MAYOR PRAISES GARDENING WINNERS
A JOURNEY from Dorset to Wokingham proved fruitful for a pair of gardeners: they scooped a host of prizes at a horticultural show on Saturday.
Ruth and Bill Howarth drove over to St Paul’s Parish Rooms in Reading Road so they could be entered into the autumn contest organised by the Wokingham Horticultural Association (WHA).
Their flowers and vegetables were among 300 entries to the popular show, which attracted large crowds to the parish rooms and a prize giving from the borough mayor, Cllr John Kaiser.
In the Young Exhibitor’s section Amelia Lawrence-Perry’s House for a Mouse drew much admiration from the visitors with its attention to detail.
The ‘largest diameter sunflower head’ and ‘a hedgehog made from recycled materials’ were also highly commended by judges.
Dolphin School teacher Sian Moore encouraged her Gardening Club group to plant plastic bottles with ‘prickly’ plants to represent hedgehogs and the sunflowers had to be kept watered during our very hot summer.
Seven-year old Ollie Meade exhibited three different vegetables from the Hawthorns Primary School Gardening Club and won the class with a very well presented yellow squash, a beetroot and a bean.
And the WHA said it was pleased to welcome back Ron Fuller after a 16-year absence. He was showcasing his chrysanthemums. There were also stunning displays of dahlias and other colourful blooms both large (delphiniums) and small (pom pom dahlias).
Cheryl Cook took the Domestic cup for a range of first class entries in the domestic section, the judge awarding a certificate of merit for her delicious apple pie.
New exhibitor Janice Morris took first prize with her pineapple upside-down cake and Marek Lokuciewski’s Parkin cake won in the men’s class.
Mark Brown entered squash and chillies grown on his Ormonde Road allotment in the ‘Best of my Plot’ class and was awarded a certificate of merit.
WHA Chairman Lindsey Payne thanked everyone for their hard work and congratulated all the exhibitors. To a large round of applause, she congratulated the WHA President Jenny Gilbert who has been nominated as one of Wokingham’s Extraordinary Women.
Ms Gilbert had attended a ceremony, reported in last week’s paper, that was held at the Town Hall on Heritage Saturday.
More congratulations were in order for WHA’s team who won the recent Inter-Society Quiz held at Henry Street’s Garden Centre and also reported in last week’s paper by Arborfield Gardeners’ Association.
Borough Mayor Cllr John Kaiser was impressed by both the quality and quantity of exhibits, bearing in mind the recent weather and presented the winners with their cups, medals and certificates in front of a full hall of visitors and exhibitors to the Show. Pictures were taken for the occasion by Dave Rapley and Peter Riddick, members of Wokingham Camera Club. These can be viewed on the WHA’s website.
The WHA will meet up again for the first of the season of winter talks held in the Bradbury Centre, Rose Street at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 9. The speaker, Gill Ferguson, will give an illustrated talk entitled Garden and Plant Photography. Visitors are very welcome at £2 to include tea/coffee and biscuits.
For more details, log on to www.w-h-a.org.uk
Bill Howarth receives some of his cups from mayor Cllr John Kaiser