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Tasty treats were on display at show
2:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
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ORGANISERS of the Ledbury Horticultural Society’s annual show were not expecting a vintage year, but they were pleasantly surprised by the fine displays in the communuty hall.
A wet and cold spring, followed by a heatwave, were not considered optimum growing conditions – but nobody told the flowers and the vegetables.
Society chairman David Chamberlain himself won a prize for the longest bean. But he said: “It was a hard year for growing.
“However, the quality of the show was a good standard.”
Society secretary Les Thick said of the event, which ran alongside the carnival: “We were actually up on exhibitors, from 260 last year to more than 300 this year, and that does not include the children’s classes. And we had new names on the tables, including for the vegetables classes.” Mr Thick was also not expecting a bumper year and turn-out.
He said: “I wasn’t expecting so many exhibitors. It was the really hot weather that affected conditions. But the exhibitors still came.”
One exhibitor was Chris Comer, of Newent, who lifted the cup as the best exhibitor in the vegetable section, with a stunning and wellpresented display.
Mr Comer is on something of a winning streak, but even he found this year tough going.
He said: “I won at Tibberton too, only last week.
“Yes, beans have been difficult this year, and sweet peas too, but you just get on with it.”
The Lawnside Road venue is something of a quieter, contemplative haven on carnival day, Bank Holiday, not that it isn’t busy.
From the time the doors opened at noon, it was a hive of activity as the visitors flocked in to inspect the many fine exhibits.
HORTICULTURAL SHOW WINNERS
- Best Exhibit (Vegetables) Chris Comer
- Points Cup (Vegetables) George Trigg
- Best Exhibit (Pot Plants) Peter Brooks
- Best Exhibit (Flowers) Les Thick
- Winner of the Dahlia class Dave Walker
- Novice Vegetable Class Salters Hill Charity
- Best Exhibit (Children’s class) Ben Clark
- Best Photograph Eva Goodinson
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