Second annual Chorley Flower Show – 2016
The second annual Chorley Flower Show took place at the end of July at Astley Park in the town.
A growing event this isn’t as large as local competitor Southport Flower Show or the well known Chelsea Flower Show that took place the month before.
Thousands of people attending the small town show to be dazzled by the large scale flower displays. The historic Astley Hall was transformed into a floral masterpiece with displays running down the magnificent staircase and people welcomed the new addition to the Walled Garden, the Victorian Glasshouse that was completed just in time for the event.
The two day event showcased some spectacular displays from local professional gardeners, as well as amateurs trying their hand at something new, and local businesses and organisations also got involved with displays in the amateur and societies marquee. There were flower arranging workshops and pot plant classes and floral art stands.
Celebrities at the event included Jo Swift and Carol Klein of Gardener’s World fame and visitors were invited to tour the Hall and view the Evaders’ Garden exhibit which was on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower show – a spectacular garden that was inspired by the selfless bravery of French citizens when they helped the designer, Stan Everiss’ father to freedom during the war in 1943. The garden showed a sculpture of a pilot hiding amongst the ruins of a war-torn church, looking towards a stained-glass window where two young french people reach out to help him. Perennials and annuals surrounded the church in a bid to show how nature reclaims its land with time. Mysercough College students also created an exhibit called Made in Lancashire highlighting some fantastic plants that thrive in the area.
The whole event was a hit with people coming from far and wide and the competitions were fierce with Martyn Flint winning the gold and Best in Show Trophy and Margaret Robinson winning a gold award for her magnificent Chillis.
Visitors were kept entertained by dancers, swing boats, carousel, ferris wheel and craft making workshops. There were plenty of chances to buy plants and vegetables and even fun little ornaments for their garden. Overall we think the whole thing was a success and cant wait for next years event!