How To Get Started
Why not make 2017 the year when you become part of the show. You don't have to be an expert gardener; there are nine novice classes to enter with vases and plates provided. Advice and guidance is available to help you make the most of your exhibit.
Here's a beginners' guide to get you started:
- Purchase a packet of seeds from your local garden centre
- Sow a few packets of annuals, tall enough to cut and arrange in a vase. Cosmos, asters and sweet peas are recommended, or use perennials you may already have growing in your garden
- Tomatoes and potatoes are easy to grow, even in a tub on a patio, and we have novice classes for both
- You will need your seeds, a plant pot or window box or seed tray plus some compost to plant in.
Keep the empty packet of seeds for reference on watering and on what conditions the seeds will be grown in (eg. no direct sunlight, not too cold conditions, etc.)
When the seedling is large enough, transplant into a larger pot or, as long as there is no danger of frost, plant in the ground outdoors. Again, keep watering and support if necessary.
When you bring your entries to the show, include extra flowers or vegetables in case of accidents. Doing so will also mean you have more to choose from when staging your exhibit.
Staging takes place on Saturday between 12pm and 8pm and Sunday morning from 7am until 8.30am.
Make sure you read the schedule carefully, including the rules and closing date for entries. Telephone entries are accepted with entry fees payable on the day. It is only 25p to enter and children's classes are free. If you do win 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize, your prize money will be available to collect on the day.
Download the schedule and an entry form.
You don't have to be a professional gardener or grower, you may have something in your garden or allotment that could be worth entering. Imagine seeing your work displayed in the show for all to see!.
So what are you waiting for… give Christine Yates our Show Secretary a call on 0151 480 8666 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she can talk you through the steps and even give you advice on how to get started.
So put the date in your diary and perhaps we can welcome you next year not only as a visitor but an exhibitor!!
The show offers a little something for everyone – a day to keep the whole family entertained and of course the devoted gardener happy!
ADDENDUM TO 2016 SCHEDULE
Class no 72 –
Dish of 10 cherry tomatoes –
SPONSORED PLAQUE FROM THE NATIONAL VEGETABLE SOCIETY.