●● 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