HALSTOCK GARDENING CLUB
2017 Show report.
The Annual Show and Fete was held on the 26th August, it was a beautiful sunny day.
The entries in the fruit, vegetable and flower sections were excellent, reflecting a good growing season. We had a new flower judge this year, Neil Lovesey, from Picket Lane Nurseries. He was impressed by the entries and said it was one of the better Shows he had attended this year.
In the Homecraft section the bakers kept Judge Suzanne Roriston hard at work with 9 entries for ‘A cake with a vegetable ingredient’ class, followed by 5 entries in the ‘Fruit loaf class’. She finished her tour-de-force by awarding first prize to the sloe gin in the homemade tipple class.
Floral art entries were of the usual high standard, but few in number.
The handicraft entries were very disappointing, although we had some interesting entries from two talented youngsters, Charlie (11yrs) and George Green (14 yrs) who achieved joint third place with their wrought iron items. We could do with more like them.
The children's entries were of a high standard. The Halstock School Cup was won by probably our youngest ever cup winner, 5 year old Lucas Lewis. Edward Coleberd maintained the family tradition by winning the Lauder Challenge Cup for 8 - 14yr olds.
The photography competition was well supported especially by two entrants who put forward the maximum of 10 photos.
We had some novelty classes this year, a prize of a dispenser of herbicide was presented to the winner of "the tallest weed in my garden". The weigh-in to see who could grow the most potatoes from one tuber, in a 10L container, took place on the plant stall. There was some friendly rivalry, with a crop of 4lb 8oz (grown by the Chairman) winning the competition.
The finale was the Auction of produce, everyone had some fun, to round off an enjoyable day.
Ian McNab. Show Secretary.
February 20. 7.30 VH David Usher: The Restoration of Hestercombe Gardens with ref. to Gertrude Jekyll
March 20 6.45 for 7.00 Discount Visit to Castle Gardens Sherborne
April 24; 7.30 VH Alternative Plants in Alternative Places
May 15: 7.30 VH David Hitchcock Fifty Years of Flower shows, and some funny things that have happened
June 3 Coach Trip to Dunster Castle (Includes Melbury Osmond Garden Club)
July 3 (TBA own transport trip)
July 31 Tea party at Foxhill
August 26 Flower Show
September 18 7.30 VH Lady Skelmersdale 'Where Did Your Garden Grow?"
October 16 7.30 The Making of Burrow Farm Gardens a talk by Mary Benger
November 20 7.30 VH AGM with Quiz