Grayshott Gardeners Spring Show – Report

The sun shone outside and the tables inside were laden with wonderful Spring blooms, vegetables, crafts and home produce.

The organisers did wonder if there would be many entries, after such a bad Spring. But the local gardeners came up trumps with over 200 entries about a 10% rise on last year.

It was also good to see so many visitors to the show as well as the regular members of Grayshott Gardeners. In addition to the displays, refreshments were on hand, including a vast array of delicious homemade cakes and there was also a good selection of plants for sale. All in all a wonderful afternoon for both gardeners and would-be gardeners.

The next event for this thriving group of enthusiasts will be the Plant Sale on the morning of May 5th in the Village Hall.

Below is a list of the main winners

  • Spring Cup Classes 1-22 Tulips and Narcissus  – Jill Meech
  • Gardeners Cup Classes 23-49 Cut exhibits, Pot/container grown exhibits and Vegetables – Vanessa Thompson
  • Denyer Cup Classes 1-22 Floral arrangements  – Sally Russell
  • Gladys Willmot Cup Classes 53-58 Home Produce – Jill Meech
  • Novice Cup All classes – Sally Russell
  • Whitehouse Cup All classes – Jill Meech
  • Best in Show Plate – Maureen Boorman ( Hellebore flowers )
  • Craft Prize – Sue Coates
  • Photography Prize – Angela Pointon
  • Junior -An Easter card with a Spring flower theme
  • Under 8 – Zoe Gilbert
  • 8 – 11 Jessie Meech

Photos below: 

Best in Show awarded to Maureen Boorman for these exquisite hellebore flowers

Gordon Rae patron of Grayshott Gardeners presenting Maureen Boorman with the Best In Show plate

The bustle of the Spring Show which was held in Grayshott Village Hall

Unusual tulips in all their splendour

Gordon Rae patron of Grayshott Gardeners presenting the Nice Cup to Sally Russell

Helen Deighan
Grayshott Gardeners


Meon Valley Garden Club – Spring Show Prize Winners 2018

Results of our Spring Show held on Saturday 24th March 2018:

Prize Description Winner
Humphrey Trophy Most points in Members Only Classes Section 1 Lesley Lopez
Champion Cup Most points in Open Classes Section 2 David Green
Judy Brice Memorial Trophy Awarded for the best house plant Lyn Gutteridge
Spring Silver Cup Best single Polyanthus plant in a pot Not awarded
Everett Trophy Best exhibit in the Show Section 1&2 (see Rule 6) Tony Williams
Eddie Newman Challenge Trophy Awarded for best Leek exhibit Ian Dyson
Bill Burrage Trophy Winner of Class 73 – Cake entry Jill Newbury
Homecraft Trophy Most points in Homecraft Section 3 Chrissie Butler
Men’s Cookery Trophy Awarded for the best Men’s cookery exhibit Malcolm Hyder
Berenice O’Connor Memorial Trophy Most points in Show from a minimum of 3 Sections Lesley Lopez
Children’s Cup plus £5.00 Awarded for the best Junior entry 2-6 years Hope Metcalf
Children’s Cup plus £5.00 Awarded for the best Junior entry 7-11 years Connor Goodman
Handcraft Trophy Awarded for the best Handcraft exhibit Lesley Lopez
Members Special Classes
Meon Valley Nursery Sponsorship Phlox Sweet Summer in a 1.5 litre pot 1.  Chrissie Butler

2.  Rose-Marie Miles

3.  Ruth Davies

Booby prize.  Pauline Bone

Garsons Daffodil Challenge 3 Narcissus Fortune in 6in/15cm pot 1.  John Martin

2.  Jane Pepys

3.  Denise Solman

Members Special Narcissus Championship 2 cultivars, 3 stems of each in 2 separate vases (not miniatures) 1.  Lesley Lopez

2.  Corinne Solen

3.  Not awarded

Karen Hutton

Peter Maunder Garden Competition 2018

Is now open for entries …

The Peter Maunder Garden Competition is held annually in July.  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 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 here.

Deadline = 31st May

Suzanne Holroyd
Garden Competition Organiser

Allotment Competition 2018

The Allotment Competition is now open for entries!

It is open to all members of affiliated Societies for:

  1. Plots of less than 10 rods
  2. Plots of 10 rods and over

Allotments are assessed by official Judges of the Federation 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.

Entry Deadline 21st May

Do consider entering your allotment plot. The competition entry form with full details is available here.

Iain Crawford
Allotment Competition Organiser

West Moors Horticultural Society Summer Show Report

On Saturday 26th August West Moors Horticultural Society held their Summer show in the Memorial Hall  It was a glorious day and despite being a bank holiday there were numerous visitors through the doors.

Although we have had a difficult growing season we had 430 exhibits or an excellent standard and comments from the judges were very favourable.  Rob Marks won the Dahlia Championship and Bill Howarth the Banksian Medal for most points in Horticultural. The winners for Best in Sections were Dave Manston for Vegetables, Bill Howarth for Fruit, Rosemary Drake for Flowers and Best in all Horticultural, Jean Richardson for Floral Art, Sylvia Barrett for Homecrafts and Denis Richardson for Photography.  It was a show that the members of our society should be proud of.

Sue Hamlett


Allotment Competition 2017 – Results

                                                                       Allotment Competition 2017

                                                   (Joint Organisers – Iain Crawford & John Eckton)

Eleven societies entered plots to be judged in the competition this year. Regrettably the number of plots entered for judging was down this year at 39 (2016 – 51).

The Entry Form for this year’s competition advised that there was a possibility that some plots may be judged twice. This did indeed occur this year. Preliminary judging of the allotments was conducted between 22nd June and 29th June. A final judging was conducted by a senior judge (not involved in the original judging) of the top three plots in each class and was designed to eliminate any inconsistency between the different preliminary judging teams and this judge’s results determined the final standings of these.

The result of the judging was as follows:

10 Rods & Over

1st Mr I Haussauer           Bramshott, Liphook & District Horticultural Society

2nd Mrs K Beale                Emsworth Horticultural Society

3rd Mr G Fryers                 Waterlooville & Cowplain Allotments & Gardens Association

Mr Haussauer and Mrs Beale were awarded Diplomas of Special Merit. Diplomas of Merit were awarded to Mr G Fryers;  Mr B Dickinson (Aldershot & District Allotment Association) 4th;  Mr M Hill (Waterlooville & Cowplain Allotments & Gardens Association) 5th;  Mrs A Cook (Aldershot & District Allotment Association) 6th.   

Under 10 Rods

1st Mr R Patterson           West End Garden & Allotment Association

2nd Mrs J Standish            Totton & District Gardeners Society

3rd Mr J Gilbert                 Bramshott, Liphook & District Horticultural Society

Mr Patterson was awarded a Diploma of Special Merit. Diplomas of Merit were awarded to Mrs Standish and Mr Gilbert.

We are extremely grateful to all the eleven societies who entered the competition this year and congratulations to all the plotholders themselves for providing such excellent plots to be judged.

Also our thanks go to all the judges for taking the time to judge all the entries spread throughout the county.

Iain Crawford