Posted: Monday 11 June 2012
by Adam Pasco
For one week each year, the NEC in Birmingham becomes my home as it plays host to BBC Gardeners' World Live. The event celebrates its 20th anniversary this year [...]
For one week each year, the NEC in Birmingham becomes my home as it plays host to BBC Gardeners' World Live. The event celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, having grown and developed to become one of the most popular occasions in the gardening calendar.
And that's no surprise, as all the top names in gardening will be there during the five-day show, which runs from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 June. All the television programme presenters will be attending – Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Rachel de Thame – plus Alan Titchmarsh, Toby Buckland, Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Biggs and many more.
This year I'm feeling brave and putting myself on the spot, answering any gardening questions our show visitors would like to throw at me in the BBC Gardeners' World Theatre. Visitors to this website will have seen a regular series we've developed over the past few months, in the run-up to the event, called Ask Adam, and now we're bringing this to life at the show.
The Ask Adam sessions should be fun, informative and entertaining (if a little nerve-wracking for me) so if you have a niggling gardening problem, you know where to come.
My good friend, David Hurrion from the magazine, will be joining me on stage twice a day, to present a show we're calling 'Success with Crops in Pots'. Like me, David loves growing his own fruit, veg and herbs, so we'll be hoping to inspire visitors with our productive ideas for even the tiniest spaces. Once you’re inside the show, tickets to our theatre sessions are free, but they’re going fast!
As Gardeners' World Live is both an indoor and outdoor show, you'll be guaranteed a great day out, no matter what the weather brings. There's the magnificent RHS Floral Marquee, wonderful RHS Show Gardens, Grow Your Own garden with daily demonstrations, plus great shopping for plants, products and more.
For full show details, theatre timetables and ticket information, visit the Gardeners' World Live show web site. And of course, once again the Good Food Summer Show is located alongside Gardeners' World Live, with tickets giving entry to both events.
It's going to be a great week, so do join me, and the team. We'd love to see you.
11/06/2012 at 20:32
11/06/2012 at 21:09
Thanks Karen. I can hardly believe it's 20 years since our first show – much smaller then, but an instant success.
I've got a greenhouse full of plants to take along for our theatre shows. They should really be outside enjoying summer, but the wind, rain and cold feels more like March!
Well, the sun always shines on Gardeners' World Live!
Do come and join us.
12/06/2012 at 23:41
You didn't mention Alys Fowler? I love Monty Don and the new programme but I miss Alys. She brings a freshness and youth to gardening tv that it badly needs.
Steve the Gardening Vet
14/06/2012 at 19:41
Coming tomorrow, sod the rain! Looking forward to it!
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15/06/2012 at 13:40
Please keep updating the Gallery as due to work commitments, I am unable to visit this year. So as the rain is battering my beautiful James Galway rose I can spend a fortune mentally and look forward to next year.