Flower & Horticultural Tent
The main Flower Show houses an array of beautiful flower and floral arrangements hosted by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, each class allows the competitors to produce an arrangement full of colour and creativity. The lower half of the large marquee hosts specialist nurseries selling plants but also on hand to give advice and guidance. Joining the florists and plant specialists this year will be the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies. The Kent Federation runs competitions for members in the horticultural sections encouraging one of the greatest spectacles – the ‘perfect’ fruit or vegetable. This is only one of the many horticultural competitions; others include cut flowers, pot plants, bonsai, cactus, informally arranged floral exhibits and a number of craft competitions.
The exhibition gardens outside the Flower Show are wonderful to walk round and get ideas for your own garden. Built over the week leading up to the Show the gardens often seem like they have been growing for years and is testament to the organisation and designers who build them.
Hanging Baskets & Children’s Competitions
The area also boasts a large number of specialist nurseries selling unusual and unique plants as well as the Hanging basket entries and children’s ‘Miniature Garden’ competition which showcases the creative talents of these Kent youngsters. The NAFAS Competition theme for both adults and children this year is the Fiesta.
Every day in the Flower Show, NAFAS was once again providing adult and child workshops. If you feel creative during your visit to the Kent County Show have a go at flower arranging and learn how to create a floral masterpiece. These workshops were free but donations were welcome.
Flower Show Demonstration Stage
Canterbury College, Darren Everest Sweet Peas, Peter Wheatley, National Vegetable Society, Mid Kent Fuchsia and the BBC Gardening Question Time Roadshow will be staging talks and sessions on all three days.
Floral Art Competition
The Floral Art Competition was once again organised by the Kent branch of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies). Formed in 1959, the Association has been a unifying and guiding mainstay to thousands of men, women and juniors whose love of flowers has opened up a whole new world of creativity.
Situated just outside the Flower Show, the exhibition gardens were a beautiful example of what can be created in a small garden space. Produced by local colleges, charities and community based companies, the finished gardens are the final part of a huge amount of planning and garden design. Building the gardens often takes over a week of hard work on site in the build up to the Show.
Miniature Garden Competition for Schools
Creativity on smaller scale comes in the form of our ‘Miniature Garden Competition for Schools’. Each school had to use their imagination to fit their garden design into a seed tray. Gardens can use plant, vegetable or craft materials which create very different designs. The gardens were judged during the Show with the winning school receiving vouchers for a local garden centre to complete their horticultural education.
Floral Art Demonstrations and Workshops
Throughout the 2017 Kent County Show, there were floral art demonstrations and workshops in the Flower Show marquee. NAFAS experts and local colleges demonstrated this beautiful creative art so that visitors were able to take a seat and find out more.
Meet the Experts!
All of our exhibitors have their own speciality, so if you have a question, please come to the Flower Show to find the answer.