Great year for new mem­bers

Hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety hails best at­ten­dance in years for an­nual au­tumn event

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

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

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