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Radipole & Southill narcissi

As we gear up for this evening’s award-winning Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens, we have had some great news from Radipole and Southill Horticultural Society, which has seen a 40% rise in Flower Show entries since we all met last year. As well as sharing this wonderful news, the organisers sent in pictures of these beautiful ‘Pink Pride’ narcissi, which we donated for the members to grow for their spring show.

 

We really hope to hear more positive stories from gardening clubs and horticultural societies this summer.

 

Mike

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There’s still time for teachers, parents and guardians to register for the next Flower Show Forum on Thursday 30 March at Castle Gardens. Come along and join your local gardening clubs and horticultural societies and find out about the free pot scheme for schools.

One of the central aims of the Flower Show Forum is to help gardening clubs and schools connect and work together. We really hope that the pot scheme will get new conversations started, which will then lead to new relationships being built and budding gardeners being inspired to get involved. By engaging with the next generation, we want to ensure that the traditional flower show remains a firm fixture of the summer calendar in villages and towns for many years to come.

Flower Show Forum, Thursday 30 March, 6:30pm.  Register by emailing thegoldclub@thegardensgroup.co.uk.

Mike

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As we gear up for the next Flower Show Forum at the end of March, I wanted to share an inspiring story about the success of Longburton Garden Club’s members, who revived their Flower and Produce Show after more than a decade, following the initial Flower Show Forum in 2016.

After deciding that they wanted to relaunch the village show, the members attended the Forum and found that it gave them the tools they needed to run a successful show. The community of knowledgeable individuals involved, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies, all willingly offered support and advice along the way, giving them confidence in relaunching the show after 10 years. The day was a huge success and the Longburton Flower and Produce Show will return on Saturday 19 August 2017.

The whole idea of the Flower Show Forum is to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive, so I was delighted to discover that we helped Longburton Garden Club get its show back on track. One of the key findings at the Forum was the need to entice younger people and less experienced gardeners in with alternative categories, and this is exactly what Christine and her team did. By involving local art and craft groups, the organisers made the event inclusive and accessible for the whole community.

The next Flower Show Forum will be held at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset on Thursday 30 March from 6:30pm. This third forum, which is free to attend, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs with the announcement of a new free pot scheme for local schools.

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One of the aims of the award-winning Flower Show Forum is to approach local schools and invite them to get involved with their local garden clubs and for the clubs to help with school gardening projects. This exciting new pot scheme initiative, which will be launched at the upcoming Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 30 March, will look to initiate a new relationship between schools and their local gardening clubs.

Join us in The Butterfly House from 6:30pm and find out more and discover innovative ways to grow for your local flower show.

Mike

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L-R: Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group, Juilian Winfield, GCA Chairman, and Fred MacAulay, comedian and awards dinner compere, at the GCA Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at The Fairmont in St Andrews.

We’re just back from the annual Garden Centre Association’s Conference in St Andrews and our luggage was a little heavier on the way home, as The Gardens Group was awarded the Worrall Cup trophy for Best Marketing Campaign or Initiative. We were awarded this prestigious award for the Flower Show Forum initiative, which we launched back in 2016 with the aim of helping the traditional flower show to survive and thrive.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who brought their knowledge, expertise and ideas to the floor including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies and the many participating gardening clubs. We look forward to building upon this success, as we all continue to identify ways to inspire more people to take an interest in gardening and keep the traditional flower show alive for generations to come.

The next Flower Show Forum is due to take place at Castle Gardens in March 2017.

Mike

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Last summer we were invited to some excellent garden club shows around Dorset and Somerset. When we learnt how hard organisers were having to work to put these shows on, we thought it would be useful to hold a forum to bring about change and entice more people to get involved and celebrate what they’ve grown in their gardens and allotments.  

On Thursday 17 March, we are lucky enough to be joined by representatives from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies team at Castle Gardens in Sherborne from 2pm – 4pm. With success stories of initiatives from around the UK, advice on resources from the Royal Horticultural Society and ideas to reignite interest and entries, the aim of the Flower Show Forum is to give gardening groups and societies the tools to help them organise ever more successful shows in the future.

We really hope that our forum will inspire people all around the country to bring their knowledge and expertise together to maintain Britain’s great tradition of local gardening competitions. After the forum has taken place a Facebook group will be created for the discussions and ideas to continue, encouraging green shoots to flourish among the gardening clubs.

Mike

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