The Summer Show was dedicated to the memory of Nigel Thornton a long standing and valued member of the Society. He was an enthusiastic gardener and loyal supporter of the RCHS. Avril, his wife, presented the trophies and certificates to the winners of the various categories.
Once again another successful Show. Many thanks to the committee and members of the RCHS who put so much effort in to the event. The weather played its part with no sign of the showers that were supposed to arrive during the afternoon. Despite the competition from other shows, that were taking place at the same time, the RCHS show attracted a large number of visitors. Even with having put on extra tables for the refreshments every seat was taken perhaps a sign of the excellent reputation that the home baked cakes have achieved.
The Great Barn was filled with the delicate aroma of roses and the colours were amazing. The standard of the exhibits was exceptionally high and certainly highlighted the care and attention that had been lavished
on them during the past few months.
Cacti and Succulents are now “the fashion icons” of the plant world. They certainly got a lot of attention at the RHS show at Chelsea and the RCHS Show in the Great Barn was no exception. As usual the display drew a lot of comment and interest and the stall selling cacti and succulents did a roaring trade. So 10 to 15 years from now there should be even more exhibits in this section!
The General Floral section provided an interesting mix of colour and scent as the contents of the RCHS members gardens were revealed. The pot plants were magnificent and there will come a time when the tables will need to be re-enforced to support the weight of the patio containers!
It was disappointing to see only a few Floral Art entries but hopefully more members can be encouraged to try their hands at this art form. There were some very interesting takes on the topics chosen and the Floral Art judge was very encouraging with her comments and hints on how to improve for the next show.
The photography section is growing in numbers of exhibits and again there were very unusual interpretation of the topics. Once again the judge gave very detailed feedback that will help all the exhibitors for the next show.
It is always amazing to see the quality of the handicrafts that are displayed. The range is wide from paintings to a teddy bear to an incredible model made from a variety of wooden sticks that took 2 years to finish. The talent that exists within the Society is truly staggering.
The Domestic section demonstrated that the interest in baking is still strong and all the exhibits looked very tempting.
The society was able to run a stall selling plants and hand made shopping bags thanks to the generosity of our members and the profit will go to the society. The raffle was also a success and with the refreshment stall always provides a very welcome profit for the Society. Many thanks to our volunteers who give up their time.
Please below the full list of prize winners