We are so looking forward to the St Austell Garden Festival this Saturday 22nd June!
The Eden Project are displaying their 2019 Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show garden, along
with stalls and displays from the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Pinetum Gardens. Other local gardens,
local plant sellers, experts, makers and gardening community groups will also be taking part so the event
promises to provide anyone interested in gardening with a great day out!
Stalls will be spread through out White River Place, Fore Street and the Market House
There will also be street entertainment including local brass bands, choirs, and theatre groups with many of
the local businesses participating in special window displays and a ‘spot the flower’ trail on the day, with a prize draw!
The highlights last year were the beautiful suitcases planted up by children from local schools and put on
display around the town. The children have been busy again this year and Suez have kindly diverted old
suitcases from landfill for the children to fill with plants. There is a competition for the best planting scheme
and the winners will be announced on the day. The suitcases will remain in the town over the summer as
part of the annual entry into the RHS ‘Britain In Bloom’ competition, of which St Austell was a South West
finalist in 2018.
Entry is free and the festival starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. The opening ceremony will be at 10.30am and our new Mayor Tim Styles will be there, as well as a special tree planting ceremony with Head Forester for the Duchy Geraint Richards. The tree that will be planted is a sister tree to the one presented to Prince Charles on his last visit to St Austell.
At this year’s festival, stands by the local Great Gardens will be complemented by stalls showcasing St Austell’s horticultural businesses and endeavours – including community groups such as People and Gardens – and other town initiatives, as well as wider Cornish and National organisations.
The St Austell Garden Festival is a project led by St Austell Bay Economic Forum as part of the wider project to re-imagine St Austell as a cultural destination.
We look forward to welcoming you and if you know of a local school that would like to participate please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org