2014 – The First Show:
Sheffield geared up to host its own ‘design-led Flower and Gardening Show in June 2014 in a groundbreaking move to turn the city into a centre of garden and landscaping excellence.
The Botanical Gardens were the setting for ‘Garden Up’ – an innovative two-day show sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, which showcased the very best talent from the worlds of horticulture, architecture, landscape and design.
Local universities, schools, community groups, businesses, artists and craftspeople all signed up to be a part of the event that aimed to encourage future partnerships and stimulate technology transfer.
The council gave their full backing to an event they believe can be a key stimulus for the local economy and help further Sheffield’s ‘greenest city’ label. The event was a breathtaking outdoor garden show complete with exhibitors, sales stands and show gardens.
The creator of ‘Garden up’ is Richard Nicolle is a Sheffield-based horticultural expert and former TV producer. He has five years exhibition experience at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, and has worked on the Sheffield Winter Garden and Peace Gardens more recently.
He said: “‘Garden Up’ is a truly cutting edge event that provides a platform for showcasing innovation and design and will offer the public wonderful new ideas and products.”
The ‘Garden Up’ show gardens will involve the work of some of the top horticulturists and designers from around the country including ones that have previously exhibited at the Chelsea and Tatton Flower Shows.