Caol’s gar­den­ers put on bloomin’ mar­vel­lous show

The Oban Times - - News - KATIE CARABINE fort@oban­

DE­SPITE the re­cent wet weather, there was a fair turnout at the Caol Gar­den­ing Show on Satur­day (Au­gust 13).

The suc­cess was tes­ti­mont to the hard work by or­gan­is­ers Lynne Hunter and Mar­tyn Calam, who an­nounced this would be their last show.

This was the 15th year that the pair have or­gan­ised the event, tak­ing over when the Caol Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety could no longer do it. They an­nounced this would be their last year of or­gan­is­ing the event and that they were ‘tak­ing a back seat’ and look­ing for ‘fresher blood to keep the show go­ing’.

This year’s event saw ex­hibits across a range of cat­e­gory, from flow­ers and veg­eta­bles, to hand­i­crafts and bak­ing. There were also sev­eral classes for chil­dren of all ages to en­ter into.

Lynne Hunter, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the show, said: It’s been an in­ter­est­ing show. There’s been some sur­prises and some not-sur­prises. There’s been some new faces and some not so new.’

Ed­die Hunter, who was back in the area for the week­end, was asked to present the tro­phies and medals. Fay Houghton had a very suc­cess­ful day. She won the Alistair MacMil­lan Shield for most points in the veg­etable sec­tions; the gar­den­ing tro­phy for best flower in show (her Glad­i­oli) and the CSS Tro­phy for most points in the show.

Ms Houghton said: ‘I’m sur- prised we’ve got any­thing at all be­cause the weather has been so bad. I’m de­lighted though, the stan­dard is so high.’

Ruby Clark was a joint win­ner of the Fred White Tro­phy for most points in the chil­dren’s class, along with Ryan Rowsell. She also won the McTav­ish’s Kitchens Crys­tal Bowl for best ex­hibit in show for her bird box.

Vic MacPher­son won The Cabin Gar­den Cen­tre Crys­tal Bowl for most points in classes 4-16 (flow­ers ex­clud­ing roses, dahlias, fus­cias and pot plants). He also took home the Wil­liam Brown Shield for the best leek ex­hibit, the Caol Com­mu­nity Coun­cil tro­phy for best veg­etable and The Caol Gar­den­ing Show Tro­phy for most points in the flower and veg­etable sec­tions.

Lo­gan Spence won the Ben Ne­vis Dis­tillery Quaich for the gi­ant veg­etable sec­tion and the Mrs Cochrane Memo­rial Cup for best rose. He was also the joint win­ner of the Mar­garet Cameron Memo­rial Salver for the most points in the fuch­sia sec­tion along with Lorna Un­goed-Thomas.

Mrs Un­goed-Thomas also won the Gar­den­ing Salver for most points in the plant pot sec­tion and The Ge­orge Watt Cup for the best plant pot ex­hibit. Amanda Spence won the High­land Coun­cil Tro­phy for best ex­hibit in the arts and crafts sec­tion.

She was the joint win­ner of the Gar­den­ing Shield for most points in the pro­duce, pre­serves and bak­ing sec­tion (ex­clud­ing clootie dumpling) along with Gayle Rand, who also won the Ella Laing Cup for the best ex­hibit in that sec­tion and The Caol Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Tro­phy for best in bak­ing.

Mary An­der­son won the Neil Drum­mond Tro­phy for best clootie dumpling.

Mo Ma­son won both the Café Chardon Crys­tal Vase for the most points in the flo­ral art sec­tion and the Prov­i­dent Per­sonal Credit Cup for the best ex­hibit in that sec­tion. Lit­tle Learn­ers Nurs­ery won the Lochy Salver for the school with most points.

Thanks were given to Char­lie Milne who trav­els from Oban each year to help judge the en­tries, Car­ron MacKinnon for run­ning the raf­fle, and of course Lynne Hunter and Mar­tyn Calam for or­gan­is­ing the show.

Ruby Clark won best in show for her bird box, left, and above, All the prize-win­ners with their tro­phies.

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