Prince Charles and Camilla due at Sandringham Flower Show

TV's Chris Beardshaw and Alan Mason also at popular annual show on the Royal estate

The finishing touches are being put to one of the most prestigious flower shows in the region.

Sandringham will be buzzing with crowds of people later this month when the 130th show will take place on the Royal estate on Wednesday, July 27.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to attend the event which attracts some 20,000 visitors each year. Traditionally the Royal couple have toured the show in an open-topped carriage before heading on a walkabout around the showground.

Top television gardeners Chris Beardshaw and Alan Mason will have the unenviable task of judging the show gardens - and awarding the EDP Best in Show trophy. The gardeners will also be taking part in the popular Gardeners' Forum.


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They will be joined by Martyn Davey, head of horticulture and design at Easton College, and radio gardener and allotment expert Terry Walton. The forum will culminate in a Gardeners' Questions event.

The specially-designed centrepiece of the Royal Marquee will be revealed for the first time as the Royal visitors are the first to set eyes on the creation.

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The one-day show, in assocation with the EDP, also features leading horticultural specialists and nurseries from across the region.

In addition to the displays and show gardens, around 200 trade stands, craft marquee, main arena events, children's entertainment and a military band all add to the unique atmosphere of the show.

The Royal marquees contain the competitions for vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with entries grown by local residents. There are also some open classes which anyone can enter.

In the amateur's marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a display competition, while the horticultural trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.

The art of flower arranging will also be demonstrated by Nick Cole, who runs Hunstanton-based florist Scent with Love.

Arena attractions include The Imps motorcycle display team, the Minden marching band, dog and duck displays and a sheep show.

The profits from every show have been donated to local charities and since 1977 some �450,000 has been distributed.

Don't forget to grab your EDP goody bag - each has a copy of the paper, pair of gardening gloves, packets of Suttons seeds, fruit, drink, crisps, sweets and costs �2. They will be available on the gates or from our stand on the showground.

Grounds open at 7.30am but the official opening is 11am with the arrival of the Royal couple and the show finishes at 5pm.

Adimission is �8, under-16s free, and includes access to the church, the grounds and museum. Sandringham House is not open on show day.

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