Flowers are blooming for shows new venue
IPSWICH Flower Show is only a week away and organisers at the new venue of Otley College are raring to grow.Up to three thousand people are expected to turn up to the show next weekend.
IPSWICH Flower Show is only a week away and organisers at the new venue of Otley College are raring to grow.
Up to three thousand people are expected to turn up to the show next weekend.
Trade stalls, machinery and four rooms filled with every type of geranium and other plants and vegetables will be on show between June 22 and 23.
Bernie Revans, organiser of the show, said: "There is something for everybody to see, the range is wider this year because we are going further afield for different trade stands."
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The flower show, which has been running for 170 years, has this year moved as a trial to the college on Charity Lane, Otley. It has moved from the Suffolk show ground, where the event had been held in the last seven years.
Mr Revans said: "There will be several displays and four rooms for exhibitors, where two of those rooms will be filled with geraniums.
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"The other two rooms will be for vegetables and pot plants, including sweetpeas."
He said: "The geraniums are the biggest in East Anglia, you won't see one in this area in a hundred mile radius. You won't see a show like this in Norfolk and Cambridge."
This year organisers have put in place 15 different trade stands including a large display of up to six types of machinery.
Mr Revans said: "There is everything from bedding plants to linen-wear like tablecloths.
"There will also be pressed flowers and the watercolour artist Pat Glass will be displaying her work."
He said: "There are also vegetables on display, from potatoes through to cabbages, some of them are bigger than dinner plates, they are massive, about 18 inches across."
Prizes will be given out at the show to the best example in each section. Judges are to award winners of each section with an Ipswich Flower Show medal and the best in show overall will be presented with a prize.
On the Sunday, the Mayor of Ipswich will be at the show between 10.30am and 12.30am and the Deben High School Jazz band will be playing between 12pm and 2.30pm.
Mr Revans said: "Nearly three thousand people visited the show over the weekend last year and this year we are looking for two thousand plus."
The show will open on Saturday June 22 from 1pm to 5pm and again on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The entrance fee for adults is £2 and children under 16 go in free.