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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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – The Icing on the Cake

    Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.

    In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.

    As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.

    Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.

    Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – A Miscellany of Plants

    Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.