Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to Copenhagen to visit the CPH Garden Show. Organised by Danish garden society Haveselskabet (the Danish equivalent of the RHS), the four day show was blessed with glorious sunshine and a record number of visitors.
People travelled from across Denmark and Sweden to attend. Unlike England, the people of Denmark are not, as a rule, a nation of gardeners so it was especially pleasing to see so many people enjoying their day out. Show organiser, Charlotte Garby (a director of Haveselskabet) was thrilled with the footfall and positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors.
A selection of small show gardens were dotted around the site and visitors were welcomed into each garden to look around. I particularly liked the garden by Swedish garden guru Hannu Sarenström with its soft tapestry of low-level planting and clever greenhouse complete with comfy sofa! This garden also won the ‘people’s choice’ award.
The show was all about the visitor experience with three lecture marquees and a packed itinerary with different speakers each day. There was a craft tent for visitors to learn new crafts (willow weaving was going on when I looked in) and a children’s craft tent where volunteers helped children to create patterns and pictures using leaves and petals. A photography competition with four different categories made for a fabulous display with the winners being announced live on stage on the final day.
With a plethora of trade stands offering everything from plants to clothing to home-produce, there was something for every visitor and every pocket. What was particularly nice was the fact that there was such a large choice of places to eat and more importantly, plenty of space to sit and eat, rest or soak up the atmosphere.
What struck me overall was the absolute happiness of the day. It was unlike any garden show I have been to in the UK as it was all-encompassing and so welcoming. If you happen to find yourself in Copenhagen in 2021 I would urge you to pay a visit!