Normally this report starts with comments on the weather however it is appropriate to commence with a very big thank you to all the members for their contribution to the success of the Show. There were 32 different exhibitors and 200 exhibits. Some of these exhibitors were new to the Society and for them it was a very new experience but hopefully an enjoyable one. There was a tremendous response to the appeal for plants and produce to sell. The tables were covered with every type of plant (and a few slugs that managed to gate crash!). When the doors were open to the public there was even a queue to get in. Throughout the afternoon the Barn was busy with people admiring the exhibits, buying plants and indulging in the fantastic cakes that had been baked by our members. At this point a big thank you to the refreshment team who worked tirelessly through out the afternoon to satisfy the demand for tea, coffee and cake. The other unsung volunteers are the guardians of the raffle table who do a superb job in making it almost a pleasure to give up your money in aid of the Society.
Now on to the weather and the Show. It is amazing that so much survived the rain and the wind. Saturday was mostly dry although the heavens opened after the Show had finished. There were some beautiful Roses on display and in walking past the exhibits there was a delicate scent that filled that part of the Barn. As the photographs show the general flora was colourful and varied and the pot plants were very impressive. The Handicraft section continues to showcase the incredible talents that can be found amongst our members. The Domestic exhibits all looked very tempting and on at least two occasions I had enquiries as to whether they were for sale.
The only disappointment was the low number of entries for the Floral Art compared with previous shows but hopefully more will be tempted to enter at the next Show. On the other hand the entries for the photographic section was up and the photographic judge was very pleased with the standard. The Cacti and Succulent section saw new members taking part for the first time. This section always generates a lot of interest and this Show was no exception. The weird and wonderful shapes and textures must have caused a lot of the visitors to consider growing and finding out more about these fascinating plants.
Our thanks to Graham Bartram, President of the Ruislip Residents Association, for coming along to present the trophies and certificates after having a tour of the Show.
Finally a big thank you to the committee members for their help on Friday afternoon for setting up and for manning the produce stall throughout the afternoon. It remains to be seen what challenges the weather will have in store for all of our members before the Autumn Show on September 7th. Whatever happens the members of the RCHS will rise to the challenge.