Andover garden show a huge success

RESIDENTS who attended the Andover Garden Fair in downtown Andover last Sunday had a fabulous day.

The glorious weather certainly helped, and visitors were delighted to be able to purchase such a wide range of plants and flowers.

There was a lovely bustling and lively atmosphere on the main street as visitors could choose the plants of the season, from Heucheras to herbaceous borders, with many leaving the main street with loaded bags and happy faces.

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One of the vendors said: “It was very nice; it’s my first time doing an event in Andover, and the people have been very friendly. I’ve sold a lot and I’m very happy with the sales today ‘today’. Another said: ‘It was a superb event, brilliantly organised’.

Shelley Coburn, one of the event organizers, was thrilled with the day.

She said, “It was a wonderfully enjoyable day and it’s great to see our plans come to fruition. I’ve spoken to many visitors and received some great feedback, which is always great to hear.”

In addition to the numerous stalls of plants, flowers and garden accessories, there was something to delight the whole family. Storytelling, arts and crafts stalls, outdoor games and face painting were among the free attractions on offer. And the whole event was enlivened by the fabulously talented local singers who covered a range of genres, jazz, show tunes and acoustic flavors.

Add to that a few street food and drink stalls, and you have the perfect recipe for a great atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon event. One of the stalls and a few businesses in Andover actually sold their food.

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Businesses in the town center reported a very busy day, with several cafes saying the event drew many people to the centre.

Kelly Jones, owner of canto Gelato, added: ‘What an amazing event; we sold out all the ice cream at 2pm. Thank you, Andover came up with a great event’, while Imogen Edwards from Coffee 1 said: ‘C It was one of the busiest Sundays we have ever had, lots of customers all day, thank you Andover BID for putting on such a great event.”

A Poundland manager said the store was full of people all day and “revenue was up 25% on a normal Sunday”.

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