IN A celebration of horticultural talent and creative flair, the Ceiriog Valley Garden Society is gearing up for its highly anticipated Annual Show.

With the event just around the corner, on Saturday, September 9, at the Canolfan venue, there is still ample opportunity for green-thumbed enthusiasts and budding artisans to participate in this vibrant showcase.

This year's show promises an array of exciting categories to compete in, catering to a diverse range of talents.


Ursula Neil, society secretary, said: "This is a real community event.

“The committee and volunteers all help with preparation for this annual show and work together on the day to make it a success.

“I'm really looking forward to the buzz we get at the show and of course, lots of entries from people showing off their talents hoping to win a prize."

Garden enthusiasts can vie for honors in classes dedicated to plants, vegetables, fruit, and exquisite floral art.

Homegrown bakers and jam-makers will be thrilled to compete in the domestic classes, while craft aficionados can showcase their knitting and tapestry prowess.

Additionally, artists and photographers can submit their work for evaluation.

The coveted awards, to be presented at 3.30 pm on the day of the event, await the best entries in each category.

Notably, there are several new classes added this year to pique the interest of participants, including 'Plants for Pollinators' – a nod to their collective commitment to wildlife-friendly gardens, and 'Pretty in Pink,' an imaginative challenge to craft stunning flower arrangements within teapots.

Returning to the delight of all, the quirky 'Mis-shapen Vegetable' class is bound to bring laughter and amusement.

In a heartwarming display of community engagement, local primary school children have eagerly embarked on their creative journeys to prepare their entries.

Their projects range from crafting collage pictures of gardens to adorning wooden spoons with their imaginative designs and encapsulating their favourite outdoor spots within shoeboxes.

This year heralds the introduction of a brand-new trophy, generously donated by the Women's Institute (WI).

The beautiful wooden bowl, a work of art crafted by local artisan David Marshall of Pandy, will be awarded to the most exceptional, delicious, or creatively presented entry within the Domestic classes.

The public is invited to witness the vibrant showcase from 2 pm to 4 pm on the event day, with a nominal entry fee of just £1 for adults.

Competitors, on the other hand, enjoy free admission.

For those seeking refreshment during the afternoon, a selection of delectable options will be available.

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Prospective entrants should take note that the deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Thursday, September 7.

Entry forms and comprehensive details on how to participate can be obtained from the shop in Glyn Ceiriog, the Post Office in Pontfadog, or the Christian Centre.