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2012 Show Review

A look back at the 2012 show

Record crowds turn up for The Edible Garden Show 2012

The Edible Garden Show has firmly established itself in the gardening world events calendar after more than 13,000 visitors attended the grow your own extravaganza at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from March 16-18.

The only national event for grow your own fruit and vegetables and home produce, which attracted 10,800 visitors for its launch event in 2011, has grown in popularity attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the UK. The 2012 event saw the show expand into two indoor exhibition halls, supported by a large small holders’ marquee, with 170 exhibitors showcasing innovative equipment and produce all linked to the “Good Life” theme.

Show Director Bev Channell said: “This is only our second show but clearly the gardening world has become engaged with The Edible Garden Show and we have now established ourselves as a must-see event for all those people looking for a slice of the Good Life. We are especially pleased to see the growth in visitor numbers and the very positive response we have received from our exhibitors with many of them already signing up for 2013 when we intend to continue to grow this popular event.”

View videos of some show highlights below.

Praise from the experts

TV botanist James Wong officially opened The Edible Garden Show 2012 on Friday, March 16 with help from injured servicemen and staff from Headley Court, the Surrey-based armed forces rehabilitation centre.

Among celebrities taking part in the show were TV chefs John Burton-Race and Rachel Green, who gave cookery demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre in association with Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice and popular authors and broadcasters Pippa Greenwood and Paul Peacock.

John Burton-Race said:

“I think this show is absolutely fantastic.  It really is fun, they’re a great crowd here and it is very, very busy. It’s good synergy for me because most of the customers grow their own; they’ve got little allotments and smallholdings and raise their own livestock.  What I’m trying to do at the show is some dishes with ingredients that they possibly grow and give some ideas.  The feedback has been wonderful.”

The Edible Garden Show 2012 brought together inspirational celebrity gardeners and chefs, key livestock experts and innovative exhibitors to create a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to grab a slice of the ‘Good Life’. The three-day spectacular will return to Stoneleigh Park next year from March 15-March 17.

“The Edible Garden show, the best show I’ve been to in a long, long time!” Mollie Green, Presenter BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire

“It’s been a very lively show with very good organisation and an audience that is the right age for our market. There’s been a lot of activity and interest shown in our stand.” National Sales Manager, Mountfield

“It’s an excellent show. The attendance Friday was phenomenal and yesterday was the same. It’s been a very well attended and a very positive show for us”. Managing Director, Hi-grow

“It’s been absolutely fantastic.” Geoff Hodge, Scotts Miracle Gro

“This show has been fantastic again but with an even stronger attendance than last year.” Managing Director, The Garden Store

Visitor Reviews

Lots of information available, free samples and good range of seeds to buy, enjoyed Pippa Greenwood’s talks.”

“Well organised event with an excellent selection of stands and hands on activities.”

“Enjoyed talking to the experts, plenty to see and enjoyed the edible and sustainable element – the event is not another flower show.”

“Enjoyed the variety of the show – something for beginners and experts.”

“I’ve collected some really different ideas for the garden!”

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