The Society’s Summer Show once more proved to be an outstanding success with many visitors attending the 2 days. The Hall looked very impressive and professional thanks to all the hard work from the committee and willing volunteers. There was much for the visitors to see, wonderful flower arrangements, beautiful handicrafts with stitching so fine you wouldn’t believe it was hand stitched.
There was a good array of photographs to look at which must have been a difficult decision for the judge although he was very strict and gave some very useful comments. Moving on from there was the domestic economy with mouthwatering cakes, scones, Viennese fingers, lemon curds, jams and pickles, once again a difficult time for the judge. We then saw all the vegetable classes with the biggest onions, and the largest pumpkin coming in at 45 lbs. All the other vegetables were laid out to perfection, and at the back of the hall were the real masterpieces with artfully displayed trays of perfect carrots, onions etc, upstanding celery and plaited leeks that would have not have disgraced Chelsea Flower Show.
The next tables’ were laid out with different pot plants, succulents and amazing begonias, the other side displayed different vases of flowers , including roses, fuchsias and sweet peas and these were the only flowers to be affected by the extremely hot weather with very few entries. Fuchsias in particular hate the hot weather, and roses and sweet peas had mainly finished their flowering, in a cooler summer things would be quite different, it just proved how much gardeners are governed by the weather. Probably the most stunning displays of all on the back table were the dahlias in all shapes and sizes with many different varieties all vying to be the most perfect.
Visitors also took the opportunity to win some good prizes on the Tombola stand and they were keen to keep coming back for another try. No show would be complete without a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake and this proved very popular. Both visitors and members alike agreed it had been a very successful show.