Get your produce ready for the Slough Horticultural Show this summer

Published: 29 March 2018

Calling all keen gardeners! Now is the time to start planting your seeds and bulbs for beautiful produce to show at Slough’s new horticultural show.

The show will take place in Lascelles Park on Saturday 18 August from 1-5pm and will include a range of food and drink stalls and fun activities for families to take part in.

Organised by Slough Allotment Federation and the council, there will also be competitions for the best home grown produce and best home made items, including cakes, knitted items and clothing. For keen photographers, there will be a photography competition.

Although the weather has been unkind to us so far this year, now is the time to start planting marrows, cucumbers, corn and potatoes. Also plant your bulbs for beautiful blooms in time for the show.

If you are planting seeds, most seed packets will tell you when to plant and how long it will take for your seedlings to grow. You do not need an allotment or huge garden, runner beans and tomatoes can be grown in bags on a balcony or patio.

Schedules with entry forms are available from all local allotment trading huts and local libraries or you can email sloughhorticulturalshow@gardener.com

Haley Baldwin from Slough Allotment Federation, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing this new event to Slough, and I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful produce that residents have been growing.

“Growing vegetables for show isn’t as many think, about growing the biggest. It’s about growing the best example of a vegetable. But don’t get disheartened if your vegetables don’t turn out as expected, there will be fun classes for the weird and wonderful, including the best wonky veg!

“There will also be flower classes for people to show their home grown blooms, and we would love to see all the home made craft items in competition and some beautiful photography taken in and around Slough.”

Mary Bagley, parks, open spaces, cemetery and crematorium manager, said: “This is the first horticultural show we have held in many years and I am delighted it is coming back to Slough.

“It is going to be a fun family event for all in Lascelles park with lots to see, enjoy and taste!

“Gardeners and allotment holders, start growing now so we can see the fabulous home produce that is grown in our borough.”