Unique floral display to honour Suffolk Show President at this year’s event

This year the Suffolk Show is taking inspiration from the Chelsea Flower Show with a spectacular floral display, created in honour of the current Show President Stephen Miles. It will feature at the entrance to the popular Glasswells Flower and Garden Show area at the Suffolk Show, hosted at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.

This colourful garden display is designed as a tribute to this year’s Show President Stephen Miles, whose involvement in the Show over the years includes becoming Show Director in 2005 and Senior Steward for the Glasswells Flower and Garden Marquee for the past 10 years.

The vision behind the floral tribute comes from John Dyter, who has been involved with the Suffolk Show for 50 years and has a lifetime of expertise in staging award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibits for Notcutts Garden Centres, who are based in Woodbridge. As well as honouring Stephen Miles, the display will also raise awareness of The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, of which Stephen is a trustee, and Perennial, a benevolent charity for gardeners.

At over twice the size of any previous Suffolk Show exhibit, the display will be based on a woodland garden theme. The central section will be a 15-metre-long valley of evergreen Azaleas in multiple shades of red, pink and purple with a rill in between banks of Candelabra Primulas, punctuated by silver birch trees supplied by Barcham Trees in Ely. Overall the exhibit will feature hundreds of plants, many of which are being sourced and donated from local nurseries and individual gardeners – John is growing many of the smaller plants in his own garden, ready for the Show. Metalwork sculptor Nigel Kaines of Designs On Metal will also be creating and exhibiting a sculpture as a focal point for the garden.

John said: “The whole display is a real community effort and I’d like to thank everyone who has been and will be involved. The horticulture industry has changed over the years and big floral exhibits are few and far between, so another aim of this display is to add substantially to the ‘wow’ factor at the Suffolk Show, making it a must-see for visitors.”

Throughout the Glasswells Flower and Garden Show there will be a variety of show gardens created by local garden designers, sponsored by Notcutts Garden Centres, as well as the popular Schools Show Garden Competition which is themed on ‘Gardens of the World’ this year.

Alongside the varied floral displays, the Glasswells Flower and Garden Show also offers a great shopping opportunity with everything needed for outdoor living, including high-quality plants from local nurseries, furniture and sheds. In amongst the plants, the Calvors Beer Garden will also be returning this year with a pop-up bar, seating area and live music stage.

The Suffolk Show is run and managed by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to promote the importance of food, farming and the countryside to the economy and character of Suffolk through the Suffolk Show itself and a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.

Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show are now on sale at the same price as 2018. Visitors can save £5 per ticket by purchasing in advance, advanced tickets cost £23 while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry. For more information and to book tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707117