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 12noon and 8pm on

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August.

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 will include free entry to classes and the next Shrewsbury Flower Show. Full details can be

found on the above webpage 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.

Amanda added “We are still fine tuning the itinerary for the two days, those interested should keep

an eye on our Facebook page so they don’t

miss out.”

Penny Meadmore

David Domoney