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Beat the drought with advice from the Royal Show
13/06/06

Britain is suffering the worst drought in 100 years – so how can keen gardeners continue to water their plants and ensure an attractive summer display?

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Green-fingered enthusiasts will find some of the answers at this year’s Royal Show, taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 2-5 July 2006. Attractions will include a gardener’s question and answer time as well as a clinic where visitors can pick up invaluable advice on how to beat the drought from the experts.

The Flower Show, sponsored by private client fund manager, Tilney Investment Management, will take pride of place at the heart of the Royal’s shopping area. It will include a giant floral marquee, a variety of entertainments and a host of attractions including a series of demonstrations.

“The flower show is close to our hearts” said marketing manager Ian Beestin. “Many of our clients are keen gardeners and we are pleased to sponsor events which are entertaining, beautiful and prestigious.”

Among the demonstrations will be Somerset-based Exclusive Garden Design displaying its new blight-resistant topiary box and running topiary clipping demonstrations. Also, for the first time at the Royal Show, Leicestershire-based Wilford Bulb Company will showcase a rare oriental lily.

Other highlights include a range of golden Sciadopitys – an attractive and rare variety of Japanese Umbrella Pine trees – and the ever-popular Garden of Japan demonstrating how this low-maintenance design can look.

This year’s NAFAS floral arrangement competition, always popular with flower arrangers all over the country, is themed ‘Floral Spectrum’. Nine classes will offer a wide range of topics including Red Hot and Spicy and The Deep Blue Sea.

“The Royal Show is the only event that celebrates the rural way of life in its entirety. With such a variety of exhibitors and activities in the Flower Show there will be plenty for gardeners, flower arrangers and the general public to enjoy and learn from,” said Dominique Gill Show managing director of Haymarket Land Events, the organiser of the show.

website: www.royalshow.org.uk/

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