Sunshine and gardening went hand in hand for three days at CarFest South over the bank holiday weekend as visitors were given free advice on how to make the most of your outside space – whether it is a balcony, roof terrace, patio or even just a windowsill.

Love the Plot You’ve Got ambassador Chris Collins was on hand to get CarFest goers thinking about their outside space differently, as well as doing demonstrations and giving plant advice to would be gardeners.

This year the inspiring Love the Plot You’ve Got Roadshow gardens were designed by Chris, supported by Association of Professional Landscapers with further products being supplied by Pile Height, Mr. Fothergill’s, Scott’s Miracle-Gro and EcoScape.  All plants were supplied by multiple show medal winners Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and props were supplied by Henry Street Garden Centre.

Keith Nicholson, Marketing Director of Westland Horticulture and Chair of the Garden Industry Marketing Board said:

“CarFest is a fantastic event and we had such a positive response from visitors at the North event that we knew we definitely had to do South as well.  We built a fantastic garden showing people how they can do exciting things in their outside spaces, no matter the size or shape, with minimal effort and cost and encouraging them to go along to their local garden centre for inspiration and advice."

Celebrity Gardener Chris Collins said:

“CarFest is a celebration of being outside and outside life and we were showing people that gardening isn’t a secret club you need to join to get into it - it’s actually very easy to do, and throughout the campaign we have been offering simple tips and tricks with our hands-on demonstrations for both kids and grown-ups."

The roadshows are part of the innovative three-year Love the Plot You’ve Got Campaign which has been created following detailed research into consumer perceptions about their desires for their outdoor living spaces, especially among the key 30-45-year-old age group.  Highlights of the 2016 campaign have involved RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Al Fresco Fortnight in June and a comprehensive social media programme.

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