Judges spoiled for choice as 50th show blooms with suc­cess

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

WICK Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety cel­e­brated its 50th An­nual Open Veg­etable and Flower Show ear­lier this month.

It was a tough year for grow­ers, firstly with the “Beast from the East” bring­ing more snow than the Vale has seen in many years and then the pro­longed spell of un­bro­ken sun­shine that left our gar­dens parched and gar­den­ers pray­ing for rain.

As a re­sult, there was a no­table ab­sence of some veg­eta­bles, fruit and flow­ers which had all fin­ished early this year.

Con­versely there was a sur­feit of green­house crops, run­ner beans, beet­roots and ap­ples, with these cat­e­gories very well rep­re­sented. There was even a gi­ant pump­kin that scooped first prize in the “other veg­eta­bles” cat­e­gory.

For­tu­nately, the bak­ing and chil­dren’s craft sec­tions were un­af­fected by the weather and the judges were spoiled for choice with some very high­qual­ity en­tries.

The bak­ing ta­bles were weighed down with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of bara briths, sponges, Welsh cakes and scones, while the pre­serves sec­tion was also well rep­re­sented with jams, mar­malades and chut­neys.

It was pleas­ing to see so many imag­i­na­tive en­tries in the chil­dren’s sec­tion, es­pe­cially so close to the be­gin­ning of the new school term.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hermione Farmer for win­ning the Chil­dren’s Award with some su­perb en­tries. The win­ner of Best in Show was Sally Fowler.

Spe­cial guest Terry Wal­ton in­tro­duced the show and pre­sented the win­ners’ cups, as well as tak­ing part in an im­promptu ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion where he kindly gave some top tips for grow­ing veg­eta­bles and keep­ing the pests at bay.

The com­mit­tee would like to thank the judges: Leigh Watkins (veg­eta­bles and fruit), Anne Evans (flo­ral and chil­dren’s), Mau­reen Griffin (flow­ers) and Kath Mepham (bak­ing and pre­serves), and every­one who gave their time to make this a suc­cess­ful event.

PIC­TURES: MIKE RHODES

Hermione Farmer won the Chil­dren’s Award at this year’s Wick Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety show. She is pic­tured with Terry Wal­ton

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