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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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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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