It was heaven for plant lovers when they got to saw their TV heroes at a Birmingham show.
Gardeners’ World Live opened at the NEC and this year visitors got a “buy one, get one free” deal with entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer as well.
Among the TV experts on stage dispensing advice were Alan Titchmarsh, Rachel De Thame, David Domoney, Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift.
Topics under discussion range from growing vegetables in small spaces and kitchen gardening to creating a wildlife-friendly garden.
Among the exhibits was a garden created by pupils at Walmley Junior School and Minworth School.
The Second World War-themed landscape, entitled Dig For Victory, took two weeks to grow and features an Anderson air-raid shelter and sandbags – typical of a Birmingham backyard during the Blitz.
It scooped a silver flora in the show’s small garden section of the Royal Horticultural Society’s awards.
Hundreds of food producers and growers will exhibit their wares during the course of the shows, which are expected to attract around 80,000 enthusiasts. Among the celebrities taking part in the Good Food Show are James Martin, the Hairy Bikers and MasterChef champion Shelina Permaloo.
A Gardeners’ World spokesman said holding the two shows at the same time made sense as they complemented each other.
“We all love eating fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs as it’s good for your health, and good for your pocket. So there’s no better place to go to find the very best advice on growing your way to five-a-day,” she said.