The early May bank holiday saw a very sunny start to the Society’s Show Season with nearly 16,000 visitors attending the Spring Garden & Leisure Show.

Created by Chris Davis from Agrifactors in Heathfield and designed by Jean Griffin, visitors who came to admire the stumpery also enjoyed the wildflower exhibit and were able to talk to Chris and other experts who were involved in the 2013 nationwide project of planting wildflower meadows to mark 60 years since the Queen’s Coronation.

1There was standing room only left in the ‘Gardening Theatre’ as green-fingered enthusiasts quizzed BBC gardening guru Jean Griffin and the rest of the expert gardening panel about everything flora related. Trade stands were also very busy throughout the weekend as people rushed to get the best deals on offer and make the most of late spring planting.

Over 700 dogs from across the region competed in the ever popular Open Dog Show which forms an integral part of the Show and hundreds gathered to see who would be crowned Best in Show. The title went to the stunning American Cocker Spaniel Bananadance Bellissima from Yelsted in Kent, and Best Puppy in Show went to the beautiful beagle Lucxand Leonar from Twickenham in London, qualifying both to compete against the world’s best at Crufts.