Blooming Brilliant show for Plymouth in August

Two day flower festival

Blooming Brilliant event at the Guildhall in August.

Flower power will take over Plymouth in August as the Blooming Brilliant show takes place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom competition.

The show will take place on the 13th and 14th August at the Plymouth Guildhall, and is being jointly organised by the Plymouth in Bloom Committee, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University.

Taking part in the event will be community gardeners, allotment owners, and local traders will be sponsoring the event and taking part. The show harks back to an annual event that used to be held in Plymouth.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a great event for the City of Plymouth and an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work of some of our local gardeners and artists.”

Mo Sadler, Vice Chair of Plymouth in Bloom, said: “The Blooming Brilliant Show is a revival of an annual event that has taken place in Plymouth for decades.

“Our Chairman Neil Dixon and Treasurer Ricky Hoskin came up with the plan to reinstate the show which in the past has brought people in from as far afield as Yeovil to show their produce and craft.

“Plymouth University are playing a key role in the event and the University’s Events management and 3D Spatial Design teaching staff took the concept on board and incorporated these ideas into the student’s course work. This produced a wealth of imaginative and high calibre work. The theme of the show British Summer Time and the marketing material created by this team captured the imagination of the Plymouth in Bloom Committee and has been used as the publicity for the show.

“After attending the presentations by the Design students, the committee chose a piece of street art that aims to engage the public.

“We are also encouraging community gardeners and groups to join in the planting up of the pop up garden and share literature/chat to the public about their projects within the maze garden.”

The winning team includes Hui See, Aleksandra Stoma and Kim Todd with their Maze Garden. Associate Professor of 3D Design, Dr Matthew Emmett, said: ‘The design of the Maze, interprets a rose as a labyrinthine structure, which will be sighted outside the Guildhall during the event this August. Whilst the scheme functions to attract the public and celebrate community engagement, the design also amplifies themes of ecology, horticulture and sustainability within Plymouth City.’

The show takes place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th August at the Plymouth Guildhall from 10am to 5pm, and for more information, including a full list of categories go to

Entries are free for members of the community or £25 per business for the two days.

For more information contact Neil Dixon – or call 01752 363379.