Glimpse into garden history
THIS delightful photo from the first ever Rose and Sweet Pea Show in 1912 is one of several historical gems to have resurfaced in a new book.
The snapshot from another era was loaned to the editor of ‘Gardening in Deeping St James - The Story So Far’ by a local historian and sheds light on the fashions and hobbies of the time.
It is one of the contributions to appear in the book, edited by Deeping St James councillor Judy Stevens and published by the parish council.
The picture shows visitors to the horticultural extravaganza, which still takes place at the Priory Church in Deeping St James, wearing Victorian dresses and dapper suits topped with boater hats.
It has been released in honour of the town’s first entry into the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition this summer.
The book will be illustrated with vignettes, which will include a floral depiction of local allotments and the Rose and Sweet Pea Show.
There will also be a section on the Rev Adam Budd, who was an incumbent at the Priory Church and gave his name to the plant buddleia.
A flower festival will be open at the Priory Church during the Rose and Sweet Pea Show in the Vicarage Gardens on June 26, between 1.30pm to 4pm. The blooms can be viewed in the church on June 27 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. The winner of the most innovative planting in an unusual container competition will be announced during the Rose and Sweet Pea Show and it has just been revealed that the judge will be Lady Ursula Cholmeley, from Easton Walled Gardens.
Cllr Stevens said: “The book has been edited by me and includes contributions from the local history society, Keith Simpson from Deepings Heritage and an exerpt from The Country Diary of a Deepings Fisherman, which was compiled by the late Jack Geeves.
“It traces the history of the show, which has taken place for over 100 years and features a really wonderful photo kindly leant to us by Dorothea Price from the Deeping St James local history group.”
The book will be available from June 25 and costs £2.99. Contact judy. email@example.com
MEMORy LanE: A scene from the first Rose and Sweet Pea Show in 1912. Picture from Dorothea Price, Deeping St James Local History Group.