several major exhibitors either being away or not exhibiting there were
many fine exhibits to enjoy at the show. Superb fuchsias were shown
by Graham Buck and Rita Pickett, and there were several fine displays
of soft fruit with Chris Gurr’s exceptionally fine redcurrants
causing the judge to give him a special prize.
art displays were very theatrical with Jill Jones’s “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” demonstrating great imagination. Amongst
the flowers there was a marvellous hollyhock, a plant which is rarely
exhibited for the good reason that it is difficult to find one on show
day that looks as good on close inspection as it does from afar. Well,
although this one did not find favour with the judge we all enjoyed
seeing it and it drew many favourable comments from our visitors. The
two “floating in a bowl” classes, one for clematis and the
other for fuchsias, were well supported and are an attractive recent
addition to the show bench.
Harding’s trug of seasonal vegetables, fruit and flowers was both
a horticultural and artistic treat. There were also several fine individual
exhibits in the vegetable classes, and Ian Cooper displayed an outstanding
collections of vegetables.
exhibits as usual made our mouths water and the expertly platted bread
from Tracy Adams caught many an eye; unfortunately we could only look
and speculate what it tasted like but it made my machine made bread
making seem rather tame. Amongst several lovely handicraft exhibits
Annette Page’s felt mother bear with cub and pot of honey made
me smile and rightly won the prize for best handicraft exhibit. Although
the children’s classes were poorly supported there were several
excellent entries to make up for it.