Blooming marvellous Taunton

PUBLISHED: 09:49 01 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 01 July 2013

The organising committee is getting ready for this year's event: Photo Alain Lockyer

The organising committee is getting ready for this year's event: Photo Alain Lockyer

Alain Lockyer

Held in the centre of Somerset’s county town in the historic Vivary Park, Taunton Flower is not only a traditional British flower show but includes attractions for the whole family.

From exciting arena events to the spectacular floral marquee, the absorbing child’s play area and Chelsea-style designer gardens, the show appeals to all ages.

Taunton Flower Show opens its gates to visitors from far and wide on August 2 and 3.

Perhaps the core of the show is the competitive marquee, which has been a feature of the show since 1866.

A wide range of classes for home-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as crafts, photography cookery, wine and a whole range of classes for young people are available. More than 2,000 exhibits go towards making up a wonderful display of the talents of the local (and not so local!) members of the public.

For 2013 there are almost 300 different classes to enter.

Organisers have added some new classes in the flowers, fruit and vegetables and widened the scope of the club growing and showing to encourage more entries in this class.

After the very successful London 2012 theme last year, for 2013 the young people’s classes are focussed on entertainment – so look out for lots of classes around your favourite books, films, circuses and puppets – lots for you to let your imaginations go wild!

There are a wide range of horticultural, gardening, craft and local food traders exhibiting at the show.

The event is well known for its carefully chosen selection of traders, which range from large garden centres in the floral marquee to specialist nurseries.

There will be floral marquee traders, general traders in the showground, a food hall where you can sample a wide-range of goodies, a craft marquee and craft traders.

The Taunton Flower Show Master Gardener class is the new, prestigious class for all-round individual gardeners in the show.

In the other divisions, individuals can enter either flowers, fruit or vegetables: this new class is the only one that allows them to exhibit a collection of all types together.

This competition will be judged on all-round presentation as well as the variety and quality of the exhibits and organisers anticipate some very impressive entries.

The class has been specially designed to show the most spectacular displays for visitors.

Tickets can be bough in advance at a 10 per cent discount from the secure online ticket shop or Taunton Tourist Information Centre.

Otherwise they are £12 for the Friday and £10 for the Saturday.

Children up to the age of 17 are free with a fee-paying adult.

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