August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show

(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)

A flower show is a quintessential English thing. I remember from being a young child that even small village fetes had competitions for dahlias, roses, sweetpeas, gladioli and floral bouquets etc. as well as the cake stall and jams and preserves and who could grow the largest marrow.

In Cornwall the Garden Society holds a spring flower show every year, usually in early April and held at Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel. There are competitive classes, trade stands, show gardens and gardening experts on hand. I have only been once and it was a particularly cold day so I didn’t stay long. They also open their grounds to the public several times a year during May so people can visit the woodlands when they are at their best.


Of course at the time of my visit I didn’t actually live in Cornwall and didn’t even have a garden, so although tempted by some of the offerings on sale there seemed little point.

Now though there could be room in the garden for a statue or two. Small ones that is.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it August: Flower Show / Open Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

45 thoughts on “garden photography: spring flower show

  1. That’s inspiring, Jude, love those carefree garden sprites in the last shot. Happily I visited the Chelsea flower show one year wow that was a showstopper of a garden exhibition. Here the Grabouw/ Elgin open garden weekends are the top visit in the Cape. Will be back with some pics.

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  2. You have good eye my dear -m similar to mine! The sculpture of the two twirling girls with the copper globe behind, I have photos of both of these taken at Rosemoor a few years ago! And the owls have made it here sometime in the past 🙂
    Anyway next year you can go back to the spring show and make up for not buying anything this year!

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    1. Can’t wait! So many good nurseries down here and I have managed to avoid them so far as I want to see what is growing here already and also what might grow.


  3. I think I have only been to one flower show – in Southport, and it was in the ‘olden’ days, before I either had a phone or camera with me almost all the time. It was quite busy, but not as bad as we see on TV when they show us Chelsea – it must be very hard to actually see anything there! I like your flower show here, which seems like a true celebration of flowers and gardens rather than anything commercialised.

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      1. Have you anything from previous years? It doesn’t have to be new photos, some of mine are from archives. If not then you can start thinking about September’s theme 😀


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