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Falmouth Spring Flower Show attracts record crowds

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

Val Bidgood

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A RECORD crowd of more than 2,000 people gathered at a Falmouth garden venue for the 104th annual Spring Flower Show.

Visitors to Gyllyngdune Gardens saw an outdoor display of more than 600 potted daffodils grown by schoolchildren.

Inside Princess Pavilion, vases of red, white and pink camellias, flowering shrubs, rhododendron blossoms and a magnolia the size of a dinner plate showcased the best of Cornwall's spring flowers.

Among the 650 individual exhibits were cacti, orchids, bonsai and photography.

The floral art and children's classes included designs with tall ships' themes, along with exhibits from Kennal Vale, Ponsanooth and Mylor Bridge primary schools.

Joe Cooper, teaching assistant at Kennal Vale, said: "We don't have a flower show in our village so this is a lovely thing for the children to take part in and show what they can do."

Bella Mobley, 6, won a first for her miniature garden on a dinner plate and her brother, seven-year-old Louie, won a commendation for his invite to a tall ship's party. Both attend Marlborough Primary.

Ron Scamp, the show's chairman, said: "We are delighted our children are doing this as they are the show's exhibitors of the future."

This year's show president Oliver Carne said: "I had hoped to exhibit a splendid magnolia bloom but two days before the final entries it was decimated by a downpour. Other exhibitors were more fortunate and this has been a wonderful show.''

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