Plant! Grow! Win!

Budding junior gardeners invited to compete at the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2019 Spring Flower Show

This year’s Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) Spring Flower Show at The Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April is all about fun, flowers and family so if you are in Key Stage 1 or 2 at school and fancy flexing your green fingers, then why not get growing and enter one of the junior competitive classes?

To help you on your way, the CGS is working in partnership with St Austell-based social enterprise, Perennial Harvest to offer hands-on horticultural workshops in the run up to the Show to help children of all ages create their entries and try their hand at winning a prize.

The first of these pre-Show events will take place during half-term on Sunday 17th and Thursday 21st , between 10:30am and 2pm, at Wyevale Garden Centre in Par as Tamasin Pemberton, CEO of Perennial Harvest explains: “Thanks to the lovely people at Wyevales, we are able to offer local children the opportunity to plant seeds and seedlings that will grow into salad leaves and vegetables, enabling them to compete in Class 160 for Best Leek, Onion or Salad grown from seed or seedlings or Class 161 for Best Vegetable grown from seed or seedlings. For the modest cost of £2.50 per child, we will provide seeds, seedlings and compost as well as expert advice and support. We will even transport your entries to the Showground for display so that Cornish comedy royalty, Kernow King can cast his eye, judge the entries and pick out the winners during the first morning of the Show.”

The second pre-Show session will be held at Wheal Martyn Clay Works in St Austell on Saturday 30th March, and this one is a free, drop-in workshop between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

“Here, you can unleash your creativity whether designing a Best Dressed Vegetable for Class 162 or planting a Story in a Box for Class 159”, adds Tamasin Pemberton. “Children with special educational needs can also plant footwear with seasonal flowers and bulbs to take part in Walk in my Shoes for Class 163. Everything you need will be provided. Just bring your imaginations and any little extras from home that will make your entry entirely unique.”

Children can enter more than one category in the junior competitive classes and are welcome to attend these pre-Show events.

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  • Garden holiday to the Gardens of Kent and Sussex

    This five-day garden tour takes in the finest gardens of Kent and Sussex, and showcases late summer planting. One of the many highlights is an exclusive visit to Perch Hill where we will enjoy a talk by Sarah Raven, a guided tour of her gardens and lunch.

    Other highlights include a guided tour of Christopher Lloyd’s and Fergus Garrett’s Great Dixter, and a visit to Vita Sackville- West’s Sissinghurst. This holiday will also include entry to the magnificent RHS Partner Gardens of Great Comp and Merriments, the award-winning Pashley Manor and West Dean Gardens.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Mercure Hotel at Tunbridge Wells and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    If you would like to join us on this garden holiday, please click here to download a booking form.

  • Day trip by coach to Burrow Farm Gardens and Prospect House, Axminster

    Burrow Farm Gardens provide 13 acres of colour-themed planting and lawns that sweep past an ancient oak to the lake. The Anniversary Garden, created in 2010, with its ornamental grasses and perennials, is at its best at this time of year. Other areas include the Terrace Garden, Rose Garden, Millennium Garden, Woodland Garden and Wildflower Meadow which contains two wildlife ponds.

    In contrast, the one-acre plantsman’s garden at Prospect House is hidden behind high walls with Axe valley views. Well- stocked borders of rare and tender shrubs mingle with late summer perennials including rudbeckia, helenium, echinacea, helianthus, crocosmia, grasses and 200 varieties of salvia.

    The booking form will be available in June 2020.