Iwerne Minster
Iwerne Minster Produce and Horticultural Association’s Summer Show.

Following the momentum gained at our inaugural Flower Show Forum back in March, many gardening clubs and horticultural societies from Dorset, Somerset and beyond are currently reviewing the success of this year’s flower and horticultural show calendar, ready for the second Flower Show Forum at Castle Gardens on Thursday 15 September.

So many positives came out of our first forum, so we are really looking forward to hearing how the advice given by our panel has been implemented by these clubs and societies. It will be a really valuable exercise to review what worked and what didn’t, as we gather to evaluate and reassess the barriers that shows are still coming up against. These discussion points will additionally help to shape the topics for the next forum, which is scheduled for March 2017.

We will also be announcing an exciting new initiative, which we’ve been working on, as we continue in our efforts to help grow membership of gardening clubs and increase entries into shows.

The Flower Show Forum is free to attend and will be held in The Butterfly House at Castle Gardens in Sherborne from 7pm – 8:30pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm for light refreshments.