BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Name of walk BBC Gardeners' World Live
Date of walk 2023-06-17

In June Brendan and I went to the NEC in Birmingham to see the BBC Gardeners’ World Live exhibition. We went to the very first one in the early 1990’s, it was small and informal, and you could go up and chat to presenter Geoff Hamilton, and experts, Anne Swithinbank and Gay Search. I remember Chris Baines (he built the first ever wildlife garden at Chelsea) giving me some good advice about planting Ajuga around a wildlife pond to cover the edges. My Ajuga is still going strong! The set up is so different now, massive and highly organised. A good day out!

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The Geoff Hamilton bust that I last saw in Barnsdale Gardens when I visited in 2012. A big hero of mine. It had pride of place on their Floral Marquee stall. Barnsdale is now run by his son Nick.

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The NEC had inside stalls, and the theatre where the talks were held, plus the floral marquee, outdoor stalls and gardens. It is massive now!

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I watched Adam Frost filming his piece to camera for Friday's Gardeners World episode. He is very quietly spoken, only his microphone picked up what he said.

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The production team with Adam behind.

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Monty Don and Arit Anderson with security as they move across the venue.

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I loved this pink sheep!

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Alan Titchmarsh did a book signing.

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I went to listen to his theatre talk.

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Monty's too.

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Some of the gardens....

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This was my absolute favourite! It was called 'A garden fit for a king' by Paul Stone, to mark the Coronation of King Charles lll. Beautiful. I'd love my garden to look like this.

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Carol Klein doing some of her pieces to camera.

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Monty giving an interview in the floral marquee.

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A day trip we did on the train.

Jo.

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