Countdown to the ‘Chelsea of the West’ at its new venue
An army of volunteers has descended upon the county’s prestigious Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge to transform its Exhibition Halls for the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2019 Spring Flower Show.
Sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, this major highlight of the horticultural year will be staged there on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April for the very first time.
Carpenters, drapers, designers, horticultural experts and the Show Committee are all working together to create an oasis of Spring that will wow the crowds with its kaleidoscopic colour and celebrate the season on an unprecedented scale.
The Competitive Classes are at the heart of the Show. With more than 150 categories for ornamental trees and shrubs; magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, daffodils and pot plants/alpines, as well as floral art, photography and classes for young people, there is something for everyone from experienced head gardener to enthusiastic amateur alike.
“The excitement is building as our wonderful team of volunteers rise to the challenge of creating a worthy showcase for the county’s best blooms and fabulous flora,” comments Show Director, Dickie Trant. “Towards the end of the week, we will welcome the arrival of 130 high-quality nurseries and garden-related trade stands to the Plant Pavilion and Horticultural Heaven; a cornucopia of Cornish food and drink providers, and some of the county’s finest creatives to our Artisan Area to create a weekend of fun and flowers for family and friends.”
A dedicated Children’s Activity Area, run by St Austell-based social enterprise, Perennial Harvest, will offer all sorts of fun things to do from creating a bow and arrow out of willow, to decorating plant pots and sowing seeds (for a modest charge to cover costs). Children can also make an ornamental hedgehog with Cornwall Wildlife Trust; encounter bats; meet moths with Cornwall Butterfly Conservation as well as some rather more unusual animals with the Reptiles and Raptor Roadshow.
“From hardy exotics, herbaceous perennials and home grown edibles to Master Growers and National Collections® from the south west and beyond, the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2019 Spring Flower Show will offer quality, choice and a great deal to tempt you,” reveals the Show’s Trade Coordinator, Sue Newton. “Whether you have a passion for plants, are inspired by botanical art, seek a decorative item for your garden or are hunting down that perfect shed, we look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to Cornwall’s celebration of Spring.”
Discounted memberships for the Cornwall Garden Society will be available from the CGS Hub.
To book advance tickets for the Cornwall Garden Society 2019 Spring Flower Show, visit www.cr.co.uk/spboringshow or telephone the Cornish Riviera Box Office on 01726 879500.
General tickets cost £10 in advance or £11 on the gate. CGS member tickets cost £8 in advance or £9 on the gate. Under 16s are free. The ticket price includes free parking. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome, as are card payments on the gate.
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Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens.
After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall.
After completing the Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture, Saul travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally-renowned gardens.
Following that, he became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea.
Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul was appointed Head Gardener of Stonelands House. His special interest is in woodland gardens
Join Saul for this lecture via Zoom on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm.
Juliet’s previous career in medicine informs her unique approach to designing gardens and communicating the importance of landscape to our wellbeing. She believes that access to good quality green space is a priority for healthy living and happy communities, especially in cities.
In 2016, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for RHS Chelsea – its first social campaign garden – for which she was awarded a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Prize.
Fellowships of The Society of Garden Designers and The Landscape Institute followed in 2017 and 2020.
Juliet has been celebrated as a role model in the BAME community at the GG2 Leadership Awards and presents on BBC Gardeners’ World and Channel 4’s Village of the Year.
At her Sussex Garden School, she teaches design and planting to gardening enthusiasts.
Join Juliet on Zoom on Tuesday 9th March at 7:30pm