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Summer Show Report 2019
A welcome number of visitors came to view the spectacular exhibits on display at Horsham Horticultural Society’s Summer Show, staged on the 3rd August, at North Heath Hall, St Marks Lane, Horsham. Again, another recent record broken this year, as the number of entries exceeded 220 making this year’s show a very special event. For the first time photographic entries were excluded as they are now staged at the Spring Show. The afternoon event was thoroughly enjoyed by members and the public alike. Flowers, fruit and vegetable produce judging was undertaken by Mr Ron Thomas and his wife Brenda. The Domestic & Floral Art Section was judged by Mrs Gill Mansell.
Mrs Margaret Rogers and husband Neville were awarded with the first 5 trophies of the afternoon for their outstanding entries in the Flower, Fruit & Vegetable sections which represented the hard work achieved in growing their produce
. Mr Geoffrey Kirk won a trophy for a magnificent orchid which was deemed Best Exhibit in the Flowers, Fruit and Vegetable category. Vice Chairman Derek Santer was awarded first prize for his large display of Japanese Wineberries an unusual variety of soft fruit which caught the attention of the judge
Other outstanding entries were made by Mrs Sue Hammond, Show Secretary, for her entries in the Domestic Section whilst the Garden News Shield was awarded to Mr Paul Dalby for his entry of potatoes.
Recent new member Mrs Linda Clinton displayed a splendid knitted cardigan for a child, for which she was awarded the Handicrafts Trophy whilst Mrs Diana Hartley’s beautiful rose exhibit earned her the Rose Bowl.
The Chairman set a difficult competition requesting a display using an upcycled container using seeds or plants gained for free! This proved a challenge too far for most members but the entries staged were very inventive with a disused slug pellet container being used, a discarded waste bin and an adapted watering can displaying a magnificent Coleus plant. This was staged by Mr Vic Mansell which won him the Betty Santer Shield and a small gift from the Chairman.
After the trophies had been presented by Society Vice President Mr Derek Santer, all who helped to make the show a success were thanked, the raffle was drawn and the afternoon came to a close.
If you have a love of gardening or gardens you are most welcome to join the Society. Our membership is a modest £15.OO per year or £25.00 for couples at the same address. You may also come along as a visitor for £2 which includes refreshments. We meet from October to April for talks, presentations and advice in the Main Hall at the Brighton Road Baptist Church and have garden visits and outings in the summer. For more details please visit: