New garden show to be held at Sheffield Botanic Gardens

Sheffield horticulturists are planning to futher boost the city's reputation as a centre for garden and landscaping excellence by hosting a design-led flower show

Garden Up will be set in Sheffield Botanical Gardens on June 7 and 8 and is sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, with input from garden designers, universities, schools, community groups, businesses, artists and craftspeople.

The event is the brainchild of Sheffield-based horticultural expert and former TV producer Richard Nicolle, who has five years' exhibition experience at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, and has worked on the Sheffield Winter Garden and Peace Gardens more recently.

He said: Garden Up is a truly cutting edge event that provides a platform for showcasing innovation and design and will offer the public wonderful new ideas and products.

"The Garden Up show gardens will involve the work of some of the top horticulturists and designers from around the country including ones that have previously exhibited at the Chelsea and Tatton Flower Shows."

James Bedingfield, Senior Investment Director at Investec Wealth & Investment, said the event would bring together the local community with experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, design and technology.

"Investec Wealth & Investment has sponsored the National Gardens Scheme for almost 20 years and so we are excited to be involved with the first Garden Up event here in Sheffield that looks set to be one of the major features in the gardening calendar in 2014."

The post-industrial city is already known as a centre of excellence in landscape terms because of the reputation of Sheffield University's Department of Landscape.

Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett brought worldwide attention to the university with their work on the London 2012 Olympic Park and the department is one of the biggest in the country for landscape courses.

The event will take a week to install and will see the Botanical Gardens divided up into three specific zones: Innovations Zone /The Marketplace/The Landing Zone for parents and children.

Anyone interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the event should contact richard@gardenup.org


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