Green fingered gardeners showcase their efforts
Summer show winners
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
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)