Jim Arbury, Fruit & Trials Specialist at RHS Garden Wisley, spoke at the Federation Day on 25th February about the changes between the 2008 & 2016 RHS Show Handbook.
He has kindly provided the slides from his talk – download from here Judging Fruit 2017
Whilst the majority of vegetable varieties available, if grown well and properly presented, would be a valuable addition to the many shows staged across the country. There are varieties and cultivars, which due to their attributes, are regularly seen on the show bench and do particularly well in competition.
To assist those new to growing for showing, the following are amongst the most reliable and successful currently available.
This is not an exhaustive list of all vegetables but seeks to example those most regularly listed in show schedules and seen on the show bench.
Most are available through commercial seed houses whilst some will have to be sourced from specialist seed suppliers and breeders accessed through the horticultural press and/or the internet.
Beans, broad Imperial Green Longpod, Bunyards Exhibition & Giant Exhibition Longpod
Beans, dwarf french Hawkesbury Wonder, The Prince & Safari Kenya Bean
Beans, runner Stenner, Liberty (Lovejoy) & Benchmaster
Beans, climbing French Cobra, Algarve & Fasold
Beetroot, globe Pablo, Red Ace & Cardeal
Beetroot, long Cheltenham Greentop, Regar & Long Black
Cabbage Green Ramco, Stonehead & Brigadier
Carrots, long New Red Intermediate & St. Valery
Carrots, stump rooted Sweet Candle, Nandor, Trevor & Norwich
Cauliflower Raleigh, Mayflower, Skywalker & Boris
Celery Morning Star, Evening Star & Starburst
Courgettes Venus, Defender & Ambassador
Cucumbers Carmen (frame), Marketmore (outdoor) & Socrates (mini)
Garlic Solent Wight & Giant Elephant
Leeks, blanch Pendle Improved & Welsh Seedling
Leeks, pot Cumbrian, Yorkshire Green/Blue & Betty Black
Lettuce Webb’s Wonderful, Rosedale, Lakeland & Lobjoits (cos)
Marrow Table Dainty, Bush Baby, Badger Cross & Blyton Belle
Onions, exhibition Kelsae & Showmaster
Onions, 250g & under Toughball, Tasco & Vento
Parsnips Gladiator, Panorama, Palace & Victor
Peas Show Perfection, Alderman & Hurst Greenshaft
Peppers, chilli Joe’s Long, Giant Jalapeno, Scotch Bonnet & Apache
Peppers, sweet Ace, Lany, Diablo & Ariane
Potatoes, white Winston, Nadine, Casablanca & Harmony
Potatoes, coloured Kestrel, Amour, Maxine, Bonnie & Bluebell
Radish Scarlet Globe, Robin, Sparkler & Bacchus
Rhubarb Raspberry Red, Victoria & Stockbridge Arrow
Shallots, exhibition Hative de Niort, Ambition & Aristocrat
Shallots, under 30mm Hative de Niort, Jemor & Aristocrat
Swede Helenor, Tweed & Marian
Sweet Corn Swift, Lark & Ovation
Tomatoes Cappricia, Zenith, Shirley & Meccano
Tomatoes, cherry/small fruited Sungold (cherry), Apero (plum), Sweet Million (mini) & Sakura Red (cherry)
Tomatoes, beefsteak Marmande, Country Taste & Big Daddy
Barry Newman FNVS
3rd Review November 2016
Barry Newman FNVS, spoke at the Federation Day on 25th February about the changes between the 2008 & 2016 RHS Show Handbook.
He has kindly provided notes from his talk – reproduced here:
Major differences between the 2008 and 2016 versions of the RHS Show Handbook
Page 90 Constitution of Dishes
Page 91, 92 & 93 Vegetable listing index
The following is an extract from a note received from Colin Spires who chaired the Show Handbook Review Committee.
Hopefully it will direct you to other areas that have received updates and modifications.
“…..As far as flowers, etc are concerned, I approached a number of specialist societies and the following sections have had substantial reviews:
Bonsai, cacti & succulents, dahlias, fuchsias, gladiolus, orchids & tulips.
The rose sections were slightly reduced in number and illustrations of dahlia divisions are shown
A note about specialist societies was included (P130). The difficulty is that all specialist societies seem to have their own rules for specialist shows which don’t really apply to local/county shows.
An important note (p130) states that cut flowers must be in water, or water-retaining material.
A new section was added re Floating Flowers (p153) and the section re Hanging baskets (p182), etc simplified.
The main changes are shown in the preface (p7)”
Barry Newman February 2017
The Federation publishes a monthly e-Bulletin for affiliated societies, comprising notices of upcoming events, news & show reports.
This publication is now available to individual gardening enthusiasts.
If you wish to subscribe, just follow the instructions here.
The Allotment Competition is open to all members of affiliated Societies and has two Sections:
Allotments are assessed by official Judges of the Federation. The judging criteria, based on the recommendations listed in the RHS Show Handbook 2008, are
Judging takes place on a mutually agreed date during late June/early July. There are cash prizes for the top 3 plots in each section, and Challenge Cups are awarded annually to the winners of each section and presented at the Federation AGM in February.
Do consider entering your allotment plot. The competition entry form is available here.
Allotment Competition Organiser
The Federation is running the Peter Maunder Garden Competition again in 2017:
Anyone who is a member of an affiliated society is eligible to enter the competition. You do not need acres of rolling park land; there is one class in the competition for all garden sizes. The judging is based upon the suitability of the design to the site, the level of maintenance, the suitability and cultivation of the plants and the practicality of planting. It is accepted that many gardens have more than one purpose. Vegetable gardens are often incorporated into decorative gardens and there is the need for seating areas and play space for children.
The competition is judged in July by Federation approved judges, and there are prizes and certificates for First, Second and Third. The First prize winner also gets custody of the Peter Maunder Trophy for one year. This is a memorial to one of the founding members of the Federation and it is a delightful miniature pewter wheelbarrow on a wooden stand, therefore no polishing required.
Do consider entering your garden. Entry forms and the judging criteria are available here.
Update: Deadline for entry has been extended to 10th June.
Garden Competition Organiser