Southport Flower Show
THERE'S nothing very original to say about Southport Flower Show.
The 2010 show's weather over 19 August to 22 August 2010 was just as
mixed as ever. Rain spoilt play outside on some days, as many have
become to expect. Saying that it’s a
dependable, largely predictable, pleasure and one can relax in the familiarity
no matter what the weather.
Ladies day is a good example of that. Yet it was not just Ladies Day
that 'indoors' had attractions, as the large marquees held many treasures and were bristling with people admiring the
efforts and achievements underlying the numerous displays before them,. The
appeal was to all the senses. Great splashes of colour, fantastic forms and
intriguing interpretations of the show’s theme, Coast. Wafts of fragrance
pervading the air and the lovingly tended vegetables and other produce suggested
delicious tastes. The main marquee also had two new panoramic windows, giving
more natural light and a grater sense of unity with the rest of the
In the floral art tent one found fantastic interpretations of titles, also
following this year’s show theme of coast. Listening to comments made by many
visitors, it seems many of us are programmed to disagree with the judges, but
recognise the hard task they must face confronted by such a profusion of talent.
The outdoor large gardens were perhaps fewer in number but still splendid. One
in particular struck a chord. In its interpretation of the seashore around the
Great Orme was a rather scummy pool of water, with shells, drift wood and a
bottle! Perhaps that, plus plastic bags and other detritus does unfortunately
reflect aspects of our coast today. It certainly made me think. Elsewhere the
small gardens, plots, sculptures were to be admired. Especially encouraging were
the children’s contributions.
The stalls were diverse and inviting, and the alluring aroma of tasty food and
drink encouraged participation. Informative lectures with Q and A sessions on
various aspects of gardening etc were given by experts in their special fields,
along with book readings and exhibitions which attracted their fair share of
visitors as well as demonstrations, such as a fascinating talk around an open
beehive. The arena items were busy including the ever popular canine displays,
and the clowns who also toured the ground delighting children.
Last but not least, the stirring strains of music of different kinds emanating
from the band stand captured the pleasures of the day. There’s nothing so
stirring as a brass band to speed one on one’s way. The show was a credit to all
who arranged it, ran it, exhibited in and served the public in many capacities,
including first aid, marshalling, litter clearing; the grounds were all kept
immaculate. Despite a squally start, Mother Nature gave two beautiful days and
despite comments heard outside that charges were now too great to contemplate
(no more than many concerts perhaps); the show ground was certainly well
populated and we were told that attendance was indeed up. Here’s to next year.
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