Gardeners put on a show at Burghclere and Newtown Horticultural Society’s summer event
GREEN-FINGERED North Hampshire residents put on a display as a flower show was held for the first time in two years.
The 88th Burghclere and Newtown Horticultural Society’s Summer Show took place last Saturday in the Portal Hall in Burghclere, and it was a welcome return after last year’s show was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The schedule for the show was reduced this year to allow for more room in the hall for exhibitors and visitors, but there were still 200 exhibits, including vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral art, craft, photography and children’s classes.
Judging took place during the morning and the show opened to the public at 2pm.
There was a plant stall and a skittles competition outside the hall and tea and cakes were served in a marquee, while the Add Hock Band, playing and singing standards from the thirties and forties, was much appreciated by everybody.
The main winner in the vegetable classes was Pat Farley, although Geoff Morton won the cup for the best dish of vegetables in the show with his potato entry.
Les Wallace won the Tillen Dahlia Trophy, which is awarded to the person who gained the most points in the open dahlia classes, and there was a special prize this year donated by the Women’s Institute of a £25 garden centre voucher for the winner of the floral art class titled ‘Enjoy your garden’.
This was won by Janet Burrows.
The award for the best flower arrangement in the floral art classes went to Susan Gearing who was exhibiting at the show for the first time.
The show finished with an auction of produce conducted by photographer Neill Bruce, who was a very proficient auctioneer.