To celebrate the new St David's development, the Cardiff stand will feature a horticultural interpretation of the city's shopping experience. The Cardiff Capital for Shopping garden features a large shopping bag overflowing with plants plus four raised beds acting as shop windows representing different aspects of shopping in the city. The capital's traditional arcades are also present in the garden and are represented by a delicatessen and a jewellery display. The delicatessen features overflowing hampers of delicious goodies and the jewellery display features planted jewellery boxes and sparkling planted containers.
The garden, designed by Cardiff's Parks Service, has already received rave reviews from its time spent at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year, winning the silver gilt award as well as attracting the attention of visitors including Gavin and Stacey star Alison Steadman, Welsh fashion designer Julian MacDonald and actor Bill Nighy.
As well as seeing the wonderful garden during the Royal Welsh Show, visitors to the Cardiff stand can also find out more about the new St David's development (opening October 22), John Lewis Cardiff (opening September 24) and on the new Hayes Apartments development.
Sport.Cardiff will also be present at the show and will be promoting its European City of Sports activities, which include hosting the UK School Games 2009. Cardiff Blues will be joining the Sport. Cardiff team on the stand on Wednesday introducing the new stadium and Blue's players Tom James, Deiniol Johnes and Bradley Davies will be on hand to talk to visitors between 12.00 - 2.00pm .
Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Nigel Howells, said:
"The Royal Welsh Show is one of the most prestigious events in the Welsh calendar and having a stand at the event is a fantastic way to engage with people from across Wales and the world. The Cardiff: Capital for shopping garden is a great way of showcasing the new St David's development in a quirky and interesting way."
Cardiff Blues, Chief Executive, Robert Norster,said:
"The Royal Welsh Show is always a highlight in the summer event calendar and once again the Cardiff Blues road show will include Wales' finest agriculture show. Blues players and coaches have attended the show for the last four years and every year it provides a fantastic platform for us to meet our fans in the north of the region, who are local to the event, as well as all the other thousands of supporters from across the country who attend.
"With our base in the capital, it made perfect sense for us to partner Cardiff Council at the event when the opportunity arose and we are delighted to once again further our relationship with their superb events team."
"Cardiff Blues and Wales stars Deiniol Jones, Bradley Davies and Tom James will be at the show on Wednesday as guests on the Cardiff Council Stand, as well as helping the youngsters with some rugby coaching in the sports arena and providing free autographs. Make sure you visit the Cardiff Council Stand to see the award winning garden and meet the Blues."
Centre Director for St David's, Steven Madeley said:
"We are thrilled to be able to share the excitement that's building in the capital city with the rest of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show - it's a great opportunity to showcase the many new shopping brands arriving, a fantastic range of cafes and restaurants and world class public art projects.
"Our luxurious Hayes Apartments, above the shopping centre, sit around a private rooftop courtyard garden so the Show is also a chance to showcase our unique approach to bringing together the best of city and garden."