the Newton Park Horticultural Society‘s Annual show held at the local community church hall. I was there all day helping and stewarding, and generally enjoying the event. I also entered six classes which won four firsts, all vegetables, and two thirds for flowers. That’s not quite as impressive as it sounds as three of the firsts were in novice classes with only one other entry. Having won these I can’t enter them again next year so will have to up my game so to speak if I enter in other classes.
This picture shows some of the vegetable classes, including potatoes and tomatoes, with some of the dahlias along the back.
Despite everyone saying what a challenging and difficult growing year it’s been there were still around three hundred entries. What was particularly pleasing was how well two new-comers, both women, did. One entered about thirty classes which won her plenty of prizes and two cups. The other entered just three giving her two firsts, including the runner beans, and a second. Both were surprised and delighted as the well deserved results.
The serious growers and showers showed just what can be achieved as exemplified by this vegetable collection.
As usual the flowers classes were dominated by dahlias including these three raspberry coloured pom-poms and this colourful one.
There were some fascinating cactus and succulents on show including this well marked and shaped aloe.
Entries in the domestic classes, shown in a smaller hall, were noticeably down this year as two of the usual entrants were absent.
The day passed by all too quickly with the morning spent setting entries out, then judging before lunch. It was open to the public for a couple of hours in the afternoon before the prizes and cups were awarded. By five o’clock there was no sign that the show had been held. It’s all thanks as usual to several dedicated society members headed by show secretary Christine that it’s held at all, and is as good as it is.
Needless to say I hope to be there again next year helping and stewarding, and entering a few classes which may perhaps win me a prize or two.
Have a good week!