Glimpse into gar­den his­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

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. stevens1@bt­in­ter­net.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.

By ASHA ME­HTA asha.me­hta@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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