Anyone who follows my blog would have known that today I was meeting with Katy Gaunt and Lucinda Costello, who are the Horticultural Exhibitor Managers for the RHS. They came up from London to meet me and discuss my plans for a WildlifeKate stand at Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in June.
I have been working on my plan for the last few weeks and I have been rather ambitious. I aim to recreate the ‘feel’ of my patch in a stand, showcasing some of my KreATivE projects and showing others how they can set up cams in and around the garden to help them learn more about the wildlife in their patch. I want my stand to sum up my motto, ‘Watch, Discover, Learn’ and have lots of ideas about how this could be achieved in a highly interactive, imaginative and attractive stand.
I showed Katy and Lucinda my plans and, thankfully, they LOVED my ideas and were as excited as me about the possibilities (if that is possible!)They have given me the thumbs up! They laid the show plan out on my sitting room floor and decided where my stand could go… at 8m x 9m, it is quite large. A wonderful spot was chosen, right in the middle of the ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ section of the show. I could not quite believe that I was being pencilled into this amazing show… me… with my own stand at a prestigious event such as this!
I want all of my followers to ‘share’ in my journey over the next 5 months… a journey that will involve lots of planning, discussions, excitement, discovery…. and sheer hard work. I will be needing help though. I have never done anything like this before. I have worked on stands, but never created one from scratch myself. In the coming weeks, I will be appealing for help… so if you would like to be part of this journey, think you could offer help, support, supplies, sponsorship…. anything, then I am going to want to hear from you. I will be drawing up a list of the kinds of things I will be needing help with so keep an eye out on my website. It could be the chance for you to advertise your business on my stand as all those who help me will be recognised.
My mind is absolutely buzzing with ideas and I will be sharing some of these with you over the coming weeks… I’m not going to tell you everything of course… you will have to come and visit me at the show! Get it in your diaries… June 13th – 17th at Birmingham NEC. Get a train to Birmingham International and you can walk from the train! Also, the Good Food Show is on at the same time! Bargain! Check out the show’s website at www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com