Caol’s gardeners put on bloomin’ marvellous show
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.