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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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Spring Show 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at the number of entries for this show considering the weather that we have had. Both the number of entries and the number of exhibitors were slightly up on the corresponding show in 2017, with 252 entries from 33 exhibitors.


Daffodils & Tulips Highest Points Dawe Cup Andy Rogers
Decorative Classes Highest Points Pinney Cup Lillian Gowing
Domestic Classes Highest Points Special Trophy Alison Sealy
Floral Arrangement by a Novice Member Venning Bowl Alison Sealy
Handicraft Classes – Best Exhibit Yvonne Gibson Cup Margaret Brady

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President’s message for 2019

After being a member of the society for nearly 40 years it was a great honour to be elected your president at the AGM.

Past presidents have always mentioned the weather in the previous year. I will do so briefly.
A very cold start to the year meant everything was late coming back to life, however mother nature is very resilient and with a little help not much damage was done. Then because the summer was long and hot, the importance of water conservation was vital to keep our plants alive.

As some of you are aware, over the last two or three years our society has struggled to survive, due to lack of interest and support. We have been thrown a lifeline by  Matt, our new chairman, who has come up with some very innovative ideas to try and get young  families involved. We are going to try and organize events to appeal to young people. Thanks to Matt there is a much greater presence on social media which we hope will encourage the younger generation. However I can assure our long standing members that they will not be forgotten. We will continue to hold our monthly meetings to introduce interesting speakers with a good range of subjects. We have also extended our classes in our two remaining shows to appeal to other interests apart from gardening.

Please understand, though, our 83 year old society is still not out of the woods. We now only have nine committee members to organize our events. We desperately need more help and support to enable the Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society to be a part of the local community.

Heather Pinder

December 2018

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