BGA shows are held at Buckden Village Hall
BGA runs two shows per year, the Spring Show in late March or early April, and the Autumn Show in early September, in Buckden Village Hall. These are excellent opportunities to show off produce from your veg beds or allotment and maybe some favourite flowers from your garden. Don’t worry though if you are not a gardener – there are classes designed to appeal to a wide range of interests, and no experience is necessary! Younger people are not forgotten and we hope to get many wonderful exhibits in the children’s classes (what better way to keep your children occupied on a rainy Sunday afternoon than by designing their show exhibits?). Whether you enter or not this time, do come to the Hall at 3pm on Show Day to have a look at the exhibits - you are bound to spot something that makes you think 'I could do that....'.
New exhibitors are made very welcome. If you have never visited a show, come and have a look at what goes on. You will be amazed at how many classes you could enter. We have a number of classes specifically for Novice vegetable growers if you prefer to start small. It’s great fun! If you would like to try your hand at showing your flowers, veg or handicrafts but you have no idea where to start, speak to a committee member, or look at our Hints & Tips for Showing page or contact us with your questions.
Anyone can enter – you do not need to be a Buckden resident, you do not even need to be a gardener. Anyone can win a class – on the day someone with a small back yard and a few bulbs growing in pots can win first prize with a perfect specimen daffodil that outshines exhibits from the most experienced gardeners in the village.
Show entry forms are included in the Buckden Roundabout in the issue published the month before each show. Copies are also available here, from Buckden Library and the BGA shed (by Silver Street Allotments - click here for opening times), or ask Pam or Lesley for a copy.
Horticultural classes are judged under RHS show rules, but we also have our own condensed General Show Rules