Edible Garden Show
By Angie, Mar 24 2013 09:00PM
Apologies for the delay in posting. I woke up full of yet another cold on Monday, so have been suffering all week which has held up my editorials this week.
Last weekend, we spent a couple of days at the Edible Garden Show, at Stoneleigh Park.
Aimed at the amateur fruit and vegetable growing market, this event showcases suppliers of equipment, seeds, plants and sundries to interest gardeners. The show also features two gardening themed expert theatres and one cooking theatre. In addition, the small holders marquee features presentations from poultry keeping, pig keeping and goat keeping experts were really interested and the variety of poultry was very impressive - with beautiful proud cockerels being the favourite with the children.
Highlights for us were the expert theatre sessions hosted by Bob Flowerdew and Alys Fowler, and bottle feeding the two week old goat kids in the smallholder's marquee.
Retail highlights were the special deal from Suttons of two Redlove apples for £30 and three plants from the James Wong range of unusual plants (in our case, Kaffa Lime, Cardamom and Wasabi plants) for £18. We also picked up some seeds from D T Brown and Suttons, a forged border fork, a wratchet lopper and a few sundries for our chickens. Many of the seed vendors were offering seeds for £1 per packet equivalent price.
We caught up with some fellow bloggers we had organised to catch up with - a big hello to Surbie and Snowdrops!
Perhaps, we have been spoiled with RHS events, the Heathfield agricultural show and Gardeners World Live. We found the show smaller than we had anticipated and was surprised it didn't open later in the evening to cater for people at work, but the show closed at 4.30. We also expected more plant suppliers and a wider range of food vendors in the food hall. Some sample veg plots would have been a nice addition too.
Having said that, we did enjoy ourselves and even managed to keep a 4 and 5 year old occupied both days.
The show is planning to move to Alexandra Palace, London for 2013 and be even bigger.