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WIN a pair of tickets to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff

PUBLISHED: 15:04 11 March 2019

Petrichor Bulb Specialists in the Plant Village at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHS

Petrichor Bulb Specialists in the Plant Village at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHS

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The county’s plant growers have been busy preparing for what’s seen traditionally as the first major flower show of the year – and you could attend for free!

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff returns to the Welsh capital from April 12-14 with a celebration of spring.

The show been set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle since 2005 and has grown ever since, reaching record numbers in 2015.

Somerset nurseries which are taking part in this year’s event include Mendip Bonsai Studio from Shepton Mallet which will be bringing a collection of mature bonsai trees and accent plants together in the Floral Marquee.

The nursery has won many RHS gold medals and Best In Show awards over the years.

Visitor looking at a floral display in the Floral Marquee.  RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHSVisitor looking at a floral display in the Floral Marquee. RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHS

It was set up in 1996 by John Trott and it’s now seen as one of the leading national exhibiting bonsai nurseries in the country. John’s experience of growing bonsai goes back to 1969 and a major part of the nursery’s work is to educate and help those interested in growing the miniature trees, through workshops held at the nursery.

With one of the UK’s largest selections of edible plants, Pennard Plants, also from Shepton Mallet, will be displaying a variety of vegetables and edibles.

The nursery is set in a beautiful walled garden at East Pennard and alongside its huge selection of edible plants, including fruit and herb plants, it has a fascinating collection of heritage and heirloom seeds. Keen to get everyone growing these lesser known varieties, it also holds workshops. At Cardiff this year the nursery team will be creating a Show Feature demonstrating how everyone can get growing their own produce, it includes workshops enabling little gardeners to take away their own potted plant.

Meanwhile Land’s End Nurseries will be bringing a selection of hardy shrubs and perennials from Wedmore to display in the show’s Plant Village.

R A Scamp in the Floral Marquee at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHSR A Scamp in the Floral Marquee at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 (c) RHS

This year’s Cardiff show will champion health and wellbeing and celebrate Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery theme for 2019 as it explores some of the finest examples in Welsh horticulture.

There will be twelve nurseries in the Plant Village and 45 nurseries in the Floral Marquees, all bringing a bounty of colour and scent. In recognition of their achievements, R & A Scamp Quality Daffodils have been named as 2019’s Master Grower. The multi gold medal-winning daffodil specialist will create a display featuring hundreds of varieties of daffodils and a woodland walk feature for a behind the scenes glimpse into their nursery life.

Alchemy Ferns and Kitchen Garden Plants are amongst the newcomers to exhibit at the show.

The popular Floristry Bench introduced in 2018 will also be back with a new Living Art Floristry Competition, as experts such as celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley create floral masterpieces alongside a variety of workshops.

Mendip Bonsai Studio display in the RHS Floral Marquee at the RHS Show Tatton Park 2009 (c) RHSMendip Bonsai Studio display in the RHS Floral Marquee at the RHS Show Tatton Park 2009 (c) RHS

Working with Perennial, the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, designer Peter Donegan will create a small private garden, a relaxing space complete with an outdoor kitchen. The idea of The Perennial Garden is to show what homeowners can achieve with a small, urban garden as it celebrates the organisation’s 180th anniversary of helping people in horticulture.

As a key show theme, features will highlight the benefits of gardening and outdoor spaces and, continuing the theme of community, a brand new Blossoming Beds Competition will offer community groups the chance to go head-to-head in creating colourful pockets of spring colour to inspire visitors British wildlife is also embraced with Into the Nest by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales which features a design from a bird’s perspective as it explores a variety of games to help visitors identify some of Wales’ iconic bird species.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, answer the question and enter the form below:

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Can’t wait to see if you’ve won? You can buy advance tickets here.

Terms & Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry drawn at random from all the entries received. The closing date for entries is April 3, 2019. Full Archant terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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