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 18-22 March 2015 

Spring Fair, 19 - 23 March, BDC London UK
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Spring Garden
Our beautiful Spring Garden returns this year to bring you the delights of springtime. This stunning feature promises to be an extravaganza of colour and scent. Designed and built by the award winning team at Horticolous, in partnership with Kadai Firebowls, it will give you ideas and inspiration for your own garden. Whether you want to create a quiet spot to sit and relax or learn how to grow your own herbs and vegetables, this is a haven for all garden and allotment enthusiasts. You will also be able to pick up tips from a range of experts at the various talks and demonstrations taking place in the Spring Garden throughout the Fair. Check the timetable below for details.

 

 


Artist impression of gardenArtist impression of the Spring Garden


Spring Garden Timetable

  Wed 19 Thu 20  Fri 21 Sat 22  Sun 23
10.15 - 10.30 A Tour of the Spring Garden,
Lynn Riches 
A Tour of the Spring Garden,
Lynn Riches 
A Tour of the Spring Garden,
Lynn Riches 
A Tour of the Spring Garden,
Lynn Riches 
A Tour of the Spring Garden,
Lynn Riches 
10.45 - 11.00 Growing Wild,
RSPB
Scented Sanctuaries, Lucy Summers Scented Sanctuaries, Lucy Summers Scented Sanctuaries, Lucy Summers Growing Wild,
RSPB
11.15 - 11.30 Demo
Getting the Best Display from your Pots,
Lynn Riches
Demo 
Getting the Best Display from your Pots,
Lynn Riches
Demo 
Getting the Best Display from your Pots,
Lynn Riches
Demo 
Getting the Best Display from your Pots,
Lynn Riches
Demo 
Getting the Best Display from your Pots,
Lynn Riches
11.45 - 12.00 More Than Honey,       Sara Ward
Cancelled
Taking the Plunge,
Lucy Summers
Taking the Plunge,
Lucy Summers
Taking the Plunge,
Lucy Summers
BREAK
12.15 - 12.30 Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature,     RSPB Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature,     RSPB Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature,     RSPB Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature,     RSPB Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature,     RSPB
12.45 - 1.00 Demo - Growing your Own Sweet Peas,
Lynn Riches 
Demo - Growing your Own Sweet Peas,
Lynn Riches 
Demo - Growing your Own Sweet Peas,
Lynn Riches
Demo - Growing your Own Sweet Peas,
Lynn Riches 
Demo - Growing your Own Sweet Peas,
Lynn Riches
1.15 - 1.45  Who is in the Hive,
Sara Ward
Cancelled
BREAK  BREAK  Who is in the Hive,
Sara Ward
Cancelled
BREAK 
2.00 - 2.15 Designed with Nature in Mind,
RSPB
Designed with Nature in
Mind
,
RSPB
Designed with Nature in
Mind
,
RSPB
Designed with Nature in
Mind
,
RSPB
Designed with Nature in
Mind
,
RSPB
2.30 - 2.45 Tips on Designing your Border,        Lynn Riches  Tips on Designing your Border,        Lynn Riches  Tips on Designing your Border,        Lynn Riches  Tips on Designing your Border,        Lynn Riches  Tips on Designing your Border,        Lynn Riches
3.00 - 3.15 The Bee Keeping Year,
Sara Ward
Cancelled
BREAK BREAK The Bee Keeping Year,
Sara Ward
Cancelled
BREAK
3.30 - 4.00 Demo - Seeds to be planting now,            Lynn Riches Demo - Seeds to be planting now,            Lynn Riches Demo - Seeds to be planting now,            Lynn Riches Demo - Seeds to be planting now,            Lynn Riches Demo - Seeds to be planting now,            Lynn Riches

Horticolous

Horticolous

A Tour of the Garden: take a walk around the Fair's Spring Garden and be inspired to get your garden ready for the spring.

Getting the Best from your Pots: get beautiful floral displays from your pots without too much hard work!

Growing your own Sweetpeas: it's still not too late to sow your sweet pea seeds and fill your house and garden with their beautiful colour and fragrance all summer.

Tips for Designing your Borders: pick up some great tips from the experts for designing your own garden.

Seeds to be Planted Now: what to sow now to fill your borders with colour for the summer.

Horticolous Landscape and Garden Design has been created by Mark Lippiatt and Lynn Riches. The name Horticolous comes from the Latin word used to describe plants that live and grow in the garden.

Horticolous have been involved at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower show for several years, creating exhibits and gardens, and have been awarded Gold Medals at Chelsea for the last three years. They are also very proud to have been part of the team that created and built the RHS Edible Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2011, a huge achievement and success.

Mark and Lynn are proud to have worked together to form this award winning design and landscaping team and truly love and believe in what they do. Mark began life as a stone mason and still enjoys nothing more than working with natural stone. Lynn loves to grow and nurture plants to create bespoke schemes for clients and help them make the most of their gardens and outdoor spaces.

You can find out more about Horticolous at their website www.Horticolous.co.uk or come and chat with them at the Fair, where they will be talking from the garden and selling plants and beautiful treasures they love to use in their own gardens.

Lucy Summers

Lucy Summers

Scented Sanctuaries: a delightful scented rose lingering on a warm summer's evening; the musky plant perfume of a Mediterranean holiday long passed;  every milestone in your life probably has its own sensory bookmark. If your garden lacks the whiff factor, Lucy demonstrates how to choose plants, climbers and shrubs that not only look fabulous but fragrance the air with delightful perfume during the colder months of the year. Adding fragrant plants adds a delightful romantic dimension to your garden, encourages beneficial wildlife and creates a relaxing scented sanctuary.

Taking the Plunge: once a beautiful flowering shrub has put out its last flower, how do you prevent it from sitting there like a mass of dull green for the rest of the year? Many of us find that gaps appear in our flower beds because we just haven't managed to plan a seamless blend of continuing flower colour. Lucy shares her flowering 'cheats' with you, along with innovative ways of livening up the garden so gappy borders are a thing of the past.

Lucy is an innovative landscape designer with over two decades of professional experience in the industry.

Her unique planting and design style have attracted gold and silver medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and her innovative floral designs as often in demand.

Besides being a gardening TV presenter, broadcaster and speaker, she is also author of the popular gardening books series Greenfingers Guides. Lucy is also often busy with various writing commitments for a variety of magazines.

At Lucy Summers London she offers inspiring, creative practical garden and flower courses allowing students to embrace the ‘language of flowers’ developing their own unique style for both the house and garden.

Lucy is a plantaholic, loves walking, her friends and family, anything to do with World War II and swimming under blue skies.

RSPB

RSPB

Growing Wild: the right plants can make all the difference when you’re trying to get birds in your bushes and butterflies in your borders. Learn about the top five plants that can help nature to grow where you live.

Getting your Hands Dirty for Nature: making things to give nature a home in your outdoor space this spring needn’t be a massive project – all you need is a little time and a bit of imagination. Come along and see how you can use everyday objects to make a real difference for wildlife in just 15 minutes. 

Designed with Nature in Mind: turning your garden into a haven for our flapping, fluttering, buzzing, burrowing, snuffling and slithering neighbours doesn’t mean starting again from scratch. Find out about the easy steps you can take in your garden to give nature a home now!

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

The RSPB’s biggest-ever campaign, Giving Nature a Home, is trying to tackle the housing crisis facing the UK’s threatened wildlife. The charity is urging people to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces; whether it’s putting up a nestbox, digging a pond or planting nectar-rich flowers, everyone can get involved and help make a difference. Visit rspb.org.uk/homes for more information and to download your free booklet.

 

Sara Ward

Sara Ward


More than Honey: Sara will be looking at the role of bees in so much of the food we produce in the UK, she will be looking at changes in farming and bee keeping over the years and the challenges and benefit of keeping bees today.

Who is in the hive?: Sara will explain the structure of a honey bee colony, looking at the nest, the castes, the life-cycle, and roles of each bee.

The Bee Keeping Year: Sara will outline the seasonal tasks & responsibilities of keeping bees today including suggestions as to how those interested can find out and experience more.

Since discovering that there are many of us living in towns and cities that have aspirations of country living Sara Ward has made it her mission to encourage people to grab city in one hand and country life in the other, believing that you can have a bit of both. Learning as they go, the Ward family are not professional farmers. They have busy urban lives, like many other families, with work commitments, children in two different schools and voluntary roles in the local community. Finding time to learn new skills and produce some food is a great hobby that is so rewarding and through their courses, they encourage others to ‘Join us on the Journey’.

As a bee keeper, Sara began her training at River Cottage in 2009 and collected her first colony in August 2011. She was delighted to win First Prize for Best Honey in London in October 2012 and as a qualified Bee Keeper, she now runs courses from her West London home.

For more information, course details and to follow her blog, see www.HenCorner.com

2015 Opening Times
Wed 18 March 10am-6pm BOOK
Thu 19 March 10am-9pm BOOK
Thu (Gala) 19 March 5:30pm-9pm BOOK
Fri 20 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sat 21 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sun 22 March 10am-3pm BOOK

 

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