For 2018, the Horticulture Show at the Royal Norfolk Show was transformed into a unique and interactive community hub and was bigger than ever before. The new space covered a wide variety of horticultural styles to suit the ever-growing industry and was an exciting change for visitors.
Designed in the shape of a tree, to reflect the feeling of wellbeing trees provide and wellbeing as one of the three themes of this year’s show, the new area featured live entertainment, cookery demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for visitors to chat to experts shop for new additions to their very own gardens.
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank is generously supporting the following areas:
Community hub and plot to plate demonstrations
With the help of the Royal Horticultural Society there was an allotment space run by community and charity groups with a demonstration area for talks suited to growing fruit and vegetables. Visitors were able to chat with volunteers on the plot about growing food at home or starting a new allotment themselves.
A talented team of garden designers showed off their skills with an area dedicated to show gardens which incorporated one of the three main themes of the show this year – Wellbeing, Field to Fork and our Coast.
School show gardens
Schools designed their own fun and colourful show gardens in raised beds along the main pathway to the marquees, again following one or all of the main themes of the show and judged by industry experts. This was a chance to encourage young people into gardening and provided them with a superb opportunity to get their hands dirty and enjoy having fun with plants.
Indoor and urban marquee
Indoor and urban gardening, is not only a current trend but also a necessity for our wellbeing. This area showed just how fascinating, accessible and easy it can be to incorporate plants into our everyday life. From living walls to air plants and even how transforming a small front garden can make a huge difference to our urban areas.
Creating real buzz at the show will be Larissa Cooper of Larissa’s Garden. Larissa will be showing how we need bees for our food chain and how that process works directly with our own gardens and allotments.
Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society
Sponsored by Today Magazines (Suffolk & Norfolk Life) a fantastic floral marquee full of show flowers, fruit and vegetables along with other dazzling displays which has always been a popular place to visit at the show.
The demonstration marquee was about entertainment with a full programme for both learning and relaxing. From cookery demonstrations to gardening, live entertainment and lots more to keep you entertained whatever your interest…there will of course be food and drink available as well.
To find out a little more about the people behind the new Horticultural Show watch our show story below: