• NEW look Horticultural Show
• NEW appointment of garden consultant and writer, Ellen Mary, as horticultural co-ordinator
• NEW community hub and plot to plate demonstration area
• NEW show gardens for the public and schools
• NEW indoor and urban marquee
The UK’s largest two-day county show is set to inspire both amateur and professional gardeners with the introduction of its new-look horticultural experience.
The Horticulture Show at the Royal Norfolk Show is to be transformed into a unique and interactive community hub and set to be bigger than ever before. The new space will be cover a wide variety of horticultural styles to suit the ever-growing industry and be an exciting change for visitors this year.
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 will feature 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 will be an allotment space run by community and charity groups with a demonstration area for talks suited to growing fruit and vegetables. Visitors will be able to chat with volunteers on the plot about growing food at home or starting a new allotment themselves.
School show gardens
Schools are invited to design 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 is a chance to encourage young people into gardening and this will provide 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 will show 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.
Created by the Norfolk Bee Keepers Society who will be back with their bees. This will show 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.
Mark Nicholas, Show and Programmes Director, says the transformation of the horticultural offering will inspire visitors and provide plenty of new opportunities for businesses.
“We have big plans to make the Horticultural Show extremely exciting for visitors and provide new opportunities for businesses and other organisations to get involved! Plans are well underway to make this bigger than ever before but we still welcome ideas from those looking to get involved.”
“The revamp of the horticultural area is supported by the new appointment of garden consultant and writer Ellen Mary as horticultural co-ordinator who is a real champion of gardening and everything in between. We’re really pleased to have Ellen Mary on board, she clearly has a passion for what she does and is already getting idea off the ground.”
Ellen Mary said of the appointment “I am so excited to be part of the team transforming the horticultural offering at this year’s Norfolk Show. It’s been a solid visitor attraction for many years and we just want to build on that great base to encourage more people to interact and get to know more about gardening.”
“Norfolk has the most fantastic horticultural businesses, knowledge and landscapes which we should certainly be celebrating but also there is so much work being done by local charities in our communities to grow food and bring people together through gardening and this is going to be a central theme to the new area. The community hub will be a place to learn and even get active down the plot whilst connecting with knowledgeable experts and learn some new gardening skills. So bring your gloves!”