A gar­den­ers’ dream

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The Ar­ran Com­mu­nity Theatre in Lam­lash was trans­ferred into a gar­den­ers’ dream last Wed­nes­day with flow­er­ing blooms and prize veg­eta­bles form­ing an im­pres­sive dis­play mak­ing up the Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety Sum­mer Show.

Spread out across a sea of green ta­bles, there were a healthy num­ber of en­tries in each of the 10 cat­e­gories, rang­ing from cut flow­ers, pot plants, dec­o­ra­tive ar­range­ments to veg­eta­bles.

Spilling out into the cafe­te­ria area, cat­e­gories ranged even fur­ther from bak­ing, home pro­duce, to knit­ting and pho­tog­ra­phy. This area also housed the most en­tered cat­e­gory – the chil­dren’s sec­tion – which en­com­passed ev­ery­thing from flower ar­range­ments to draw­ing, hand­craft and minia­ture gar­den cre­ation. With nom­i­nal prize money for the first, sec­ond and third place win­ners, each of the 21 classes re­ceived numer­ous in­ven­tive and re­mark­ably di­verse en­tries.

A cut above the rest, pro­lific golfer and gar­dener John O’Sul­li­van once again dom­i­nated the veg­etable cat­e­gory with numer­ous first, sec­ond and third place win­ners, earn­ing him­self the Orr Watt Cup for most points in sec­tion and his most de­sired tro­phy, the Eric Gre­gory Cup, named after his long-time com­peti­tor and well-re­spected friend.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent John Sil­lars said: ‘Thank you once again to all of the con­trib­u­tors and vis­i­tors at this year’s sum­mer show. The Beast from the East, weather con­di­tions and lat­terly the ex­tended pe­riod of hot weather has seen a drop in the num­ber of cut flower en­tries this year but it has boosted the pot plant sec­tions. The chil­dren’s cat­e­gory con­tin­ues to re­ceive a huge amount of en­tries and, de­spite the chal­leng­ing weather, the quan­tity and qual­ity across all cat­e­gories has re­mained con­sis­tently high.’

Fol­low­ing the show a prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony was held with more than 15 tro­phies awarded to win­ning ex­hibitors for best ex­hibits and cat­e­gory win­ners.

The Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety hosts two shows ev­ery year, the sum­mer show at the Com­mu­nity Theatre in Lam­lash and the spring show in Brod­ick Hall, both highly an­tic­i­pated and firm fix­tures in the di­aries of gar­den­ers, bak­ers and chil­dren look­ing to boost their fi­nances.

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All of the tro­phy win­ners at the 2018 Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety Sum­mer Show.

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With a nat­u­ral flair with flow­ers, May Craw­ford ex­hib­ited her best in class wicker bas­ket of cut flow­ers.

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