Viola & Pansy Festival
Saturday 11th March - Sunday 19th March 2023
Viola and pansies are very important plants in our gardens. During the frosty months of winter and early spring, they are among the hardiest, longest flowering and most colourful plants we have. Violas are also uniquely able to fill that colour gap between our spring flowering plants and the summer bedding plants.
Meadow Croft has held Viola and Pansy Festivals every March since 2004. It is the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in the world, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world.
Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time. All the plants for the festival are grown by W.D Smith & Son, owners of Meadow Croft Garden Centre in their own glasshouses nearby, and then moved to the Garden Centre for the festival.
2023 is our 20th anniversary of the Viola & Pansy Festival!! The past nineteen years have seen surprising changes in the cultivars on display, not just new colours, or larger flowers, but very significant developments in the shape and habit of some new varieties. We now have plants that really do trail and spread, making them much more suitable for containers and hanging baskets.
Each year visitors to the festival play an important part, by voting for their favourite varieties from amongst those displayed. Each voter receives a free hot drink in our restaurant, Meadow Croft Kitchen. The votes are later counted and the ‘Top Ten’ Festival Favourites published in the gardening and trade press.
In 2023, our Pansy & Viola Festival is taking place from Saturday 11th March – Sunday 29th March.
As a horticultural garden centre, we are keen to get the younger generations interested in gardening and inspire them to grow their own. Over the two weekends, we will be giving out a free Meadow Croft Goody Bag for all the children that come to the festival and vote for their festival favourites, as well as having entertainment such as face painting, live music, craft stalls and much more!
Come along to the Viola and Pansy Festival next March to vote for your favourites.
Previous Pansy & Viola Winners
|1st||Viola||Bel Viso||Orange Jump Up|
|3rd||Viola||Rocky||Orange with Purple Wing|
|4th||Viola||Corina||White Purple Wing|
|5th||Viola||Bel Viso||Blueberry Swirl|
|6th||Viola||Bel Viso||Pineapple Crush|
|8th||Pansy||Cello||Deep Orange w/ Blotch|
|9th||Pansy||Delta||Blue with Blotch|
|10th||Viola||Rocky||Orange with Purple Wing Improved|
|1st||Viola||Bel Viso||Pineapple Crush|
|2nd||Viola||Bel Viso||Yellow Jump Up|
|6th||Viola||Rocky||Orange with Purple Wing|
|8th||Viola||Bel Viso||Lemon Rose Wing|
|10th||Viola||Corina||White Rose Wing|
Image of Bel Viso Pineapple Crush
|1st||Viola||Admire||Orange Purple Wing|
|6th||Viola||Rocky||White with Rose Wing|
|7th||Viola||Admire||Deep Purple Face|
|8th||Viola||Floral Power||Orange Purple Wing|