Gardening enthusiasts will be able to get some top tips on displaying their entries for the award-winning Chorley Flower Show as organisers encourage first time exhibitors to give it a go.
After the phenomenal success of the first three shows Chorley Council is urging gardeners and floral artists of all ages to take the opportunity of entering this year’s event.
There are new categories this year with everything from roses to rhubarb and carnations to carrots – and people considering entering the floral art section are being reminded their applications need to be in by Friday (29 June).
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have had tremendous feedback about the flower show and the amateur section has been a real feature since the show started.
“We’ve had many people exhibiting at a show for the first time and there’s a real excitement from people about being able to show plants and flowers that they had grown at home.
“It’d be great to see even more entries this year, particularly from children and people who perhaps haven’t taken part in a show before, so we’re teaming up with Chorley and District Gardening Society to give people a few hints on tips on how to display their exhibits.”
The show burst on to the regional event calendar in 2015 and has won a prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award, attracting 15,000 people over two days in 2017.
The amateur sections of the show will feature flower, fruit and vegetable classes and a floral art competition. It is free to anyone to enter and it will be judged with cash prizes for first, second and third, with more than 50 classes to choose from.
The amateur sections are being jointly organised with Chorley and District Gardening Society, which has been hosting shows in the town since 1884.
David Brown, Chairman of Chorley and District Gardening Society, said: “The flower show continues to be a brilliant success and it has been great to speak to so many new people about what we’re doing and it really has captured people’s interest.
“We’d really like to encourage first-time exhibitors to take part – one of the pleasures of gardening is sharing it with other people so if you like your garden, other people will love it too.
“We’ll be hosting a session in June to give people hints and tips on how to exhibit but it really is good fun and it’s the ideal time to start planning what you want to enter as we’re getting some drier weather.”
Chorley Flower Show will take place in Astley Park, on Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 July – tickets are now on sale and you can save 20 per cent by booking in advance.
You can download a full schedule for the amateur section, which includes the classes and application forms, at chorleyflowershow.com, or call in at the council offices.
People looking to enter the floral art section are reminded that the deadline for application forms for that section is Friday 29 June. The deadline for the flower, fruit and vegetables is Wednesday 25 July.
The session for people wanting hints and tips on how to display exhibits at the show will be held at Birkacre Garden Centre, on Birkacre Road, between 10am and 12noon on Saturday 30 June.