I am pleased to have visited a different flower show, I have previously visited my local show - RHS Tatton and wanted to try the spring show to see how they differ with an earlier season.
I found the show to be somewhat smaller that Tatton with some great advantages. There are real toilets, there are not just tents but also buildings where things are displayed, however the most appealing to myself was the variety of nurseries and stalls that do not come up north to Tatton.
Unfortunately I did not buy any hostas, I did find some that I will be purchasing at Tatton, but I did buy a surperb Canna Pretoria that I have been after for some time, a Zantedeschia Starry Night and a variety of unusual bulbs to include Arisaemas, Hedychiums and Chasmanthe.
If you have never been to a show, I would recommend visiting for the whole day to make the most of it. I always take a picnic and head to the car for some 'relaxing time' before heading back in to the hustle and bustle.
Don't forget that there are always local open gardens and NGS which also inspire with the option of buying new plants and some at bargain prices!