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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.



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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.


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