RHS Cardiff – Year of Legends
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Cardiff returns to the city this April with a host of themed gardens and features to spark the imagination and embrace Wales’ Year of Legends 2017.
Organised in partnership with Cardiff Council, RHS Flower Show Cardiff takes place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April and will once again fill the beautiful Bute Park with all things floral.
Visitors will be encouraged to embrace this year’s magical, mystical theme and experience the rich history of Welsh legends and their connection with the surrounding landscape. Feature show gardens will include Bridgend College’s ‘Y Meudwyaeth’, inspired by the Blackfriars monastic site and heritage as well as Chris Myers’ homage to Blodeuwedd, a mythical woman made from flowers who, legend has it, was turned into an owl as punishment for trying to murder her husband.
Macmillan Cancer Support will return to the show with a contemplative garden focusing on the theme of ‘legacy’ and gardener Daniel Bodin will create a modern garden with a historical twist to encapsulate Welsh heritage and traditions.
Continuing the ongoing success of the RHS campaign, RHS Greening Grey Britain, visitors will be encouraged to ‘Take a walk on the wild side’ – learning how to transform their grey areas into a green paradise for all sorts of insects and animals and help halt the current decline of Britain’s wildlife.
Two Cardiff-based charities – Grow Cardiff and The Dusty Shed – will work together on a display made completely by novice gardeners, containing delicious edibles which support and attract wildlife. Tying in with the myths and legends theme, the garden will feature a castle and peasant’s cottage made from upcycled pallets and rubbish.
Other features will include giant wicker bug sculptures, the ever-popular schools’ wheelbarrow competition, demonstrations and live workshops, bushcraft and live animals.
Show manager, Rose Gore-Browne commented that they were excited about this year’s show and busy gearing up for another fantastic event in the city: “Last year’s show – with its Dahl-inspired themes – proved such a hit and we wanted to come back with something equally as impressive to wow showgoers,” she said.
“The Welsh Myths and Legends theme is certainly set to create some really imaginative show stoppers.There really will be something for everyone and, with even more exciting plans to be announced very soon, watch this space,” Rose continued.
For more information or to buy advance tickets for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff visit www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff.
Photo credit: ©RHS Image Library, credit Jason Ingram