Diary Dates









2021 Events

Listed below are events that ar currently scheduled to take place in 2021 which will have sweet pea and NSPS connections. Once again this year we invite you to include them in your leisure activities by making them a “day out”. Sadly all live events in 2020 were cancelled.  It is hoped that we will be able to return to live events in 2021.

2019 events were all interesting and successful and I am sure you will enjoy them in future. They are often more enjoyable when you participate in them. If you are a member your help and assistance is always welcome. If you feel you would like to be involved, please contact me and I will give you the details tomatherton1940@hotmail.co.uk 07887928777

We often require support on the day/days before the events and also at the closure. These events are our Society’s shop window to the public and we often enrol new members at them. If you already a member please support our Society by helping, or at least visiting some of them. Non-members are welcome to visit all events.

You will enjoy it!


Dates for your 2021 Diary




Thurs 17 – Sun 20 June                    Gardeners World Live                                     Planned                                                                                           NEC Midlands                                                   Display & Bureau




Sat 26 – Sun 27 June                        Early National Exhibition                                Planned               

                                                            Frosts at Millets Farm                                     Members’ Competition

                                                            Nr Abingdon OX13 5HB                                  Display & Bureau

Staging 5pm Friday to 8.45am on Saturday
Judging 9am Saturday
Access Details are published on Member's Page

PRESS RELEASE 15 June 2021

National Sweet Pea Society


The National Sweet Pea Society WILL be holding its Early National on 26 & 27 June 2021 at Millets Farm, nr Abingdon (note this is a different venue from that planned in 2020 and described in the 2020 Schedule which will be used for this show as notified via the Spring Bulletin and 2021 Annual. The 2021 schedule is still available on the website via the Membership page, as is the entry form.).


As a result of the Government’s postponement of the lifting of final COVID restrictions there will be additional protocols in place to enable the show to be held. A risk assessment has been posted on the NSPS website Membership page. Key points to note are:

  • Please advise the show manager of the approximate time you will arrive to stage and when you would expect to finish (if you plan to leave and come back please advise of these times too).
  • Please advise the show manager if you will be bringing an assistant or companion (note at busy times they may be asked to vacate the marquee to comply with COVID restrictions, we hope this will not be necessary given staging times are 5pm Friday 25 June to 8.45am Saturday 26 June. JUDGING TO COMMENCE AT 9AM, which is earlier than noted in the 2020 Schedule).
  • Please do not attend the show if you have COVID symptoms or have had a positive test in the 10 days prior to the show.
  • Please take a rapid lateral flow COVID test 24 hours before attending the show (these are available free of charge from pharmacies or can be ordered – see the NHS website for more details)
  • Please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it when inside the marquee
  • Please bring hand sanitiser and use it prior to touching anything other exhibitors may touch eg vases, refreshment area etc
  • Please respect social distancing at all times, this should be 2m (note the staging tables are approx. 1.8m in length).
  • If you can please pay for your entries ahead of show day by cheque or bank transfer (post to the show manager).


Please also consult the site map which is posted on the NSPS website detailing how to access the rear of the marquee, which will be via the Fisheries as in previous years. Exhibitors may use the main carpark if they prefer and garden centre trolleys will be available but do note there is not a hardcore path to the marquee and the ground may be uneven. The location of the toilets that may be used overnight will also be posted on the website





Thursday 1st July                              Chiltern Sweet Pea Society Show                   Planned

                                                         Lacey Green Bucks                                           Members’ Competition


The above Society Show is very much still taking place on Thursday 1st July.

The event was always planned to be able to take place under Step 3 rules (whilst of course hoping that Step 4 would be in place)

Yes, there will be reminders about distancing, masks etc. A one way system can be employed and visitor numbers inside at any one time can be restricted.

Make your entries, bring your flowers and enjoy the day. 

Feel free to make contact with me via messenger or graeme@graemehollingdale.com for any specific information. 





Sat 10 – Sun 11 July                         Late National Exhibition                                 Planned               

                                                            RHS Harlow Carr Gardens                               Members’ Competition

                                                            Harrogate HG3 1QB                                         Display & Bureau


Staging 6pm Friday to 9.15am Saturday

Judging 9.30am Saturday

Prizegiving 1.0pm Saturday

Show Open 11am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sunday

Access Details are published on Member's Page


THE LATE NATIONAL SHOW WILL GO AHEAD, with masks, social distancing and control of numbers in the marquee. Look out for further information.

Members exhibiting need to use the entrance gate near the Harrogate Arms by driving past the main entrance and taking a left sign post Harrogate Arms/Coach Park.  Follow this road down.  On the left hand side is the drop off/unloading area near the back entrance of the show marquee.  Once unloaded move your vehicle to the Harrogate Arms car park. Exhibitors will be issued with a wrist band giving them access to the show marquee and toilets only.

Non - exhibiting members and exhibiting members who wish to return when the site is open to the public wanting to visit the show need to book on the Harlow Carr website as shown on the Membership Page (left hand column - Whats on at Harlow Carr). The entry is free with the reference number and the NSPS membership card..  Be aware that these general access tickets are selling fast, as with many other outdoor attractions, so early booking is strongly advised.





Weds 21 – Sun 25 July                     RHS Tatton Show                                          Planned                                                                                                                                                   Display & Bureau


Sat 31 July – Sun 1 Aug                    North West Regional Show                            Planned

                                                            Astley Park, Chorley                                        Members’ Competition

                                                                                                                                       Display & Bureau


Thurs 19 – Sun 22 Aug                     Southport Flower Show                                CANCELLED                                                                                                                                                                 Open Classes

                                        Display & Bureau


Sat 28 Aug                                         Poynton Show                                                CANCELLED                                                                                                                                                                  Open Classes

                                          Display & Bureau


Sunday 17 October                           Chiltern Sweet Pea Society                            Planned

                                                          AGM/Autumn Meeting                                   Speaker - Roger Parsons

                                                           Lacey Green Bu





19 June – Chipperfield Horticultural Society

Show held at Chipperfield Village Hall. Staging from 8.00am – 10.30am. Show open to public 2.30pm – 4.00pm. Email chipperfieldhortsoc@hotmail.com Classes: 3 vases, distinct cultivars, 7 sprays of each; 1 vase, white or cream, one cultivar, 5 sprays; 1 vase pink, one cultivar, 5 sprays; 1 vase, lavender or mauve or blue, one cultivar, 5 sprays; 1 vase, cerise or magenta or crimson or scarlet, one cultivar, 5 sprays; 1 vase, any colour, one cultivar, 5 sprays;1 vase, mixed, 12 sprays.


19 June – Wokingham Horticultural Association

Show held at St. Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH. Staging 8.30am – 11.00am. Judging 11.15am. Show open 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Show Secretary Mrs. Pauline MacBrayne, 12 Crutchley Road, Wokingham RG40 1XA. 0118 978 9039. Email wha-shows@outlook.com 6 Classes for Sweet Peas including a novice class. Entries to be received by 10.00am on Friday 18 June. More information on website www.w-h-a.org.uk The above details for the WHA Summer Show assume a complete return to 'normal', so please do check before entering/visiting. A smaller show may be held at an outside location in Wokingham instead, or may be cancelled completely. Everything will hinge on current Covid safety regulations.


1 July – Chiltern Sweet Pea Society

Show held at Millennium Hall, Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire HP27 0QT. Staging 8.30am – 12.00 noon, bowls and baskets until 1.00pm. Open 2.00pm. Show manager Mr. Chris Gray, 68 Narbeth Drive, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP20 1NU. 01296 488160. Mixed open classes including sections for 100 and 200 cordon growers. All exhibitors welcome.

Within the next few days look out for further posts here and on the Facebook page, regarding the Chiltern Sweet Pea Society (CSPS) who are definitely running their Annual Sweet Pea Show in Bucks in 2021. Schedules will be emailed out very shortly and later on posted out if you request one. Feel free to make contact with me via messenger or graeme@graemehollingdale.com for any specific information. 


3 July – Bournemouth in Bloom – The Bournemouth Horticultural Society

Show held at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Charminster Road, Bournemouth BH8 9SH. Show open noon – 5.00pm. Show Manager David Bassil, 31 Princess Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 1BG. 01202 752014. Email dcbassil@tiscali.co.uk Classes for experienced exhibitors, inexperienced and novices. All classes “open”.


3 July – Wingrave & Rowsham Gardens & Allotment Society (WARGAS)

Show held at Wingrave Community Centre, Buckinghamshire. Staging Friday 2 July 7.00pm – 11.00pm and Saturday 3 July 6.30am – 10.45am. Open to public 2.30pm – 4. 45pm. Show Secretary Adrian Reeve, 127 Winslow Road, Wingrave, Buckinghamshire HP22 4QB. 01296 681372. Email showsecretarywargas@gmail.com Open Sweet Pea show - 6 vase, 3 vase and single vase plus bowls. Includes section for growers of less than 200 plants. 8 cups/shields + NSPS medal. Incorporated in open village show with vegetables, flowers, domestic etc.

The Annual Show which incorporates an Open Sweet Pea Show, has sadly had to be cancelled in 2021.
Those who have visited this event in the past will know that its success relies on not only many exhibitors from a wide area attending but also on large numbers of visitors to offset costs. The compact hall is usually very tightly packed. These reasons, combined with less helping hands being available this year have conspired to the decision. They hope to be back as normal in 2022.
Further information can be obtained from WARGAS Secretary Adrian Reeve showsecretarywargas@gmail.com


3 July – Witney Horticultural Society

Show held at Witney Methodist Church. Doors open 12pm. Show Manager Kim Wood, Flat 3, Preece Court, 38 Blackbourton Road, Carterton, Oxon OX18 3HD. For show schedule see website www.witneyhorticulturalsociety.com nearer the time.

















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