Gardeners' World Live 2017 begins today at the NEC in Birmingham, Robert Hall reports on what you will find at this popular annual show.
Green fingered enthusiasts from throughout the country will be making their way to Gardeners' World Live this week, knowing that this marvellous show has something to interest everyone.
50th Birthday Celebrations
This year's event will also be a bit special as it is part of the programme's fiftieth birthday celebrations and, on Friday, the plant that has been judged to have had the most impact on gardens over the past half century will be revealed.
Another notable day is Thursday when a BBC2 crew will be filming as part of an anniversary programme to mark this special landmark. Broadcast the following evening, you'll be able to watch it while eating a slice of Nadiya Hussain's Spiced Beetroot birthday cake.
There's no shortage of birthday exhibits, these include a fifty-year-old olive tree, a three tier birthday cake made from peonies and a garden party created from cut flowers.
If you are interested in how gardening has altered over five decades, the 'Changing Face of Gardening' features talks and demonstrations highlighting the evolution of plants, techniques and accessories. Our changing attitude to container gardening, wildlife, growing your own and even the garden shed will also be examined.
This marquee will, as usual, be awash with colour and filled with sweet scent, brimming over with wonderful displays from well-known nurseries and specialist growers.
Whatever your favourite flower, you'll find it here along with hundreds of other blooms, including many new plants and the delightful Festival of Roses.
If you didn't get to the Chelsea Flower Show, Birmingham City Council and Barnsdale Gardens will be recreating their well-received displays.
There's also a demonstration bench and advice desk where experts will be on hand with horticultural information and aftercare tips on whatever you buy from the marquee or Plant Village which is lined with trade stands.
Creative and imaginative ideas abound in the show gardens where you can gain the inspiration required to transform your own garden whatever its size.
In addition to the commercially sponsored Show and Feature Gardens with their various themes, there are others that focus on the constraints of an average garden or the compact demands of a small garden.
Two special ones to mention are the Nostalgia Garden that features gardening styles of the 60s and the Anniversary Garden showing how gardens have developed since we first listened to Sgt. Pepper.
Beautiful Borders is always a popular feature and will fill you with practical ideas on how to use plant combinations to create a colourful border
Meet The Experts
If you've only ever seen them on TV, this is your chance to hear from the Gardeners' World team and host of other experts including Alan Titchmarsh, Joe Swift and Carol Klein
These well-known personalities will offer advice on a range of topics during their informative and entertaining talks, and Monty Don will also be signing his latest book.
Gardeners' World Live is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham between Thursday 15 June – Sunday 18 June 2017.
Don't forget that Hall's Garden Centre is only a few miles away, so on your way home why not drop by to see our own outstanding selection of plants, garden furniture and equipment.
And if you are in need of refreshment there's our award winning Garden Room coffee shop where you can enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake.