The award-winning Royal Horticultural Society garden in Devon, RHS Garden Rosemoor, will itself be giving out awards during its Spring Flower Competitions (11 – 12 March).
Competitors from all over the South West will have their exquisite blooms of Camellias, Early Magnolias and Rhododendrons judged on Saturday morning. Visitors will be able to view the displays from 11.30, after judging has finished. There will also be an abundance of colour with Rosemoor’s annual daffodil and the RHS Hyacinth competitions. To complement the competition, one end of the marquee will have a huge display of hyacinths, with a wonderful scent to greet visitors as they enter. The other end of the marquee will have a big display of daffodils by R.A.Scamp Quality Daffodils.
The competitions are entirely free to enter and open to anyone who wishes to exhibit. Georgina Barter, RHS Horticultural Competitions Manager, will be on hand to provide further information and advice about all the RHS Shows that take place throughout the year. Pam Hayward, who is the chair of the South West Rhododendron & Camellia Group Committee, will also be available.
The RHS Bulb Committee have arranged the opportunity for pupils from The Pathfields School in Barnstaple to get growing and enter a special class in the show. They have each planted a pot of three bulbs of a miniature daffodil, donated by Johnny Walkers of Walkers Bulbs. About 60 pots of daffodils were planted by the schoolchildren, and those that have grown successfully will be on display at the Spring Flower Competitions. The class will be judged on Friday 10 March and the winners given pride of place at the show.
Trade stands will be setting up in the afternoon of Friday 10 March and include Strete Gate Camellias; Burncoose Nursery, Caerhayes Castle, Cornwall; Pine Cottage Plants, Eggesford; Chris Cooke Plants, Cheltenham; Wildside Nursery, Yelverton (Keith & Ros Wiley); International Camellia Society; and Marwood Hill Gardens.
Visitors will be able to gather plenty of advice from the trade stands, plus there will be a superb range of early spring shrubs and flowering plants available to buy in the Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre.
Normal garden admission applies. For more information about RHS Garden Rosemoor, events and how to buy tickets please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor or telephone 0845 265 8072 (calls cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider’s access charge).