Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:41
tattianna, Gary is correct. For your first visit you will no doubt find it enjoyable. Take a light rain coat and a small rucksack to carry it in. The outdoor bit isnt that big so dont worry too much. You will find that if it rains then everyone rushes inside the floral marquee or into the maon halls. There are stands selling trollies so you can wheel around any purchases. There is even an area inside the hall where you can drop off your purchases to pick up later.
Today was dry when I arrived so I did the outdoors bit first. I dont think there were as many exhibitors or show gardens in the outdoors bit this year. As usual there were stands selling plant supports, furniture etc, and then some off topic stalls selling binoculars etc!! But overall it felt a bit week. Though I did stand and watch Rachael De Thames' presentation for a while.
I then went indoors and wondered around for about 20 mins. Joe Swift was doing a presentation which I watched briefly. Then I realised that I had completely done the GW hall. It was all in one hall, Im sure last time they perhaps took up two halls? None of these exhibitor stands really interested me, especially as some of them weren't anything to do with gardening - EDF Energy, massage chairs, magical cleaning chemicals etc.
I then found myself in the Good Food Show hall, again this didnt seem as big as I remembered from previous years. Briefly watched the Hairy Bikers presentation, then I wondered off for a roast hog sandwich.
The last time I went was about 2008 and I enjoyed it. Especially being partnered with the Good Food Show. I even purchased my greenhouse from The GreenHouse People who were exhibiting there. They were there again this year, but like the other main exhibitors, their stalls were smaller than before. Its as if in these times of recession nobody wants to commit to the large shows, I guess it costs a small fortune to exhibit?