Can your garden flourish in contest?

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KEEN gardeners in the Cupar area still have time to enter Cupar Flower Show’s centenary competitions.

Entries close on Tuesday, July 19, and judging will take place next Saturday, July 25.

The competitions are open to amateur gardeners of all ages living within a seven-mile radius of Cupar - and you don’t even have to have a garden! There are also classes for window-boxes, patio displays and hanging baskets.

This is a special year for Cupar and District Floral and Horticultural Society - better known as Cupar Flower Show - as this year marks its 100th year.

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To celebrate the milestone, a two-day extravaganza is being held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

The event will be opened by Jim McColl, from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, who will also be on hand for a gardeners’ question time, with fellow experts Peter Christopher and Leslie Bisset.

Anyone with any questions can e-mail them to the show organisers (debbie@cuparflowershow.co.uk) or hand them in on the day. Plants, weeds or other items can be identified also by the panel.

As well as floral, vegetable, fruit, baking and industrial exhibitions, there will be categories for children, keen photographers and Women’s Rural Institute members.

Other attractions include talks and demonstrations on floral art by Mary Law MBE; culinary inspiration from Geoffrey Smeddle from The Peat Inn and cookery expert Stella Siddal, and presentations on how to grow and present fruit, vegetables and flowers.

There’ll be craft demonstrations throughout the weekend, as well as numerous trade stands.

Said secretary Wanda Wheelans: “The Cupar and District Floral and Horticultural Society is a non-profit making organisation and as a result we have to rely on fund-raising initiatives to sustain the society’s involvement within the community.

“We are also very lucky to have the support of a large number of local businesses, and despite the economic downturn, the generosity of our sponsors and supporters have allowed us to increase the prize money for this year’s show.”

Meanwhile, anyone who would like to enter the garden competitions can contact Wanda on 01334 654648 or visit www.cuparflowershow.co.uk