Annual Garden Show 2018

For serious gardeners there were commercial greenhouses, seed companies offering the best vegetable seeds, fertilisers – both organic and inorganic – and an enormous range of gardening tools and equipment to suit every need. Or you could take a break for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or stay and enjoy a delightful alfresco lunch under the trees. It was a great chance to catch up with old friends in a relaxed and stress-free environment. Among the highlights were the Halsted’s Garden Centre exhibit which incorporated a vertical wall of plants and a unique shaded roof structure. Konak Walling showed off pizza ovens and fire pits and Big Sky Supplies introduced their portable hanging fire baskets.

Jessica Anderson Designs exhibited garden furniture and decor much of it made from recycled materials. Abundant Life Nursery created a beautiful exhibition with a water feature made up of huge metal pots and inviting outdoor seating spaces. Plant Plan had an exquisite eastern inspired garden with Thai sculptures and a soothing water feature; a garden guaranteed to ease your daily stress and help you relax. Greencon Greenhouse Supplies had a range of greenhouses for home or commercial gardeners, as well as irrigation equipment, pond liners and thermal pool coverings.

The floating pool covers can be used in winter so you don’t need to keep adding chemicals or running your pool filter, and they keep the water warmer for longer, raising the water temperature up to 8 degrees, extending the time that you can enjoy your pool. Henning’s Nursery and Nature’s Way Landscaping provided amazing creative ideas to transform your garden into a little piece of Paradise. Mr Chris Nurseries and Jan Edgar Landscaping won a well deserved Gold Award for their exquisite exhibition stand.

The Annual Garden show is a delight for every keen gardener whatever type of gardening you’re into. Whether you prefer formal gardens, indigenous water wise gardens, growing your own fruit and vegetables, or just have a few pots on your balcony, the Annual Garden Show offers inspiration and excellent professional advice. This year’s Garden Show was the biggest and best so far with more than 100 exhibitors showing off their products and services, as well as an enormous variety of plants and gardening equipment on sale. Even if gardening’s not a major passion in your life the event is a great day out for all the family. You could take a slow, gentle stroll through the exhibition, listen to talks and demonstrations by the experts, check out the lifestyle exhibits with great presentations of outdoor furniture and decor, quirky floral displays designed around the theme of “Through the Looking Glass”, and a section devoted to the kiddies’ entertainment and recreation.

Text by Michael Nott

Photos by S&D

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