Blooming marvellous show

Pink rose. Photography by Nikki Mitchell
Pink rose. Photography by Nikki Mitchell

The 137th annual Montrose Flower Show will be taking place at the Links Hotel this year for the third year running.

The event runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will showcase the town’s best cut flowers, potted plants, fruit and vegetables, floral art, crafts and baked goods.

Kay Lees, secretary for the Montrose Horticultural Society, said: “We are very excited about the show. We’re hoping that the good spell of weather will have produced some nice fruit and vegetables for people show.

“We are especially pleased with the increase in entries for the floral art classes this year.”

She added: “We have new sections in the potted plants categories for orchids and hosta leaves.”

“We also have a new display bowl of floating fuchsia heads.”

The first annual Montrose Flower Show took place at Melville Terrace Gardens in 1876 and three years ago the event changed its venue from the town hall to the Links Hotel.

Entries for all of the show’s classes will be accepted at the Links Hotel tomorrow (Thursday) between 1 and 10 p.m. or Friday between 7 and 8.45 a.m. Entries will not be accepted after then, as judging takes place at 9 a.m. on Friday.

If you want to enter this year’s show, you need to be a member of the Montrose Horticultural Society, which costs £3 for the year and gives you free unlimited access to this year’s event.

As well as the adult classes, there are a range of classes for children to enter.

Mrs Lees said: “It’s lovely to see the children’s efforts. We want to get children involved in horticulture and growing things that they can eat.

“The children of Southesk School have produced really imaginative miniature gardens and lovely stained glass window designs. We hope to receive more entries in these classes from individual children.”

The trophy giving will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday and will be presented by Tom Frost, whose father used to judged the baking classes in previous years.

This year’s photography class will be judged by local photographer John Dempsey.

Entries to the flower show are £3 on the door and £2 for concessions.

Photo by Nikki Mitchell.