Garden Up

Sheffield’s First Major Gardening Event for years was held on the weekend of June 7th & 8th at The Botanical Gardens .

IMG_2852A perfect Summer’s evening for the preview evening and a glorious hot and sunny day on Sunday to enjoy the Botanical gardens and the show. The less said about Saturday the better, suffice to say it was a deluge with thunder and lightning first thing in the morning and an occluded front passed over all morning bringing the rain. The plants loved it!

As a show that aims to inject innovations into gardens, GardenUp aims to reflect the world of Plants, Gardens, Wildlife, Green Technologies, the Arts and the many facets of the natural world that influence our lifestyles. This first show was a model of what is in store for future events.

 Garden Up is a brand new Horticultural event for Sheffield, designed to kindle innovation and invite an artistic approach to Landscaping, Gardening and the Home environment.

GardenUp is now here each year to stimulate New Ideas around the modern Home & Garden.

It’s a two-day family event and showcases new talent from the worlds of Horticulture, Architecture, Landscape, Art and Design and more.

(see our pinterest board below for more from the ‘Brilliant Ideas Department’!)


Cow in the GardensOver 60 exhibitors and trade stands, showcasing new innovative products and ideas.


Jim Milner triple_egg_005_2_72dpi_web_versionFor the Garden: Sculpture, outdoor furniture and Garden features …


… and for the Conservatory: Paintings, Planters, furniture and ceramics


Ivy Leaf Ring… and for your garden party: fashion wear, jewellery and clothes inspired by plants and gardens.


Several Show Gardens designed by garden designers offer inspiring ideas that you can apply to your own gardens. Phil Hirst designed the National Garden Scheme Show Garden and was one of the highlights of the Show


Phil Hirst‘Garden Open’ – Celebrates the National Gardens Scheme.

‘Garden Open’ reflects the huge contribution made by the National Gardens Scheme and the dedication and skill of the owners that throw open their gates to the public. And of course there’s “tea, cake and plants for sale”!

The Garden is sposored by Investec Wealth and Investment.


Sheffield Schools display mini-gardens in the Glass Pavilions, and Art Installations on the woodland walk, all using plants and garden materials; also creative activities for the Kids and Parents at the ‘Landing Zone’.

Artist Lucy Coyne worked with schoolchildren for these whimsical sructures among many other  installations at the Botanical Gardens. These works used plant materials and found objects to weave structures with totemic overtones designed to delight the senses.


Mini-Gardens illustrate the ingenuity and amusing ideas by school children. These little glimpses of paradise were made with the help of the Children’s University and the Friends of the botanical Gardens.