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Thousands enjoy sun at Cornwall's answer to the Chelsea Flower Show

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 08, 2013

By Phil Goodwin

  • Esme Homer from Newquay looking at the Japonica Camellis by Tremeer, which won 1st prize

  • Thousands of people attended the Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc at the weekend to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring

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Crowds enjoyed a rare glimpse of warm sunshine as Cornwall's answer to the Chelsea Flower Show entered its second century.

Horticulturalist and BBC radio presenter Roy Lancaster opened the two-day Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc, near Lostwithiel, before presenting a special Gardeners' Question Time event on Saturday.

Thousands of visitors attended over the weekend, drawn by the brightly coloured shrubs and flowers that make the usually early arrival of springtime in the Duchy such a special treat for flower lovers.

Boconnoc, which breaks out into a "riot" of colour each spring when the rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias are in flower, provided the perfect backdrop. The estate, which has been used as a setting for numerous films including Rosamund Pilcher adaptations, The Three Musketeers and the BBC2 production of Daphne, was bathed in sunshine on Saturday.

Owner Anthony Fortescue, who has recently completed a 12-year restoration project on the house, said he was "delighted" to have been able to host the event.

Children enjoyed a range of free play activities, some run by Nature Workshops, with face painting, food stalls and trade stands.

The flower show, which is organised by Cornwall Garden Society, this year marked its 101st instalment.

Among the competitive classes were ornamental trees and shrubs, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, daffodils, herbaceous plants, bulbs, pot plants, alpines, photography and floral art.

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