights of the year, Gardeners' World Live, is back at the NEC in Birmingham from June 12 – 16th.
All the well known personalities will be there – Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Diarmuid Gavin and many others giving talks, tips and advice.
Learn from the experts how to design a garden or encourage wildlife. There's problem solving sessions with Anne Swithenbank, and Mary Berry will be demonstrating her favourite ways to turn home grown fruit and vegetables into tasty treats.
The RHS Flower Show features no less than eleven gardens with a wide array of themes and that's in addition to a 'Floral Marquee' packed with over 100 nurseries exhibiting a spectacular number and variety of plants.
The Plant Village is the ultimate horticultural farmer's market while the 'Edible Patches' exhibition explains how to cultivate a small plot, making it is as productive as possible.
Other specialist areas have exhibits to interest everyone, from flower arranging to foraging, rare plants and bee keeping to the biggest exhibition of Bonsai in the UK, with talks and demonstrations.
There's lots of fun stuff for the children as well, two of whom are admitted free on Saturday and Sunday, and every day if they are under six. Over the weekend there are family activities and Blue Peter's own gardener will be showing youngsters how to sow seeds and pot plants.
The sheer range of exhibitors in Birmingham means that you will go home full of ideas on how to improve your garden.
Forest will be showing their sustainable timber products. They're the UK's largest manufacturer of garden timber products, so if you've ever wanted a summerhouse or log cabin to make the most of your garden, their stand will inspire you with ideas and solutions.
A particularly interesting development is Forest's commitment to accessibility, working in partnership with Thrive, a charity that helps people who have mental health problems or a disability to change their lives through gardening,.
Their Accessible Gardening collection includes compact raised beds and planters specially designed for wheelchair gardeners and those with a disability. Tested by Thrive, the range includes existing products plus new table and trough planters in addition to mini-garden troughs. A donation is made to the charity with each sale.
Another well known exhibiting company is Haddonstone, who will be showcasing their range of cast stone landscape ornaments. These include garden furniture, bird baths, fountains, planters sundials and statuary. If you have never thought about using cast stone, maybe this will be the right time to have a look.
If you visit the NEC for Gardeners' World Live, we are only a few minutes away in Castle Bromwich and Sutton Coldfield. So if you are inspired, we would love to see you.
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