Cornish Daffodils
Falmouth Spring Flower Show in March
The first Flower Show 1910 (The Poly RCPS)
Cornish Garden Camellias
The Trophies: Falmouth Spring Flower Show
Children's entry Falmouth Spring Flower Show

Falmouth Spring Flower Show

In 2017 on the 18th  & 19th March

The Falmouth Spring Flower Show is a Two-Day-Event in March, run by a committee of Volunteers of Falmouth. It shows all possible Spring flowers like daffodils, rhododendron, magnolias, camellias as single bloom flowers and branches as well as flower arrangements and floral arts. Also classes for children and a photographic section are included. The Flower Show is an independent event within the Falmouth Spring Festival and takes place at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Individual people, gardens, hotels and school children take part and exhibit their best spring flowers in the hope to make the first prize or even to win a cup. Around 70 individuals or clubs take part every year. Beginners have as much a chance as advanced or professional gardeners.
The classes in which to take part can be found in the Flower Show Schedule which is available shortly after Christmas each year, also downloadable on this page.

Photos and news can be found on their facebook page

Contact phone 01326 – 317625 or email falmouthflowershow@hotmail.co.uk

History

On August 20th 1909 the first Spring Flower Show committee met to plan a great horticultural and social event for Falmouth for the following year to be supported by the Chamber of Commerce. The all male committee comprised E.A.Uglow  (chairman), R.E.Gill, William Ruse, A.W.Chard, W.A.Stevens, George Rickard, B.Gill, Robert Gill, with E.J.Mosley as Hon. Secretary. Gyllyngdune Gardens, opened to the public in 1907, with its cast iron bandstand, covered promenade, and an events marquee extension was the chosen venue. It was to be so successful that for some years it was the most popular first flower show held each spring in the whole country.

Falmouth and Penryn MP Charles Sydney Goldman suggested inviting Princess Christian (Queen Victoria’s middle daughter) to open the first show on April 21st and 22nd 1910 believing that a member of the royal family ‘would speed the floral venture on what it is hoped will be a long and successful career.’ The Princess was met at Gyllyngdune Gardens by the show President Mr C. H. Hext and other officials, and Mrs. Hext presented her with a bouquet of pink carnations, azaleas, lilies of the valley, and freesias. The day ended in a masquerade ball in the gardens in a specially erected tent with a large spring floor. Royal and celebrity guests were regular visitors to the early Falmouth Spring Flower Shows which were held midweek. The year after Princess Christian opened the first show in Gyllyngdune Gardens on April 21st 1910, Princess Alexander (grand-daughter of Queen Victoria) opened it on April 19th 1911 and officially named the newly built Princess Pavilion. On other occasions guests included explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, flying ace Amy Johnson, Dame Margaret Lloyd George, H.M. Queen Marie of Yugoslavia who opened the show on March 26th 1947, with a second opening  the next day  by H.R.H. Princess Chula Chakrabongse of Siam. That year all county spring shows except Falmouth were cancelled because of severe weather.

In the 1950s Falmouth Spring Flower Show’s prize exhibits were used by the Port of Falmouth Chamber of Commerce to promote the town as an all year holiday resort, the ‘Gem of the Cornish Riveria’ with its ‘kindly climate’ winter and summer. Flowers and shrubs were carefully packed and sent by rail to be displayed in city department stores in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. Shoppers could enjoy spring blooms weeks before their local ones appeared and be tempted to  ‘Winter at Falmouth –it’s warmer’ as well as  summer beach holidays.

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