Adrian praises Warwick's flower power


‘Blooming brilliant’ was the verdict on this year’s Warwick Horticultural Show at St Nicholas Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Here at ASPL we were delighted to be able to sponsor this year’s 69th annual flower show, which attracted visitors to the Warwick park on a busy Sunday and a sun-drenched Bank Holiday Monday.

Adrian Smith said the event could not have gone better, being blessed with glorious weather, big crowds and sparkling exhibits.

“I live in the area, so really wanted to support a local community event,” said Adrian.

“My wife Carolyn, who’s a co-founder at the business, is a keen gardener and it was something we were really happy to get behind.”

Adrian said one highlight of the weekend was being given the chance, along with his family, to choose the winners of the best scarecrow competition.

Warwick’s Mayor, Councillor Bob Dhillon, was also among the guests at the show on Sunday afternoon and stayed to present some of the prizes.

An annual Bank Holiday event since the 1940s, the show is organised by the Warwick Horticultural and Allotment Society (WHAS) and features flowers, plants and crafts from the local area.

It is the event that the Queen’s favoured florist Simon Lycett claims inspired him to start growing flowers.

There were hundreds of exhibits in more than 70 different classes, from marrows and tomatoes to decorated hard boiled eggs and jars of chutney.

WHAS chairman Peter Booty said the show had been a real triumph, and there were so many entries this year that he and his team had spilled out into an extra tent.

He said: “It was a great weekend, and I’d really like to thank everyone who helped make it a success. Adrian Smith’s sponsorship of the classes and the prizes meant that we didn’t have to seek financial support from many different local companies.  ASPL’s support was enough.

“We’re also lucky to have a great team on the committee – without their hard work the show simply wouldn’t be staged.

“This was by far the most successful show – in terms of organisation and number of entrants – that I’ve been involved with.”

Adrian Smith added that he’d love to be connected with the event again next year – especially as the show would be celebrating its 70th year, at the same time as the town of Warwick marked its 1,000th birthday.

Photo L to R: Adrian Smith, Peter Booty

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