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.
Cutlinwith, Tideford, Saltash PL12 5HX - The owners of Cutlinwith have kindly agreed to open their beautiful garden again, just for us. Created 14 years ago and now beginning to mature, it is designed to have year-round interest. Including a water garden, streams and ponds, and a developing Acer, Magnolia and bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) walk that leads to woodland paths, it should be rich with spectacular autumn colour at the time of our visit.
Tartendown Nurseries, Landrake, Saltash PL12 5AF - Tartendown Nurseries are set amongst the rolling hills of a pretty valley and offers an extensive selection of traditional and exotic flowers, plants shrubs and trees, many of which are grown on the premises.
The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing.
7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1ZQ
Howard Wills - 'Sempervivums'
Howard confesses to being a life-long gardening enthusiast and plantaholic with a keen interest in watching, recording and studying our native fauna and flora. With many years’ experience of growing a wide range of plants, he runs a small nursery that he manages in an environmentally sensitive way.
At Fernwood, he holds National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG) National Collections® of Sempervivum (his first lecture topic) and Jovibarba species and cultivars (Alpine Houseleeks). He has previously held National Collections® of Phormium species and cultivars (New Zealand Flax), and Rosularia species.