The RHS and Cardiff Council organise RHS Flower Show Cardiff from 15–17 April at Bute Park. Last year 25,800 visitors attended.
A fantastical garden inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be created by designer Tony Smith, complete with a bubbling chocolate lake. A 12ft BFG ('Big Friendly Giant') sculpture created by Out to Learn Willow will greet visitors, and younger gardeners will have the opportunity to take part in a ‘Golden Ticket Family Trail’ around the showground.
This year, linked to the RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign, Anthea Guthrie returns to the show with The Miraculous Physicians of Myddfai Garden featuring medicinal herbs and plants. Horticultural consultant Jim Goodwin will create a garden with George Thomas Hospice Care.
Grow Cardiff is creating an edible kitchen garden promoting healthy eating.
Features include ‘Hiraeth’, an outdoor-room garden designed by Melinda Thomas and Fleur Taylor. The RSPB and Cardiff Rangers will create an interactive garden.
The Floral Marquee and Plant Village will have 58 plant nurseries and specialist growers and including four new exhibitors to the show this year. Welsh nurseries include Dibleys Nurseries (from Ruthin), Roualeyn Fuchsias (from Conwy) and Pheasant Acre Plants (from Bridgend).
Shoe manager Katie Draper said: "We have so much already planned for this year – it’s set to be a truly spectacular event. From celebrating children’s literary hero Roald Dahl, to food foraging and exploring plant life millions of years ago, there really is something for everyone, with even more content to be announced soon. The show really is a fantastic way to step in to spring and get some outdoor inspiration."