Maggie’s launches the Pop-Up Garden Festival at Llanover

Maggie’s, the charity which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, are transforming the beautiful gardens at Llanover, near Abergavenny, for a Pop-Up Garden Festival with a difference.

At the kind invitation of Elizabeth and Ross Murray the gardens will become a hub of horticultural activity for one weekend only, from the 11th to the 13th of September 2015. All proceeds from the event will go towards Maggie’s who are fundraising to open their second Centre in Wales built alongside the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

In the spectacular setting of the renowned Llanover gardens and arboretum the Maggie’s Pop-Up Garden Festival will launch with a gala dinner on the evening of Friday 11th September. The weekend continues from there with talks, workshops and demonstrations, including a programme for children and a wide range of stalls, all showcasing the very best of gardening talent and expertise. There will be an opportunity to enjoy champagne with the gardeners, an autumn foraging experience, a creative corner for schools and children alongside the best of food and drink, and with activities aimed at both experienced and novice gardeners alike, the festival will truly have something for everyone

RHS Gold Medallist Cleve West, who has designed the gardens which will surround the planned new Maggie’s Centre in Cardiff, will be presenting at the event with a chance to see his designs for the new Centre. Cleve will be accompanied by a host of horticultural stars including Joe Swift, James Alexander-Sinclair, Sarah Price, Anthony Woodward, and Stephen Anderton together with the talented young stars of Chelsea Flower Show 2014, Harry and David Rich and Matt Childs, with more speakers still to be announced.

Cleve West commented:

“At last we are embracing idea that gardens can play an important part in health and well-being. I’m therefore very pleased to be involved with the new Maggie’s Centre in Cardiff and the Garden Festival at Llanover where I will explain more about our plans. The site at Velindre borders a nature reserve and is blessed with a good selection of mature trees so I’ll be working carefully to enhance the natural spirit of the place while complimenting the beautiful building by Dow Jones Architects.”

Elizabeth Murray commented:

“The more we have learnt about Maggie’s the more we have wished to get involved in the best way we can, by sharing the garden at Llanover. We hope that our garden, as well as displaying the beautiful colours of autumn, will be alive and buzzing with activity as our special garden presenters enthusiastically share their gardening expertise in talks or workshops.”

Gwen Axford, Maggie’s South East Wales Campaign Manager said:

“Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are designed by leading architects to be warm, friendly and full of light and open space. They are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support to people with cancer, their family and friends; places to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea. South East Wales needs a Maggie’s Centre.”

Tickets for day entry to the gardens will be £8 and hour long sessions with the guest gardeners will be an additional £8 each. The full programme and tickets will be available from April 2015 on the Maggie’s website.

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. Maggie’s South East Wales needs £4.5 million to create the Centre with money raised entirely from voluntary donations.