Historic flower group still blossoming 150 years on

WOODBRIDGE: A society steeped in history has celebrated another successful flower show.

Blazing with all the colours of the rainbow, the Woodbridge Flower Show was hosted by the Woodbridge Horticultural Society at the weekend.

Hailed as an “extremely successful” show by the group’s chairman Peter Olliff, the committee welcomed more than 200 visitors to see the stunning blooms on display. There included 160 different classes including roses, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, floral art and crafts.

Mr Olliff said: “It was just a blitz of colour, it was an extremely successful show.

“It takes a huge amount of work by the committee and without the support of our sponsors would not be possible. A big thank you to all involved.”

The society was established in 1852 and during the Victorian era its annual flower show was the second most popular in the country - second only to the Chelsea Flower Show.

The group meets every second Thursday of the month, inviting speakers to give talks, presentations and demonstrations.

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Mr Olliff said the talks cover a diverse range of gardening topics from how to grow your own vegetables to creating specialist nurseries. The society also enjoys special outings to RHS gardens across the country and a buffet supper in the winter.

He added: “We always welcome new members to come and join us. It is a very friendly society.”

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