Horticulture Week Podcast: keeping the horticultural show on the road with Andy Tudbury

Andy Tudbury and Matthew Appleby
Andy Tudbury and Matthew Appleby

Belvoir Castle garden show organiser Andy Tudbury has a background in photography and garden design, having completed 28 show gardens in his career.

He set up the garden show four years ago and has been advised by shows expert Stephen Bennett to keep the quality high including, he jokes, running the "garden show with the cleanest toilets in Britain".

The 2022 show is on 16-17 July and is the longest continuous garden show in UK having traded through the pandemic. Tudbury explains how the "jigsaw" of stands, ticket sales and attractions add up to make the event viable.

This year's show has moved to a bigger location at the castle, demonstrating Tudbury's confidence in the market. He says there is pent-up demand and their launches will be like "letting a cork out of a bottle of Prosecco" this year.

London College of Garden Design has a record number of applications (42) for garden designs at the event, while there is a good number of nurseries booked, despite some growers turning to online sales and away from shows during lockdown.

Speakers range from David Domoney, Jonathan Moseley, David Stevens, Annabelle Padwick, Gareth Wilson and John Stirland to young houseplant guru Joe Bagley. They provide an important element of the make-up of the event, alongside trade stands, entertainment, gardens and nurseries.

Downtown Garden Centre is sponsoring wheelbarrow gardens, with Tudbury's philosophy to give everyone a stage, from TV celebrities to the gardeners of the future.

Presenter: HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HortWeek digital content manager Christina Taylor

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