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: Derry Watkins – Unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants

    This month’s lectures come from Derry Watkins as she brings us an insightful talk about unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants

    Join us at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro at 7:30pm

  • Lecture: Derry Watkins – Pushing the Boundaries

    Derry Watkins started Special Plants Nursery 30 years ago. In 1993, she won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend three months in South Africa hunting for new plants to introduce into horticulture. In 1995 she returned, seed collecting in the Drakensberg. Since then, she has collected plants in many parts of the world and is renowned for many new plant introductions.

    In 1996, Derry and her husband bought a derelict barn to convert into a house, and during the last 20 years, they have converted the fields into an amazing garden, which has featured in major horticultural journals and on television.

    Derry also teaches at The English Gardening School and is the author of two books: The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.

    Join us at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash at 2:30pm