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.
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.
This month’s lectures come from Derry Watkins as she brings us an insightful talk about unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants
Join us at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro at 7:30pm
Derry Watkins started Special Plants Nursery 30 years ago. In 1993, she won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend three months in South Africa hunting for new plants to introduce into horticulture. In 1995 she returned, seed collecting in the Drakensberg. Since then, she has collected plants in many parts of the world and is renowned for many new plant introductions.
In 1996, Derry and her husband bought a derelict barn to convert into a house, and during the last 20 years, they have converted the fields into an amazing garden, which has featured in major horticultural journals and on television.
Derry also teaches at The English Gardening School and is the author of two books: The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.
Join us at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash at 2:30pm