Having earned its rightful reputation as the first and best of its kind in the south west, the Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) 2019 Spring Flower Show, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, is a major highlight of the horticultural year. With a new location at the county’s prestigious Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, the two-day event on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April will celebrate the season on an unprecedented scale.
The Competitive Classes are at the heart of the Show and organisers are encouraging local people to enter their best blooms and finest flora to wow the judges, many of whom are household names in the horticultural world: celebrated plantsman and legendary broadcaster, Roy Lancaster; Head Gardener at Exbury Gardens, Tom Clarke; nurseryman and plant hunter, Nick Macer; Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Bulb Committee, Jan Pennings and 23 times RHS Chelsea Gold Winner, Johnny Walker from Taylors Bulbs among them.
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 seasoned horticulturalist and novice gardener alike.
"Whether you are an experienced head gardener, an enthusiastic amateur or just starting out, be brave and throw your horticultural hats into the ring,” says CGS Spring Flower Show Director, Dickie Trant. “All you have to do is take a walk around your garden, decide which class you would like to enter, complete the relevant entry form, send it to the appropriate organiser by Thursday 28th March and deliver your entries for staging as directed in The Schedule of Competitive Classes, which you can access from the Spring Flower Show page of our website. We have an amazing array of trophies to present at the prize giving so why not try your hand?”
“Many of Cornwall’s great gardens have already signed up to participate but we would love to hear from hoteliers, country estate owners, domestic gardeners, photography clubs and florists from across the county too,” adds Dickie. “The more entries we receive, the greater the visual impact for visitors when they enter the Exhibition Halls and witness the kaleidoscope of spring colour. This is Cornwall’s Spring Flower Show so let’s make it the best yet.”
To any primary school children out there who fancy flexing their green fingers and competing in the junior classes, local social enterprise, Perennial Harvest is holding a free, drop-in planting workshop at Wheal Martyn in St Austell between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday 30th March to help young people create their entries. Their exhibits will then be transported to the Showground for judging. Cornwall’s own comedic royalty, Kernow King will select the winners on Saturday 6th April.
You do not have to be a member of the Cornwall Garden Society to enter the Competitive Classes. There is no fee for doing so and exhibitors gain free admittance to the Spring Flower Show.
To book advance tickets for the Cornwall Garden Society 2019 Spring Flower Show, Please click here 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.
Brightwater Garden Holidays have organised this tour for us, which will begin with Beth Chatto’s famous garden. Corpusty Mill, the private garden of Roger Last will be followed by National Trust Blickling Hall; Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom created by the Bloom family; Helmingham Hall Gardens where house, parkland and gardens create an exceptional work of art, and Wyken Hall.
The Plantation Garden in Norwich is an oasis of peace and tranquillity; National Trust Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia; the breathtaking 20 acres of East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden will delight and RHS Hyde Hall will be our finale.
Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the 4* Dunston Hall Hotel in Norwich.
To download a booking form for this garden holiday, please click here.
Bokelly’s seven-acre garden surrounds an historic house with lichened outbuildings and a 15th century barn. An inspirational work in progress by its owner, Henrietta Courtauld, the garden features new plantings for various levels and soils with woodland, an orchard, a vegetable plot and large cutting garden as well as herbal and wildflower areas.
Later, we visit the charming hamlet of Lower Amble to concentrate on Sheilagh Lees’ 20-year-old garden with its wealth of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders with late flowering roses, fuchsias and perennials, orchard, vegetable garden and lovely millpond.
Our booking form will be available in June.