15th January 2010
The countdown is
on to an exciting new national garden show being launched in March amid the
phenomenal explosion of interest in ‘Grow Your Own’ food.
Garden Show 2010 will be staged over three days from Friday, March 19 to
Sunday, March 21 at Britain’s
most famous agricultural venue – Stoneleigh
Park in Warwickshire.
Garden Show is a “must-see” event whether you are a seasoned gardener who
spends every spare minute on the allotment or a complete novice daunted by
planting a few vegetables in the back yard.
The new show has
won official endorsements from two of the most high-profile organisations in
the gardening and agriculture world – the National Society of Allotment and
Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), which boasts 103,000 members in the UK at over 2,000
allotment societies, and the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
Garden Show 2010 is targeted towards anyone passionate about Grow Your Own,
Brew Your Own… or anything to do with healthy eating or home produce. From
fruit and veg to bread making, from poultry to organic herbs, and from bee
keeping to home brewing, The Edible Garden Show is THE ultimate Grow Your Own event.
Institute’s National Cookery School is to play a key role at The Edible Garden
Show after agreeing to stage a series of cookery demonstrations and other
food-related events at the show. The WI National Cookery School, based at Denman College
in Oxfordshire, has become one of the UK’s most popular cookery
institutions since its launch last year.
Hogsbjerg, a spokesman for the WI, said:
“We are delighted to have been invited to provide cookery demonstrations
at The Edible Garden Show. It promises
to be a super show and experts from the WI will be on hand throughout the event
with great ideas and recipes for your home-grown produce.”
But it’s not
only cookery advice that the WI will be concentrating on. Their team will also run seminars on
preserving, baking and even bread-making.
There will also
be a high-profile event on the opening day where the WI will be promoting its ‘SOS for honey bees’ campaign
aimed at highlighting the plight of the honey bee and the vital role they play
in pollinating plants for fruits and crops.
said: “Home-grown food, sustainability and safeguarding the honey bee are all
massively important environmental issues. The Edible Garden Show is an
excellent vehicle to promote our various campaigns and help to educate the
public about the benefits of growing their own food.”
The concept of
growing or producing your own food and drinks has enjoyed resurgence in recent
years. The trend, which coincides with 100,000 people now being on waiting
lists for allotments in the UK,
has enjoyed ever-increasing media attention.
Brian Wiseman, one of the instigators behind the event, said: “Despite the
concept of Grow Your Own being featured within some existing horticultural or
lifestyle exhibitions there is currently NO single national event in the annual
show calendar that is devoted purely to the idea. The Edible Garden Show will
address that omission.
research has confirmed the viability of the concept of The Edible Garden Show
and we are convinced that this show will appeal to both the avid gardener and
those people just starting out and experimenting with growing their own fruit
and vegetables. Tickets will be at affordable prices with value-for-money rates
“Visitors can gain tips from the experts and the opportunity to buy a huge
range of essential items, from mighty garden sheds and greenhouses to individual
packets of seeds and compost. Young or old, townie or country dweller, novice
or experienced gardener, The Edible Garden Show is a must-visit attraction for
your diary. We will have a host of seminars and exhibitions, plus a packed
programme of practical demonstrations from growing it to cooking it that will
provide an informative, educational and fun event for all the family.”
innovative ideas include:
invaluable advice on all the headaches and perils faced by both novice and
produce you’ve grown.