Cornwall Garden Society Counts Down to the 'Chelsea of the West'

An army of volunteers is about to descend upon the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge to transform its spacious Exhibition Halls into the floral fiesta that is the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2022 Spring Flower Show.

Sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, this major highlight of the horticultural year makes a welcome return to the prestigious county venue on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April, following a two-year, Covid-19-related hiatus.

Carpenters, drapers, landscape designers, horticultural experts, floral artists and the Show Committee are all working together to create an oasis of spring that will impress visitors with vibrant colour and celebrate the season on an exuberant scale.

The Competitive Classes are at the heart of the Show with more than 170 categories for ornamental trees and shrubs; magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils; herbaceous, rhizomatous and bulbous species, pot plants and alpines, as well as floral art and children’s entries.

There is something for everyone from experienced head gardener to green-fingered enthusiast alike.

“The excitement is building as our incredible team of volunteers rises to the challenge of creating a worthy showcase for the Duchy’s best blooms and fantastic flora,” comments Show Director, Dickie Trant. “Towards the end of next week, we will welcome competitors with hundreds of horticultural entries as well as the arrival of 95 high-quality nurseries and garden-related trade stands to the Plant Pavilion, Environmental Emporium and Horticultural Heaven; local producers of delicious food and drink, and a curated selection of Cornish creatives to our Artisan Area to create a festival of flowers and fun for family and friends.”

In the Children’s Competitive Classes, artistic displays of marine-salvaged plastic in boxes planted with flowers, created by local schools with the help of Perennial Harvest, will highlight the threat that plastic waste poses for our precious coastline. The gardeners of the future will be able to learn from these exhibits and enjoy immersive story-telling from Laura Salmon of The Story Garden.

“If you are passionate about plants, our horticultural shopping experience will offer quality and choice, all under one roof,” explains Trade Co-ordinator, Sue Newton. “With more than 40 nurseries from Cornwall, the south west and the wider UK, including RHS Chelsea Gold Medal-winning Master Growers and National Collections®, and traders offering everything from furniture to firepits, garden forks to glass art and secateurs to sculpture, you name it and you’ll be able to buy it!”

There will also be an informative line-up of talks and demonstrations throughout the Show weekend from the National Wildflower Centre, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and R & A Scamp Quality Daffodils to name but a few. At Gardeners’ Question Time on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can seek advice and gain knowledge from leading horticultural experts and BBC Radio Cornwall gardening specialists.

Discounted memberships for the Cornwall Garden Society will be available from the CGS Hub.

Tickets for the Show are £13.50 in advance (available until 5pm on Wednesday 30th March 2022) or £15 on the gate (card payments only).  To book, click HERE.

Admission is free for under 16s. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

The CGS 2022 Spring Flower Show will be implemented in compliance with UK Government policy regarding Covid-19 and in line with localised advice from Cornwall Council.

To view the full list of nurseries, horticultural traders, artisan crafts and Cornish food producers that will be present at the Show, and the specific measures that are being taken to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers, exhibitors and traders, please click HERE

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Upcoming Events

  • Day Trip by Coach to Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens, Cullompton and National Trust Killerton, Broadclyst

    Kia-Ora Farm’s peaceful ten-acre garden encompasses lawns, lakes and ponds, which, together with extensively-planted borders, a bog garden and mature trees, provide an environment in which nature thrives.

    Famous for its rare trees and shrubs, the garden at National Trust Killerton provides year-round interest. Beside the house, The Admiral’s Lawn is bordered by tender perennials whilst the Terrace Garden includes herbaceous flowering beds and obelisks for annual climbers. In the formal garden, a memorial to Sir Thomas Acland marks his favourite spot overlooking the Devonshire countryside.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to Trebartha, near Launceston

    We last enjoyed a visit to Trebartha in 2015 when many changes had taken place, such as the installation of a new hydro-electric plant and the large-scale removal of Rhododendron ponticum. Several years later and the area is gloriously settled. 

    Trebartha is located on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor and its gardens offer both natural and man-made features together with many fine views. Spanning 18 hectares, there is plenty to explore. This will be a full day visit so do bring a picnic lunch!

    Our group will divide into two for different guided walks in the morning and afternoon to view the ponds, cascades and terraces, and we shall stop to admire the beautifully-designed garden at Lemarne that is situated within the estate, en route. 

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.