The Sunday Telegraph has referred to the CGS Spring Flower Show as one of the best flower shows to visit in the UK and Westcountry Life has declared it better than Chelsea so what are you waiting for? Purchase those tickets and help us to celebrate Cornwall's rich garden heritage within the glorious grounds of the Boconnoc Estate this weekend (Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017).
“This CGS Spring Flower Show 2017, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, is the south west’s first major horticultural showcase of the year,” explains Peter Gilmore, who has taken over the reins as this year’s Show Director. “With a record number of horticultural entries, the largest ever number of trade stands, a new layout, larger marquees with indoor seating areas, and much more to see, do and enjoy, this year's Show will be even more popular as a day out for all the family.”
As well as the riot of colour afforded by the spectacular displays of camellias, magnolias, daffodils and rhododendrons in the competitive horticultural classes, the event also offers stunning show gardens; more than 110 horticultural trade stands; floral art and photography competitions; lectures and Gardeners’ Questions in Boconnoc House, and the best of Cornish food and drink. For children, the Reptile & Raptor Roadshow will provide animal encounters and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening, the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project and Perennial Harvest will contribute lots of fun things to do and make in a dedicated marquee.
A new book entitled The Great Gardens of Cornwall: The People and Their Plants by award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Tim Hubbard will also be launched at the Show.
“We have invested in additional infrastructure this year to ensure that mud will be minimised if we find ourselves at the mercy of April showers,” adds Peter Gilmore. “With more to see, do, eat and drink under canvas, the sun will shine, whatever the weather is doing outside!”
For advance bookings, telephone the Cornish Riviera Box Office on 01726 879500, visit www.crbo.co.uk/CGSSpringShow or drop into your local Tourist Information Centre.
General tickets cost £7.50 in advance or £9.50 (cash only) on the gate. CGS member tickets cost £5.50 in advance or £7.50 (cash only) on the gate. Under 16s are free. Dogs on leads are welcome. The Show opens at 10am on both days; closing at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.
The CGS is a charity that exists to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches; share knowledge about gardening and Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, and conserve the county’s natural environment. The Society is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.
Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.
Visiting Gardens of Yorkshire
Taking in RHS Harlow Carr, Newby Hall, Castle Howard, RHS Scampston Walled Gardens, Helmsley Walled Gardens and the delightfully-named Breezy Knees Garden & Nursery, this will be your chance to experience Yorkshire at its summery best.
Visits to National Trust Packwood House on the way up and National Trust Baddesley Clinton House on the way home will punctuate our journeys and provide further interest.
The booking form and full itinerary was included in our December 2016 mailing.
West Haye Farm, Haye, Callington PL17 7JW, Anvil Cottage and Windmills Garden, South Hill, Callington PL17 7LP
In 1994, Paul Haye levelled an unkempt field at West Haye Farm with just a pick and shovel; his only mechanical assistance being a digger to create two ponds. Since 2002, Paul and his wife have developed their horticultural haven, adding new plants, a shrubbery and a kitchen garden.
Geoff and Barbara Clemerson designed their garden at Anvil Cottage to attract many species of bird with shrubs and trees providing cover and nesting sites. Steps from a rather formal front garden lead up to an area with panoramic views across the southern end of Bodmin Moor and into a rose garden, beyond which is a small wild space that includes a hot bed and jungle garden.
Windmills Garden, owned by Peter and Sue Tunnicliffe, nestles next to St. Sampson’s, a medieval church, on the site of an old rectory. It is a garden full of surprises with formal paths and steps to flower beds, vegetables and soft fruit areas, a water feature with rustic stone bridge and a pergola.
The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.