About the Show, from the organisers:
"This year will be our “glorious twelfth” 12th charity fair with all proceeds again being divided between Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michael & All Angels Church in Welshampton. A great selection of fabulous plants to tempt gardeners will include, yet again, some very special items.
The charity plant fair takes place at Welshampton Parish Hall, gates opening at noon for the Grand Plant Sale, all under cover in the marquees. There will be a huge choice of quality plants, many unusual, and all grown by our own dedicated team. This year we are introducing a new stall with dainty in-vogue alpines, which are particularly suitable for troughs and planters, scree rockeries and smaller gardens.
A speciality of our event and in high demand is our individually-potted and labelled sweet peas, grown by plantsman Mike Phillips, who we understand is one of only two individuals in the country to grow them to such a high standard of maturity. In past years flowers from his plants have been shown by exhibitors at Wem Sweet Pea Festival and at Shrewsbury Flower Show. Seed is kindly donated by Chelsea Gold Medallist Eagles Sweet Peas of Stafford.
The exciting “Special Plants” Auction will again start at 1.15pm inside the hall, offering choice specimens and often rare plants, all very kindly donated by top plantsmen at the forefront of horticulture across the area. This year will include, for example, a beautiful bonsai maple tree, especially potted up for us by a private collector donor. Free Auction catalogues with full descriptions will be handed out to everyone on entry at the gate and Lots will be on display in the hall prior to the start of the Auction. Auctioneer will be James Forster of Halls Fine Arts Department, Shrewsbury.
The Fair team will also provide accompanying stalls, including home-made cakes and preserves, the popular Gardeners’ Stall and the Grand Draw with great prizes, plus delicious refreshments.
The Fair is organised and run by the Fair team, with items and costs fully covered by donations or by sponsorship. (No commercial or private stalls.) Last year we raised £8,250, bringing the total to over £58,000.
A warm welcome to all (guide dogs only, please)"