If you have beautiful blooms and fabulous flora in your garden that have withstood the wild Cornish winter and you fancy your chances of winning a coveted trophy at the Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show then now is the time to prepare.
Located at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge, and sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, the two-day event on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April celebrates the zing of Cornwall’s early spring on an unprecedented scale and is a major highlight of the horticultural year.
The dazzling displays in the Competitive Classes are at the heart of the Show and the Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) hopes that more people than ever will enter their flowers, plants and shrubs to wow the judges, all of whom are renowned in the horticultural world: Head of the Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Tony Kirkham MBE; Executive Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley, Jim Gardiner; former curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, Christopher Bailes; President of The Daffodil Society, Jackie Petherbridge and 23 times RHS Chelsea Gold Winner, Johnny Walkers from Taylors Bulbs among them.
With more than 170 categories for ornamental trees and shrubs; magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils; herbaceous, rhizomatous and other bulbous plants, pot plants and alpines, as well as for floral artists, photographers and young people, there is a class for everyone to enter whether you are a horticultural expert or just beginning to flex your green fingers.
“In fact, this year, there are 20 new novice classes to encourage all you enthusiastic amateurs out there to try your hand at winning some of our spectacular silverware,” explains Show Director, Dickie Trant. “All you have to do is take a walk around your garden, decide which classes you would like to enter, complete the relevant entry form, send it to the appropriate organiser by Thursday 26th March and deliver your entries for staging as directed in The Schedule of Competitive Classes, which you can access from the Spring Flower Show page of our website.“
“Many of Cornwall’s great gardens have already registered to participate but we hope that hoteliers, owners of country estates, domestic gardeners, photography clubs and florists from across the county will join in too,” adds Dickie. “The more entries we receive, the greater the visual impact when our visitors enter the Exhibition Halls and immerse themselves in the sumptuous colour palette of a Cornish spring.”
To any primary school children who would like to compete in the junior classes, judges will be looking for the best heritage daffodil exhibited in a vase; the best pea plant grown from seed and the most creative display of marine-salvaged plastic in a box planted with flowers.
Shields will be presented to the winners and a trophy will be awarded to the school that best supports year-round junior horticulture at 2.30pm on Saturday 4th April.
You do not have to be a CGS member to enter the Competitive Classes and there is no fee for doing so. Exhibitors gain one pass to admit them to the Show at any time. Parents or carers of junior exhibitors are eligible to receive one free ticket to gain entrance to the Show on Saturday 4th April.
General tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the gate. Under 16s are free. The ticket price includes free parking and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
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7.30pm (after AGM) at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro