- Oct 08, 2019
Taunton Flower Show 2019 hailed a great success
Organisers of Taunton Flower Show have hailed this year’s event as a great success. Perfect dry weather along with an attractive programme of entertainment and gifted gardeners showcasing their talents combined to attract a record breaking crowd on the opening day.
"We are delighted that so many visitors decided to enjoy the many attractions on offer" said Show Chairman Adrian Prior-Sankey.
The expansion of the showground into Wilton Lands, adjoining Vivary Park the show’s historic home since 1866 enables us to absorb the thousands of gardening enthusiasts who want to experience a great day out in the company of fellow horticulturalists along with their friends and families. Once all the tickets are counted, we are hoping to reach or exceed our previous record of 17,000 visitors over the two days.
This year’s highlights proved to be the stunning designer gardens with Sally Leaney taking top prize and the Western Daily Press Cup for her sensory garden celebrating the centenary of local charity, Somerset Sight and Julie Haycock winning the People’s Choice award for her dramatic interpretation of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The diversity of music and arena entertainment drew praise from the wide spectrum of visitors with contributions from a New Orleans style jazz band to Bristol’s Batala samba-style ensemble. The competition tent was a riot of colour, scent and tastes whilst the neighbouring floral tent showcased stunning displays by professional traders including Monkton Elm Garden centre who won the praise of judges and viewers alike with their Flower Power themed garden. Locker Fuchsias won best in show for their impressive bank of colour cleverly displayed.
The new feature incorporating the challenge to teams of two gardeners willing to create a modest garden scene in just one hour proved popular. Pimp a Patio built on the success of the Ready, Steady, Garden! competition created especially for Taunton Flower Show by BBC Gardener of the Decade, Kath Crouch. A full list of competition winners is available on the show’s website at tauntonfs.co.uk/competitive-results
Young people and their parents enjoyed the fresh range of activities on offer in the Children's Village which had been refreshed for 2019 and included a competition to design a garden on a tray and a challenge to complete a series of activities following the theme of the summer’s Taunton Toad Trail. Further details are available at www.tauntontoads.co.uk
Plans are already underway for the 2020 show and details of the programme of attractions and competition themes will appear on the show’s website in the coming months at tauntonfs.co.uk. Show membership is also available on-line giving advantageous benefits and discounts with local businesses. Businesses interested in sponsoring sections of the event and adults wishing to volunteer their services in return for free admission are encouraged to make contact with the organisers quickly.