CELEBRITY garden designer Joe Swift has planted some top tips with Gloucester’s keen gardeners.
The 48-year-old star of the BBC’s Gardener’s World dropped into the increasingly popular Gloucester Quays Home and Garden Festival on Saturday.
Gardeners from far and wide travelled to listen to one of his talks.
Gardening expert Carol Klein will also be hot-footing it to the festival on Sunday to speak with some of the 70,000-plus visitors.
Mr Swift, who will shortly present the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC, said: “The most common question I get asked at events like this is ‘why has my plant died?’ and I usually say ‘because you’ve killed it’.”
He added: “A lot of people stick with the same garden for years. They look at the same thing year after year. I can help them change that.”
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Stallholders at the major event say they have been busier than ever.
Tony Davis, from Hillside Brewery, the new name for May Hill Brewery, said: “This is always a great place to come to show off what we do. It is ideal for us.”
Cathrine Zielinski, from Simply Seedz, said: “It has been really good and very busy. I enjoy what I do. I used to work in financial services for American Express until I was made redundant. So I decided to set up this business three years ago and it has been well received.
“Everything is prepared at home in my kitchen and people really like the fact that there is no sugar in the products. That was a big thing in the headlines in the past few months and a lot of people are choosing to be healthier.”
Event manager Andrew Mitchell-Stead, from Gloucester Quays, said: “Previously we’ve run the event over three days, but this year we are doing all four days and it has been much busier.
“The number of people were are getting now is close to what we get for the food festival, which is fantastic.
“Gloucester Quays and the Docks are becoming well-known for being a great place to put on events like this now.”