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 

2022

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Bel Viso Orange Jump Up
2nd Viola Rocky Violet Blue
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
7th Viola Deltini Honeybee
8th Pansy Cello Deep Orange w/ Blotch
9th Pansy Delta Blue with Blotch
10th Viola Rocky Orange with Purple Wing Improved
11th  Pansy Power Patricia

2021

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Bel Viso Pineapple Crush
2nd Viola Bel Viso Yellow Jump Up
3rd Viola Sorbet Tiger Eye
4th Viola Deltini Copperfield
5th Viola Quicktime Mickey
6th Viola Rocky Orange with Purple Wing
7th Viola Tiger Eye Red
8th Viola Bel Viso Lemon Rose Wing
9th Viola Grandissimo Berry Pie
10th Viola Corina White Rose Wing

 

Image of Bel Viso Pineapple Crush

 

2020

Number Type Series Variety
1st Viola Admire Orange Purple Wing
2nd Viola Bunny Ears  
3rd Viola Floral Power Rose
4th Pansy Ruffles Soft Lavender
5th Viola Sorbet Phantom
6th Viola Rocky White with Rose Wing
7th Viola Admire Deep Purple Face
8th Viola Floral Power Orange Purple Wing
9th Viola Deltini Honeybee
10th Pansy Ruffles Dark Heart

 


A must have this #NationalAllotmentWeek
What have you got planned this weekend? ⁠

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Do you want a chance of winning a £50 Meadow Croft Voucher?⁠

Enter our Summer Photography Competition. It's easy to enter. ⁠
Children can get involved too! ⁠

Our theme is 'Garden'. We'd love to see your interpretation of this - it could be a display in your garden, your favourite part of your garden, a specific plant, family gardening together, a border or container or perhaps wildlife enjoying your garden. ⁠

We will be judging two different age categories- Adult & Under 16's. ⁠

Prizes for each category are: ⁠
⭐️ 1st Prize: £50 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠
⭐️ 2nd Prize: £25 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠
⭐️ 3rd Prize: £10 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠

Please send in hi-res images in .jpeg or .png format to meadowcroftmarketing@wdsmith.com before the deadline. ⁠

Competition closes on Monday 29th August. ⁠

At the close of the competition, shortlisted entries will be published on social media for our followers to vote for their favourites. The winners entries will be printed and displayed on our competition board at the garden centre. ⁠

Good Luck Everyone!!
Join us this weekend
Our Food & Drink Festival is fully underway!
A lovely view from the garden centre today
And that’s a wrap!!
⛅️ Happy Monday ⛅️⁠

Don't forget throughout August we have 50% off all potting compost and all climbing plants! ⁠

We also have 50% off many other categories so it's worth popping in.
Have you enjoyed our Summer Mini Golf offer yet? ⁠

Bring the kids along for an afternoon of fun! ⛳️⁠
They can enjoy a kids meal & drink in our restaurant, and then finish it off with a game of mini golf and ice-cream for only £10. ⁠

Valid Monday - Friday (excl. Bank Hols) until 2nd September. ⁠

To redeem, simply head to our restaurant, Meadow Croft Kitchen. ⁠

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#thingstodoinessex #thingstododuringsummer #minimeadows #meadowcroftgardencentre ⁠
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