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  1. Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    Fifteen Fun Shed Facts - for every devoted sheddie

    definition of sheddie

    At Buy Fencing Direct, we admit that most of us are sheddies in some form or another.  So, for all you fellow sheddies out there who love your sheds, we've compiled this list of shed facts for you.

    According to Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words, "the affectionate term sheddie has been around for a number of years, but has only recently come into the public eye in connection with the observation that the current economic situation may in part be responsible for the growing popularity of 'garden offices'. Users of garden offices, also sometimes referred to as 'shed workers', are now often female, countering the rather hackneyed image of the shed as the last bastion of masculinity."

    Here are some more fun facts about sheds, with statistics taken from Cuprinol’s 2016 Shedeconomics survey:

    • Over 21 million people in the UK now own a shed
    • 62% of people would be deterred from buying a home if it didn’t have a shed – or even a big enough shed
    • More younger Brits are now investing in sheds, with more under 25 now owning a shed (63%) compared to 60% of 45-54 year olds
    • 11% of men admitted to planning a surprise for their partner in their shed – including holidays and proposals
    • 32% of shed owners admit their shed is so messy they can barely get through the door
    • The average shed contents is worth over £458
    • 3% of sheds house a sunbed
    • 7% of sheds have a TV
    • The most famous piece of garden shed art was created by sculptor Cornelia Parker when, in 1991, she blew up a shed and used its shrapnel to create her piece "Cold, Dark Matter: An Exploded View."
    • In Ancient Egypt, there was a god named Shed who was god of danger, deadly animals and illness
    • Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl all wrote in their sheds. A shed Benjamin Britten owned is now a Grade 2 listed building. 
    • In Slavic folklore, the shed is feared as it is believed to be the home of Baba Yaga, a witchlike character who flies around on a giant pestle kidnapping children.
    • The word ‘shed’ has the same origin as ‘shade’. in Anglo-saxon times a ‘scead’ was a place of rest in a shady place. 
    • Former Primer Minister David Cameron has bought a shed with the intention of using it to write his memoirs.
    • In jazz jargon, “shedding” is to diligently practice a musical instrument. It is a derivative of the slang word 'Woodshed' perhaps derived from the notion that an isolated woodshed is fit for practicing.
    So, how well do these statistics apply to you? Do you have a sunbed in your shed? Can you get through your shed door?
    Or do you have some more interesting shed facts to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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  2. Complete our survey for a chance to win!

    We are looking into what the British public do with their fences and want your feedback.

    Do you spend your days gossiping over the fence with your neighbours or do your best to avoid them?

    Take our short survey and tell us what you get up to for your chance to win a corner trellis planter or a five-tier mini greenhouse*.

    Terms and Conditions

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Monday 19th September 2016
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Complete the survey via this link: and include your contact details in the appropriate field in the survey form
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
    • A winner will be announced on Tuesday 20th September 2016 and the winner will be notified by email
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  3. Mini Greenhouse Giveaway

    Mini Greenhouse Giveaway

    It’s giveaway time again here at Buy Fencing Direct!

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Fencing Direct Facebook page

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent 5 Tier mini greenhouse, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Monday 8th August at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day –Tuesday 9th June.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Monday 8th August 2016
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the step below:

    • Visit our Buy Sheds Direct Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find either of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on Tuesday 9th August 2016 via personal message and post on Facebook
    • The winner has 48 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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  4. April’s top 5 garden structures and fences

    April’s top 5 garden structures and fences

    With summer just around the corner, gardens can often need a bit of TLC and part of that is making sure that your fences and garden structures are looking great. Over winter, it is quite common for garden fencing and structures to take a bit of damage from the weather, so if you are looking to replace any of your existing items be sure to check out these products below.

    The best garden fencing and structures

    1. Chestnut brown pressure treated featheredge panel in 6x6, 6x5 and 6x3

    Create a classic and effective garden boundary fence with this excellent pressure treated featheredge panel, providing privacy and security for your outside fence as well as looking lovely!

    These fence panels are manufactured from heavy duty timber and pressure treated to provide a 15 year guarantee against rot and decay. The boards are secured with three 18 x 100mm frame boards and panel cap so you can be sure they will be long lasting. The overlapping feather edge boards add strength and security.

    In addition the unique chestnut brown stain is an attractive colour which would look great in any garden and we’ve saved you a job, no need to retreat as these fence panels are ready to go straight up in your garden!

    SHOP this fence panel here

    2. Paloma Fence panel – 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 high

    The Paloma is one of our most popular decorative fence panels, the elegant curves and trellis creates a beautiful but practical backdrop for your garden. It’s made from the highest quality pressure treated timber which means it doesn’t need treating annually and is guaranteed for up to 15 years!

    The Paloma panel is manufactured from the highest quality timber and has been smooth planed for a smooth and attractive finish. Each panel is 45 x 40mm mortise and tenon jointed and has a rebated frame for additional support and stability. The panel is fixed with galvanized water resistant screws ensuring the panel will stay rust free for longer.

    Let the Paloma become a beautiful eye catching element in your garden, strong, sturdy and long lasting – the perfect solution to stunning fencing!

    SHOP the Paloma here

    3. Heavy duty pressure treated pale panel - 0.9m high

    Our traditional heavy duty pale panel is the perfect choice for creating a sturdy low level fence or divide in your garden without obstructing visibility.

    This fence panel is manufactured from rough sawn, pressure treated timber which carries a 15 year guarantee against rot and fungal decay. The panels are sturdy with a gap of 58mm between each upright timber, comes pre-assembled and waiting to become a firm practical favourite in your garden.

    SHOP this panel here

    4. Premier Pergola Arch

    This is one of our top selling garden arches and we can see why – the Premier Pergola Arch is a stunning yet robust garden structure. With diamond shape trellis panels to the sides and strong roof timbers across the top this arbour was built to last as well as being a stunning addition to your garden.

    Manufactured from FSC European softwood timbers, the chunky rugged timbers are also pressure treated which ensures a 15 year guarantee against rot and fungal treatment and also means that it doesn’t need retreatment – saving you time and money!

    The trellis sides are perfect for attracting climbing plants, enhancing the appearance and as well as being strong and beautiful; the arch comes with pre-notched rafters to make assembly incredibly easy plus easy to follow assembly instructions so you can get it up in no time at all!

    Also available in a larger size – 245 x 270 x 136cm

    SHOP this arch here

    5. Imperian Arbour

    This stunning arbour has an Italian inspired design – modern and stylish. Bring a Mediterranean feel to your outdoor space with this popular garden structure. Ensure your summer days outside are well spent - imagine relaxing in this beautiful arbour with a cup of tea/wine reading a book and whiling the hours away.

    The stunning Imperian incorporates an elegant solid apex roof with trellis back and side panels which is an ideal home for climbing plants while also allowing plenty of sunlight in. Built using pressure treated timber which carries a 15 year guarantee against rot and decay.

    The Imperian arbour is comfortable, attractive and easy to assemble.

    SHOP this beautiful arbour here

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  5. March in the garden

    March in the garden

    The Met Office reckon it's spring but the thermometer in the greenhouse is still telling me it's winter! Minus 2 degrees Celsius inside a cold greenhouse equates to minus 4 degrees Celsius outdoors (non scientific but I reckon it's close!).

    All of this means the electrician running cable to my own greenhouse better get the job done pretty quickly (first Saturday in March according to his latest text!). While I wait to be connected, and as he rolls out that all important armoured cable, there's plenty to be doing in the garden.

    If you don't have heating in your greenhouse it is definitely something worth considering. It helps to ensure that any plants you do have in there don't suffer from the cold, or accidentally touch cold glass which can result in all manner of problems. This in turn will help your plants survive throughout the colder months, and even though the weather is meant to be warming up, a helping hand never went amiss!

    Key gardening activities for March

    • If the soil isn't frozen or waterlogged, get your onion sets in ASAP to give them a long growing season.
    • When buying plants from garden centres ask them about hardiness and where they have been grown. Soft growth is easily damaged by hard frosts.
    • When planting shrubs use a friendly fungi on the roots at planting time. They will establish quickly and in the long term give you a better plant.
    • Buy plants with lots of flower buds and not necessarily the ones in full flower. They will produce a longer display.
    • Keep that horticultural fleece handy for extreme weather. It can be stuffed into upturned pots and placed over shoots of herbaceous plants if it really gets cold.
    • Ask garden retailers about how hardy plants are before buying. The plants are tempting but will they stand a few cold nights?
    • Direct sow seeds when the soil is warm enough. Look for weed growth or buy a soil thermometer.

    Daffodils are superb this year, if a little early, so get out to some of the gardens with large collections to find more unusual varieties to grow.

    Happy Gardening!

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  6. Wildlife watch: Winter wanderers

    Wildlife watch: Winter wanderers

    Robin Redbreast may be the best-known creature to live in our gardens during the winter months, but he’s not the only one.

    Winter wildlife includes a host of birds, animals and insects who all rely on our finely manicured gardens to survive the colder months.

    You can make the most of your garden so that you can see some wonderful winter wildlife and also do your bit to help keep them safe and well until the spring thaw comes.

    Whether it’s providing food or ensuring that they have somewhere to hibernate or shelter from the cold, you can do something to help the animals that give you so much pleasure during the rest of the year.

    What sorts of wildlife can be seen during a British winter?

    Your garden definitely seems quieter when the nights start to draw in, but not all the birds have flown south for winter. Many birds who spend their summers further north come to Britain during the winter, and it’s a great opportunity to see some lesser-known species.

    Ducks, geese and swans often migrate here in winter, including pintail, goldeneye and long-tailed ducks. Birdwatchers may also recognise red-breasted merganser and goosander. Not every winter bird is wildfowl, though – look out for redwings, fieldfares and waxwings.

    For those who can’t fly, winter can be a big challenge. Amphibians like newts, frogs, and toads will still be around your garden pond, occasionally waking up on a warmer or sunnier day.

    Gardeners in more rural areas may also see smaller mammals like foxes, badgers and even otters during the winter months.

    So what can I do to help?

    For your garden’s birds, the best and easiest thing to do is leave out a bird feeder. Bird feed generally includes high-calorie items like sunflower seeds, peanuts and even suet. If you have fruit trees, try to leave some of the fallen fruit and also make sure the bird bath is full.

    Amphibians often sleep at the bottom of your pond, or occasionally in a compost heap. So be careful when turning the compost to make sure you don’t accidentally skewer a slumbering toad.

    The other important thing to do is to ensure your pond doesn’t freeze over completely. The layer of ice prevents oxygen getting into the water and sleeping frogs can suffocate.

    You don’t need to break up the ice every day, though – just leave a tennis ball floating as that will prevent all but the most serious frosts.

    Hibernation alert

    Don’t forget the hibernating creatures either. Hedgehogs are particularly vulnerable - only half survive their first winter. Milder weather can trick them into waking up early, believing that spring is already here.

    Their fruitless hunts for food waste valuable energy and some that go back into hibernation don’t survive the rest of winter. In the Autumn, you should leave a water dish and some cat food out if you have a hedgehog in your garden to help it fatten up.

    After that, they tend to hibernate in piles of leaves so make sure you don’t light any bonfires unless they are freshly made that day. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has reams of information about helping the little furzepigs – the old English name for hedgehogs.

    Insects also go into hibernation, and we all know how important they are for the good health of your garden – yes, even wasps. They, along with ladybirds and lacewings, like to shelter under loose pieces of bark or wooden doors and frames.

    Bumblebees bed down after digging holes in the ground while butterflies like garages and sheds.

    You can help insects out by creating the sorts of hiding holes they like – tie up a bunch of sunflower stalks and leave them in a sunny spot.

    Take a look at our handy winter survival guide

    So not only are there many birds and animals that you can see in your garden over the winter months, there’s lots you can do to help. The things to remember are not to disturb hibernating creatures if you can help it while providing food sources and habitats for those that eke out the winter day by day.

    There’s lots more you can do to help make the most of your garden during the winter. We’ve put together a handy winter survival guide to help you through the colder months. You can even download it, print it out and pin it to your fridge – find it here.

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  7. A roundup of RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    A roundup of RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    Being the largest flower show in the world, the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show offers the visitor a wonderful variety, year after year, as can be imagined. Between the 30th of June and the 5th of July this year, some breathtaking displays were on offer, talks were held and ideas passed on to anyone interested in creating a garden, or improving on an existing one. Being awarded the Garden Event of the Year Award, the prestige of this show is unmistakable.

    Themed Zones

    Exceptionally well planned, the showground comprises themed ‘’zones’’ to assist the visitor with finding what interests them most. These zones are categorised under GROW, INSPIRE and FEAST. The GROW zone featured displays and stalls where every gardener could pick up ideas for their own garden; RHS representatives were on hand giving advice. INSPIRE featured all the different gardens, as well as a celebrity theatre, pavilion, Floristry Marquee and trade stands, whereas FEAST concentrated on growing fresh produce and allowed the visitor access to the Feast Cookery Theatre.

    Variety: Gardens

    The gardens featured included the Conceptual Gardens, which incorporated the SMART Vision Garden which was designed to draw attention to the issue of mental illness (it won a Gold Medal), Historic Gardens, World Gardens and Summer Gardens.

    Show Gardens

    Always very popular with the public are the gardens where it is easy to get wonderful ideas for our own gardens. This year was no exception. From the 1815 Hougoumont Kitchen Farm designed by Steve Mann, which paid homage to the Battle of Waterloo to the winning effort, Hadlow College ‘Green Seam’ by Stuart Charles Towner and Bethany Williams, the gardens really pulled in the crowds. The Malawi Garden, which was awarded a Gold Medal, promoted the idea of planting to show how communities in often harsh African climates can rely on their own resilience. Other winners of Gold Medals included Hadlow College ‘Green Seam’ and The Macmillan Legacy Garden. As Best Historic Garden, gold was also awarded to the beautiful make-believe Winnie the Pooh garden by Botanica World Discoveries. Best World Garden went to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism for their ‘’Garden of Paradise’’.

    Another very popular category is the RHS People’s Choice Large and Small Gardens, this year awarded respectively to ‘’The Rare Chromosome Disorder Garden’’ by Catherine Chenery and Barbara Harfleet and ‘’The Wellbeing of Women Garden’’ by Wendy von Buren, Claire Moreno and Amy Robertson. The wonderful display of choice gardens showcased the variety of styles, the choice of plants and flowers, and some wonderful landscaping and gardening ideas that have become customary of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

    Other Great Features

    No RHS Hampton Court Flower Show can ever be complete without a rose garden feature. This year’s show did not disappoint either. The Fryer’s Roses Garden presented beauty and tranquillity and also saw the launch of the Blue Diamond Rose. Talks on how to grow roses at home and avoid most pitfalls were given by Jonathan Moseley at the Roses and Floristry Theatre. Other new roses introduced this year included the Sunny Sky (Rose of the Year 2016) with its beautiful light-yellow petals, Lilac Wine, Wonderful You and Desdemona.

    Another show stopper proved to be the VertiGarden Celebration Cake, a structure in the form of a birthday cake; tiers of begonias and annuals ensured a beautiful creation in shades of pink and red.

    A new feature this year was the so-called Flower Boxes which are small gardens with the emphasis on showing visitors how to work with limited space and budget. Ideal for city dwellers who live in apartments with balconies/verandas.

    Another great feature of this year’s show was the scarecrow competition - 35 homemade scarecrows created by schools in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. As the show celebrated its 25th year, it was fitting to have an ‘’Anniversary Maze’’ featured. The largest feature at the show, the maze had beautiful planting and was rounded off by lush hedging – even rose scent was injected into certain areas of the maze.

    Something to Eat

    Visitors didn’t have to go hungry or thirsty either. A great selection of eateries such as the Allium Restaurant with its lovely views of the Palace and the show gardens, the Champagne and Seafood Restaurant and various self-service spots for a quick coffee, tea or sandwich ensured everybody was catered for. To add mood and atmosphere, live music was offered in genres such as Jazz and Motown.

    Setting very high standards for itself year after year, the Show always proves to be one of the most important entries in everybody’s diary – surely 2016 will prove to be no exception.

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  8. RHS Hampton Court: What to expect

    RHS Hampton Court: What to expect

    This year's edition of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the 25th instalment of the show, which will be accompanied by several themed events to help mark the silver anniversary of the event. Visitors can expect floral themed shows along with walks through historic gardens, and even a scarecrow display celebrating past inceptions of the pivotal accessory. The show's highlight is undoubtedly the rose display where visitors will not only be able to come into contact with some of the most well-grown roses in the United Kingdom, but also receive tips and tricks for growing roses themselves in their own homes. However, there's another display that's set to wow visitors from a more modern age.

    History of the Show

    The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show first took place in 1990 and was first developed by the Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. However, poor public perception at the time caused the Network to withdraw its subsidy from the show only two years after its creation, which was taken over by the Royal Horticultural Society. Since 1993, fresh thinking and innovative attractions have seen it become the world's largest flower show and this legacy continues to be cemented with each passing year.

    Jurassic World Display

    Arguably the most popular and innovative attraction this year is touted to be the Jurassic World display. Inspired by the popular film of the same name, prehistoric plants from both the Jurassic and Triassic periods will be on display during the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. These plants have survived extinction and climatic change, but will be held in the strictest care. The public is expected to comply with any regulations that may prohibit handling the plants, as they would be able to in other parts of the grounds.

    Fortunately, not everything will be off limits as plants such as Dicksonia antarctica and Dryopteris erythrosora can be grown in the UK and visitors will be shown how they can create their own Jurassic-inspired gardens using readily available plants within the country. This display will be accented by plants such as Cycas revoluta, which is more colloquially known as “dinosaur food” and was likely the main staple of herbivorous dinosaurs.

    It is set to take place within the SMART Vision Garden.


    Second to the Jurassic display will be the Roses and Floristry Theatre, which will hold talks and demonstrations from leading rose experts; showing the general public how to cultivate roses so that they thrive within our gardens rather than become ravaged by changing temperatures and other harsh conditions that affect rose growth. Tips and tricks will be available from leading names including TV floristry judge Jonathan Moseley and floral designer Mig Kimpton

    Feast Cookery Theatre

    Those who attend the event won't necessarily be limited to horticultural pursuits. They may also choose to partake in activities and demonstrations such as those held within the Feast Cookery Theatre, which is sponsored by Viking Cruises. The theatre is set to be headlined by leading TV chef Rachel Allen, who will provide insight on a variety of dishes and cuisines. Children are welcome to attend this event and are especially welcome on the weekend, when there will be children-specific demonstrations taking place in the early morning hours.

    Live Entertainment

    Throughout the event there will also be live music and entertainment taking place on the On the Grow Bandstand, which is sponsored by the Witan Investment Trust. The genres range across several public-friendly sounds including jazz, light chorus and Motown.

    For more information on the event be sure to take a look at the RHS Website and plan your day according to what you want to see most.

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  9. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015: What was available?

    The 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show has come to a close. It has long been said that no one takes gardens as seriously or does them as well as the English and once again the RHS Chelsea served as a testament to that fact. As always the show offered inspiration to home garden enthusiasts, and no doubt humbled a few of the more puffed up amateurs as well. For those whose gardening is best undertaken with silk flowers, the show which seemed to have an unofficial sustainability theme, provided a place for contemplation and a gallery of natural beauty.


    Despite the weather, the show once again drew visitors from around the globe ranging from local pensioners to royalty.

    The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, made an appearance to support Prince Harry whose Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability garden took home a silver award. The Queen obviously agreed with the judges, telling her grandson that the garden was “well done” and he “should be very proud”.

    Kate Moss who recently told Vogue that she and her friends now discuss gardening as opposed to clubs and nightlife made an appearance as did Piers Morgan, Bianca Jagger, Zara Phillips, Joanna Lumley, Allan Titchmarsh, Kirstie Allsopp, George Lamb, and singer Will Young, who attended with his mum. Musician, presenter and avid gardener Jools Holland was also in attendance.

    Dan Pearson returned to the event for the first time since saying that designing show gardens no longer was of interest over a decade ago. Despite his long absence Will Hill had Pearson as the odds on favourite to capture a Gold award, which he did with The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden.

    Kamelia Zaal not only gained well-deserved recognition for her designs but also was awarded a Silver gilt for The Beauty of Islam garden. The former Dubai government worker turned full-time gardener and landscape architect is the first time an Emirati landscape designer has been chosen to appear as a show garden creator. Zaal’s goal was to show the role nature plays in Islam. She said, “With so much negativity around in the media and the world today, I felt this would be a good opportunity to share our values with the public through garden design. Historically, Islamic gardens, whether in Spain, Morocco or India, were places of contemplation and relaxation and reflected the link between humankind and the earth around us.”

    Notable Gardens

    In addition to those mentioned above the show was replete with spectacular show gardens.

    The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, designed by Matthew Wilson was perhaps the most striking example of the unofficial sustainability theme and highlighted our planet’s need for water with a garden divided into three sections; a dry garden, an edible garden, and a water harvesting zone.

    L'Occitane took top spot as the most fragrant. The perfumer’s garden was fitted out with plants brought to Chelsea by lorry from France.
    Historic events were also marked at the show, with Darwin Property Investments’ Living Legacy which marked the 200th anniversary of the Wellington’s victory at Waterloo.

    Shopping Stalls
    Although the final day’s shopping had more in common with a rugby scrum mixed with a bunch of pre-teen girl’s hoping to get a glimpse of One Direction than the decorum one expects from the world’s most prestigious garden show, the items on offer were indeed spectacular.

    In addition to the requisite bulbs and plants, kitchens, furniture, playground equipment, and urns and vases were plentiful.
    Julian Cochrane, who has a Royal Society Prevention of Accidents qualifications, displayed rustic tree houses, swing seats, and bridges all designed to offer kids a fun, but safe, playground area.

    Christo McKinnon-Wood finished as the runner-up for the RHS Product of the Year award for his Garden Kitchen made from recycled teak. The worktop comes complete with a sink and copper table at a price of £1,250.

    The top spot went to the far more modest potato pot, which allows growers to monitor the progress of their potato plants and even harvest crops without pulling up the entire plant.
    Planters, jars, and urns are a staple of garden shows and were in plentiful supply at Chelsea. Garden Art featured an impressive array of stone urns with the most impressive one selling for £25,000 before the show opened to the public. For the more budget minded, handmade jars and planters were available from £175.00 and made to order games benches were available for £395.00.

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  10. What to expect at the RHS Flower Show, Cardiff

    What to expect at the RHS Flower Show, Cardiff

    The guiding principles to inspire, involve, inform, and improve are at the core of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Founded in 1804, it is the goal of the RHS to be the world's leading garden charity. It is the vision of the RHS to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place, enriching the lives of everyone through plants. Those people in the UK involved and interested in gardening and horticulture are the primary beneficiaries of the activities of the RHS, although the activities promote and benefit gardening for the wider public as well. The activities and resources of the RHS include shows, gardens, education, community involvement, library (archive and other collections), science and advice, media, and RHS shops plant centres and other products. Each spring the RHS has a partnership show called the RHS Spring Show in Cardiff; it is in conjunction with the Cardiff Council. The annual flower show for the spring of 2015 incorporates three themes that reflect an emphasis on plants, people, and places.

    The RHS Flower Show is the first outdoor show of the year. It is a welcoming of the new season and a great opportunity for people to shake off the winter blues and get outdoors to embrace the rebirth. The first theme of the 2015 show is "Step into Spring!" Spring flowers and colour from the beautiful displays in the Plant Village, Floral Marquee, and show gardens can be enjoyed across the showground. Highlights of "Step into Spring!" will include fifty-four UK nurseries that have been carefully selected, Plant Village exhibitors, the RHS Potting Bench, information about the RHS trials team, various medal-winning show gardens, and a display of illustrations inspired by the "Step into Spring!" theme.

    The second theme of the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff is "Simple Spaces: Amazing Places". This theme has a practical component in that it is intended, in part, to give people ideas they may be able to implement at home to make their own spaces more amazing. The fact is that many people live in urban environments, which do not lend to having ample garden space if any at all. Any green spaces or gardens which may have been present at one time have probably been paved over for ease of maintenance or even additional parking. People in urban areas often see green spaces dwindling right before their eyes. It is for this reason that the second theme is so important. Green space is a vital component to the health and well-being of people as well as for biodiversity and wildlife. "Simple Spaces: Amazing Places" will show visitors at the flower show how inspiring, practical, and easily maintained living spaces can be designed and created in three examples of average sized gardens. They are as follows:

    • The Relaxing Garden Office is an example of how to create a sort of studio space for working, but also a space that is simple, dreamy, and relaxing.
    • The Funky Kitchen Garden is as it sounds, taking the kitchen outdoors. This example helps people visualize how to transform a small space into a garden area to grow produce and even keep chickens. The designer even allows for space to dine alfresco as the warm weather arrives. This is a true "grow your own" garden space.
    • The Wildlife Haven is designed with a focus on encouraging insects, birds, and hedgehogs, showing the importance of gardening for wildlife. The love of the outdoors is reflected in this family garden.

    The third theme is "Grow Together". No matter the age or ability of the gardener, this aspect of the flower show gives advice, tips, and other educational opportunities that allow anyone to get involved in hands-on activity. The RHS is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all plants and related information and this theme helps to bring it all together. The RHS Flower show in Cardiff is the best place to hone gardening expertise or even to begin a new hobby of gardening. Highlights of the "Grow Together" theme include RHS Talks & Demonstration Theatre, School Wheelbarrow Competition, the Family Area, and the Learn & Grow Marquee.

    In addition to all the activities relating to the three themes, "Step into Spring", "Simple Spaces: Amazing Places", and "Grow Together" there will be live music and entertainment throughout the show, forty craft exhibitors, the Farmers Market with over thirty local artisan producers, and some of the best gardening products on the market being made available by exhibitors that have been carefully selected.

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