Gardeners and growers were yesterday putting the final touches to this year’s RHS show ahead of what is expected to be a record-breaking weekend.
Organisers of the Royal Horticultural Society show are expecting more than 25,000 visitors to head down to the three-day event, which kicks off today in Cardiff’s Bute Park.
And they are hoping the sun will shine on the annual flower fest.
View a video of the show being set up
Shows director Stephen Bennett said there were high hopes for the first outdoor show of the season.
He said: “The displays we have here are of a world-class standard – these are the best of the best.”
As well as two large marquees stuffed with spring blooms, the show – the biggest so-far to visit Cardiff – also offers visitors the chance to see its famed show gardens.
Among this year’s entries is a garden inspired by Captain Scott’s ship, the Terra Nova, and a Shelter Box garden sponsored by the Rotary Club and designed by gardener Trish Farr.
Philip Harris, president of the Rotary Club in Cardiff, which raised money to send out 500 Shelter Boxes to disaster zones last year, said: “The story is that the people who are supposed to be living in the house came from a disaster area where they were living in the tent, which we have on display next-door.
“The tent is designed to sleep a family of 10 and the equipment in a shelter box provided by the charity includes things like water filters and cooking utensils.”
Gaynor Witchard, whose show garden last year won best-in-show, has this year gone with a West meets East theme.
She said: “It is a pretty high level of competition here and everybody is striving for a gold and working really hard.
“But if the weather stays like this it is going to be fantastic. There were more than 20,000 visitors last year and hopefully we will have even more.”
Attractions this year include an interactive allotment by Radio 2 allotment expert Terry Walton, demonstrations by bee-friendly gardener Lynne Allbutt and the launch of a special Welsh warrior daffodil dedicated to Private Richard Hunt of 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Some 75 wheelbarrows packed with flowers planted by schoolchildren from across Cardiff, Caerphilly and the Vale of Glamorgan will also be on display, to be judged by members of the public throughout the event.
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