In Falmouth, south Cornwall next weekend a century old show spring flower show takes place and there is not any better way to put an end to winter. Cornwall is a county of commercial horticulture and abounds with experienced growers and gardens of climate-defying beauty so the show, first held in 1910 will be a feast of early magnolias, daffodils, camellias and rhododendrons.
A new cup will be dedicated for children in Falmouth this year by Ken Pound who over 60 years ago was sent to a farm orphanage in Australia from the nearby St Budoc’s Home for Boys due to the at time Child Migrant Programme.
He returning Cornwall and dedicating the cup to Charles Rowe the former gardener of council owned park Fox Rosehill Gardens located next to St. Budocs. The often troubled Pound used to climb over the garden wall and was befriended by Rowe and assistant Brian Phillpotts where he received jobs to do in the gardens encourages Pound to join the Boys Brigade.
Pound was always nurtured by his memories of the gardens and Falmouth all the while he led an extraordinary life in Australia setting up their first nature conservation project. The Charles Rowe trophy dedicated in memory of the man that gave him his passion for nature will be awarded to a child or group of children each year.
Pound and an Australian colleague a specialist in camellias, orchids and flowering shrubs will be judges at the show. Other than spring flowers there are many things to be enjoyed like orchids, bonsai and arrangements and a photographic competition making the show a worthwhile place to visit and enjoy.