TV presenter and garden designer Alan Mason has been added to the programme of Nottingham City Council’s first East Midlands Flower Show.

Alan, who has presented television programmes including Channel 4’s ‘Gardens without Borders’, will be speaking at the show, which takes place at Newstead Abbey on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

BBC Radio Nottingham’s John Stirland will open the show and other celebrities will include Sean Murray, the winner of last year’s BBC/RHS Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale Gardens and Jordan Cox from BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.

Visitors can look forward to beautiful show gardens, inspiring designs from local nurseries, horticultural colleges and landscapers, a home and garden marquee and the opportunity to buy seasonal plants, gifts, garden furniture and some great local food and drink.

Tickets are on sale at an early bird price of £8 plus booking fee until Friday 10 June at or by calling 0115 989 5555, after which they will be £10 plus booking fee. The ticket price includes free parking and entry to the abbey. Children under 16 will be admitted free.

There are a few spaces left for trade stands, so anyone wanting to have a stall should download a booking form from the website.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “The line-up for this fantastic new event at Newstead Abbey keeps getting better and better. With a range of inspiring speakers, displays and stalls this will be a great inaugural show which looks set to become a highlight of the horticultural calendar in future years – all against the backdrop of the wonderful abbey grounds in June.”