KEEN gardeners and novices alike are already beginning to look ahead to this year’s Knowsley Flower Show – the biggest free horticultural show of its kind in the North West. Taking place on Sunday 7 August from 11am – 5pm at Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre, Huyton, there are over 100 classes to enter your best fruit, vegetables and plants in, whether you are an established entrant or a complete newcomer. Now is the time to get out in the garden and make preparations for your potentially winning produce – so take a look at the categories for this year, which include nine especially for novices and nine for children, and take your pick. 2016 is the Year of the English Garden, which has inspired the theme of this year’s show. It will also celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, a landscape gardener who revolutionised the design of English gardens. With a packed programme of entertainment throughout the day you can choose from falconry displays, guided walks, a woodworker, craft demonstrations, dog obedience, arts workshops and circus skills. A large craft marquee will feature in the show along with many trade stands ranging from garden centres to conservatories. There will also be a large farmers market selling lots of locally produced food. And if you are inspired to get green fingered in your garden you’ll also be spoilt for choice with plants, bulbs and seeds to give your very own English Garden a kick-start. If you are in need of gardening advice and guidance the show also has its very own Gardener’s Question Time for you to get some help from the experts. This year’s show is the 18th annual event and is expected to draw in a crowd of more than 20,000 visitors from near and far. Details of a free park and ride service will be available nearer the date.