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This show kicked off the gardening season with a joyful celebration of spring and plant displays in a rainbow of colours
On 15-17 April 2016, Bute Park and the magnificent backdrop of Cardiff Castle played host to this flower show extravaganza.
Visitors picked up inspiration from our award-winning Show Gardens, including Best in Show Hiraeth and the gold-medal winning Alfresco Gallery Garden – all bursting with colour and creativity – and explored our overall theme of Health, Horticulture and Happiness to discover the positive impact of gardening on mind and body. The Best Tradestand award went to The Original Muck Boot Company.
Alongside a celebration of the great outdoors, with opportunities to learn foraging skills and den-building, this year’s show celebrated the centenary of the birth of world-famous author Roald Dahl, who spent his early years in Llandaff, Cardiff. Award-winning designer Tony Smith took inspiration from the well-known novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and used it to create a fun-filled show garden to delight all ages, complete with bubbling chocolate lake.
Continuing the book theme, many of the entries in the School's Wheelbarrow Competition featured curious creations, plus fun and fantastical content informed by many of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.
A 3.7m (12ft) tall, the Big Friendly Giant sculpture was there to greet visitors, and younger green-fingered enthusiasts has the opportunity to take part in a ‘Golden Ticket Family Trail’ around the showground.
Other highlights included:
In 2016, the RHS is continuing its campaign of Greening Grey Britain, focusing on the many benefits of increased health, wellbeing and happiness we feel by being in green spaces, and especially in our gardens.
A specially designed medieval medicinal herb garden was one of the show’s highlights, created by returning designer Anthea Guthrie. The design embraced the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of gardening and gardens, taking the legend of Meddygon Myddfai, or The Physicians of Mydffai, who were pioneers of modern medicine through herbalism in the 12th century, as its theme.
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