Shrewsbury Flower Show: 10 things you didn't know about the 125 year old show

PUBLISHED: 17:13 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Shrewsbury Flower Show: 10 things you didn't know about the 125 year old show

Shrewsbury Flower Show: 10 things you didn't know about the 125 year old show

As Shrewsbury Flower Show prepares to mark its 125th anniversary this summer, staff have been digging deep to uncover a shed load of stories from its archives and weird floral facts.

As Shrewsbury Flower Show prepares to mark its 125th anniversary this summer, staff have been digging deep to uncover a shed load of stories from its archives and weird floral facts.

1. The World Record for the largest display of potato varieties was 589 types on the Three Countries Potatoes display at the Shrewsbury Flower Show in 2004.

2. The Show also has another world record to its name it was officially recognised by Guinness Book of Records in 2005 as the the worlds longest-running flower show held in the same location.

3. The advent of the First and Second World Wars meant the Show was halted for twelve years in total.

4. In 1940 the showground was used as an allotment so that locals could join the war effort and dig for victory.


5. The first true celebrity gardener, Percy Thrower, was Shrewsburys Superintendent of Parks from 1946 to 1974. His granddaughter, Leanne Garvey, is now the third generation of his family involved in Shrewsbury Flower Show.


6. In 1948, the Chancellor of the Exchequers new entertainment tax of 10,000 meant the show started to lose money.

7. In 2007, the Flower Show enjoyed a Royal year, as Princess Alexandra, the Queens first cousin, took up the Shropshire Horticultural Society presidency and figure headed that years event.

8. More than 400 exhibitors grow for gold every year in a bid to win one of Shrewsbury Flower Shows numerous prestigious awards.

9. In 1881 entertainment included Bon Bon the tightrope walker, whose 150 ft long tightrope stood 40 ft above the crowds. Bon Bon carried a live bear cub across the rope and settled down to cook an omelette half way across.

10. More than three million blooms are brought in to the towns Quarry Park every summer.

With 125 years of heritage, and history-in-the-making around every corner, its no wonder that over 50,000 visitors are expected to visit this years Shrewsbury Flower Show, to be held on 10th and 11th August 2012.

For information on tickets, visiting and exhibiting call Shrewsbury Flower Show on 01743 234050 or visit www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

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