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There were a number of contemporary floral design classes at Southport Flower Show.  The show theme for 2012 was ‘cool’ and the competitors had free reign to interpret the theme as they chose.  The floral design classes included Ga Ga, MacQueened, All the Angles and Threadless Light.

I didn’t agree with all the places awarded, but you can’t please everyone.  I’ve included a few of my favourite pieces in today’s article. The MacQueened class attracted some unusual entries, most competitors made dresses out of fresh materials and textiles.  This design by Margaret Whittaker was awarded second place.  The design was a complex shape with that appeared to defy gravity; it has lots of curved lines covered with intricate textiles and flowers.  I felt this design was worthy of first place.

This piece by Paul Lomax was entered into the class, ‘All the Angles’. It had a lovely reflective quality as it was contained in a large mirrored cube.  The outside was covered in layered foliage and inside was filled with a compact design of all white and green flowers.  It featured lots of green lovelies like sedum, eryngium, green trick carnations, and alchemilla mollis.  The design was awarded third place.

Myerscough College made some gorgeous pieces, their entry into the Threadless Light class was my favourite piece overall.  The design was to be viewed from all sides, and was simply stunning from all angles.  The flowers were arranged in vibrant groups dotted with tiny echeverias and tillandsia.

Craig Bullock’s piece entered into the Ga Ga class won the award for best Contemporary floral design.  His flamboyant piece featured hanging heliconias, roses and chrysanths, mimicking the eccentric outfits Lady Ga Ga is famous for wearing.

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Southport Flower Show starts next week, from 16th to 19th August in Victoria Park, Southport.  It’s the largest independant flower show and this is it’s 83rd year.  The official theme is ‘Cool’, gardeners and growers will be reflecting the theme in their designs.


Visitors will see inspiring show gardens, exciting floral design and exquisite flower exhibits.  A new feature for this year is the Edible Gardening Festival, which aims to inspire us all to grow our own fruit and vegetables.  The show features one of the largest amateur growing competitions and floral art competitions open to everyone.


A host of famous faces will be at the show including Professor David Bellamy, Simon Rimmer, Alys Fowler, Sir Roddy Llewellyn, and Christine Walkden.  There is live music and entertainment throughout the week including The Knights of the Damned jousting display and Ben Potter’s Hawk experience.  The Floral Arts Marquee will be running demonstrations throughout the week.


For the first time the show will also include The Northwest Food festival and the Northwest Book Festival.  Simon Rimmer is the Food Festival’s patron and will be showing visitors how to make some of his favourite recipes in the cookery theatre on Saturday. There will be gourmet treats to sample and lots of food and drink to buy.  The book festival will feature authors from all genres, who will be reading their work, meeting fans and signing books.

If you’ve not got your ticket yet, you can still buy them on the door for £21, £18 for concessions.  Children under 16 can enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

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