Bloom­ing great start to flower show de­spite rain

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

EVEN rainy weather couldn’t put a damp­ener on the first day of the RHS Flower Show.

Hun­dreds of blos­som en­thu­si­asts will travel to Cardiff Cas­tle’s Bute Park this week­end to take part in one of the most well-known gar­den shows in the UK.

This year, in line with Visit Wales’ theme for 2018, the event is cel­e­brat­ing the Year of the Sea, high­light­ing the sen­sa­tional Welsh coast­line with a host of re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and fea­tures.

There are also more than 50 stands dis­play­ing spec­tac­u­lar spring blooms in the Flo­ral Mar­quee and Plant Vil­lage, where visi­tors can stock up on plants.

Celebrity florist Jonathan Mose­ley and pas­sion­ate plants­man Matthew Biggs are two of the names on the speak­ers lists, of­fer­ing top tips along­side a host of the best Bri­tish grow­ers and nurs­ery ex­perts.

New this year is the Floristy Bench, which will sit along­side the Pot­ting Bench demon­stra­tion area. Cu­rated by lo­cal florist Sharon Dower, some of the UK’s top florists will show you how best to grow your own cut flower gar­den and how to dis­play your blooms.

Ad­di­tion­ally RHS is un­veil­ing a new gar­den cat­e­gory as part of its Green­ing Great Bri­tain cam­paign, which shows how ev­ery­day ma­te­ri­als can be used to help trans­form spa­ces.

Show man­ager Anna Sk­ib­niewski-Ball said: “I am really ex­cited to be man­ag­ing the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018. Brim­ming with the colours and scents of spring, this is the per­fect place for in­spi­ra­tion to get your gar­den bloom­ing again.”

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff con­tin­ues all week­end, from 10am to 5.30pm today and 10am to 4.30pm to­mor­row.

Col­lect your free seeds at RHS Cardiff – page 17 13 Pen­lline rd Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 2AA 02920 628479 151 Cr­wys Road, Cardiff CF24 4NH 029 2034 3705

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