Schools can book special tickets for the event held at the NEC this June. 

BBC Gardeners' World Live 2018

Source: BBC Gardeners’ World Live & Jason Ingram.

The organisers of BBC Gardeners’ World Live have announced that the dedicated schools day at the 2019 NEC Show will be on Thursday 13th June.

Teachers booking to take groups also have the option to add seats in advance to the dedicated BBC Gardeners’ World Live Theatre schools session at 11.30am, free of charge with Lee Connelly, the Skinny Jean Gardener of Blue Peter fame. 

As part of the day out, school groups will discover a vast variety of plants in the Floral Marquee including Carnivorous Plants, Air Plants, Bonsai and Cacti. Teachers are encouraged to discuss interesting designs and ideas while exploring the Show Gardens, giving pupils inspiration for future projects.

New for 2019

Local schools can take part in the ever-popular School Wheelbarrow Competition, which has a new theme for 2019: Around the World.

BBC Gardeners' World Live

Source: BBC Gardeners’ World Live & Jason Ingram.

Children are encouraged to look at the plants and gardens, as well as the architecture and cultures, of the world for their inspiration, creating a homage to their chosen land in the space of a barrow. Visiting school groups will be able to explore the wheelbarrows, planted up with fresh ingredients for a tasty recipe.

Tips for your school trips to BBC Gardeners’ World Live

  • Ask every pupil to note down and photograph their favourite thrifty gardening idea, to be recreated at school. 
  • Be detectives to find the most unusual vegetables (such as purple carrots) and speak to the nursery owners to find out the history behind these rare varieties. 
  • Get pupils into groups to buy a packet of seeds, for a group germination project at school.

School bookings

School tickets are £17 (plus one teacher ticket free with every eight bought) and each ticket includes free entry to the BBC Good Food Show. 

Contact the Group Box Office on 0800 358 0058 for more details and to reserve your School Group tickets.

About the show

The annual event, which runs from 13th-16th June at the NEC, Birmingham, includes demonstrations from the TV presenters Monty Don, Carol Klein, Adam Frost, Alan Titchmarsh and others. It includes a Floral Marquee, Plant Village for shopping and many exhibitors. 

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