Sheffield garden show set to bloom

Richard Nicolle at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.
Richard Nicolle at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.

Thousands of visitors are expected at a major new two-day gardening show taking place in Sheffield next month.

The inaugural Garden Up event will take place in the Botanical Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, with organisers hoping to attract between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors.

It is hoped the event will eventually become one of the top gardening shows in the country.

Garden Up has been created by Richard Nicolle, who has five years’ experience of involvement with the Hampton Court Flower Show.

Mr Nicolle said: “Garden Up is aiming to showcase the very best talent from the worlds of horticulture, architecture, landscape, art and design in a family environment.

“Sheffield will really have seen nothing like it before.”

The first year will feature show gardens, markets, sculptors and artists, as well as experts from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Sheffield’s own Phil Hirst, who took gold at last year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, will also be present at the event.

It will also feature community groups, including everything from the Alpine Garden Society to the Orchid Society.

The Botanical Gardens will be divided into four main zones – including one for show gardens, one for markets and another on art and craft, as well as a children’s area.

Tickets for the Sheffield Council-backed event are available at an advance price of £6 for adults.

On the gate, it will cost £7.50 for adults and £6 for students and OAPs, with under 16s able to get in for free.

The event opens at 10am and closes at 6pm each day.

n For more information about Garden Up, visit www.gardenup.org