Impressive number of exhibits at Potters Bar gardening show
PUBLISHED: 13:23 23 September 2017
An impressive array of late summer flowers, floral art and fruit went on display as part of the Potters Bar and District Horticultural Society Autumn Show.
The Autumn Show took place at the Elm Court Community Centre, Mutton Lane, on Saturday, September 16.
A society spokesman said: “Fourteen talented members staged a magnificent total of 164 exhibits, a real achievement after the extremes of weather, with cool nights, strong winds and heavy rain that we have experienced over the past few weeks.
“As part of an impressive and attractive array of late summer flowers, there was a particularly wonderful display of dahlias and chrysanthemums.
“Also to be seen were roses, plants in containers, a wide range of vegetables and fruit, and floral art.
“The entries in the Domestic Classes provided a tempting array of home-made goodies.”
Amongst the many successful exhibitors, the Society’s Chairman, Bryan Stutter, was awarded the Aylett Nurseries Trophy for the best dahlia exhibit, and the Johnson Memorial Trophy for gaining the highest number of points in the Chrysanthemum classes in the Autumn Show.
Richard Gillett won the D. Fitzgibbon Trophy for the best chrysanthemum exhibit and the Harry Botwright Shield for best large tomatoes.
Vice-Chairman Mike Freakes was awarded the Allen Trophy for the highest number of points in the Vegetable Classes in the Summer and Autumn Shows, the Dowdswell Trophy for gaining the highest number of points in the Pot Plant Classes in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows, and the Hart Trophy for gaining the highest overall points in all classes in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows.
Mike also won the Mrs J. Webb Fruit Salver for gaining the highest number of points in Fruit Classes in the Summer and Autumn Shows. In addition, he was awarded the Floral Trophy for gaining the highest number of points in the Flower Classes in the Summer and Autumn Shows.
The Garden News Shield for the best exhibit in the vegetable classes in the Show, and the The Murphy trophy was awarded to Mike for his runner beans.
Marie White won the Floral Vase for gaining the highest number of points in the Decorative Classes in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Another well-deserved winner was Jenny Bertram, who won the Domestic Shield for gaining the highest number of points in the Domestic Classes in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn Shows and the Miss Hart Trophy for gaining the highest overall points in all classes in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows.
The prestigious Banksian Medal, which is awarded to the exhibitor gaining the highest number of points at the Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows in the Horticultural Classes, was awarded to Penny Newland who also received the Bill Ramage Salver for best Fuchsias in both the Summer and Autumn Shows and the Connolly Trophy for the highest number of points in the Dahlia Classes.
The prizes were presented by the Society’s President, Tony Harrison, who was very impressed at the high standard of the show and the quality of the exhibits, given the recent difficult weather.
The show was well-attended and had a lively, friendly atmosphere.
The many visitors were able to both enjoy tea and home-made cake whilst admiring the displays and purchase plants from the plant stall to take home.
The Potters Bar and District Horticultural Society is a friendly, informal society for people who are interested in gardening and gardens.
Meetings are held fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at Elm Court, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, starting at 8pm.
There is a varied programme, with interesting and entertaining speakers giving talks and demonstrations on wide-ranging aspects of horticulture.
Local residents may have visited the Society’s popular stall at the Potters Bar Carnival this year, where there was a wide variety of plants on sale, and ready advice on growing them.
For more information about the society, or a copy of the programme of events, contact the Secretary, Margaret Brand, on 01707 653357. New members and visitors are always made very welcome.