Win Tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham NEC

I have no statistics to back me up but, anecdotally, it seems to me that an interest in gardening is on the increase, with more and more people enjoying the challenge and reward of growing their own, be it flowers, vegetable or fruit.

Where better to meet the experts, be inspired by show gardens, browse and shop for all kinds of gardening products, and find all the motivation you could ask for than at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show? This summer’s show is at the NEC in Birmingham and runs from June 15th to 19th 2011.


A London Gardener is very pleased to offer our readers the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the show. This is our first competition, and we think it’s a great one!

What can you do at the show?

  • Meet the presenters of BBC Gardener’s World – Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame – and the team behind the magazine including editor Adam Pasco
  • Attend some of the great line up of expert talks and Q&As sessions held in lecture theatres, show gardens and on stage throughout the show.
  • Glean ideas and inspiration, or simply appreciate the RHS Show Gardens
  • Meet professional specialist growers in the RHS Floral Marquee, ask them for their top tips and buy some new plants for your home and garden
  • Learn a new skill at one of the priority floristry master classes (extra £20 fee on top of entrance ticket)
  • Visit the CountryFile Magazine area and meet some of the presenters from the TV show, including John Craven, Simon King and Julia Bradbury
  • See how you can grow your own vegetables even in small spaces, by visiting the Edible Patches feature, new for 2011
  • Browse and shop along Plant Avenue
  • Find out more about the National Plant Societies, from their representatives at the show

And – how’s this for great value? Your ticket to BBC Gardeners’ World Live includes free entry (on the same day) to the BBC Good Food Show Summer

How to enter

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d most like to visit at the show. Please ensure you leave your email address* in the field provided or in the body of your comment. Entries without any means of contacting the winner will not be included in the draw.
  2. Enter on twitter by tweeting the following:
    I’d love to win a pair of tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live from #ALGComp1


  • Each of the three prizes is a pair of entry tickets to the BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC in June 2011. The tickets are for general admission on any day excluding Saturday 18 June 2011 and include entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer on the same date.
  • The prize cannot redeemed for cash.
  • Tickets are non refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply.
  • The prize is provided by BBC Haymarket Exhibitions and will be delivered by A London Gardener.
  • The tickets can be delivered to UK residents only.
  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Monday 4th April 2011.
  • A winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • The winner will be notified by email or twitter by Wednesday 6th April and asked to provide a delivery address. If no response is received by Friday 8th April, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

*If you don’t have a secondary email address already and are nervous about sharing your main email address on the internet, why not set up a new free email account on hotmail, gmail or yahoo, that you can use to enter competitions like this?

We will also be offering three pairs of tickets to BBC Good Food Show Summer + BBC Gardener’s World Live on sister blog, Kavey Eats. Enter there too and increase your chances of winning!

40 thoughts on “Win Tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham NEC

  1. Simon baldwin

    Morning Kavey, the attraction i would most like to see at Gardeners world live, is quite simply Rachel de thame!! 🙂 Closely followed in second place by a bit of shopping on plant avenue!!

  2. Fiona

    High Kavey, Didn’t know you did a gardening site to but love the food blog. 😀
    The attraction I’d love to see most at the GWL Show is the growing in small spaces.
    My ex gave up the familiy allotment without asking me first, which leaves me with a small garden to grow my fruit and veg in and to enjoy as a garden.

  3. kushla p

    i’d love to take my mum to the countryfile section of the show as she watches it every week. perhaps it’d shut her up for five minutes (though i doubt it!) i’m sure she would bore john craven to death….

    oh, i’m and @kushlacat on twitter

  4. aforkfulofspaghetti

    I’d most like to ‘visit’ Carol Klein. Her enthusiasm never fails to inspire and cheer, and her skills as a nurserywoman and plantswoman are awesome. Would love even the briefest chat with her!

  5. Jude

    I would have to pay the £20 extra for the floristry masterclass. If you saw my attempts at arranging flowers you would know why!

  6. P Compton

    I’m most looking forward to the Grow Your Own, Growing Tastes Feature, sounds my kind of gardening! Thank you for the competition x

  7. Diane M Fletcher

    I would so love to see ponds, water plants and fish,being put together
    to show what a peaceful, wonderful world we can give them, also to
    enjoy a smile ourselves

  8. Trish Owen

    I would love to attend some of expert talks and Q&As sessions. I enjoy browsing around all the spectacular flower displays and taking photos. TV gardener celebrity spotting is good fun too.

  9. Linda Millward

    It is my dream to meet Alan Ticthmarsh, and being vegetarian with a new baby i have a yearning for self sufficiency, please let me win!

  10. Anne

    I’d like to find an expert who can tell me why my bay trees (in pots) keep dying. I got them to protect the house from being struck by lightning – it hasn’t been hit since then, but I have to keep replenishing my supply.

  11. hazel

    I would like to be part of this special 20th Anniversary to celebrate the success of this great TV programme and wonderful magazine!

  12. Judith

    I would love to get some tips on growing more vegetables in a small space so it’s the Edible Garden for me!

  13. angela evans

    i’ve got a hugh lawned garden but would like to give up some lawn to grow veg so need some advise on whats easy to grow for beginners.

  14. Emma Ridgway

    I’d most like to go to some of the Q&As, I’m a novice gardener and need lots of advice as to what to plant and when, mainly because I want to start growing vegetables.


    Glean ideas and inspiration, or simply appreciate the RHS Show Gardens..
    and i have always wanted to meet John Craven so that would be a gaining lots of advice about the garden..

  16. Helen Yendall

    I would love to browse along Plant Avenue and buy lots of unusual plants to put in my (very bare) garden. lots of them died in the last cold winter, so I need to put some colour back!

  17. Mrs Kathleen Beaumont

    I have created a small vegetable plot and am interested in making the most use of that, so the Edible patches feature will be of special interest to me. I would also the would like to meet the presenters, especially Alan Titchmarsh.

  18. Rosie Cox

    Hi There, I’d love to visit Gardeners World Live as I would love to meet Simon King the wildlife photographer and presenter, he is my hero! Also I am a keen wildlife gardener as is my small daughter and we’d love some more tips for attracting butterflies bees and insects into our garden, and bagers too!
    Regards from Rosie.

  19. Bernadette Evans

    I visited Gardeners’ World Show times and thooroughly enjoyed the day. There is so much to see – beautiful plants and displays and the question time is very informative. I have asked questions and received some helpful suggestions to solve my gardening problems. I see Carol on TV and love going round her garden and listening to her talking about her plants and surroundings with such affection. For many year I have watched the various people like Monty, Alan, Toby and Christine and all the presenters giving us inspiration and allowing us to feel that we can also achieve a good show in the garden

  20. Wendy Hunt

    I went with a friend to Gardeners’ World last year and it was such an interesting day. I am looking forward to visiting the Countryfile stand as I love this programme on TV, especially Adam and his farm. There are always beautiful plants to purchase and the question and answer sessions are very informative.

  21. Alison Young

    I would love to listen to Alan Titchmarsh as I think he is still the best gardener to give ideas and advice for all levels of gardeners – and of course I have to buy some plants.

  22. Gillian

    Lovely to see Monty Don back but also miss Alan Tichmarsh . Having missed nearly 6 months gardening due to bad back etc would love to see ideas to help me keep gardening but less digging and heavy work. Ideas to lower maintenance but not by having a total concrete or paved area. There seems very little about and I know many other people in a similar situation who would like some help

  23. Peter Wilson

    Out with the gnomes and flowers made of plastic,I now need a growing garden that looks fantastic.

  24. su

    I’d dearly love to meet and talk with Carole Klein about seed collecting, it’s the passion of my son who grows from seeds he’s retrieved from other’s gardens!

  25. David Evans

    I would like to have the chance to talk to Monty Don about his gardening experiences – in particular his forthcoming programme on TV about the gardens of Italy

  26. Janet Goucher

    I would love to see Monty Don at the show.I enjoyed his series about Italian Gardens this year.Also would love tips on vegetable plots has been making one in our garden.Also the Countryfile section as I watch the programme every Sunday.Finally the shopping of course.!


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