greentapestry : Southport Flower Show 2012

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Southport Flower Show 2012

Just a quick post on my visit to the Southport Flower Show on Thursday. Plans to go the show again with my friend D. had been in the pipeline for sometime but we were still ticketless, when I entered a competition via Twitter to win tickets to the show. I was delighted to be one of the three lucky recipients of a pair of tickets to the show. Thanks so much @southportflower - it meant more pennies to spend on plants.

Although it is not as large in scale or as ambitious as Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton etc. Southport is a most friendly and relaxing show to visit. There is plenty to keep you occupied, excellent catering and other facilities and no sense of being uncomfortably overcrowded. Moreover the show seems to improve as well as expand each year.

Highlights of the day for me were the unexpected glorious weather, wondering around the packed floral marquee, listening to a talk by Alys Fowler on 'Incredible Edibles' and the magnificent display put together by the North West Group of The Hardy Plant Society. The last two merit their own posts so I will cover them soon.

My only gripe was that it was difficult to hear Alys at times and I was sitting near the front. The guest speakers at Southport are tucked into a corner of the floral marquee, so that there is a busy and sometimes noisy thoroughfare very close at hand. It would be great if the speakers could have their own dedicated area.

Riddle of the day - the difference between a large gold medal and a gold medal.

The show is open for another day but if you can't get there it will be back even bigger and better I imagine in August 2013.


  1. Hi Anna - I've often wondered what Southport Show was like and now I know :)

    It looks like you had a grand day out. I'll be seeing how Harrogate Show shapes up when we holiday in Yorkshire in a few weeks time. Looking forward to it very much indeed.

  2. How great to win tickets. Read quite a few tweets about Southport and the in-laws don't live too far away so may have to visit next year.

  3. So glad you won your tickets and enjoyed your visit to my old home town! Will look forward to your coming posts, will have to organise a visit to friends for next year!

  4. Congratulations on your win, it's lovely when you manage to win something you were actually going to buy. Those veg stands look very impressive, especially this year with the weather being how it's been.

  5. Glad you got there again Anna, I remember thinking what a nice show it sounded when I read your post about it last year. Will look forward to your other posts about it.


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