Cupar Flower Show: President’s 50th Anniversary

Horticulturalists and gardening enthusiasts alike will be congregating in the Corn Exchange in Cupar on Saturday (20th August) to display some of the best flowers and vegetables in the area for the annual Cupar Flower Show.

The variety of exhibitions in flowers, fruit and vegetables will lead the way for the Cupar Flower Show” said Wanda Wheelans, Secretary of the Show.  “But equally, exhibits in floral art, handicrafts and needlework, baking, photography, wine making and preserves will all be major components of event.  This year also sees the 50th anniversary of my husband’s (Les Wheelans, current President) involvement with the Society and a few classes have been tailored to suit this.  Someone has amazingly crocheted a post box cover in recognition of his service to the Cupar Flower Show – which can be found in the Bonnygate close to Lawrie Estate Agents.”

Wanda has since discovered that ‘someone’ was Sadie Harris … a first-time competitor in The Flower Show who has now encouraged her daughter and grandchildren to participate too!

Les was made a Life Member of the Cupar and District Floral and Horticultural Society in 1996, became Vice-President in 1997 and President in 2006.  He was also awarded the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s Certificate of Merit, for his significant contribution of over 40 years’ service to horticulture and gardening in 2012.


Want to enter?

It’s not too late to think about entering!  If you enjoy gardening why not show some of your produce at this year’s show? There’s a whole category geared towards novice exhibitors too!

  • Have you a nice patio ornament or hanging basket, or can bunch together a collection of cut flowers?
  • Do you grow your own fruit or vegetables?
  • If gardening isn’t your thing, it’s not too late to bake a loaf, or chill a traybake, or decorate a plant pot.

And for any keen photographers, the classes cover:

  • Big and Beautiful
  • An Evening Sky
  • Scottish Wildlife
    • The same categories apply for the under 16’s.

If you’re still needing to keep the kids (or big kids) entertained over the remainder of the holidays, then why not get down to some crafting, photography or baking for the children’s section? Classes range from:

  • Chocolate crispy cakes
  • Rainbow pictures
  • Pom-pom animals
  • Decorated T-shirt
  • Cress head
  • Paracord bracelet
  • Muffins
  • Butterfly cakes

And not forgetting the Lego or Duplo model on a ROBOT theme and the miniature garden classes!

This year also sees a FAMILY class with 5 elements where everyone contributes something.  Prizes include day passes and vouchers for Cairnie Fruit Farm.

Wanda adds: “We have hundreds of classes from cut flowers, pot plants, vegetables, baking, needlework, wine, photography, floral art, fruit & herbs, jams and jellies and a class for those in the Women’s Institute.  There’s so much more to the Show as well.  Fife Bonsai Society members will be hand to offer help and advice to the public and will also demonstrate the art of Bonsai in the lower hall.  If you have a specimen or two to join the display and enter the Bonsai section, please do bring them along.


Garden competition …

The Club has now been able to hold a garden competition since 2019. Wanda adds: “It was wonderful to go out and about judging gardens from Cupar and beyond as part of this year’s Cupar Flower Show.” The gardens were judged on Saturday 6th August by Tom Malone, lecturer from SRUC’s Elmwood College, who said he really enjoyed viewing and judging all the gardens.

The results are as follows:

CUPAR FLOWER SHOW SHIELD – Best Vegetable Plot/Vegetable Garden/Allotment in Cupar

  • 1st Les Wheelans
  • 2nd Colin Clark
  • 3rd Peter Anderson

THOMAS MASON MEMORIAL TROPHY – Best Flower Garden in Cupar

  • 1st Tom Barnes
  • 2nd Angus Lumsden
  • 3rd Jennifer Cambell/Evelyn Ritchie

 FIFE HERALD & JOURNAL PERPETUAL TROPHY – Best Overall Garden (flowers and vegetables) in Cupar

  • 1st Les Wheelans
  • 2nd Jennifer Cambell/Evelyn Ritchie
  • 3rd Emma Bisson

COCHRANE OF CULTS CHALLENGE TROPHY – Best Cottage Garden in Cupar & in 10 mile radius

  • 1st Ron Moscrop, Leuchars
  • 2nd Jennifer Cambell/Evelyn Ritchie, Cupar

DAVID R SHEPHERD TROPHY – Best Flower Garden within 10 miles radius of Cupar

  • 1st Ron Moscrop, Leuchars
  • 2nd George Ronaldson, Ladybank
  • 3rd Linda Reid, Balmullo

LAIRD & SMITH TROPHY (SPENCER) – Best Landscaped Garden in Cupar & in 10 mile radius

  • 1st George Ronaldson, Ladybank
  • 2nd Mrs Arnold, Cupar

HUTCHESON TROPHY – Best Hanging Basket, Window or Patio Ornament in Cupar and 10 mile radius

  • 1st Tom Barnes, Cupar
  • 2nd Ron Moscrop, Leuchars
  • 3rd Linda Reid, Balmullo

Wanda Wheelans, Secretary of the Cupar Flower Show told us: “We see a lot of beautiful gardens in and around the area and know of people who take pride in their gardens, but they never consider entering it or their produce into the Cupar Flower Show.  One new (joint) competitor who entered, won prizes in 3 classes and it turns out that they have worthy exhibits for the Flower Show on Saturday.  Like them, it would be nice to welcome new entrants to the Corn Exchange on Friday 19th between 12noon and 10pm to stage their exhibits. Please take a leap of faith and join this friendly community show.


Need more?

There are over two hundred classes on offer at this year’s Cupar Flower Show, which sees President Les Wheelans, celebrate 50 years involvement in the organisation.

This is an amateur show that is open to everyone, of all ages and experience.

The schedule can be downloaded from

Entries and staging of exhibits can be made between 12 noon-10 pm on Friday 19th August in the Corn Exchange, Cupar.

The event opens with a coffee morning from 10am with the Show opening to the public from 11.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 20th August in the Corn Exchange, Cupar.

For more details please contact Wanda Wheelans on 01334 654648 ( or visit


Thanks for reading!