Judges spoiled for choice as 50th show blooms with success
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.
Hermione Farmer won the Children’s Award at this year’s Wick Horticultural Society show. She is pictured with Terry Walton