Discovery at RHS Flower Show Cardiff

Enter the exciting world of plants, science and nature at Cardiff this year in the Discovery zone

Find a new passion when you visit the Discovery zone at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff. You can learn new skills and formulate new ideas thanks to the host of interactive and educational exhibits. This year Discovery celebrates the great outdoors and shows you how to get involved with gardening, plants and looking after the environment.

Unleash your memories

All the family can explore their memories of nature in this exhibition. A variety of interactive tasks led by scientists from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales – let you expand your knowledge of the natural world. Take a magnifying glass into the gardening world and see the secrets of soil and all that lies beneath.

Explore the theatre of nature, learn about fossils and where to find them, and add your memories to our memory tree. The display has been led by young people supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust grant.

From waste to wonder

Do you know where your food waste is going? Come and meet some of the Welsh Water Organic Energy team to see how they are using your food waste for the better. Waste is used to make compost, helping the planet and benefiting you today and in the future.

Look forward to three interactive sessions: Compost Corner, Food Waste Facts and Does that go in my bin? See and feel what your green waste looks like after it has passed through our composting process in Compost Corner. In Food Waste Facts guess how much of your food waste can contribute to making energy, and in the session Does that go in my bin? can you identify what waste goes in which bin? Visitors can also discuss any recycling queries they might have.

How does your veg grow?

The Welsh branch of the National Vegetable Society looks forward to meeting gardeners to share advice on growing vegetables. A potting bench will demonstrate seed sowing and transplanting and the team is happy to offer advice on growing crops on, hardening off and planting out. DVDs are available on vegetable cultivation, plus a range of books and also useful allotment kits such as shallot measuring rings.

Find out about the results of a National Allotment Society survey into the health and wellbeing on allotments, and view two allotments beds showing the difference in pre-war allotment-growing and growing in modern times – all to celebrate the Society’s 90th birthday celebrations.

Eastern inspiration

For this year's show the Japanese Garden Society (JGS) celebrates the opening of the recently renovated Japanese Garden at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Finding inspiration in the natural world, Japanese-style gardens remain popular today for their tranquillity and natural beauty, and the display will feature a miniature garden that demonstrates the use of traditional elements in Japanese garden design, planting and pruning techniques. 

From plot to plate

Gardening plays a key role in catering and fine dining, and in Discovery you'll find out how. 

Learn how the horticulture department of the NPTC Group of Colleges links with the school of Catering, Hospitality and Agriculture; believe it or not, it's all down to waste! Kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings is composted and returned as broken down organic matter back onto the vegetable beds. These in turn produce vegetables for the use by the catering department in the college restaurant.

In this exhibit you can also have fun putting your herb knowledge to the test, using both your visual and olfactory senses. This will be alongside information on the range of horticulture courses offered by the college at both Neath and Brecon sites as well as other community courses in development.

Tree projects of Wales

Discovery will show you a new plant heath initiative in Wales called 'The Sentinel Project' on a joint stand by The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Welsh government. English oak trees (Quercus robur) are monitored around the world to get an advance warning of local pest that might be detrimental to the health of our trees and if they found their way to the UK's shore could result in outbreaks.

The project includes numerous sites across Wales, which are surveyed twice a year by APHA or Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as an early warning for new risks in plant/tree health arriving in Wales.

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