The centre piece of the of the B.D.A.C. annual show is the Flower and vegetable Competition which show cases the achievements of the plotholders. It is open to all Birmingham’s allotment tenants and associations, so that they can compare produce and it is the BDAC’s way of rewarding their endeavour, with substantial silverware and prize money available, more importantly, for the bragging rights on whose produce is the best! It also serves as a platform to advertise and excel the virtues of Allotment.
The Birmingham Flower show has existed in various forms since the end of WWII.
Originally the Show was held in Handsworth Park “The Handsworth Flower Show” which became “The Birmingham Flower Show” from 1947 moving to Perry Park. In 1992 we moved again and joined the “Gardeners Weekend” event held Kings Heath Park.
The Birmingham City Council in 2012 were no longer able to fund the Gardener’s Weekend so we lost the event.
Since 2013 B.D.A.C. has been organising Annual Flower and vegetable Competition in various venues around the City. It moved in 2014 to Cannon Hill Park, originally an open-air show in the park itself but in 2018, it moved indoors to the Midlands Art Centre. Due to Covid restrictions no show was held in 2021 but in 2022 the show moved to Bordesley Green Allotments.
The main purpose of the Flowers, Fruit & Vegetable competitions is to encourage and develop excellence in horticultural practice, maintaining soil fertility, better crop protection pound for pound it gives increases crop yield improves the quality of produce grown with less disease pest and waste.