RHS Cardiff Flower Show breaks one-day visitor record

The highest one day attendance for the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Cardiff was recorded on Saturday 21 April at Bute Park.

More than 22,000 people attended the show across the weekend, including more than 9,000 on Saturday, a best-ever figure in the nine-year history of the Cardiff show. Last year, the show attracted 20,000 people.

Anthea Guthrie worked with Heronsbridge Special School in Bridgend to create her ‘Artful Bodger’s Garden’ which was awarded a gold medal and best show garden.

The other gold winner was the ‘Up-cycle’ garden, created from recycled materials by first time designers Vicky Wade and Andrew Nicol, who met studying landscape architecture at Sheffield University and now work from Penarth in their new business Wade and Nicol Landscapes. 

Wade said: "Cardiff has proved itself as a great platform for getting the chance to design a garden at Chelsea Flower Show, and was such a great showcase for our new business."

Ron Scamp of Cornwall’s Quality Daffodils took his ninth gold, and seventh best exhibitor in show award. He launched his Doctor Who Daffodil to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BBC show that is filmed in Cardiff.

RHS shows director Stephen Bennett said: "Despite the long winter, with a number of the growers struggling to get ready for the first RHS outdoor show of the season, but their efforts have paid off with some gorgeous spring weather and record crowds. We are already looking forward to our Cardiff date next April."

Five growers pulled out because their displays were not in flower or leaf.

Cardiff council is in the first of a five-year agreement with the RHS to continue the show, which brings more than £400,000 in economic benefit to the city, a study has shown.

Cllr. Huw Thomas, cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, said: "The RHS show is a huge attraction for local people and visitors, with people travelling from across the UK to discover what Cardiff has to offer. We enjoy a great relationship with the RHS and with record crowds turning up this weekend, we can look forward to this annual event becoming a firm fixture in the Cardiff calendar."

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