Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show promises to enthral showgoers with even more to see, do, learn and enjoy on April 6 to 7. 

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 thanks to the expertise of garden designer, Mark Holman, who is also Show Director; 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 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. 

Award-winning garden designer and TV presenter Manoj Malde will be declaring the show officially open at 10am on April 6. 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 Talk. 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, Nicola Bradley, Duana Pearson and Kim Parish at 2pm on April 6, and Henrietta Courtauld, Mike Nelhams, George Kestell, Jim Stephens and Simon Miles on April 7. 

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