Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
Preparations are well advanced for Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, and GardenSite will be represented on the Halcyon Days show garden. Nathan James Dodd has been checking up on how the plans are progressing.
Gardeners' World is definitely the place you'll want to be between 11 – 14 June, with an impressive range of activities, a first class list of contributors, and gardeners' zones which bring together shopping, advice and inspiration.
There's a theatre where well-known gardeners such as Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift will present a packed schedule of entertaining talks sharing their top tips and expertise.
A floral marquee will be full of colour and scent, a spectacular collection of flowers that you can purchase from award-winning nurseries. There's also a Pots Zone for container gardening enthusiasts.
Appealing to 'grow your own' enthusiasts, the Grow & Eat section will feature kitchen garden talks by well-known personalities and an Allotment Clinic to encourage you to make the most out of your plot.
Each year the RHS and Gardeners' World Live celebrate imagination and creativity with Show Gardens that can transform any ordinary plot. Reflecting current trends, these gardens are a central focus of the show, with talented designers bringing their ideas to life.
One of these gardens will be from Halcyon Days. Established by Andy Tudbury in 2003, this is a multi-award winning garden design company. Still in the planning stage, the garden will be called 'Ron's Garden....a Gentleman's Retreat', named after Andy's late father.
One thing is certain, in tandem with Rowlinson Timber Products, GardenSite is arranging for the garden to feature a Carmen Pavilion. This is a really well designed garden building, a comfortable retreat with louvre panels, that can be used for relaxation in addition to a range of activities.
We'll be keeping you in touch with how the garden progresses and, if you can't get to the event, post pictures of the show garden when it is completed.
Further information on Gardeners' World Live can be found on their website at www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com
Nathan James Dodd
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