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.
The Toby Buckland Garden Festival
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter. EX6 8JQ
For our first coach trip of 2017, we are visiting the fourth Toby Buckland Garden Festival held in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle. This is a diverse and quality show both in terms of exhibitors and entertainment. 2016 saw a total of 187 exhibitors displaying a wide range of plants, garden sundries, crafts and more. There will be specialist talks by well-known gardening personalities on all manner of horticultural topics and we can look forward to a superb range of local foods to satisfy all tastes. Do wear comfortable shoes!
The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.
National Trust Trengwainton
Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ
We are invited to view our Lord Lieutenant’s private garden. At this time of year, its magnificent Primula, spring shrubs and Magnolia will be a delight. After a short talk about the Bolitho family and its history, we will enjoy a private visit to Trengwainton itself, which will be closed to the public, for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the Head Gardener. This will be a rare treat and provide us with an opportunity to see the glass houses and learn about the rejuvenation programme that has been put in place following recent storm damage. The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.