Two of the most well-known names in the horticultural world are set for Chorley after organisers announced they would be making special appearances at Chorley Flower Show.
Hundreds of people have already booked their tickets for the Chorley Council-run event, which will see Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein and garden designer and television presenter Joe Swift carry out gardening demonstrations and taking part in a question and answer session.
The duo hosted the BBC’s coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week and were selected by popular demand after the council asked people who they would like to see at this year’s show.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re delighted to have two prestigious names from the horticultural world taking part in the show and it will be an opportunity for people to meet them both.
“The celebrities were a big draw last year so we took the opportunity to see who people would like to see when asking for feedback on last year’s show. Both Carol and Joe were the most popular suggestions and I’m delighted they’re both able to attend the show.
“I enjoy doing a bit of gardening myself and I always have questions I’d like to ask of an expert so if you find yourself with a burning question make sure you come along and put it to one of our celebrities.”
Carol, who is attending on the Sunday, is most famous for her role as a regular presenter of Gardeners’ World and her down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure. She has exhibited at many shows herself with gold medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Westminster and has also written gardening books and is a columnist for Garden News.
Joe, who will be at the show on the Sunday, is also a regular presenter and designer on Gardeners’ World. He has had a host of important broadcast roles and has designed many gardens on TV, including one for Comic Relief.
“It is great profile for Chorley and the flower show to have two people who are well-known off the television and it was standing room only in the Gardening Theatre last year,” said Councillor Bradley.
“Not only will it be a chance to see some famous faces from the gardening world they will be at the show to pass on some of their skills and knowledge as well as take part in an open question and answer panel.”
If you are interested in gardening it promises to be a fantastic weekend with some of the best exhibitors in the country entering the show and it’s the first opportunity to see the new Victorian Glasshouse, which will be growing exotic fruits.
Tickets are now on sale priced £5 adults (£7 on the gate), £1.50 children (£2 on the gate), £12 for a family ticket (£15 on the gate) and parking will be free. You can also gain entry with five time credits and there are special rates for groups of more than 20.
If you’d like more information visit chorley.gov.uk, where you can buy your tickets online, or contact the council on 01257 515151.
Offline ticket sales will be launched in June – with a free park and ride service operating from Botany Bay.