The new Horticultural Marquee at the 2014 Kent County Show will be awash with colour for the duration of the county’s largest outdoor event.  The Flower Tent has always proved to be a firm favourite with visitors and this year organisers have expanded the foot print to include the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies and a Coffee Shop.

Lucy Hegarty, Show Manager said, “This year we have looked at the outdoor living area of the Show and decided that incorporating both the NAFAS, (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) and KFHS, (Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies) would give visitors a spectacular display in the huge marquee.  The floral competitions have always produced huge interest, likewise the horticultural exhibits, combining them will give visitors the chance to see just how talented the entrants are”.

The theme for the flower competitions this year is the iconic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz with classes such as Emerald City, Going Green, Munchkin Country and Dancing Shoes.  This year sees 110 entries, which is a one of the highest ever according to Cicely Finnis the NAFAS representative. In addition to the floral classes, there will be flower arranging workshops on all three days, 14 exhibitors and displays including specialist nurseries.  Visitors will be able to see exemplary examples of roses, orchids, carnivorous plants, sweet peas, dahlias, perennials and ferns.

Cicely Finnis from NAFAS explained “The visitors to the Flower Show are fascinated by the skill of our competitive arrangers and in particular the children’s class often attracts a lot of comments.  This year the junior’s theme is ‘WIZARDRY’, which will be split between three age groups. Ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-16 years.”

Roz Day, Chief Steward of the Flower Show went on to explain “we are delighted to be running the very popular Miniature Garden competition for schools again this year. The creativity and imagination of these tiny gardens never ceases to amaze the visiting public.”

New for the marquee will be a Coffee Shop where visitors will be able to sit amongst the rainbow of colours and the wonderful bouquet from the displays and enjoy the atmosphere.  There will be two display gardens from Spadework and Sissinghurst Castle inside the marquee and outside will feature three Show Gardens from Brogdale CIC, Hadlow College and Amicus Horizon.

The Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies will host their 2014 Summer Show in the marquee. The classes will include the traditional display of five potatoes, vegetables or fruit, other classes include photography, handicraft, cut flowers and baking.  Jars of preserves will include, jam, honey, marmalade or chutney.

The area will also host competitions for sweet peas and roses, decorative classes, pot plants, pelargoniums and fuchsias.  Richard Forman, Kent Federation, Chairman said “Our membership comes from all over the county and we are very proud of the wonderful produce we grow and produce.  The Summer Show hosted at the Kent County Show is one of the highlights of the competition year and members really enjoy talking to the public and giving tips on growing fruit, vegetables and flowers”.

The new website launched for the 2014 Show, lists all flower workshops, events and competitions in the Horticultural Marquee. Visitors should use the ‘Plan Your Day’ tool to ensure that they experience everything they can during their visit.