Find out what’s in store when Gardeners’ World Live returns to the Birmingham NEC in August 2021
Garden shows were one of the things that I missed most during 2020.
I usually visit several each year, and I’ve really missed admiring the show gardens, looking around the Floral Marquee and coming home with some gorgeous new plants.
And I know that lots of people have rediscovered their gardens over the last year. We’ve been planting up our borders, growing veggies and enjoying time outdoors.
Several garden events have already been cancelled this year, so I was thrilled to learn that BBC Gardener’s World Live is back on the calendar with a Special Edition for 2021. The show will run from 26-29th August 2021 at the Birmingham NEC, with some changes to allow for social distancing. These include timed entry tickets, new theatre layouts and a larger area for the show.
And it’s fantastic to hear that nearly all the designers, landscapers, exhibitors and sponsors from the postponed 2020 Show will be taking part in the 2021 event.
What’s in store for 2021
I’m really excited about the main themes for next year’s show, which are flower power, sustainability and indoor gardening.
There will be a brand new My Gardeners’ World Stage in the Floral Marquee. This will provide a platform for exhibiting nurseries and special guests to share their ideas about sustainability and the environment in our gardens.
And as always, you’ll be able to see some of your favourite BBC Gardeners’ World presenters at the show. Monty Don, Adam Frost and Frances Tophill are among those already confirmed to appear. You can also see former presenter and BBC Gardeners’ World magazine columnist Alan Titchmarsh on stage on Saturday.
Stunning Show Gardens
The show gardens are always a highlight at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, and the theme for 2021 is ‘A Very British Affair’. All five Show Gardens in APL Avenue have been confirmed for 2021, and a further six Show and Showcase gardens are expected to be added.
There have been over 30 entries for the Beautiful Borders section, which has a theme of ‘Power of Flowers’ for 2021. And there will also be plenty of family friendly activities including the popular School Wheelbarrow Competition.
And Toby Buckland’s ‘Navigator Garden’ has also been confirmed for the 20201 show.
It’s inspired by the coast, which acts as a barometer of the rapidly changing climate. As well as looking beautiful, Toby’s garden will feature a host of ideas to inspire gardeners to create a greener future for their gardens.
The Floral Marquee
I always love wandering around the Floral Marquee at a garden show, taking in the gorgeous sights and intoxicating scents.
So it’s wonderful to hear that the Floral Marquee and Plant Village will be back for 2021. Once again, it will showcase a wide range of specialist nurseries and growers, with social distancing measure in place. Some of the displays will feature new exhibitors, and you can also explore the all-new House of Plants.
As always, you’ll be able to shop til you drop at Gardeners’ World Live. You’re sure to be tempted by the fabulous selection of plants, seeds and garden equipment around the show.
And the BBC Good Food Market will bring a taste of summer to the Show, with a mix of artisan food and drink producers. You can tuck into delicious street food, pick up yummy treats and ingredients to take home, and enjoy some special show offers too!
How to get your tickets
BBC Gardeners’ World Live takes place from 26th to 29th August 2021 2021 at the NEC Birmingham. You can find more information or buy your tickets now from the BBC Gardeners World Live website. Tickets would also make an excellent gift for a garden lover!
If the 2021 event is cancelled or postponed due to Government Covid-19 guidelines, tickets can be refunded or transferred to a future event.