Event: RHS Show Cardiff, Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, April 16-18 2010
This weekend sees the Royal Horticultural Society present a plethora of gardening tips, techniques, and activities at their annually Cardiff Castle extravaganza.
Conscious of its showier cousin the Chelsea Flower Show, the Cardiff version is held over more than a month before floral aficionados head to the English capital, giving everyone just enough time to get over the multiplicity of marquees and show gardens that the Welsh have to offer.
RHS Show Cardiff takes place a month before the Chelsea Flower Show
This year sees the show display a giant green daffodil made completely from recycled materials, which stands three metres high and consists of rubber gloves, plastic buckets, an umbrella, crisp packets, plastic bottles, plastic bags, a rotary washing line, a display stand, a table top, washing up brushes, plastic cutlery and a garden hose, all assembled by artist Michelle Reader.
"I spent some time collecting lots of yellow and green materials that I could use to make the sculpture, starting with the rotary washing line, bucket and umbrella which suggested the basic structure of the flower," she says. "The whole thing took about three weeks to make."
The daffodil has been chosen as the symbol for this year's Show
The London-based artist has been making figurative, recycled sculptures from household waste and found objects for more than 10 years, deciding upon the Welsh national emblem of the daffodil for this show.
"We are delighted with Michelle's artistry," says Show Director Stephen Bennett.
"We wanted to create something different for 2010 that also reflects the sustainable values of the RHS."
Caroline Jones's ornamental garden features in a number of designs on display this year
The event also has plenty of entertainment at hand, with nature trails, street entertainers and live music throughout the weekend. The beautiful parklands site also contains a Craft Village and a taste of Welsh produce in the Café Quarter.
In addition, the show boasts the best of the spring blooms from nurseries across the UK, with ideas and inspiration for the growing season ahead as well as show gardens created by the finest Welsh horticultural talent, the ever-popular schools wheelbarrow competition, expert advice and numerous plants and accessories for sale.
Open 10am-5.30pm (4.30pm Sunday). Admission £10 (£8 in advance), book online or call 0844 209 1810.
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