The Southport Flower Show is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the horticultural year and a great reason to embark on a coach holiday in the UK. Flowers, food, leisure and more await show goers as well as a host of famous faces from the horticultural world.
It is famous for its fabulous floral displays, show gardens and competitions for amateur growers which have attracted visitors to the resort for more than eight decades.
This year will be the shows 90th birthday, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno will open the show on Thursday 15th August, and for one day only, Bruno will cast his critical eye over the sunflowers and sweet peas rather than the samba and salsa.
Bruno said: “I can’t wait to see everyone in Southport this summer and help celebrate the 90th anniversary garden party.
One of the highlights of every Strictly season is when we visit this part of the UK for the Blackpool Tower Ballroom show – but it is always in November and the weather is usually a bit wet and windy.
I’m looking forward to seeing the seaside at Southport in the sunshine and hopefully I can learn a bit about how to look after my own garden at home.”
Last year there were a total of 19 fabulous show gardens, and this year will be no different, with the added giant garden party to celebrate the shows 90th birthday.
As well as the spectacular show gardens, the centrepiece of Southport is the Grand Floral Marquee with breath-taking displays showing the work of some of the North West’s brightest gardening talents, all competing to win one of the coveted Best in Show awards.
This year the line-up is one of the best yet, the Dog and Duck show will be there once again as well as a talented equestrian team doing galloping acrobatics and displays performed by birds of prey, to the weird and wacky plant shows where you can discover plants with super powers, plants that move themselves and plants that smell.
With so much going on it is going to be a busy few days, but with it being the 90th birthday, the organisation of the event means that everything runs smoothly, and the atmosphere, the quality of exhibitors, entertainment and trade stands are hand-picked to make it the best event of the horticultural season.