Horticultural society serve up a feast of fare at the show
After months of hard work, green-fingered enthusiasts reaped the rewards of their labours at the well attended prizegiving ceremony at the Isle of Arran Horticultural Show last Wednesday.
Awarding the prizes, as well as the newest cup category, was Gill Gregory, wife of Eric Gregory, a long-standing participant at the show who passed away last November after many years of competing in the vegetable growing sections.
Flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as floral arrangements and produce from entrants’ harvests were displayed in the community theatre, while additional categories such as baking, handcrafts and photography were on display in the cafeteria area.
A popular and fun sec- tion for children also took place in the cafeteria, with more than 21 categories for them to compete in, ranging from floral arrangements to baking and toy-making.
Dominating the vegetable category and winner of five of the six trophies available, John O’Sullivan once again produced a huge variety of exhibits from his garden, many of which are grown to show-standard in one metre long PVC tubes. In the cut flowers category Mairi Turnbull and Malcolm Wheeler vied for the most first places and while Malcolm took the Bank of Scotland Cup for the best sweet peas in the show, Mairi took the Silver Vase for her rose exhibit.
In the pot plant section which filled the entire theatre with a floral aroma, were the liliums of Iain Hendry whose brother Charles won the Roy Ure tray for his fuchsias which were in full and magnificent bloom.
Taking two trophies in the decorative arrangements, including best in section was May Crawford whose ‘Tropical Storm’ and ‘Spice it Up’ arrangements both won first places.
In the baking section, Jo Totty took the Mrs F C Hendersons Trophy for most points in the section thanks to her winning quiches, Coburg cakes and her banana loaf.
This fiercely-contested section saw an entire trestle table filled with a mouth-watering array of offerings including baked goods from Morag Murchie whose name frequently appears in the top three position list.
Best exhibit in the handicraft section was awarded to Deborah Robertson of Shiskine, whose knitting featured prominently in the show, along with Nancy Bremner and Morag Gardner who both exhibited various knitted and crocheted items.
Earning themselves additional pocket money with the prize money awarded in the children’s categories were Olivia and Ava McNeice who won the M F Murchie Cup with their miniature garden, while Darcy Brown took the Jim Cassels most meritorious prize.
At the end of the prizegiving, the raffle was held. Society president John Sillars thanked all of the entrants for the contributions and for the outstanding quality of entries on display.
*Full picture report and results of the show on the following pages.
All of the trophy winners at the Arran Horticultural Society summer show.
Lily Glover took various first place prizesn in the children’s category.