Sam Corfield, The Hairy Horticulturist - Photo Credit Dave Brown

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 2023 Spring Flower Show.

Sponsored by Cornish Lithium, Goonvean Holdings and the Cornwall Community Foundation, this popular two-day event will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.

In the run-up to this major highlight of the horticultural year, carpenters, drapers, floral artists and the Show Committee are working their magic behind the scenes to create an occasion that will be vivid with vibrant colour, packed with gardening inspiration and bursting with growers’ know-how.

The Competitive Classes are at the heart of the Show 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 39 coveted trophies to be won by ardent amateurs and gardening gurus alike.

“The thrill is tangible as our brilliant volunteers rise to the challenge of creating a worthy backdrop for Cornwall’s beautiful blooms and splendid shrubs,” comments Show Director, Dickie Trant.

“Towards the end of March, we will welcome competitors with hundreds of horticultural entries as well as the arrival of more than 80 leading nurseries and garden-related traders to the Plant Pavilion and Horticultural Heaven,” Dickie adds. “Combined with a carefully-curated selection of creatives who will showcase their contemporary crafts in our Artisan Area, we look forward to creating a festival of flowers for family and friends from across the county and beyond.”

Panel discussions on Gardens, Food and Planet about growing our own food at home and in the community, and The Call of the Wild about nature, biodiversity and the garden will feature local luminaries such as Duana Pearson (Edible St Austell, Landrew Road Community Garden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan), Fern Carroll-Smith (Seed Bank Manager of the National Wildflower Centre) and The Hairy Horticulturist, Sam Corfield (author of Sow, Grow, Gather and pictured above).

Talks and demonstrations by esteemed Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges, such as Jackie Petherbridge (President of The National Daffodil Society), Gwynne Davies (RHS Bulb Committee member) and Jim Gardiner (magnolia expert) will enrich our knowledge of how to ‘grow and show’, whilst local head gardeners and passionate plant people from the National Trust, the Eden Project and Duchy of Cornwall Nursery will share their expertise during Gardeners’ Questions.

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 Wednesday 29th March 2023) or £12 on the gate (card payments only).  To book, click here.

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

To view the full programme of exhibitors, events and experiences, click here.


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