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
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
Notes from our workshops held on 24th February:
Results of our Spring Show held on Saturday 24th March 2018:
||Most points in Members Only Classes Section 1
||Most points in Open Classes Section 2
|Judy Brice Memorial Trophy
||Awarded for the best house plant
|Spring Silver Cup
||Best single Polyanthus plant in a pot
||Best exhibit in the Show Section 1&2 (see Rule 6)
|Eddie Newman Challenge Trophy
||Awarded for best Leek exhibit
|Bill Burrage Trophy
||Winner of Class 73 – Cake entry
||Most points in Homecraft Section 3
|Men’s Cookery Trophy
||Awarded for the best Men’s cookery exhibit
|Berenice O’Connor Memorial Trophy
||Most points in Show from a minimum of 3 Sections
|Children’s Cup plus £5.00
||Awarded for the best Junior entry 2-6 years
|Children’s Cup plus £5.00
||Awarded for the best Junior entry 7-11 years
||Awarded for the best Handcraft exhibit
|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
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
Garden Competition Organiser
The Allotment Competition is now open for entries!
It is open to all members of affiliated Societies for:
- Plots of less than 10 rods
- 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.
Allotment Competition Organiser
Renewal is due from the start of each year, as it takes effect from 1st January for 12 months.
Current member societies have been advised of this through recent communications. The renewal form is also available for downloading & printing here: hfhs_subscription_form_2018.
Details of the programme for 24th February are now published:
Conference invite 2018
AGM Agenda 2018
Nomination Form 2018
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.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens