The glorious weather in Wales this week comes at just the right time for the RHS Show Cardiff in the city’s Bute Park April 8-10, the first Royal Horticultural Society outdoor show of the season – packed with spring blooms and features.
Described as “a real gem of a show full of gorgeous spring blooms” by Jekka McVicar, the herb guru and head of the judges at Cardiff and several other RHS shows this season, the show has grown this year, boasting eight show gardens, a number of new exhibitors and a record entry of 75 schools taking part in the popular and colourful Schools Wheelbarrow competition, endorsed by Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.
Last April over 24,000 visitors from across the UK enjoyed the best of the spring blooms from nurseries who also feature at Chelsea and Hampton Court, with ideas and inspiration for the growing season ahead, all gathered under blue skies. Among the attractions this year are:
an Interactive Allotment by Radio 2’s Allotment Doctor Terry Walton
a Barefoot Beekeeper, Lynne Allbutt on the virtues of Bee-friendliness
a Shelter Box garden to raise funds for disaster zones
a West Meets East oriental garden by Gaynor Witchard
the launch of the Welsh Warrior Daffodil in honour of a Welsh casualty in Afghanistan
talks, demonstrations and expert advice
Schools Wheelbarrow competition
floral marquees & Plant Plaza, including first timers at Cardiff – McBean’s Orchids and Trewidden Nursery
RHS Shows Director Stephen Bennett said: “We’re all hoping this weather lasts for the first RHS outdoor show of the season. We love coming to Cardiff and this year there are more reasons than ever for the crowds to turn out in the splendid parklands of Cardiff Castle.”

RHS Show Cardiff
Date: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April 2011
Time: 8-9 April (10am – 5.30pm) 10 April (10am – 4.30pm)

Venue: The parklands of Cardiff Castle
Tickets: 0844 581 0810 or www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff
RHS show information: 020 7649 1885 or www.rhs.org.uk/cardiff
Ticket prices: RHS members, advance tickets £7
Public, advance tickets £8
All tickets on the day, £10
Children under 16 go free.

Travelling to the show

Bute Park is a 15-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.

Bute Park is a 15-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.

For detailed train information visit the National Rail Enquiries website or call 08457 484950

From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland, take the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West, the approach is by M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by the M4.

Upon arrival in the city, follow signs for Cardiff Castle and AA signs to the show. Parking is available in surrounding town centre pay and display car parks.

Disabled visitors
There will be a dedicated parking area for disabled visitors. Wheelchairs will be available for use at the show (limited availability).

Attendants cannot be provided, but one companion is admitted free of charge per wheelchair user, visually impaired visitor or other person whose disability necessitates a carer.

A number of temporary catering units serve a selection of sandwiches, filled baguettes, hot snacks, tea and coffee and other soft drinks.

There is a plant and product crèche service available on site where you can leave your purchases.

The showground
No animals admitted to the show, except for registered guide or assistance dogs.

Please note that this is a temporary, outdoor event on open parkland and is subject to varying weather and ground conditions. Although some temporary trackway is laid, much of the event is on open ground and care must be taken. We therefore advise that you check the weather forecast for the day of your visit, consider the nature of the event and the effects of any inclement weather on surface conditions, and wear suitable clothing and footwear. In extreme weather conditions, access may be restricted in the interest of safety.

Visitors will be subject to security searches.

Access information for disabled visitors
Full details on access to and around the showground
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