The Shrewsbury Flower Show in 2017 featured TV personalities, celebrity chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertained the crowds for 12 hours on each day, ending with a magnificent finale and firework display.
The show is one of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, attracting top exhibitors from all over the country. It has a small permanent staff and over 100 volunteers who manage and organise the whole event, from traffic flow, marquee and services contracts, publicity and marketing, public safety, catering, entertainment, engaging specialist judges for hundreds of competitive classes etc, and ensuring our visitors have an extraordinary experience with value for money.
The Quarry Marquee
The main Quarry Marquee, which is non-competitive, is host to some of the top horticulturalists in the country. With in the region of than exhibitors vying for the top awards, with the standards being very high.
Judging of the Quarry Marquee took place on Thursday and was judged before the evening drinks party provided for Members of the Society. A full list of Quarry Marquee exhibitors for 2017 is at https://shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk/whats-on-2017/exhibitors-trade-stands/
Show Gardens & Floral Train
The popularity of the Outside Show Gardens and also School Show Gardens for young budding designers, grows each year, and with the 2017 theme of ‘Buffalo Bill and the Wild West’ we had a great selection of garden designs from both the young budding horticultural designers and well-seasoned designers alike! Both categories were judged by the two Celebrity Gardeners this year, Joe Swift and Penny Meadmore who were very impressed by the quality of the displays. We are proud to announce the Medal, Trophy & Award winners for 2017 below:
Carol Seager with Shropshire Humanist Group (UK) – Large Gold & The Mike Hough Memorial Trophy
F3RNZ Natural Landscape & Design with Pippa Willcox Gardens – Large Gold & The Wrekin Housing Trust Trophy
Severn Hospice with designer Stuart Francis & sponsored by JL Evans – Silver
University Centre Shrewsbury – Gold
Walton Hall Academy (Shaw Trust ) with Carl Gerrard & sponsored by Pughs of Shrewsbury – Silver Gilt
Greenfields Primary School – Horticultural Achievement Award & Trophy
Rushbury Primary School – Highly Commended
Severndale Specialist Academy sponsored by Pave Aways – Best School Show Garden
The Shropshire Horticultural Society continue to support and promote the younger generation in developing their horticultural skills and passions, therefore, we again had the Floral Train category for local Primary School children within Shropshire to enter a carriage with a floral display. The theme for 2017 was ‘Dining on the Orient Express’ whereby the students received a combination of herbs and flowering edible plants to nurture and then create their own carriage design ready for the two Celebrity Gardeners, Joe Swift and Penny Meadmore, to judge on the Friday morning. We had 20 applicants this year and the top 6 winning carriages were displayed at Portmadog’s Harbour Station by the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railways for the rest of the Summer holidays. We are proud to announce the Award winners for 2017 below:
Buildwas Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Condover CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Crowmoor Primary School – 1st Prize winner of carriage display
Gobowen Primary School – Certificate of Merit & one of top 6 winning carriage
Greenfields Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Kinnerley CE Primary School – Highly Commended & one of top 6 winning carriage
Lower Heath CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Meole Brace CofE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Myddle CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Prestfelde Preparatory School – Highly Commended & one of top 6 winning carriage
Rushbury Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Shrewsbury High Prep School – Certificate of Merit & one of top 6 winning carriage
St Giles CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Trefonen CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
West Felton CofE Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Weston Lullingsfields Primary School – Certificate of Merit
Whixall CE Primary School – Certificate of Merit & one of top 6 winning carriage
The Severn Marquee
Severn Marquee is home to the various societies, amateur growers plus Bees, Honey and Wine exhibitors. Competition is fierce amongst the amateur growers who provide some wonderful displays. Judging took place on Friday morning before the Show opens.
The Dingle Marquee
Dingle Marquee is home to the popular Floral Art Exhibitors and the WI.
Lecture Theatre and ‘Our Future Marquee’
We also had a full and active Lecture Theatre and there is ‘Our Future Marquee’ which is of interest to both our older and younger visitors. Go to Whats On for more information.