Chichester garden show hailed a success

Colourful flowers and shoppers adorn the market street. PPP-141105-192840006
Colourful flowers and shoppers adorn the market street. PPP-141105-192840006

BLOOMING flowers and wooden carvings filled Chichester city centre for three days last week.

The seventh annual garden show to be held in the city saw stalls lining East Street and North Street and a range of goods on offer.

“This is always a great market,” said Gloria Robinson, a Chichester City Centre Partnership board member and Tawny Nurseries stallholder.

“We’re based down in Birdham, so it’s a chance for me to meet my Chichester customers and I do see familiar faces each year.”

She added: “It’s also lovely to see all the plants and flowers in the city centre.

“In spite of its beauty, our city can sometimes look a little grey, so this event adds colour to our streets.”

Twenty-six stallholders showed up and were offering a whole range of items, from garden plants and furniture to services, accessories and much more.

There was even a stall from the RSPB offering advice and trying to encourage children to get involved with nature and the organisation.

The event is organised by Woodland Crafts Events Management, which also helps arrange the city’s annual Christmas market.

The next floral event in the city centre will see a window-dressing competition for shops, with television gardener Charlie Dimmock judging entries on May 29.

The theme is The Music Makers and ties in with the cathedral’s festival of flowers.

Dates have already been set for the next Chichester garden show, which is lined up for three days between May 8 and May 10, 2015.