Surrounded by the bright yellow blossoms and daffodils of Spring in Old Town Gardens, Jacqui Sheppard, show organiser and former fundraising manager from Age Concern Swindon, met with sponsors of the first Swindon Garden Show which is due to take place on 5th to 7th September 2008 at Stanton Park.
Launching the flower show in Old Town gardens: from left, David Hoare, Mandy Clifford, Jane Day, Jacquie Sheppard, Mel Richards and Caron Howard
This exciting new event for Swindon will be supporting Age Concern Swindon and aims to attract over 10,000 gardening enthusiasts offering a range of horticultural and vegetable exhibits, show gardens and trade stands.
There will also be an opportunity for everyone to join in, whether you have a prize pumpkin, an organic orchid, or just enjoy growing beautiful plants and flowers. With a wide range of competitions, including some just for fun, this show promises a fun packed family show.
There will even be an opportunity for schools to join in too and meet the challenge of a fantastic 'Build a Scarecrow' competition.
While the children get involved in building a nest box or planting a 'seed tray' garden, you will be able to visit the exhibitors stands, buy your plants, talk to local growers or marvel at the blooms and vegetables entered into the competitions.
There will also be an Arts and Crafts Pavilion where you can buy your early Christmas presents. Spend time enjoying local brass bands over a cup of tea or something stronger, from the food and drinks court, in fact a fabulous, family day out.
Jacquie Sheppard said "we want everyone to get involved and join in. It's going to be like a mini Chelsea flower Show in Swindon. There will be arts and crafts, show gardens, competitions, a health and well being pavilion, a children's pavilion and lots of other attractions too."
Various local companies have already come forward to show their support for the show with generous offers of prizes. Leading the way for his family interest in supporting horticulture and the community, the great-great grandfather, Hubert Deacon, of one of the show sponsors Richard Deacon, owner of Deacon & Son Ltd the jewellers in Old Town, helped to design the Town Gardens many years ago.
David Hoare, the parks officer for Swindon council said "We had wanted to do a garden show for a while but never had the resources so I think it's great that Jacquie's doing this. I think it will be a great event and will put Swindon on the horticultural map"
Tickets will cost £5 in advance and £6 on the door and are available from the Information Centre and Age Concern Swindon.
For more information about the show and to download application forms for the competitions, go to the show website at www.swindongardenshow.co.uk