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.
Pendower House is a Georgian rectory. Roger Lamb will guide us through its formal herbaceous terrace, cottage garden and orchards to reveal ponds, streams and a 19th century shrub garden.
In contrast, the country garden created by Sue and Roger Paine at Gardens Cottage is relatively new. With imaginative use of colour and planting, and year-round interest, it incorporates a formal garden, long borders, a courtyard garden and a productive kitchen/cutting garden.
To download a booking form for this self-drive visit, please click here.
At Bickham House, we will discover seven acres of colour co-ordinated borders, mature trees, a fernery and a water garden. There is a formal parterre complete with lily pond and a walled garden full of vegetables and flowers. A palm tree avenue leads to a summerhouse.
Cadhay Garden provides a tranquil setting for the magnificent Elizabethan manor house built in 1550, a tour of which is an option. Full of colour, the garden includes a 120ft herbaceous bed planted with cottage garden plants. There are clematis, roses and lilies as well as two medieval fishponds. The walled garden has been transformed into allotments.
To download a booking form for this day trip, please click here.