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Cornwall Spring Flower Show 2011

Boconnoc hosts the 2011 Cornwall Spring Flower Show
Image caption Thousands attend the two day event

The 2011 Cornwall Spring Flower Show will take place on the Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel on the first weekend of April.

The show which is one of the earliest flower shows in the year attracts 8000 visitors to the historic venue over two days.

It runs on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April.

At the heart of the show will be numerous colourful displays featuring camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees.

The show's director, Debbie Evans, said: "The newly introduced Show Garden category was a huge success with visitors and exhibitors in 2010.

"We anticipate even greater interest in 2011 with many of Cornwall's renowned gardens competing to win the coveted 'Best In Show'.

"The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan have already signed up and will be bringing a corner of their magnificent gardens to Boconnoc, for the delight of visitors."

Entry to the show also includes free access to the garden at Boconnoc, home of Mr and Mrs Anthony Fortescue, which is not normally open to the public.

Tours of the house will be offered at an extra charge.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, said: "The Cornwall Spring Flower Show celebrates the uniqueness of the county's horticultural delights.

"After experiencing the show we hope visitors will be inspired to explore the individual gardens in full."

BBC Radio Cornwall is out and about this weekend at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc.

Tracy Wilson will be presenting the Saturday mid morning show from the historic estate.

On Sunday 3 April, Tim Hubbard will be bringing Gardenline from the grounds of Boconnoc.

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