03:28AM, Tuesday 09 July 2013
A unique opportunity to contribute to this year's Coronation celebrations is being offered at Saturday's Windsor Rose Show.
The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society's summer show takes place this Saturday at St George's School on castle grounds.
Visitors are invited to bring their own homegrown roses which could end up among the 20,000 that will adorn the stone columns of historic Cambridge Gate, when a 'triumphant arch' is unveiled there in September.
The arch itself will be made of six metal archways, one for each decade of the Queen's reign. It will be unveiled in September and was designed by Royal Horticultural Society gold medal winner John Warland and Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society member Susann Laughton. Both will be at Saturday's show in Windsor to talk about the project.
This year's Windsor show opens to the public from 11am. It will boast more than 100 competitive classes for all ages and all abilities in horticulture, cooking, baking, flower arranging and crafts.
There will be children’s competition for under eights and nine to 14-year-olds, entertainment, demonstrations and activities, traditional English cream teas, trade stands, birds of prey display and petting farm animals
Prizes will be given by constable and governor of Windsor Castle Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen CB OBE.
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