Gardeners celebrate spring

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Cheltenham Horticultural Society starts its 75th anniversary year by filling the town’s Pittville Pump Room with spring colour and fragrance this weekend.

The society’s annual Spring Show is on Sunday April 2 and there are contests for everything from tulips and primroses to marmalade and rhubarb.

There will also be plants for sale both from society members and local nurseries, including Harrells Hardy Plants.

Daffodils will be centre stage with 19 different classes, including one for a container of three bulbs that were supplied by the society last autumn.

Gardeners will also be vying for top honours with trays of pricked-out seedlings, winter vegetables, containers of foliage plants, alpines and orchids.

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Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room will be filled with spring flowers

The cookery section is always hotly contested and there are contests for photography, floral art and a special section children’s entries, including decorated eggs and favourite cut flowers in a vase.

“There will be some really good plants on sale from our local nurseries along with various craft items,” says Dot Ward, society chairman.

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Daffodils will be one of the main attractions

“At a time when there is so much gloom and doom in the world, our spring show can bring a day which takes us away from it all with the wonderful sight and scent of flowers and vegetables.”

The show runs from noon to 3.30pm on Sunday April 2, 2017 and entry is £1, free to children under 16. For more details, see the Cheltenham Horticultural Society website here

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