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SweetPea93

I'm thinking of maybe trying to get to GW this year, but I'm on a strict budget for the next few months. Am I likely to find any bargains, or is it very much the cream of the crop there? I'm not too bothered about meeting the 'celebs' but would like to see what it's all about, but I'm wondering whether I'm better off saving the pennies and maybe putting it towards the Malvern autumn show later on in the year.

Speaking personally, I've given up on GWL. It's dwindled from what it used to be, far fewer stalls of any gardening interest, and I've rarely seen  much to impress in the show gardens. Malvern autumn is very different, I always enjoy it, but again there are far fewer gardening things and more craft and tat.

SweetPea93

I don't have public transport, so GWL is easy to get to on the train, and Malvern offer a shuttle service from the station to the event. I'm quite happy with craft and tat though. I don't really know of other plant fairs I can visit that I can get to easily on trains and buses. Shame, but I though GWL might not be worth what it asks. I went to Grand Designs live, got free tickets, but found it dull. I'd be very disappointed if I'd paid for tickets.

ighten

Last time I went (2 or 3 years ago) it rather seemed to be more about furniture and equipment than gardens and plants.. Im with Sweetpea - if it was free fine but its like paying to go into a showroom in the current form.

Caral

Hi SweetPea,  I've never been to GWL but having to get to Brom and then traipsing round the NEC would feel too much like hard work, and then to have to pay for the pleasure, hmmm I don't think so.  However Malvern Autumn, oh the joy I just love it, including the craft and tat.  

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SweetPea93

are you relatively local then Caral?

Caral

To Malvern? Yes fairly, its about 45 min drive from me. 

SweetPea93

Oh wow! Someone who is local to me! There's a post on here about where we all are, and there's a distinct lack of folk in the Worcestershire area. In fact I make up the entirety of Worcestershire and Birmingham on the map... you basically pop a note on the map saying where you are, if you aren't already on there. Closest folk to me are in Bristol area.

SweetPea93
ighten wrote (see)

Last time I went (2 or 3 years ago) it rather seemed to be more about furniture and equipment than gardens and plants.. Im with Sweetpea - if it was free fine but its like paying to go into a showroom in the current form.

cant imagine it being any better now then. probably why they throw the freebie offer to access the good food show too. I'll go to the malvern show and see if I can get tickets any cheaper, where there's a will, there's a way!

 

Caral

Okay, I'l have a look for the thread. Whereabouts are you in Worcs? 

 

SweetPea93

I'm in the very centre of the city.

Fairygirl

I've bumped teh 'Map' thread up for you girls - so it's on Page 1. 

SweetPea93

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/where-we-are-the-big-map/80520.html

SweetPea93

Is it tonnes of children? I fear large groups of children! :P I shall check it out, if it's over the bank holiday weekend that would be a bonus as I have it booked off.

Caral

Sorry about that, don't know what happened there.  

The Shrewsbury Flower Show sounds great. 

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Caral

Sweetpea, agreed about large groups of children. My own are more than enough to contend with.. *slurps on her vino*  ;)

  

I went to GWL last year and was disappointed. There seemed to be fewer gardens than the year before and all the plant stalls seemed to be selling the same plants - and ones that you could pick up in any garden centre. It's a shame as I live in Birmingham and so this would be an ideal day out.

I haven't being to the autumn show at Malvern but love the spring show.

I want to go so much but my lit tiles would be bored, I a couple of years i'llgo

Forester2

I went the first year it opened and as it was relatively unknown then it was bliss to look round as there were no crowds.  It was the year Geoff H suddenly became ill and Alan T stood in for him at a talk I attended.  I would not go again mainly as I can't stand crowds which makes it impossible to get round and see everything.  I did buy some nice plants though.