Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2015
I am delighted to announce dates for a new venture – the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2015, to be held at Rheged on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March. Cumbria Life has teamed up with me as Buzy Lizzie garden design and Whitemore & Thwaytes interior design to put on what promises to be the biggest and best northern home and garden event of the year.
“Cumbria is all about quality – its scenery, architecture, businesses, food, culture – and that’s our keynote for the Show,” says Richard Eccles, Cumbria Life’s Editor. “The county is building a reputation for the clever way that its private homes, hotels and guesthouses embrace contemporary design and the talents of local crafts people while reflecting the county’s heritage too. We’re hoping to bring together all those different strands into an inspiring event.”
We can now confirm that interior stylist, Sophie Robinson and architect and interior designer, Daniel Hopwood, both judges on BBC 2’s recent Great Interior Design Challenge, will be our guest speakers on Sunday 1 March at the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015.
They’ll be sharing their approach to Creating style and individuality in your home during two sessions (11am and 3 pm) in the Main Auditorium at Rheged and also signing copies of the book that accompanied the TV series.
For anyone who enjoyed the Great Interior Design Challenge and the amazing and diverse interiors created by the contestants, this will be a great opportunity to find out more about the TV series projects (including those from the final held at Holme Eden in Cumbria) and Sophie and Daniel’s approach to interior design and styling.
Eric Robson of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time will be hosting a live Cumbrian version on Saturday 28 February at the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015.
Panellists will bring their expertise in all aspects of garden design and gardening in Cumbria, reflecting the diversity of the garden exhibitors at the event.
- Tom Attwood of Halecat Plants can answer queries about what thrives in local gardens and trends in planting.
- Shelagh Todd of Newton Rigg is a horticultural specialist with a knack for finding the right plant for a particular spot in a garden.
- Janet Queen has years of practical experience and advice from her work at Rose Castle.
- James Smith of Growing Well at Low Sizergh is an expert in growing food – salads, fruit and a wide range of vegetables – as well as being a great advocate for the mental health benefits of gardening.
The Gardeners’ Question Time will take lpace in the Lecture Theatre at Rheged. Tickets will cost an additional £3 with all proceeeds going to Growing Well – Cultivating Good Mental Health.
Garden exhibitors at the Home & Garden Show will be covering the whole spectrum of garden design, development and maintenance, from hard landscaping and architectural features to plants and planting ideas, sculpture, water features – the works.
A few of these exhibitors will be talking about their work in the demonstration area which we’re putting into one of the Main Halls at Rheged. These free talks will give visitors a chance to sit down with an expert and focus on a particular topic for about 20 minutes.
From a gardens perspective, I’ve invited Rod Hughes from 2030 Architects, Shelagh Todd from Newton Rigg College and my other half, Phil Newport of Wildroof Landscapes, to share their ideas and give you a chance to consider the options for your garden in 2015 and beyond.
Shelagh will be focusing on hardy plants for a hardy climate and bringing along a selection of plants to suit the Cumbria climate (12.30pm, Saturday only).
Rod will be talking about preparing for your design project – from a simple extension to a complete conversion or new build – with advice on how best to brief your architect (1.15pm, Saturday and Sunday).
And Phil will be advising on paving solutions – from crazy to more cultured – with an insight into the materials that are available and most suitable for Cumbrian gardens (2.45pm, Saturday and Sunday).
If you’ve not booked your tickets for the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2015 yet, I hope that these free demonstrations will tempt you to make a booking. It will save you £1 if you pre-book (£4 instead of £5 for the day) and you can do the whole thing from the Buy Tickets page.
Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show website