SHOW 2011 - PART 1
largest independent flower show has again attracted thousands of
visitors, over the 4 day event, on Southport’s Victoria Park. It
is thought that 80 thousand flocked to this year's show, but the
final count has yet to be announced. This year’s show was packed
full of things to see, do and taste. Sadly, due to the cuts the
Grand Floral marquee looked strange without the large displays
from Sefton and Liverpool Councils. However, 2 excellent large
exhibits were on offer from HM prisons Thorncross and Kirkham,
both of which won deserved medals. Also many noticed that the
National Bonsai Society did not exhibit, especially as they are
based in Southport. But saying that, the lack of some of the
older exhibitors meant new exhibitors could come in and show off
their horticultural skills. It was once again an outstanding
show, with many horticultural attractions and other
entertainment on offer, from fashion shows and dog displays, to
Medieval Jousting and even a cinema showing film of Southport
from by-gone years. The show was also visited by lots of VIP's
from celebrity Master chef winner, Liz McClarnon to Coronation
Street stars, Shobna Gulati and Jimmie Harkishin. Also visiting
the show was David Bellamy OBE, who has been a patron of the
show since 1996 and is still as enthusiastic as ever about it.
David also had a surprise when he found out a new sweet pea had
been named after him! He was joined by fellow patron Stefan
Buczacki who said: - "I love this show. There is no
stuffiness about this show. It is always friendly and has so
many talented horticulturalists from all over the United
Kingdom. It is a joy to attend." Dev and Sunita also
commented how open and friendly the show was. We have shot some
video footage and also lots of stills at this year’s show and
will bring to you as many as we can over the next 2 editions.
Please click on
and enjoy Part 1 of our photographic coverage.
Also if you went,
please email us via our news room email address,
and let us know what you liked or didn't like about the show.
If you want to find out more about the show in 2012 please
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