Preparations are well underway for Cornwall’s annual Spring Flower Show which takes place in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd. The theme for 2016 will be Celebrating Cornish Excellence with a line-up showcasing Cornish talent, Cornish gardens and Cornish produce.
Darren Hawkes – one of the county’s most distinguished garden designers and Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Gold Medal winner, 2015 – will open the event and take part in the extremely popular Gardeners’ Questions event. With Darren on the panel will be Jim Buttress of BBC TV’s Allotment Challenge.
The show’s master class programme is also taking shape. On Saturday, a head gardeners’ forum, hosted by well-known broadcaster Tim Hubbard, will feature a line-up of the county’s most knowledgeable gardeners representing our finest gardens. On Sunday, local horticultural experts Nutty Lim and Trevor Wiltshire will host a master class about entering competitive classes.
A selection of the county’s best traders have already confirmed they will attend the show as well as some of the best nurseries – including the prestigious Crug Farm Plants from North Wales.
Army cadets will be on hand to take the strain again with even more wheelbarrows, ready and willing to transport visitors’ purchases back to their cars. Feedback from this year’s show highlighted the fact that some people find the walk from the car park to the show ground quite long. In response, organisers have arranged a minibus to take people with mobility issues from the car park to the main entrance and back.
There’s good news about ticket prices too. In 2014 ticket costs were reduced. Those prices was frozen in 2015 and will remain the same in 2016. “The show is shaping up well,” said Show Director, Martin Pallett. “If it’s to be a true reflection of the Cornish horticultural standard it must be excellent.”
Advance tickets for Cornwall Spring Flower Show cost just £6 each for non-CGS members and £3.50 for members. Visit www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk, call Show Director Martin Pallett on 01726 817346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out more. You can also like the CGS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CornwallGardenSociety and follow them on Twitter @CwllGardenSoc