The Exhibition Halls at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge are about to be transformed into the spectacular celebration of Spring that is the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2024 Spring Flower Show, which promises to enthral showgoers with even more to see, do, learn and enjoy this year.

Sponsored by Cornish Lithium and Goonvean Group, this popular two-day event will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.

During set-up week, which begins on Easter Sunday, carpenters, drapers, floral artists and the Show Committee will be working hard to curate an occasion that will be vivid with vibrant colour, packed with gardening ingenuity and positively brimming with growers’ know-how.

An immersive Cornish garden, complete with indigenous planting, will be created at the main entrance, through which visitors will be welcomed to the Show, thanks to the expertise of garden designer, Mark Holman, who is also Show Director; the generosity of Bodmin, Burncoose, Hardy Exotics, Strete Gate Camellias and Trevena Cross Nurseries, who have donated perfect plants; the time-honoured skills of the Cornwall Rural Education and Skills Trust (CREST) team, supported by the Cornwall Heritage Trust, who will be building dry stone walls for the garden; hard graft from Lost Gardens of Heligan gardeners, and the kind donation of rather a lot of Cornish Gold compost from The Green Waste Company.

The Competitive Classes are at the heart of the event with 158 categories for ornamental trees and shrubs; magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils; herbaceous, rhizomatous and bulbous species, pot plants and alpines, as well as floral art. What’s more, there are 41 coveted trophies to be won by experienced horticulturists, green-fingered gardeners and first-time entrants alike.

“We have so many volunteers and supporters to thank for rising to the challenge of showcasing Cornwall’s beautiful blooms, fabulous flora and spectacular shrubs in all their glory, to provide the wow factor that has visitors flocking to our Show,” comments Show Director, Mark Holman.

“On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April, we will be welcoming competitors with hundreds of horticultural entries as well as the arrival of more than 130 growers, garden traders, charities and artisans to the Plant Pavilion and Horticultural Heaven to provide a special day out for families and friends from across Cornwall and beyond,” Mark adds.

Award-winning garden designer and TV presenter on the BBC’s Your Garden Made Perfect and Channel 4’s Garden Of The YearManoj Malde – will be declaring the Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) 2024 Spring Flower Show officially open at 10am on Saturday 6th April and sharing design secrets from his new book, Your Outdoor Room: How to design a garden you can live in at 3pm on the same day.

He will be joined by a myriad of national names and local luminaries who are participating in Tipi Talks, supported by the Cornwall Community Foundation – among them, author of Secret Gardens of Cornwall, Tim Hubbard; award-winning garden designer, Kim Parish from Landscapes of Distinction; Henrietta Courtauld from The Land Gardeners whose aim is to create gardens that brim with biodiversity; renowned gardening and botanical photographer, Howard Sooley who helped to create the late filmmaker, Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, and Curator at Large of Tresco Abbey Garden, Mike Nelhams.

Expert tips and tricks of the trade will be shared through practical Daily Demonstrations and the ever-popular Gardeners’ Questions with Amelia Lake (Real Food Garden), Nicola Bradley (The Lost Gardens of Heligan), Duana Pearson (Tresillian House) and Kim Parish (Landscapes of Distinction) at 2pm on Saturday 6th April, and Henrietta Courtauld (The Land Gardeners), Mike Nelhams (Tresco Abbey Garden), George Kestell (lecturer, presenter and landscaper), Jim Stephens (camellia specialist) and Simon Miles (The Forest Garden) at 1.45pm on Sunday 7th April.

And all this, in the comfort of a Tipi, warmed by firepits and illuminated with twinkling fairy lights!

“A further educational feature for this year is a Careers in Horticulture stand, hosted by the Eden Project, where people will be able to chat informally to staff and apprentices to find out more about the training opportunities, routes into horticulture and range of different roles in the industry, as well as the incredible range of courses that can be studied right here in Cornwall,” says Mark.

“We are so looking forward to sharing our new-look Spring Flower Show with the people of Cornwall and from across the Tamar, and whatever the weather, you will be assured of a very warm welcome and a great deal of gardening inspiration,” adds Spring Flower Show Chairman and Chairman of the Cornwall Garden Society, Martin Petherick. “All proceeds from the Show support the Cornwall Garden Society’s charitable aims of sharing horticultural knowledge and preserving Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, which everyone who joins us will experience in abundance.”

Locally-sourced gourmet street food to go, other edible delights and a full bar will be provided by Big Pan Parties.

Discounted memberships for the Cornwall Garden Society will be available to purchase from the CGS Hub.

Tickets for the Show are £10 in advance (available until 5pm on Friday 5th April 2024) or £12 on the gate (card payments preferred but cash will be accepted).  To book, visit

Admission is free for under 16s. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome.

To view the full programme of exhibitors, events and experiences, visit

To view the list of frequently asked questions about the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2024 Spring Flower Show, visit

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