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●● AN­THONY Nor­man of Con­quest Nurs­eries in Bosley gave a talk to Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety on what he looks for when judg­ing the flower en­tries in lo­cal shows.

He is of­ten cho­sen to be a judge and he brought slides from Bolling­ton, Dis­ley and Con­gle­ton hor­ti­cul­tural shows to ex­plain why some en­tries won prizes and oth­ers did not.

He ex­plained how im­por­tant it was to read en­try forms care­fully to see what was asked for in each en­try. Some­times peo­ple en­tered four blooms in a class when only three were re­quired, or didn’t no­tice if a pot size was given.

He also said no­tice should be taken of last en­try dates and when to drop off and col­lect ex­hibits.

Mr Nor­man said the most im­por­tant thing he looked for when judg­ing was that the flow­ers and leaves were fresh.

White flow­ers are no­to­ri­ous for show­ing signs of dam­age.

He rec­om­mended re­mov­ing a faded leaf or petal be­fore show­ing, if it could be done with­out be­ing no­tice­able.

The next meet­ing of Bolling­ton and Dis­trict Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety is on how to at­tract wildlife to your gar­den, by David Tay­lor.

It is on Oc­to­ber 15 at the Bolling­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 7.30pm. Mem­bers £1.50, non-mem­bers £3.

●● Brenda Bux­ton with An­thony Nor­man at the talk

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