Great year for new members
Horticultural society hails best attendance in years for annual autumn event
RUISLIP Central Horticultural Society’s annual Autumn show is being hailed by the organisers for its best attendance in 10 years.
The event, sponsored by estate agents Gibbs Gillespie, was held on Saturday amid initial concerns over rain but in the end the sun came out and set the scene for a “glorious day and a superb show”.
The show attracted more entrants and more entries across most of the categories.
Show manager Patricia Swindells said: “It is always a good sign of the health of the society when new members feel able to enter and, in some cases, win against established contributors.
“One such recent member is Patricia Wright who won the Maurice Osborne Cup for the best exhibit in the Pot Plant Class and Rod Pengelly who won best exhibit for roses as well as the winner of the Founder Cup.”
Judges were impressed with the overall standards with the Dahlias and Roses attracting high praise for the quality of the exhibits.
There was a large selection of fruits and vegetables on display which benefited from the warm spring and wetter summer.
The Handicraft section drew appreciative comments regarding the time and effort that had been put in to the production of all the articles.
Organisers were pleased with the “strange and wonderful” exhibits of cacti and succulents as well as an increase in entries for the floral art section.
Prizes were presented by Graham Goode, a member for 25 years. The event took place at the Great Barn.
n WINNERS: Members of the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society with their Autumn Show trophies. Below, some of the exhibits and displays