Summer show is growing on Cold Ash
No drought or thunderstorms could dampen the mood at this year’s Summer Show in Cold Ash.
The Cold Ash Gardening Club, formally known as Cold Ash Horticultural Society, held its summer show on Saturday (September 10).
Despite anticipating a low turnout, the show drew in 17 adult exhibitors and a number of exhibits.
Tables were draped in colour from dahlias to marrows and carrots. There were bowls of summer flowers and photographs of dragonflies.
It wasn’t all flowers and photos though. Children presented monsters crafted out of fruit and vegetables.
The weather did mean that certain flower and vegetable classes were missing.
Show secretary Kate Miller said: “There were some wonderful exhibits.
“I especially liked the beautiful dahlias and the bowls of summer flowers.
“I was impressed by the larger vegetables, such as Grahame’s longest carrot, Laurence’s squash and Clive’s marrows, not easy with the heat, drought and subsequent hosepipe ban.”
Among the winners was Grahame Collins, who won the Bryce Hamblin Cup for most points in the vegetable collections.
Laurence Grew won the Sir Henry Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes 1-25, as well as the Mann Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes V1-24 plus Flower Section.
Chris Jones won a total of four awards, bagging the Dawson Cup for most points in the Flower Section and the Herbert Cup for most points in the show, as well as the Dorothy Walters Cup for the most points in the combined Spring and Summer shows, excluding Vegetable Collections and the RHS Banksian Medal for the exhibitor who won the most points in the Horticultural Classes, including collections.
Jane Geater won the Attfield Cup for most points in the Dahlia classes.
The Acland Cup for most points in the Homecraft Section went to Jacqueline Smith.
The Carol Child Cup for the Best Horticultural Photograph was awarded to Daniel Collins.
Amy Lamden was presented with the Mrs A M Collins Cup for most points in the Photography Section (except P1).