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In Peter’s Garden

(but not all at the same time)

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President’s Message for 2020

It is with some sadness that our Chairman, Matt Nutt, resigned from his post. Family and work commitments had to take precedence. He worked very hard rebranding and promoting the society. However I am delighted that he will stay on as a committee member dealing with social media and the local press and I am very pleased that Ann Furness, our secretary, has agreed to take over the chair. She took charge of organizing several events last year, all of which were very successful, as well as booking our speakers.

It was a funny year weather wise – a lovely spring like period in February when plants decided it was time to start growing and popped their heads above the soil and then a very cold wet spell when they all went back to sleep.
Our two shows were well attended with more new exhibitors, especially in the handicraft classes in which we increased the number of categories.

We had some disappointments. The Bury fete was unnecessarily cancelled. We usually replenish the coffers with the proceeds from the plant stall. I hope this year we will get back on track. The schools potato challenge was successful inasmuch as the children enjoyed growing the potatoes but we were hoping the parents would get involved by attending the Autumn show for the weigh-in and thereby be interested in the society. Unfortunately not one parent turned up. We also expended a considerable time, effort and expense advertising and promoting the society. Sadly this did not lead to an increase in membership which steadily diminishes every year.

We must not be complacent. The average age of our members and committee is rising. If we cannot attract new younger members, I can see that our society will cease to exist within ten years.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who have supported and helped us during the year, and the rest of the committee members who have worked tirelessly to enable us to carry on as a society.

Heather Pinder

December 2019

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Autumn Show 2019


Highest points in floral fruit & vegetable classesBanwell Perpetual Challenge CupJohn Brackley
Junior member best exhibitC E Venning Perpetual Challenge CupCharlotte Sealy
Best fruit exhibitClutterbuck CupPhillip Gibbs
Highest points for dahliasColin Evans CupAlison Sealy
Best pot plantDelderfield Challenge TrophyVic Hind
Highest total points for vegetablesFreeman CupJohn Brackley
Best rose exhibitJ A Venning BowlBrian Christie
Best floral arrangementKendal BowlBrian Christie
Best handicraft exhibitKelsall CupPatricia Hill
Highest total points for floral arranementsKime CupLillian Gowing
Best pelargoniums exhibitMoyle CupTracey Phillipps
Collection of vegetablesObserver CupJohn Brackley
Perennials - best exhibitParsons CupCelia Butterfield
Best photo exhibitPinder TrophyPeter Holden
Highest total points for kitchencraftSpecial TrophyAlison Sealy
Best vegetable exhibitSociety TrophyJohn Brackley
Vase of mixed flowersTurner Perpetual Challenge CupBrian Christie

Basic results for this show are available below:

Basic results Autumn 2019

and for all shows are available in the members’ section.

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2019 Outing to RHS Wisley Garden

In September, the Society arranged an outing to RHS Wisley Garden. This was open to members and non-members.

Wisley is the flagship garden of the RHS and one of the UK’s most visited and best-loved gardens, attracting around one million visitors each year. Some 75 garden staff, 25 students, four apprentices and 100 volunteers help make Wisley an amazing experience for visitors.

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Spring Show 2019

The number of entries for this show was disappointing. The Easter holidays meant that key exhibitors were away which resulted in only 169 entries as opposed to 252 in 2018. Particularly disappointing was the low number of exhibits in the Floral Arrangment classes; three normal arrangements and five miniature arrangements

Award Exhibitor
Daffodils & Tulips Dawe Cup Vic Hind
Floral Arrangements Highest Points Pinney Cup Elaine Howe
Kitchencraft Highest Points Special Trophy Alison Sealy
Handicraft Best exhibit Yvonne Gibson Cup Jo Mander

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Autumn Show 2018

The unusual weather of the past few weeks seriously affected many of the floral classes. There were very few dahlias and the quality was not as we have seen in previous years. The decorative entries were also well down. However, the vegetable, domestic, handicraft and photographic classes came to the rescue.


Dahlias Highest Points Colin Evans Cup Alison Sealy
Vegetables Highest Points Freeman Cup John Brackley
Decorative Classes Highest Points Kime Cup Lillian Gowing
Domestic Classes Highest Points Special Trophy Alison Sealy
Mixed Flowers Vase Turner Perpetual Challenge Cup Martin Gowing
Bowl Of Dahlias Varney Trophy Alison Sealy
Best Dahlia Exhibit National Dahlia Society Silver Medal Alison Sealy
Best Fruit Exhibit Clutterbuck Cup Ursula Fahey
Best Vegetable Exhibit The Society Trophy John Brackley
Best Perennials Parsons Cup Andy Rogers
Junior Members Best Exhibit C E Venning Perpetual Challenge Cup Charlotte Sealy

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Summer Show 2018

Once again the unusual weather has affected the floral entries, particularly the roses. Entries were down in number, although not as badly as in 2013 when the show had only 125 entries from 15 exhibitors. In the end we had 155 entries from 24 exhibitors. This year, due to the failure of the Royal National Rose Society, we were not able to award a medal to Martyn Gowing despite his providing the best rose exhibit.


Roses Highest Points J. A. Venning Bowl Andy Rogers
Sweet Peas Highest Points Steinberg Cup John Brackley
Collection of Vegetables Observer Cup John Brackley
Decorative Classes Highest Points Kelsall Cup Lillian Gowing
Domestic Classes Highest Points Pinder Trophy Natalie Sealy
Best Sweet Pea Exhibit National Sweet Pea Society Medal John Brackley
Best Fruit Exhibit Venning Trophy Alison Sealy
Best Decorative Exhibit Kendall Bowl Mavis Starling
Pelargoniums Best Exhibit Moyle Cup John Brackley

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