Where better to celebrate the joys of spring than Cornwall with its rich horticultural heritage, sub-tropical microclimate, beautiful blooms and fabulous flora?
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 is a major highlight of the horticultural year – and 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 is set to celebrate the season on an unprecedented scale.
Alongside a kaleidoscope of spring colour from the dazzling displays of daffodils, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons in the Competitive Classes, this is set to be the best show yet as Show Director, Dickie Trant explains:
“The CGS 2019 Spring Flower Show, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, is all about flowers, fun and family. Horticultural Heaven and The Plant Pavilion will offer more than 120 high quality nurseries and garden-related trade stands, including no fewer than five National Collections®; and The Artisan Area will provide a myriad of opportunities to purchase the eclectic and the unusual from some of Cornwall’s finest creatives. Combine all of that with fantastic Floral Art and Photography exhibits; a cornucopia of Cornish food and drink to enjoy in our picnic area, and masses of activities for children, designed to nurture an interest in gardening, wildlife and the natural world, and you have everything you need for a wonderful day out, whatever your age, your level of experience or area of interest.”
There will also be gardening experts on hand to answer questions, a Gardeners’ Question Time on the main stage, practical demonstrations, convenient parking facilities and all the other benefits that a purpose-built, weather-proof event space can supply.
“Our vibrant annual celebration of Cornish horticulture attracts thousands of visitors and we take pride in widening its appeal each year,” adds Dickie Trant. “We look forward to welcoming regular attendees as well as a whole host of new ones in search of an early glimpse of spring. We will also be revealing a few surprises in the run-up to the event, so look out for further announcements in the local press and on social media.”
“We are proud to be supporting the CGS 2019 Spring Flower Show for a sixth year as its lead sponsor,” comments John Waldie, Managing Director of Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management. “Our mission is to make the world a better place by positively transforming the image of financial services and working in partnership with local charities. By collaborating with the Cornwall Garden Society, we are investing in the gardeners of the future who will preserve Cornwall’s unique horticultural heritage for generations to come."
For advance bookings, telephone the Cornish Riviera Box Office on 01726 879500, or visit crbo.co.uk/springshow.
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 credit card payments on the gate.
If you would like to enter any of our competitive classes, please click here to download a schedule. From blooms to floral art to trade stands, there's a class for everybody and we would love for you to enter!
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Pendower House is a Georgian rectory. Roger Lamb will guide us through its formal herbaceous terrace, cottage garden and orchards to reveal ponds, streams and a 19th century shrub garden.
In contrast, the country garden created by Sue and Roger Paine at Gardens Cottage is relatively new. With imaginative use of colour and planting, and year-round interest, it incorporates a formal garden, long borders, a courtyard garden and a productive kitchen/cutting garden.
To download a booking form for this self-drive visit, please click here.
At Bickham House, we will discover seven acres of colour co-ordinated borders, mature trees, a fernery and a water garden. There is a formal parterre complete with lily pond and a walled garden full of vegetables and flowers. A palm tree avenue leads to a summerhouse.
Cadhay Garden provides a tranquil setting for the magnificent Elizabethan manor house built in 1550, a tour of which is an option. Full of colour, the garden includes a 120ft herbaceous bed planted with cottage garden plants. There are clematis, roses and lilies as well as two medieval fishponds. The walled garden has been transformed into allotments.
To download a booking form for this day trip, please click here.