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Southport Flower Show 2018 - Part 2
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

WHAT an amazing 4 days of floral delights at the Southport Flower Show. If you did not know, the 89th Southport Flower show was held over 16 August to 19 August 2018, on Victoria Park, Southport.

The event is Britain's biggest independent flower show and attracts green fingered horticulturalists from all over the world and this year was not exception. That is no joke, as we bumped into people who had come just for the show from near Christchurch, in New Zealand and also a family from Fountain Valley, California, along with others from Canada and Australia, to name just a few countries.

This year's event, despite the weather being very strange, was extremely well attended on most days and had a fantastic mix of side shows and entertainment for all ages, along with the return of the massive HM Prison's floral displays within the Grand Floral Marquee.

This year also had a new attraction, the LEGO builder's workshops that took place on the Friday and Saturday.

VIP,s this year included celebrity gardener broadcasters, Christine Walkden, Carol Klein, David Domoney and Matthew Wilson. Also attending were BBC's Countryfile presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Anita Rani, who also did a talk at the show.

For the kids, the Children's TV Star Justin Fletcher, known to CBeebies viewers for his many characters including:- ‘Mr Tumble,' lead the family entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday.

A series of celebrity chefs will be on show at the demonstration kitchen including:- Simon Rimmer and Great British Bake Off stars, Flo Atkins and Luis Trayano. Interestingly, Chef Brian Mellor was celebrating his birthday and hosting the demonstration kitchens!

This year, both inside and outside, the exhibitors to the show displayed their passion for all things that grow, in what was 1 of the best displays yet, even though flowers this year have been harder to produce than normal due to the weather conditions. Many of the garden displays also encouraged visitors to buy directly from local growers during the Show.

One of the most amazing floral marquees to visit was the Amateur Growers Marquee. This year's displays gave the professional growers a run for their money. Also the Floral Design Marquee was fascinating to visit, with lots of interesting designs and arrangements.

If you did not get the opportunity to go or want to rekindle your memories of the event, please remember that this is just part 2 of our photographic coverage from the event. We will have more in next week's as well...

DO NOT MISS 2019... Next year, the Southport Flower Show will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary and visitors who buy tickets now will enjoy a special discount. Log onto:- SouthportFlowerShow.Co.UK for more information.

We hope you enjoy the photos, sadly we had so many things this year to photograph, we could not get everything in we wanted to shoot and this is only a fraction of what was on offer!

If you attended please let us know your thoughts and views about this year's show via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.  Don't forget to check next weeks edition for more photos and even more video footage!

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