Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan was in Cardiff’s Bute Park today (8th April 2011) to meet with Welsh Horticultural experts and exhibitors at the first outdoor Royal Horticultural Show of the season.
The Welsh Secretary, a keen amateur gardener, was hosted by the RHS President Elizabeth Banks and toured the show’s floral marquees, show gardens, marquees and trade stands at the RHS.
This year’s event is the largest yet, with eight show gardens and a record number of schools competing. The Cardiff show will also feature poignant elements, with a ‘Shelter Box’ garden raising money for disaster zones and a special ‘Welsh Warrior’ daffodil being launched in memory of Abergavenny Soldier Private Richard Hunt of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh who was the killed in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Gillan said: ”The displays I’ve seen today have been breathtaking, demonstrating the enormous talent and dedication of the exhibitors taking part. With the excellent weather Wales has been enjoying this Spring, I’m sure the show will be an enormous success, not only for the organisers, but also for our local economy.
“The RHS show in Cardiff is a “must visit” for gardening and horticultural enthusiasts or even those that simply enjoy the outdoors. I am delighted that the show is taking place in the impressive grounds of Cardiff Castle. Again, we have shown that Wales is a wonderful host for major events and I congratulate all those who have worked so very hard to make the RHS a triumph.”