A FANTASTIC time was had by all who visited this year's 'Chelsea of the West' flower show.

Taunton Flower Show has been a regular feature of the town's summer events since 1831 - and thousands continue to flock each year.

This year's schedule saw a packed timetable of events including a sheepdog display, birds of prey, and a cavalry of horses.

Live music entertained guests throughout the day at a variety of locations throughout the arena.

The show, which is based at Vivary Park, this year included the park's war memorial into its layout for the first time.

Adrian Prior-Sankey said: "Show organisers were thrilled with the attendance and, although precise numbers won't be available for a while, it looks as though many people rewarded the exhibitors who battled the unusual growing conditions to present an impressive display of flowers, fruit and vegetables alongside arts and crafts."


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One key part of the event is the Designer Garden competition.

"Joint winner of the gold medal in this year’s competition was Lorna Williams and Hilary Weldon with their Steam Punk Garden.

The pair tried to use recycled and upcycled materials to create their award-winning display.

Lorna, from Wibble Farm Nurseries in West Quantoxhead, used a circular theme to represent cogs.

”wW tried to reuse things as much as possible,” she said.

“We love using things in a quirky way. So we started with the black fencing and then went from there.”

Hilary says the weather has been a cause for concern for all participants this year, so they focused on plants that would survive the heat.