Joe Swift Revealed for Belvoir Flower Show
18-19 July 2020
BBC Gardeners World longest-running presenter Joe Swift is confirmed for this year’s Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show located in the restored Capability Brown parkland on 18-19 July 2020.
Joe is one of the UK’s best-known garden designers and gardening television presenters. He has presented BBC Gardeners World for more than 20 years, as well as all the RHS shows at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World Live, Chatsworth, Malvern and Tatton Park.
Show organiser Andy Tudbury said: “This is a real coup for the show. It will be wonderful to welcome Joe to Belvoir on the Saturday, he is one of the biggest names we have had to date and is a familiar face to thousands of people, so I’m sure he’ll be a big draw. The show is going from strength to strength each year with more opportunities to get involved than ever before. From award-winning garden bloggers to TV regulars, the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show is a must-visit this summer.”
Other gardening royalty joining the line up is the decorated garden designer and national TV presenter David Domoney. David Domoney has over 40 years experience in horticulture and 20 of these have been spent on national television.
Joe and David join an abundance of green-fingered experts lined up to impart their knowledge including UK’s leading floral designer Jonathan Moseley, Professor David Stevens, the renowned author and garden designer; Alan Mason, highly respected garden designer; garden and wellbeing blogger Annabelle Padwick, founder of the wonderful @LifeatNo27 and ambassador for the ‘wellbeing’ charity Thrive and new this year kitchen gardeners Ade & Sophie Sellers blogging their homegrown adventures @AgentsOfField, plus of course Belvoir’s head gardener Tom Webster.
The show has also teamed up with Downton Garden Centre to launch a competition to design a £1000 garden open to everyone from complete novice to professional landscaper. Judging will take place at the Grantham garden centre on 28 March 2020 by garden design experts Charlie Dimmock, David Domoney and Andy Tudbury. The top five designs will win the materials to create their garden to be shown at the show in July. Each garden design must contain some eco-friendly elements such as a hedgehog hotel, wildflowers, composting and most importantly a tree. The deadline for design entries is 8 March, visit https://www.oldrids.co.uk/gardendesign for details.
A Sow and Grow competition supported by seed grower Thompson and Morgan is inviting schools to enter a planter to encourage children to get creative using plants as their medium. The entries will be judged on the Saturday and prizes awarded to first, second and third places. Thompson and Morgan will be providing the prizes of 100, 50 and 25 mixed seed packets.
Visitors will be able to pick up inspiration from the Countryside Borders created by budding garden designers for the competition sponsored by the London College of Garden Design with the chance to win the Duchess of Rutland trophy and a People’s Choice award.
Ticket prices on the gate are priced at £15 per adult, advance tickets priced £12.50 are available up until 30 June and accompanied children under 16 free. Ticket includes on-site parking, admission to the event and Belvoir Castle garden.
The Festival will be supporting the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, Perennial.
For more information on the Saturday and Sunday programme and to buy tickets online, go to: www.belvoircastle.com/event/belvoir-castle-flower-garden-show
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