Spectacular displays of spring flowers and shrubs; exquisite exhibits from leading nurseries and landscape artists; a spectacular multiplication of horticultural traders; a floral art marquee and botanical illustrations by The Eden Project’s Florilegium Society are just some of the features of the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2022 Spring Floral Show to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge on Saturday 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2022.
Described by The Telegraph as “the nation’s most beloved spring show” and by Gardens Illustrated as “one of the best flower and garden shows”, this popular two-day event, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, celebrates Cornwall’s early spring. on an unprecedented scale.
“Dazzling daffodils, magnificent magnolias, captivating camellias and resplendent rhododendrons in competitive classes, and more than 80 specialist nurseries and garden traders are just what is needed to banish Covid-19 into the shadows and give us everyone a much-needed boost after the challenges, restrictions and cancellations of the past two years,” says show director Dickie Trant.
“Over 40 nurseries, from Cornwall, the South West and beyond, including Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Gold Medalists, all bring something unique, under one roof to the show . Visiting them in their homes would involve driving many miles. Our event therefore offers an attractive opportunity to purchase a range of quality gardening plants and accessories, right on your doorstep.
From furniture to fireplaces, gloves to granite, ironwork to clippers, garden forks to glass art and pruners to carving, the show will appeal to both seasoned horticulturists and gardening enthusiasts alike. .
A craft area will showcase high quality handmade items to adorn you, your home and your garden; lectures, demonstrations and Q&As for gardeners led by Alasdair Moore, Gardens and Estates Manager at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, will educate and entertain, and a delicious range of Cornish food and drink will fuel and refresh you all along.
In competitive children’s classes, artistic presentations of plastic recovered from the sea in boxes planted with flowers, created by local schools, will be judged by Emily Stevenson of Beach Guardian and highlight the threat that plastic waste poses to our precious littoral.
Young horticulturists will be able to learn from these exhibits and enjoy immersive storytelling from Laura Salmon of The Story Garden.
“As a conservation charity, we are proud to introduce new elements that will enable our young gardeners to better understand the world around them and make positive changes,” adds Dickie Trant. “Building on our successful move to the county fairgrounds in 2019, there will be plenty to see and do for the whole family. Whether you have a planter, a flower border or a spacious outdoor area, we hope that you’ll gather your green-fingered family and friends and join us for what promises to be a weekend filled with flowers, fun and all that is magical about Cornwall at this time of the year.
Tickets for the show cost £13.50 in advance or £15 at the door (card payments only). To book visit cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/spring-flower-show
Free entry for children under 16. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.
The Competitive Class Schedule has been refined for 2022 and is available for digital download here: https://buzzstore1.blob.core.windows.net/media/cgs/2022%20Spring%20Flower%20Show/CGS%202022%20Spring% 20Flower%20Show%20Schedule%20of%20Competitive%20Classes%20-%20FINAL%20FOR%20WEB%20-%2016.12.2021.pdf
It includes a separate section for novice classes to encourage more new exhibitors to showcase their best flowers.