3rd & 4th August 2018 Vivary Park

Competitions

The community heart of Taunton Flower Show is the Competition Marquee that has been a feature of the show since 1831.

Download the 2017 competition classes schedule 

Entries have now closed for the 2017 show. If you have any questions about the entries, please phone the entries helpdesk on 01823 413368 or 07707 451 466 or email entries@tauntonfs.co.uk

The competitive classes have sections for fruit, vegetables, flowers, homecrafts, floral art floristry, winemaking and photography for adults, plus an array of creative sections for those aged under 17. Everybody is eligible to enter these classes and there are more than 50 trophies and £4000 of prize money to be won.

Taunton Flower Show also incorporates the annual show of Taunton and District Amateur Winemakers.

How to enter the classes

The 2017 competition classes schedule is available from this link as a pdf download.

If you have any questions or need to know more, please ring 01823 413368 or email entries@tauntonfs.co.uk

If you would like a copy of the 2017 competition classes brochure posted to you, please email us with your postal address.

Full detail on how to enter including when to bring your exhibits, can be found here.

Taunton Flower Show Master Gardener

Sot of tables with vegetables and fruit displays on and people looking at them

The Master Gardener class is in the display classes.This is open to individuals and is designed for a gardener to showcase all-round gardening talent by exhibiting a collection of vegetables, flowers and fruit. We have a new cup that has been presented in memory of Les Pring to award to the winner of this class. More details about the class can be found on the Master Gardener page.

Food Categories

 Ladies looking over the jams and preserves categories of the competition marquee

Textile Art

This year the Textile Art classes have been completely revised. The new themed classes have been introduced to allow exhibitors greater freedom of expression and encourage high levels of creativity and originality.

Entries will be judged on artistic interpretation of the theme and the sensitive use of materials. Technique, finish and presentation also form an integral part of the competition. Full details of the themes for Textile Art classes are shown in Division 6 of the Competitive Schedule. Please note that items of craftwork are not eligible in these classes. See Division 5 for Craftwork entries.

Creative Categories

Cute animal made from vegetables in competition marquee

Photography

Gent looking at photograph entries on wall in Competition marquee

The photography classes remain a popular and colourful event at the show and is an ideal way for competitors to take part in the show for the first time. This year we continue the Photography challenge cup which is designed for the very best and most spectacular photograhs. This sponsored by Porter Dodson and the PORTER DODSON PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE CUP will be awarded to the winner of this class.  All the photography classes are aimed to encourage good presentation and style and the photographs will be judged on this as well as the artistic merit. Full details of the themes for the photographs are shown in the competitive schedule.

Young Peoples Classes

Colourful display of children's competition entries

These classes are themed around entertainment. We are very pleased to be able to present the Taunton Flower Show Young Photographer of the Year. This open class will allow our young photographers to exhibit their very best pictures and we have a new trophy kindly donated by Porter Dodson to present to the winner. More details will be available on the Young Photographer of the Year web page.

Children bringing in their exhibits to the Competition Marquee

Club Growing and Showing

This is one of the most spectacular classes at the show. Garden club members contribute to create a display of cut flowers, pot plants, fruit and/or vegetables. This is a great way for club members to work together on a team exhibit that can showcase the work and interest of the club. The space we make available is a table 1.8m long x 0.75m deep. It is against the side of the marquee so most clubs supply a back board to support exhibits and to make an impressive display. In our goal to encourage more clubs to enter this class, we are offering a first prize of £50 plus the Sampson Trophy. This year we also offer £15 expenses to every club that enters and we will also provide one free pair of show tickets for each entry. Further details see club growing page.

Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables

Rows of vegetables and fruit on the competiton tables at Taunton Flower Show

In the flowers and pot plant classes, we have reintroduced a class for three begonias and have introduced a new class for a display of ornamental grasses. We have completely overhauled the dahlia classes and we will now present the National Dahlia Society Silver Medal for the best dahlia exhibit. We have eased the pot restrictions on the standard fuchsias which will mean larger specimens can be exhibited. In the vegetable classes, we have reintroduced the championship vegetable class where a gardener can display a collection of 7 kinds of vegetable. These always make a tremendous display. We have picked up on the popularity of tomato growing and have widened these classes so that a greater variety of tomatoes can be shown.

Schedules for past shows

These are schedules from our past shows. These are not valid for the current year.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006