The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By RACHAEL NOR­WOOD Wok­ing­ham hor­ti­cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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Bill Howarth re­ceives some of his cups from mayor Cllr John Kaiser

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