Blooming lovely flower show in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 09:03 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 18 September 2018

Gillian Colkin being presented with the Harry Botwright Trophy for her tomatoes. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

Gillian Colkin being presented with the Harry Botwright Trophy for her tomatoes. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

Potters Bar and District Horticultural Society had a blooming display despite a year of weather extremes.

Single stemmed bicolour dahlia wowing the visitors. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietySingle stemmed bicolour dahlia wowing the visitors. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

The green-fingered enthusiasts held their autumn show on Saturday, September 15 with 170 entries.

Elm Court Community Centre was bedecked with flowers from 17 exhibitors.

Vistors could pick up gardening advice from the plant stalls and enjoy home-made cakes and tea.

With the excessive cold earlier this year and the long dry summer, growers had a challenge on their hands but came up trumps with the colourful displays of dahlias, chrysanthemums and other garden flowers along with potted plants, fruits and vegetables and floral arrangements.

Chairman Bryan Stutter with vice president Janet Towell. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietyChairman Bryan Stutter with vice president Janet Towell. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

The cups and trophies were spread around six members.

Penny Newland won the Aylett Trophy for the best dahlia exhibit, the Connolly Trophy for gaining the most points in the dahlia classes and the Bill Ramage Salver for most points awarded in the fuchsia classes over the summer and autumn shows.

Society chairman Bryan Stutter was awarded the Johnson Memorial Trophy for the most points gained in the chrysanthemum classes and the D. Fitzgibbon Trophy for the best chrysanthemum exhibit.

Marie White won the Miss M. Hart Trophy for the most points gained in all classes over the summer and autumn shows along with the Floral Vase for the most points gained in all the Decorative classes over the year.

Chrysanthemums. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietyChrysanthemums. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

Gillian Colkin won the Harry Botwright trophy for exhibiting four superb tomatoes.

Sue Stutter won the Domestic Shield for gaining the most points over the spring, summer and autumn shows and Mike Freakes won the Banksian Medal for gaining the most points in all classes over the spring, summer and autumn shows.

The prizes were presented by the society’s vice president Janet Towell.

The Potters Bar and District Horticultural Society have informal fortnightly meetings at Elm Court at 8pm on alternate Wednesdays.

Garden flowers display. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietyGarden flowers display. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

The evenings consist of talks, slides and demonstrations on all aspects of horticulture and sometimes subjects of general interest. For more information, or a copy of the programme, contact the secretary, Margaret Brand on 01707 643357.

Marie White being presented with the second of her two trophies by vice president Janet Towell. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietyMarie White being presented with the second of her two trophies by vice president Janet Towell. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

Mike Freakes won the Banksian Medal. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural SocietyMike Freakes won the Banksian Medal. Picture: supplied by Potters Bar Horticultural Society

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