Green fin­gered gar­den­ers show­case their ef­forts

Sum­mer show win­ners

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD

GAR­DEN­ERS show­cased the fruits of their labours at a hor­ti­cul­tural show, but en­tries had been hit by the long, hot sum­mer.

Mem­bers of the Cal­i­for­nia Gar­den­ers Club gath­ered in the Ratepay­ers Hall in Finchampstead on Sun­day after­noon to com­pete for a range of cups and tro­phies.

Or­gan­is­ers said that it was a suc­cess­ful after­noon de­spite the warm sum­mer in the build-up to the event.

They said: “The very hot weather slightly re­duced the num­ber of veg­eta­bles shown. There were a large num­bers of en­tries, and the flow­ers and pot plants were as spec­tac­u­lar as ever, par­tic­u­larly the dahlias.

“The flo­ral art ex­hibits were highly colour­ful and in­ven­tive, and in the do­mes­tic sec­tion – which was up in num­bers – all the en­tries looked de­li­cious.”

They also praised the imag­i­na­tion and skill of the chil­dren tak­ing part, while a raf­fle and tombola were a hit with vis­i­tors.

Or­gan­is­ers added: “The auc­tion of flow­ers and pro­duce at the end proved very pop­u­lar, with some very spir­ited bid­ding.” Banksian Medal, Classes 1-56 Excl 2,7 & 17: Ann Blake­man

Fleet Cup, Best Veg­etable Ex­hibit: Peter Rad­band Veg­etable Shield, Most Points In Sec­tion: Peter Rad­band Award Of Merit, Best Fruit Ex­hibit: Peter Rad­band Rose Cup, Best

Rose Ex­hibit: Betty Mold

Peggy Lenny Cup, Best Vase Ex­hibit: Ron Fuller

Moyle Sum­mer Cup, Best Dahlias Ex­hibit: Ron Fuller Dahlia Cup, Most Points In Class:

Ian Gil­lott/Mar­garet Finch Chal­lenge Cup, High­est Points In Sec­tion: Mar­garet

Finch Award Of Merit, Best Novice Ex­hibit: Kriss Turner

Les Cor­nish Memo­rial Cup, Best Pot Plant: Stu­art Slo­combe Award Of Merit, Best Fuch­sia Ex­hibit: Stu­art Slo­combe Flo­ral Art Cup, Best Open Ex­hibit: Ann

Blake­man Ray Wells Tro­phy, Best In Young Ex­hibitors Sec: Jemma Price A.M. Chap­man Cup, Best Do­mes­tic Ex­hibit: Hermione Lewis

Do­mes­tic Shield, Most Points In Sec­tion: Chris Spinks

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton

Com­mit­tee mem­bers from the Cal­i­for­nia Gar­den­ers As­so­ci­a­tion with some of the ex­hibits on show at the Cal­i­for­nia Ratepay­ers Hall on Sun­day

Pat Fuller show­cases her 87-year-old fa­ther-in­law’s prize win­ning blooms

Three pelargo­nium heads en­tered by Mar­garet Finch

A truss of toma­toes earnt Peter Turner first prize

Three dahlias from Ian Gil­lott

Stu­art Slo­combe’s or­chid

Chris Spinks made five mac­a­roons. Judges said they had a good crisp tex­ture and a bal­anced co­conut flavour

Kriss Turner’s win­ning squash

Veg­eta­bles grown by Hermione Lewis

A win­ning fuch­sia flo­ret Chris Spinks

Six run­ner beans grown by Kriss Turner

Some of the flo­ral ex­hibits

Ginger bis­cuits from Kather­ine Geedes (9)

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