Shrinking Shrewsbury Flower Show!
I mentioned in my last blog about the removal of class 6 from the Severn Marque. I met the Marque manager at the show – I have found out that class 1 and class 6 have been combined (which i had already discovered) but that the size of stand can now be either the size of the original class 1 or the size of class 6. Not quite sure how they can be judged against eachother fairly when they are two different sizes. There will be much more work involved in the larger stand, both setting up and growing the plants ready for the show. Seems to me they are just trying to save some money, they obviously want the same number of entries, but by combining them they will only have to pay out one set of prize money.
Every year i have been to the show as an exhibitor there has been an exhibitors tent where food and refreshments have been sold – this year i looked and looked for it, but couldn’t find it, I spotted someone that looked like they would know, and asked, I was told that they only made £300 there last year so they had dropped it this year. I was stunned, i didn’t say anything as i was so surprised, but surely they should have continued with the exhibitors tent if was was making money – £300 is surely not a bad thing. I’m thinking they are getting far too greedy at the Flower Show. I went out of the showground at lunch time as i wanted to be able to have a sit down and a rest, which is difficult if getting food from the trailers around the showground.
The Quarry Marque, the profesional marque for experts and nurseries / business has also shrunk. There was one marque this year, whereas there has always been at least 2 leading off eachother in the past.
These are pictures from The Shrewsbury flower show 2009, The display stands of Dibleys nurseries (Foliage Begonias, and Streptocarpus) and Fibrex nurseries (Double Tuberous Begonias, and some othert foliage plants). Both of these were missing from this show this year.
This is a picture from Tatton Park this year (2010) of Blackmore & Langdons display stand. Blackmore & Langdon used to display at Shrewsbury, quite a few years ago now though.
All the best nurseries are gradually disapearing from The Shrewsbury Show. I wonder how many more will not be there next year, and how much smaller the show will be?
- 11 Sep, 2010
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