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An inspiring programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops took place each day at the festival, featuring a variety of well-known faces, including Monty Don, Arit Anderson and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Music lovers could listen to the sounds of our talented artists.
For experienced and new gardeners alike, our programme of ‘Ask the Expert’ panels and celebrity talks on the Get Growing Festival Stage covered everything from garden design, sustainability, gardening for mental health and terrariums.
On stage, we welcomed Monty Don, Adam Frost, Joe Swift, Carol Klein, Frances Tophill, James Wong, Charles Dowding and Arit Anderson.
In the Market Theatre, a host of speakers discussed the importance of food provenance, growing your own and field to fork principles.
Special guests included Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage, Raymond Blanc, Poppy Okotcha and THE PIG Hotels.
Bringing a pocket of calm to the showground, the Sanctuary Yurt played host to a variety of talks on the importance of trees for our wellbeing and workshops ranging from meditation to sound baths and herbal remedies.
Our line-up included Handmade Apothecary, Kate Bradbury, Ellen Mary, Adele Nozedar and Sirenity Sound Healing.
Focusing on beautiful British blooms and sustainable floristry techniques, the Flower School was the place to encourage everyone to give floristry a go. Visitors could see demonstrations from celebrity florists, hear what the life of a flower farmer is like and leave with a new skill.
Specialist nurseries offered up their expert tips and advice at The Potting Bench on how to get the most out of your plants. From late summer perennials to confidence with peonies and the potential of shade lovers, there was something for every gardener.
The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies invited visitors to take part in a plethora of floral workshops and demonstrations in the NAFAS Flower Hut, bringing the creations within The Flower Arranger magazine to life.
In the centre of the Festival, the Woodland Stage brought vibrant sounds and dulcet melodies, celebrating familiar tunes. Music lovers listened to the sounds of the Soul Brothers and Soul Sisters, The Stone Jets and The Old Time Rags.
Set within the new Sanctuary area of the showground, the Sanctuary Stage was the place to sit down, chill out and listen to the beautiful acoustic melodies of dazzling musicians.
The musical talents of Kadija Kamara, Cristina Hart and Porteous joined us at the show.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.