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.
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.
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.
Self-drive visit to Kestle Barton, Manaccan; The Potager, High Cross, Constantine and Tregonning, Carleen, Breage
Run by Karen Townsend and Ryya Bread, Kestle Barton is a restored ancient farmstead and gallery above Frenchman’s Creek. The garden was created in the south-facing mowhay by James Alexander-Sinclair whose plantsman’s scheme of gauzy swathes of herbaceous plants and sweeping grasses surround a space for sitting and dreaming. Beyond is the meadow with its ever-changing carpet of wild flowers and adjacent orchard.
During lunch at The Potager, Mark Harris will describe how this charming haven emerged from a bramble-choked wilderness.
Andrew and Kathryn Eaton’s sculpted grass meadow at Tregonning takes in panoramic views from Carn Brea to Helston. There are leaf-shaped beds, a stream and pond, a summerhouse, carp pond, fernery and packed vegetable garden.
To download a booking form for this self-drive visit, please click here.