Britain’s brightest gardening talents have joined the star line-up for this year’s Southport Flower Show and we have 600 worth of tickets to give away in our exclusive competition.
Broadcasters and experts from the nation’s favourite gardening shows on radio and TV will be sharing their expertise with visitors to Southport as the show returns this summer. One lucky Amateur Gardening magazine reader will pick up our first prize of a pair of VIP passes for the event in August.
This is the ultimate Southport Flower Show experience where you can enjoy a cold glass of Pimm’s upon arrival, an exquisite three-course lunch, a complimentary bar, indulgent afternoon tea – the works! And that’s not all…we also have 10 pairs of day tickets for runners up giving entrance into the UK’s largest independent flower show.
Southport has been a fun-filled fixture in the summer calendar for over 80 years and is famous for its fabulous floral displays. More than 50,000 visitors went to the show last year to be wowed by the vast array of blooms on display in the Grand Floral Marquee.
The show also boasts a packed programme of attractions and events for all the family including a demonstration kitchen and food village, dog displays and horseback performers.
New for this year, David Domoney, the resident garden guru on ITV’s This Morning, is hosting a celebrity theatre at Southport and has put together a star-studded line-up.
Confirmed guests include TV presenter Christine Walkden, who has appeared on BBC’s The One Show and hosted her own BBC show Christine’s Garden, and broadcaster Carol Klein, who presents Gardeners’ World and has worked on a string of gardening TV shows, will also be sharing her gardening tips with visitors to Southport.
All three experts are to give talks and presentations in the celebrity theatre which will be set up in Southport’s Grand Floral Marquee. A new addition to the Southport line-up is broadcaster and plant pathologist Pippa Greenwood who makes her first appearance at the show. Pippa, who is a regular on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World and Gardeners’ Question Time will be speaking to guests on Sunday.
David Domoney, who has co-presented ITV’s Love Your Garden since 2012, will meet visitors and pass on his expertise on each of the four days of the show. Southport will also feature appearances from broadcasters Professor Stefan Buczacki and Matthew Wilson, who have both been regulars on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.
Southport Flower Show is the UK’s largest independent flower show famous for its fabulous floral displays. The show attracted more than 50,000 visitors last year. The theme for this year’s show is ‘The Curious Garden’ with organisers aiming to showcase the sense of wonder and discovery that inspires all gardeners as they unravel the mysteries of the natural world.
TV presenter and professional ‘upcycler’ Max McMurdo is also sharing his unique design talents with visitors. Max will park up in his mobile workshop inside a converted double decker bus to show guests how they can turn household junk into quirky home treasures.
The Southport Flower Show takes place at Victoria Park in Southport, Lancashire. The 34 acre park is located on the coastline and is a short walk away from Southport town centre.
The show will take place across four days from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20, 2017