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.
Padstow Kitchen Garden, Trerethern Farm, Padstow New Trevibban Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge
Padstow Kitchen Garden comprises four acres – nourished, nurtured and tended by sixth generation farmer and former Rick Stein Head Chef, Ross Geach. He grows a huge variety of vegetables that are served in some of the county’s finest restaurants including Rick Stein’s, Jamie Oliver’s, Michelinstarred Number 6 and The Driftwood. Come and see what he does, and how to grow your own.
The garden at New Trevibban Farm was commenced by the Day family in April 2017 and services their holiday homes. As yet incomplete, it was designed by Joe Midwinter and will eventually include formal, children’s and boules areas, with shrubberies, tree avenues, marquee lawns and a Piet Oudolf expanse adapted to the coastal position
A welcome return to 17th century Trenarth, near Constantine and a garden that continually evolves and innovates, providing year-round interest. With its emphasis on unusual and tender plants, structure and form, abundant wildlife, vegetables and orchard, there is something for all tastes. The magnificent dierama collection will be the highlight. A lovely walk down into the valley will bring us over to Chyrose on the opposite side. This is a member’s garden and with its charming terracing, roses, orchard and two vintage tractors, framed by their shared views, it will be a pleasure to visit. The booking form will be available in March