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Colour and quality at Horticulture Society’s 46th Annual Show

An array of colour at the 46th annual show.

An array of colour at the 46th annual show.

The Frome Selwood Horticulture Society Members 46th Annual Show took place at Selwood Academy on Saturday 23rd August, when flowers, vegetables, pot plants, home baking & preserves and photography, all produced by the members, were keenly scrutinised by the expert judges.

Although certificates and trophies are awarded, the competition is first and foremost fun.  New members show alongside those who have been exhibiting for years, and it is this sharing of experience that has proved to be a bedrock of the society.

Sandra Hopkins and Sara Bowley, in particular, deserve mention winning their first cups for, respectively, novice veg class and most points in floral art.

Nationally recognised NAFAS judge Michael Bowyer paid his first visit to the Show as floral art judge.  His comments, along with the kind valediction from Jean Hopegood, headteacher of Selwood Academy, who presented the trophies, was well received by all, and especially by show secretary, Mike Meaden.  He considered this 46th year to have been one of the best with 449 entries staged.  He added his thanks to all the helpers and Show Committee, and to Victoria Turner who arranged the all-important afternoon tea on the stage.

Overall, with the colour of the flowers from asters to zinnias, the quality of the runner beans and radishes, the mouth-watering baking and the eye catching photography, it would be hard to pick a highlight.  However, continuing the well-trodden route after 46 years, points awarded for classes tot up.

David Turner was awarded the Society Shield for most points in show, Ken Cook won the Ralph Showering Memorial Trophy for Best Exhibit in Show with his short carrots, June Needs won most points in home-craft, and a National Vegetable Society Medal was awarded to Richard Robinson for his collection of salad

Thanks, as ever, go to Jean Hopegood for allowing the use of Selwood Academy and, this year, for presenting the trophies.

And as for all those who did not get a certificate?  As Mrs Moores from Bridport said, when giving the August talk on how to prepare vegetables and flowers for showing, “Don’t worry, it is the taking part that counts!”  (But get your entries in on time!!)

The Society always welcomes new members.  Please contact Jane Norris on 0777 620 8531 or visit the website: