Medal-winning Chelsea garden to come home for RHS Show Cardiff

The Cardiff: Capital for Shopping show garden which appeared at Chelsea Flower show 2009 is coming home for the Welsh capital's premiere horticulture show.

Bill Nighy on the Cardiff: Capital for Shopping garden. Image: RHS
Bill Nighy on the Cardiff: Capital for Shopping garden. Image: RHS

The RHS Show Cardiff , which runs 16-18 April, will feature the silver gilt winning garden designed by Cardiff Council landscape officer Mo Dorken.

RHS Cardiff Show Manager Georgina Barter said: "Cardiff’s shopping display caused a stir at Chelsea, and provides a key feature in this year’s Cardiff show where Mo will be hoping to receive a best show garden award as she did for the Doctor Who garden in 2008."

The show is jointly run with Cardiff Council and takes place in the parklands of Cardiff Castle, featuring the best of the spring blooms from nurseries across the UK, with ideas and inspiration for the growing season ahead. Cardiff: Capital for Shopping is a celebration of the city’s major new £675m St. David’s retail development that opened in October as the largest shopping centre development in Europe last year.

Visitors to the show will be able to walk around the garden, looking down the ‘arcades’ and into the ‘shop windows’.

The central feature of the garden is a large shopping bag set on a raised plinth and overflowing with a range of planting types reflecting the variety of shopping.

A long modern arcade complements the Victorian & Edwardian arcades with timber arches and a more traditional building style.

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