You’ll have a blooming good time at show
SOUTHPORT Chrysanthemum & Gardening Society is promising to put on a great show this weekend.
It will be holding its Summer Flower Show and musical entertainment at the Botanic Gardens in Churchtown on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10.
The show will have displays of single chrysanthemums, large blooms and sprays in wonderful summer shades and focuses on the grand traditional chrysanthemums.
As well as chrysanthemums there will be classes for dahlias, begonias, fuchsias, exotic orchids and cactus from South America.
Due to popular demand the society will have the general flower sections which include roses, gladioli and annuals, not forgetting a very popular feature of the show, vegetables and fruit, which includes the heaviest truss of tomatoes.
There will also be a kitchen garden display of vegetables and fruit.
The floral art section looks set to be a big attraction with themes of Vintage Finds, Forward Thinking, Sewing Bee, Step Into Summer And Stylishly Simple.
This section attracts flower arrangers from the complete novice to the highly competent.
There is also a section for confectionery cooks, with participants vying for the Freda Well Trophy.
Four classes give the cooks a fair choice with these categories: six coconut pyramids, five quiche tartlets, one lemon drizzle cake, six ginger biscuits, one jar of raspberry jam, and five cupcakes.
For those who enjoy arts and crafts there are classes to challenge their creative talents: twigs and flowers, hand made greeting card, bowl of floating flower heads and photograph classes titled wild flowers and picnic time.
Also due to the success of last year, the society have decided to keep the special classes of: a handled basket of chrysanthemums with any foliage and a handled basket of dahlias with any foliage.
These proved to be very popular with one exhibitors.
Also available at the show there will be seasonal pot plants and spring bulbs for sale, and a tombola to amuse both children and adults alike.
Also at the show this year will be live music from 1pm to 4.30pm on both days.
On the Saturday the St Helens Accordion Group, Fisherman’s Friends Jazz Group and the New Dawn Singers will be performing and on Sunday, Tony Huber jazz singer, the Macmillan Singers, Fisherman’s Friends Jazz Group and Thompson Dagnall – an entertainer from Bretherton – will all be performing.
The organisers warmly welcome anyone who thinks they may have a really good specimen in their garden to come and exhibit it – you may even win a trophy.
Entries for exhibition will be accepted on Friday evening (September 8) or on Saturday morning (September 9) before 10.15am.
There will be a chance to win some great prizes in the 2017 Grand Raffle, tickets will be on sale at the show. The draw will take place at 5pm on Sunday after the trophy presentations have been made.
The show will be open to the public on Saturday, 1-5pm and 10am-5pm
Admission is just 50p and children go free.
For further information contact Alan Foxall on 01704 225708. Sunday,
Margaret Latham being presented by chairman Richard Jenkinson with the trophy for her chrysanthemums at last year’s summer flower show
Evelyn Johnson with her stunning floral art display, winning first prize in her class last year with society secretary Alan Foxall