Saturday 29th July 2023


The flower show could not happen without the help of a group of wonderful volunteers.  Please help !  Either on the day by baking a cake, donating plants, Bricabrac, raffle prizes or bottles for the Tombola.  We also need help putting up gazebos, tables and chairs and running stalls.  If you’d like to get involved with planning the show then please get in touch.  The team would be happy to hear from you. Volunteers are eligible to borrow our new RHS discount card which gives a 50% discount for 2 people to visit any RHS garden (excluding during Flower shows and special events)  Please register your interest by becoming a member.   Click on Become A Member tab or contact any of the committee members to express an interest.  

Competition Classes Following review of competition entries in recent years, competition classes for the 2023 show are being streamlined to concentrate entries into the more popular classes.  The list of Classes is below 

SECTION A – FlowersSECTION B – Vegetables and Fruit
A1 – Roses – Vase of 3 stems B1 – Runner Beans – 6 pods
A2 – Sweet Peas, mixed vase, max 7 stems B2 – Courgettes, 3, approx 15cm long.
A3 – Perennials (excluding Roses and Dahlias), 9 stems, mixed kinds B3 – Tomatoes – 6 Large/Standard
A4 – Dahlias – Vase of 5 blooms B4 – Tomatoes – Cherry – a bunch of 4 or more Cherry Tomatoes, as grown.
A5 – Posy in a jam jarB5 – Rhubarb, 3 sticks, with 7.5cm of leaf
A6 – Hardy’s Plugs (donated by Hardy’s Nursery, grown and shown by you)
Section D – Photography
Section C – DomesticD1 – Print – Landscape scene
C1 – Victoria Sponge with Raspberry JamD2 – Print – Bird, Insect, Animal or Flower
C2 – Lemon Drizzle D3 – Print – Amusing/comic photograph
C3 – Flapjacks – 6 pieces
C4 – Loaf of home-made bread – Any typeSection E – Children – TBC
C5 – Jam, or Marmalade – Any type
C6 – Chutney, Any typeSoil Health Competition
C7 – Home Made Beer or Wine– Holey Pants (bury cotton pants in your garden bring them to the show for judgement in July).
C8 – Sloe Gin

Prizes: The flower show is on the second Saturday of the school holidays giving kids plenty of time to get crafty. More trophies and prize money will be on offer for children’s classes.  The prize money for both Adults and Children  will be £5 for 1st, £3 for 2nd and £2 for 3rd places.

Free Seeds & Plugs

To encourage budding gardeners to participate in some healthy competition,  Hardy’s Nursery, our fabulous local nursery and winners of 24 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, are supplying free seeds and plant plugs which will be available in the village shop from March onwards.

Saturday 29th July

8.00 am –                Car Park gates open.

8.00 am – 9.45 am Bring Flowershow Entries to the Marquee

9.00 am –               Volunteers needed to prepare the Showground

10.00am – Cakes to the cake stall and to the Tea ladys in the hall, unused treasures to the Bric-a-brac, second hand books to the book stall etc

12.30 pm –              Show declared OPEN.

1.00 pm –                First Dog Show Class

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Teas served in the Village Hall

4.00 pm – 4.15 pm Remove your exhibits from the Marquee

4.00 pm –                Raffle Draw

5.00 pm –                Volunteers needed to tidy up the Showground


If you would like to get involved or are interested in advertising space please contact Abby Millar 

If you would like to have a stall in the showground please contact Richard Long

Usual stalls and shows will be set up on the Playing Field.

With thanks to our primary sponsor: Please click on logo for more inforamtion

With thanks to our main sponsor Vitacress for all their support

The Flower Show in the Nineteenth Century

Abridged extract from “Life in a Hampshire Village”, written in 1944 by Kathleen E Innes, resident of St Mary Bourne and reproduced here with kind permission from descendants, Mr & Mrs Alex Royd’s, April 2009.

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The Flower Show team

President – Mr Peter St Quintin Tel: 738388 
Chairman – Mr John Banbury  Tel: 738454
Hon Secretary – vacant position 
Hon Treasurer – Mr Michael Strong Tel: 738866
Head of Showground & Stallholders – Mr Richard Long Tel: 07780995275
Head of Flower Show Marquee – Mrs Jan Atkinson Tel: 07787 535392 & Mrs Sheila Marsh Tel: 07717 717316
Head of Marketing – Mrs Abigail Millar Tel: 738800 & Mrs Anna Vivian 738939
Head of Advertising – Mrs Rachel Macgill Tel: 07501 879013
Head of Raffle – Mr Jeremy Barkes Tel: 738263 & Mrs Jean Hardie Tel:738688
Head of Dog Show –  Mrs Claire Scull Flower Show Heads of Departments
Committee members

Ms Jan Atkinson (07787 535392)

Mrs Nicola Facey (738695)

Mrs Jean Hardie (738688)

Mrs Gwen Randall (738727)

Mrs Heather Scott (738551)

Mrs Elly Roberts (07769 970895) 

Mr Ashley Dean (07825 104625)