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    The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show takes place now from 21 to 25 July 2021 inclusive.

    Wednesday is the RHS Members only Day and the show then runs through to Sunday 25 July 2021 from 10am to 6pm.  The show is in Knutsford, Cheshire.

    There are fabulous garden displays and you can pick up big ideas for small spaces from the Back to Back gardens.   Young Designers have put a spotlight on a range of social and environment issues.

    You can attend talks and demonstrations, stroll through a floral marquee and plant village, and browse the Country Living Pavilion for shopping!

    Now, if you can’t get to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, you could visit it on the television!   Take a look at BBC2 on Friday 23 July at 19:00 and Saturday 24 July, also at 19:00.

    Visit the RHS website here


    Did you see the Euro2020 football match between England and Denmark on Wednesday night?   Wasn't it exciting?  I really felt for the goalkeepers and players at such a tense moment.   Well done to everyone involved!

    Anyway, the match took place at Wembley and if you've got a football lover in your life, you could give them a Wembley Stadium Tour as a gift!

    This isn't a gift membership, but it's a chance to go behind the scenes and find out what Wembley is like there.


    Give them a Wembley Stadium Tour!

    Virgin Experience Days have stadium tours for one adult, for two adults, for an adult and child, and for two adults and two children.  

    Imagine what it would be like to see behind the scenes at Wembley Stadium!

    You can take in the changing rooms, the players' tunnel and the dug outs on tours that last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Kick off to go to Virgin Experience Days to find out more

    By the way, Virgin Experience Days have football gifts and tours for fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Millwall, Newcastle United and the London Stadium.  Find out more here

  3. It’s back!  The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is happening this week!   It kicks off with a pre-view evening on 5th July;  there’s Members’ Days on 6th and 7th July.

    And if you’re not able to make it (you must book tickets in advance and they are going fast as they are restricted because of covid), the good news is that BBC2 are providing coverage of the show.

    Find out about RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival here

    The coverage starts on Wednesday, 7th July at 9pm.   It’s on Thursday evening too, also at 9pm and at 5:30 on Saturday afternoon. 

    Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame, Adam Frost and Arit Anderson are leading the programmes, and there’s advice from Carol Klein, Nick Bailey, Mark Lane and Toby Buckland. 

    This will make a nice change from all the sport on TV at the moment, especially if you’re not a sports fan and love your gardening.  

    Themes include Gardening for Everyone, with Scandinavian design, suitability and wellbeing.   These gardens will create green spaces to reconnect with nature, friends and families.

    There’s a floral marquee and plant village where visitors to the show can do tons of shopping, and seek free advice from specialist growers.  There are celebrity talks, demonstrations and workshops and the Festival of Roses.

    All in all, lots to see and do – so if you can’t make it, switch the TV on and watch the coverage there instead!

    RHS Tatton Park Flower Show follows on 21 to 25 July 2021. 

    Don’t forget there’s lots to discover on the RHS website – it is a mine of information, and you could also take out a gift membership!  Memberships help grow a greener Britain!

    Visit the RHS website and have a good dig about!

  4. I've just checked the TV listing guides and noticed that tonight (Sunday 4 July 2021), the Antiques Roadshow comes from the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

    The garden is situated in the absolutely stunning Carmarthenshire.   I remember as a little girl visiting my grandparents there and we used to go to the market in Carmarthen every Wednesday.   We had lovely holidays, visiting the beach, enjoying the scenery, playing with buckets and spade on the sand - they were great times!

    Anyway, the National Botanic Garden of Wales has a gift membership.  If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves botanical gardens, take a look at this one. 

    Find out more about the National Botanic Garden of Wales' gift membership scheme 
    Find out more about gift memberships here

    Your gift will help the charity continue with its research work.  It's involved in a number of projects including Plants for Pollinators, Saving Pollinators and Saving Plants and Fungi.   It is also involved in Biophilic Wales, a project to increase the wellbeing of people and wildlife and the envrionment throughout the beautiful country of Wales. 

    Gift memberships also give the garden lover in your life lots of lovely benefits such as: 

    • Free entry for the duration of your membership - please note some exclusions apply.
    • Members’ coffee mornings; talks, tours and trips to other gardens
    • Annual garden party – a special ‘members-only’ day with talks, workshops and events
    • Varied and full events calendar throughout the year: talks, concerts, food and craft fairs, music, theatre, and horticultural events

    There's also free entry to a number of botanic gardens in the UK, plus 10% discount in the Botanic Garden Gift shop and discounts on courses in the Garden.  

    Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales' website here