This year would have been the 133rd Shrewsbury Flower Show, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it, like most other events, has been cancelled.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, Shropshire Horticultural Society – led by the Chair of the Marketing Sub committee, Amanda Jones, will instead hold a ‘virtual’ event between 12 noon and 8pm on Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August. The Shrewsbury Virtual Flower Show!
The event will run on the Shrewsbury Flower Show social media pages, predominately on the main Facebook page and YouTube. Links to videos, photographs and competition results will also feature on the show’s website.
Those who are less familiar with social media channels are being encouraged to ask relatives or neighbours to help them access the event.
Amanda said “It would be a shame to just do nothing on those two days in August. Having posted a comment on Facebook to see whether people would be interested, the feedback was positive and so it inspired me to see what we could come up with.”
“We’re holding some of our typical competitions found in the Severn & Dingle Marquees, for children, along with a colouring competition kindly sponsored by Scribble Inc. Entry is easy and prizes wil linclude free entry to classes and the next Shrewsbury Flower Show. Full details can be found on the above web page as well as our social media, and entries close 1 August 2020.”
“The event has already generated some terrific interest from some of the show’s regular exhibitors and traders, some of whom are offering discounts. These businesses will feature throughout the two days as well as on the website.”
Amanda says support is really positive with the 2019 celebrity gardener David Domoney, and Penny Meadmore, who was due to be at the show this year-having been in 2017 & 2018, joining Margaret Thrower and Alan Wilding for a ‘free to join’ live Zoom Gardeners Q&A – details of which can be found on the website and social media channels.
Local chefs James Sherwin, Chris Burt, Paul Crowe and mixologist James Hitchen have already been video’d putting together culinary delicacies and mixing amazing cocktails.
A popular band with locals-The Christians, who headlined the show a number of years ago, have provided a personal message along with a couple of lockdown tracks. Footlights Dance School have kindly shared some of their recent performances, and we have a montage of photographs overlaid with singing from Of One Accord.