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Upcoming shows and events

Plymouth Flower Show

13 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Plymouth Guildhall, View map »

Flower power will take over Plymouth in August as the Blooming Brilliant show takes place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom competition.

The show will take place on the 13th and 14th August at the Plymouth Guildhall, and is being jointly organised by the Plymouth in Bloom Committee, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University.

Taking part in the event will be community gardeners, allotment owners, and local traders will be sponsoring the event and taking part. The show harks back to an annual event that used to be held in Plymouth.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a great event for the City of Plymouth and an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work of some of our local gardeners and artists.”

Mo Sadler, Vice Chair of Plymouth in Bloom, said: “The Blooming Brilliant Show is a revival of an annual event that has taken place in Plymouth for decades.

“Our Chairman Neil Dixon and Treasurer Ricky Hoskin came up with the plan to reinstate the show which in the past has brought people in from as far afield as Yeovil to show their produce and craft.

“Plymouth University are playing a key role in the event and the University’s Events management and 3D Spatial Design teaching staff took the concept on board and incorporated these ideas into the student’s course work. This produced a wealth of imaginative and high calibre work. The theme of the show British Summer Time and the marketing material created by this team captured the imagination of the Plymouth in Bloom Committee and has been used as the publicity for the show.

Southport Flower Show

14 August 2014 - 17 August 2014
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The largest independent Flower Show in the UK, where you will find volunteers from our North West region manning their display; working along with the Flower Show trustees and local groups they are planning to build some permanent displays on the Victoria Showground and, while it will take a couple of years to complete, they aim to start at this year’s show.

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Wisley Flower Show

02 September 2014 - 07 September 2014
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Our six day floral extravaganza features more than 60 nurseries and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by Surrey NAFAS, expert advice and much more. Plus, the chance to enjoy stunning late summer colour throughout the garden.

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

12 September 2014 - 14 September 2014
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The Harrogate autumn show has been ranked one of Britain’s top three gardening event by readers of Which?Gardening and promises the perfect day out for all garden lovers. Highlights include a giant vegetable competition, Kitchen Garden live and a Plot to Pot cookery theatre.

Look out for Leeds and District Gardeners who will still be basking in the glow of their Silver medal from Chelsea Flower Show.

Gardens and War

24 September 2014 8:07am - 8:07am
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In an encounter with Siegfried Sassoon in parliament in 1918, Winston Churchill claimed ‘War is the normal occupation of man’. When challenged, he added: ‘War – and gardening.’

This Garden Museum exhibition looks at the relationship between  two seemingly incompatible occupations – war and gardening. It also looks at how planting and garden-making introduced beauty and normality in the most extreme places – at the Front and in the trenches of both armies, and in internment and Prisoner of War camps. The exhibition will also look at the importance of flowers as symbols of home and remembrance.

It is no surprise that the army organised the growing of vegetables at the Front – the exhibition features a medal awarded for the best grown on the Western Front. What is less well known is that soldiers also grew flowers, and the exhibition features rare photographs of flower gardens established at the Front. Wild flowers were also collected and treasured – on display will be an extraordinary collection of pressed flowers collected by ‘an incurable romantic soldier’ and sent home from the Balkans.

A collaboration with the RHS will tell the story of the British interned at Ruhleben in Germany, where three quarters of the interned soldiers joined the horticultural society.

Flowers were as important as a symbol of remembrance at home as they were on the Front. Floral shrines were created in thousands of households in the absence of the bodies of their loved ones. In  1918, 100,000 people laid flowers at the memorial shrine in Hyde Park. Intended as a temporary structure, the memorial was kept in place for well over a year and led to the establishment of the Cenotaph.

Malvern Autumn Show

27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
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The Malvern Autumn Show is a true celebration of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the wonderful season. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Families and Friends can enjoy a day out to remember.

Colin and Rosemary Smith with their team of dedicated volunteers will be attending and sharing their enthusiasm for allotment growing with visitors to their impressive stand.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show

07 October 2014 - 08 October 2014
RHS Lindley Hall View map »

See, taste and buy mouth-watering produce at the RHS London Harvest Festival Show, a foodie feast celebrating the taste of autumn. Some of the best growers in the UK will exhibit their bounty in the RHS Fruit & Vegetable Competition. The show is the perfect place to get ideas and inspiration on late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables.