Cornwall Spring Flower Show

02 April – 03 April

Cornwall Spring Flower Show

What’s it all about?

Flower power is something you can’t miss in Cornwall with gardens crammed with a profusion of colourful plants. Even in winter the climate is so mild that buds start to appear in the hedgerows in January so by the time spring comes that passion for gardening has awakened into a spate of flower festivals. This is one of the first held in the country. The two-day event takes place in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, an 18th century mansion owned by the Fortescue family, and features show gardens, horticultural trade stands and competitive classes.  The theme for 2016 will be Celebrating Cornish Excellence with a line-up showcasing Cornish talent, Cornish gardens and Cornish produce.  They will be joined by a selection of the county's best traders as well as some of the best nurseries in the country - such as Crug Farm Plants who are based in North Wales. 

What happens?

A fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania that welcomes spring with exuberant displays in the competitive classes with camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees guaranteeing a brilliantly colourful spectacle. Gardeners’ question time, live music, plenty of local food on offer and there’s even a plant crèche that will look after your purchases while you enjoy the rest of the show. In fact there's something for all the family.

How can you take part?

A list of famous and influential names from the world of horticulture will share their experience and knowledge at Cornwall Garden Society’s 2016 Spring Flower Show.

Darren Hawkes, who is based in Cornwall and also a 2015 Chelsea 'Show Garden' Gold Winner, will be opening the show on the Saturday morning and taking part in the Gardener’s Questions. The panel will also include Jim Buttress, who recently took part in BBC TV’s Allotment Challenge. The master class programme will include a Cornwall Head Gardener’s Forum hosted by Tim Hubbard on the Saturday, including some of Cornwall’s most knowledgeable gardeners and representing many of our finest gardens.

This year will be the 104th in the annual event’s history. As Cornwall’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, it is the perfect platform to showcase the very best examples of this county’s horticultural springtime beauty. There will be classes for Magnolia, Camellia, Rhododendron, daffodils, alpines, bulbs and pot plants, as well as classes for floral art, show gardens, trade stands and children’s entries. 

The two day festival attracts around 8,000 visitors who come to see what Cornwall’s green fingers have on offer. A great place to pick up plants, marvel at the professional garden displays and ask the experts what would grow best in your garden. Easily accessible off the A390 Liskeard to St Austell road.

Tickets cost £6 in advance and £9 on the day. Cornwall Garden Society Members can buy advance tickets for £3.50 and £6.50 on the day. Children go Free!

Did you know?

The Boconnoc estate is home to around 100 deer and the house and grounds have been used as a location for the BBC 'Poldark' series and scenes from the 1993 film 'The Three Musketeers'.  It was also home to two former British Prime Ministers.

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Catering
  • Shop
  • Countryside/Rural


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Price Ticket Details Ticket Type
£6.00 Advance tickets £6, tickets on the door £9, CGS members £3.50 in advance and £6.50 on the day
Child FREE

Opening Times

April 2, 2016 - April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 17:00 pm Saturday, Sunday,



Please expect some traffic queues into the site due to country lanes - especially on Saturday morning.


Boconnoc House
Lostwithiel Cornwall PL22 0RQ

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