Wight In Bloom – good for business!

Organisers of Wight In Bloom are encouraging Isle of Wight businesses to be inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week, and get involved with the Island’s own floral spectacular.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which ends this Saturday (25 May), has strong links to the Island. A silver gilt award winning garden is now at Mountbatten Isle of Wight in Newport, meanwhile two young Gurnard florists – Jordan Knight and Kara Halford from J and K Floral Designs – will be competing in this year’s British Florist Associations ‘Young Florist of the Year’ at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Mike Fitt, OBE, is a former Director of Royal Parks in London. Now living in Ryde, Mike is an advisor to Wight in Bloom. He says it is important for everyone to get involved:

‘That idea of coming to a ‘garden island’ and seeing all those floral blooms is fantastic, we’re not just thinking of individuals with their gardens, but we want the commercial premises, we want the tourist attractions, we want the schools, we want the care-giving homes, we want everyone to get involved.’

Southern Vectis have joined as the headline sponsor in 2019, joining Liz Earle and the Isle of Wight County Press as co-sponsors.

Entries to Wight In Bloom close June 10, which means that right now is the perfect time to get involved. Entry is completely free to everyone with just a simple form to fill in.

Prizes for the winning gardens will be presented by Wight In Bloom patron – and gardening guru –  Alan Titchmarsh on July 23.

Island businesses that have been involved say that is about more than winning a prize, it is a reflection of the effort and time their teams have taken to make their property something special.

James Croft, Park Manager, Robin Hill Country Park explains:

‘Everyone at Robin Hill is incredibly proud of how we maintain our park and its gardens. With such a vast area to curate – and a variety of formal and informal planting schemes combined with management of our precious ancient woodland it’s no easy task! Wight in Bloom provides an fabulous and welcome opportunity for us to showcase the quality of the work done by our team, and promote the Robin Hill’s wonderful natural environment to everyone, locals and tourist alike.’

Sophie Adkins, Marketing Manager at Farringford Estate adds:

‘Farringford really enjoyed the Wight in Bloom competition especially the anticipation of the judges visits as they turn up unannounced and we did not know who they were! It was very easy to enter the competition as there was a category that suited us very well which was ‘Best Small Tourist Attraction Garden.

‘Having planted the Garden from scratch less than 2yrs ago we were thrilled to be shortlisted. We were awarded our prize by Alan Titchmarsh and were able to chat to him at the awards which was a great opportunity.  We have displayed our winners certificate in our ticket office and it is often a talking point for guests.  Wight in Bloom is a great competition to be involved with and helped us raise awareness of our ‘young’ Walled Garden at Farringford and helped us to meet other passionate gardeners on the Isle of Wight.’

Enter Wight In Bloom 2019 here https://visitwightpro.com/wight-in-bloom/