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Flower Show Forum returns for gardening clubs to review the fruits of their labours

Amy Brice

Picture courtesy of Iwerne Minster Produce and Horticultural Association’s Summer Show.

Picture courtesy of Iwerne Minster Produce and Horticultural Association’s Summer Show.

Gardening clubs and horticultural societies from Dorset, Somerset and beyond are currently reviewing the success of this year’s flower and horticultural show calendar, as they prepare for the second Flower Show Forum of the year, being held at Castle Gardens on Thursday 15 September. Following the momentum gained at the inaugural forum in March, where gardening clubs, horticultural societies and flower show organisers shared their concerns and devised a plan to rejuvenate membership and revive the traditional shows, Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, will chair this second Flower Show Forum in Sherborne, Dorset.

Mike explains;

“I am really looking forward to hearing how the advice given by our panel, which included Susie Corr from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Affiliated Societies team, has been implemented by these clubs and societies. It will be a really valuable exercise to review what worked and what didn’t, as we gather to evaluate and reassess the barriers that shows are still coming up against. These discussion points will help shape the topics for the next forum, which is scheduled for March 2017. We will also be announcing an exciting new initiative, which we’ve been working on, as we continue in our efforts to help grow membership of gardening clubs and increase entries into shows.”

Once again, the Flower Show Forum is free to attend and will be held in The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens in Sherborne from 7pm – 8:30pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm for light refreshments. 

For more information about The Gardens Group visit www.thegardeneronline.co.uk.