Dobbies Garden Centres announces its support for The Royal Horticultural Society’s Virtual Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 18 to 23 May.
The world’s greatest flower show is going digital to bring an exciting line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice online.
To show its support for the new format, Dobbies’ focus will also be virtual with a programme of social content to engage keen gardeners across the UK. There will be a daily focus on different plant varieties, top tips on how to successfully grow them, and an appeal for people to vote on their favourite featured across the week to determine their hero variety.
The successful Dobbies’ Facebook Live Q&A will be back, with Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, on Wednesday 20 May at 12:30. Marcus will be talking gardening trends, colour combinations as well as hosting a virtual tour of his own garden. Also, with it being National Bee Day, Marcus will provide handy hints on bee-friendly plants.
There will be a chance for gardening fans to win, with a competition for a £100 Dobbies’ voucher as well as a pair of tickets for next year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Plant enthusiasts are being encouraged to share the photos of their favourite plants from their own gardens and explain why they love them. A selection will feature on an online gallery on the Dobbies’ Facebook page.
Graeme Jenkins, CEO at Dobbies, said: “To have a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show is an excellent idea and it has inspired our team to get creative. I would encourage gardening experts and novices alike to join us online to make the most of the advice from our experts.
“It has been a very positive start to the reopening of our stores across England and Wales, and I would like to thank our customers and team members for observing the social distancing measures we have put in place. Customers have been buying plants, compost and other gardening products, as they enjoy spending time in their gardens this Spring.”
Join the Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday 20 May, 12:30: www.facebook.com/DobbiesGC
Dobbies’ has a gardening podcast series which is available to listen to and download now: https://www.dobbies.com/content/podcast.html