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This year’s RHS Flower Show Cardiff to highlight sensational Welsh coastline

The annually anticipated floral spectacular, RHS Flower Show Cardiff – supported by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will return to the capital city this April embracing Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea and highlighting the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination.

Evergreen Wales – father and son duo Richard and Adam Davis – will reconstruct the Welsh mountains with ‘Cwm Caerdydd’ using materials entirely sourced from Wales, highlighting everything they love about the Welsh landscape.

Showcasing a functional space for professional couples looking for a contemporary and green design requiring minimal maintenance, Bridgend College returns with first-time designer Petra Kodurand to create ‘Suburban Euphoria’.

And ‘Disequilibrium’ by first time Show Garden designer Mike Furse provides a Japanese-inspired garden offering a calm space to observe, listen and reflect in the workplace away from the stresses of everyday life.

The National Museum of Wales will be presenting mini laboratories in glass greenhouses for its fifth time at the Show. Focusing on three areas of science and horticulture, the greenhouses will represent three of the seven museum sites: National Waterfront Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum and National Museum Cardiff each with interactive activities.

Other interactive features include RSPB Cymru alongside Cardiff Council and Buglife who will be joining forces to recreate Cardiff Bay from a swift’s bird’s eye view; anticipating the birds’ May arrival and looking into the variety of coastal habitats.

The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales ‘rain feature’ will depict an urban garden with the ability to channel the natural flow of rain.

And the ever-popular Wheelbarrow competition returns this year with adventures of the sea and its abundance of wildlife. From underwater creatures to life on the coast, the competition welcomes local pre-schools and primary schools to get creative with all things aquatic!

Continuing the success of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, the Regeneration Gardens will show how small interventions with modest budgets can make significant changes to gardens and outdoor spaces.

Following a competition which selected three designs from recently graduated landscape architects and garden designers, the gardens feature practical ideas visitors can take home – from evocative Victoriana to modern functionality and quirky uses of unexpected materials.

The Floral Marquee and Plant Village will be bursting with 60 top-quality nurseries for visitors to grab their seasonal plants. There will be an abundance of take-home ideas to celebrate this spring, with new exhibitors including an unusual selection of epiphytic air plants from Andy’s Air Plants and Surreal Succulents who will display beautiful and easy-to-keep succulents.

Speaking about this year’s event, Welsh-born Show Manager Anna Skibniewski-Ball, who hails from Hook in Pembrokeshire says:

“Growing up in Pembrokeshire, I was so fortunate to be able to enjoy the very best of the beautiful Welsh coastline right on my doorstep so this year’s theme is particularly special for me.

“We are pulling together the finishing touches for the Show and it promises to be another spectacular celebration of spring, creativity and gardening. There will be lots to get involved in and plenty of take-home ideas and, as always, the support of Welsh businesses is at its heart, as well as welcoming in experts from across the UK for a truly inspiring show.”

For more information or to buy advance tickets for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff visit www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff.