The only thing better than spending a wet and gloomy winter weekend by the fire browsing seed and plant catalogues planning my summer borders, is putting together the first edition of the Royal Windsor Summer Show schedule.
Setting out a guide for how to enter our new fuchsia classes and chatting to Judith Blacklock, NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arranging Societies) teacher and floral arranger, about themes transports me to the terrace of St George’s School in Windsor, which will be a mass of flower clubs’ stunning displays on Saturday, July 14th.
Judith and I worked together on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I as the Show Manager and she as an expert in her field. Together, we worked on all things floral arranging. We both enjoy the excitement of competition and the resulting high class exhibits that create such a focal point for the show, something I am delighted to say, she is kindly helping me to do at the Summer Show.
Judith is just one of the many experts I have been talking to over the winter to expand the show classes and to clarify some of the judging criteria – all with the aim of encouraging more people to enter this year.
The first edition of the schedule with all the adult classes, will be unveiled at our annual Summer Show Launch Party, being held on February 23rd, where Judith will join a fantastic line up of international speakers; Mark Tilling winner of BBC Bake off Creme de la Creme, Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi from their cookery school in Bray, and Chris Smith, nurseryman and winner of numerous RHS Chelsea Flower Show medals.
With the new range of exciting craft, arts, photography, gardening and cookery classes at this year’s show our speakers will be sharing their expert knowledge on how to win some of the show’s most coveted cups.
All are welcome to join us in Gardener’s Hall, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor (SL4 3DR). The doors open at 6.30pm and tickets will be for sale on the door at £5 each – free to anyone who joins on the night and to existing members.