26th Garden Show at Stansted Park set to go ahead

The Garden Show at Stansted Park is “ready to blossom again a bit later than normal”, running from September 4-6, open 10am-5pm daily (last entry 4pm).

Garden Show at Stansted Park
Garden Show at Stansted Park

The organisers strongly advise pre-booked tickets for safer scanned fast track entry, though tickets will be also available on the day.

Spokeswoman Emily Clay said: “We are sure you are as keen to get out and about as we are. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives and cast a blight on that otherwise hardy perennial, The Garden Show at Stansted Park. But we are pleased to announce the show is good to go ahead and ready to blossom again a bit later than normal this year!

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“Please be aware that the showground layout will be altered a little so that physical distancing can be maintained and other safety regulations will be implemented so you may be confident that everyone’s well-being and good health comes first. There will be necessary changes as some of our regular exhibitors are unable to attend. However the heart of the show remains the same: to support the smaller business and have a good day out in a beautiful location. Now is the chance to be social and gather together again, albeit a little apart.

“The 26th Garden Show at Stansted Park is the perfect event to find all you need to make your garden grow and refresh your home: a great opportunity to explore what’s on the doorstep; source new talent, designers and artisans. Browse affordable and handpicked companies showcasing the latest specialist plants, garden and home accessories, art, design, sculpture, fashion, gifts and then treat your taste buds to tempting foods and wines.

“It’s also a good opportunity to learn about gardening and pick up top tips from horticultural experts to solve those frustrating problems. As ever the specialist plantsmen will bring their knowledge and an abundance of beautiful plants and, along with The Gardening Doctors, Val and Steve Bradley, will be working hard to solve any gardening dilemmas.

“There won’t be the daily talks this year. However there will be just one given by Ben Cross from Crosslands Nursery who will be joining us on Sunday at 1.30pm to extol, in his usual energetic way, on the British Cut Flower Industry. Ben has grown a bumper crop of flowers, but was worried that they would go to waste, so instead he teamed up with a supermarket to send his blooms to frontline NHS workers with their food orders.

“The Show’s chosen charity is CancerWise – www.cancerwise.org.uk – aspiring to be an enabling, compassionate community for people with cancer and those who care for them. Based in Chichester, it offers support and information to anyone who is concerned about cancer.”