sfsVisitors to the Shrewsbury Flower Show this year will be shown how easy it is to create a beautiful environmental garden – on your roof!

The ‘Our Future’ marquee is a new feature for the 2014 show, and it’s where Boningale GreenSky, the award winning green roof department of Albrighton-based Boningale Nurseries, will be demonstrating the environmental benefits of green roofs in a domestic setting.

The event, which takes place at The Quarry Park on August 8 and 9, will see Maggie Fennell, Technical Green Roof Expert at Boningale GreenSky, using a fun interactive display to show children and adults how planted surfaces are better for the environment – for absorbing rainwater, providing insulation and creating a habitat for wildlife.

Using a shed with plants installed on one half of the roof, they will show what happens to planted and non-planted surfaces when it rains.

“It’s really important that we harness the power of plants – even if you only have a tiny space to spare,” said Maggie, who works with the technology experts at the University of Sheffield’s Green Roof Centre to develop and academically research plug plants and substrates for commercial and domestic green roofs.

“Using our expertise, we’ll demonstrate how the domestic gardener can now make the most of the environmental services plants provide naturally to protect your neighbourhood, while still having an exciting, beautiful design – and we’ll start with your roof!”

“It’s not as daunting as it sounds; we’ll prove that even a shed roof is as good for planting and that it will make a real difference to your local environment. It’s exciting to be given the chance to teach youngsters about the benefits of green roofs. Who knows? When they are older, green roofs could be part of our everyday lives.”

Joining Maggie in the Future Marquee, which is sponsored by Pugh’s of Shrewsbury, will be Friends of the Earth, Shrewsbury Organic Society, Edible Perennials and author Emma Dodd, who has created a new children’s book on Mini Beasts.

Boningale has also entered a show garden at the event, which this year commemorates the centenary of the 1914 ‘show that never was’ – cancelled because of the start of the First World War.

The garden, which has a Great War theme, has been designed by Andi Way, designer and customer liaison at Boningale Garden Creations.  Andy, who last entered a show garden in 2012 and won Gold, will also be on hand during the show to offer expert advice and garden design tips to visitors.

Visitors will also be able to buy a variety of plants, including speciality alpines, heathers, and perennials in the Quarry Marquee from Worfield Gardens, which was recently bought by Boningale.

For more information on the Shrewsbury Flower Show, or to order tickets please call 01743 234050 or visit www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk