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Gardeners' World Live 2010


by Adam Pasco

The time has arrived. The NEC, Birmingham is about to be transformed, for the 18th time, into my favourite show of the year: BBC Gardeners' World Live.


Carol Klein speaking with a visitor to BBC Gardeners' World LiveThe time has arrived. The NEC, Birmingham is about to be transformed, for the 18th time, into my favourite show of the year: BBC Gardeners' World Live. I admit that I'm a little biased, as part of my job is to help bring Gardeners' World to life at the show, and it's always such great fun.

Unlike Chelsea where you can look but not touch, Gardeners' World Live is all about getting close-up and personal with a host of BBC gardening experts: Alan Titchmarsh on Wednesday, Monty Don on Thursday, and all the current GW presenters (Toby, Carol, Joe and Alys) for the remaining three days.

And 'live' is what it's all about, as all the gardening team can be seen in action around the show. Our Gardeners' World Magazine Theatre hosts all of them, but they also pop up in the Grow Your Own Garden area too.

New for 2010 is the Taste of Greenacre garden where Toby will be getting his hands dirty, and passing on practical advice from a recreation of the family back garden he's been developing on the programme. And Carol, Joe and Alys will be handing out advice at the Plant Swap stand, so take along some seedlings or young plants to swap with other visitors.

And as if that wasn't enough, I'll be at the show every day, too, along with fellow blogger James Alexander-Sinclair. James is hosting our magazine theatre, where I'll be joined by horticulturist Kevin Smith from my team to present a lively demonstration on The Productive Patio (I could hardly get all the plants into my car to bring to the show). Kevin and I will be demonstrating how to grow a wide range of plants, including strawberries, tomatoes, courgettes and herbs.

Our very special guests this year are BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time team. They're recording their programme at the show on Wednesday for broadcast on Friday 18 June 2010 at 3pm, repeated on Sunday 20 June at 2.00, so do tune in.

And, of course, Gardeners' World is being filmed at the show for broadcast on Friday evening on BBC Two.

We're looking for this year's Star Plant at the show, but can't do it without your help. Don't forget to vote for your favourite plant from the display in the RHS Floral Marquee.

We'd love to see you there, so please come up and say hello.



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Gardeners' World Web User 16/06/2010 at 20:28

Looking forward to my visit tomorrow! Came last year with my friend and had an amazing day whilst leaving my very green husband at home looking after our two year old son! This year my mum has very kindly offered to look after my son for the day( in exchange for filling her extensive plant shopping list) and i get to share the day with my wonderfull hubby! so i have just washed out the plant trolley! put the N.E.C. post code in the sat nav and am all set for an early night and a great day tomorrow! see you all there

Gardeners' World Web User 18/06/2010 at 09:01

My friend and I had a fabulous day out at GW live yesterday! I had my picture taken with Toby, who was just lovely and friendly, and we saw Carol and Joe filming around the show too. It's my favourite show, with lots to see and buy and plenty of space to do it all in too. The displays and gardens were wonderful and we are already planning and looking forward to our visit next year! Manby thanks to all concerned.

Gardeners' World Web User 18/06/2010 at 10:41

Visited on Wednesday after missing going last year and thought it was smaller than usual with not so many exhibitors. Particularly wanted to look at Lawnmowers and garden tools but not much to see and a lot of other regular stalls seemed to be missing this year. The displays and plants were nice as usual but have to say disappointed with the overall shopping side of the show this year. Also thought that not so many people attended as well as it was not so crowded.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/06/2010 at 09:50

Visited the show for the first time ever and thought it was really great. I have been to Chelsea and Hampton Court before but was very impressed at the NEC at how easy it was to see everything and get to speak to the experts, presenters and designers who were very friendly and helpful. The patio talk we booked into was really interesting and the others we saw from the sidelines were good too! Thanks for a great day out and I will definitely be going again next year.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/06/2010 at 11:31

Visited for the first time on Thursday not knowing what to expect. We had a great day and will certainly be back next year. It was good to see all the Gardeners World presenters 'in the flesh' and we were lucky enough to get to speak to Carol! Thank you

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