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Great Turnout of All Ages at Gardeners' Show

Tuesday 7 September 2010, 12:48
By John Baxter

Jessica and Hayley BrewerThe Wincanton and District Gardeners' Association Annual Show in the Memorial Hall.

Always one of the highlights of the Wincanton year, this occasion brings together a wonderful assortment of local people, both those who have lived here for most of their lives and those who have settled more recently. Growing flowers, fruit and vegetables in your garden or allotment and going to meetings to discuss how to do this better is a great way to get to know people and get known in the town.

The show displays flowers, vegetables, produce and craft. This means there is something for everyone, women, men, children and families. What is more there are so many prizes to be won and trophies to carry off that many are able to finish the day proud of their achievements - thanks to the work of the judges.

KA student Jessica Brewer with her mother Hayley and her prize-winning Anglo-Saxon House.

What makes it all such fun is the range of skills on show be it for what has been grown, made, arranged or produced. It could be a monstrous prize leek, a stunning gladioli, a pot of apricot jam, a bottle of plum wine, a rich chocolate cake, a selection of onions or potatoes, a beautifully dressed doll or a landscape painting of a local view.

One of the nicest things about the whole occasion is the number of children and young people involved who have worked to make models, bake cakes or grow plants, with or proudly without the help of their parents.

I hope the photos that follow capture something of the atmosphere of the day.

Article and Photos by John Baxter


Andrew King with his prize-winning vegetables
Andrew King with his prize-winning vegetables

Bethany Alway with mother Sam and her prize-winning chocolate crispy curls
Bethany Alway with mother Sam and her prize-winning chocolate crispy curls

Callum Alway with father Peter and his prize-winning "Desert Ruins."
Callum Alway with father Peter and his prize-winning "Desert Ruins."

Chairman Phil Rodgers with his award winning wines
Chairman Phil Rodgers with his award winning wines

Show Co-ordinator Marcus Giles, Association Secretary Jane Finley and President Sylvia Pleasance admire the gladioli.
Show Co-ordinator Marcus Giles, Association Secretary Jane Finley and President Sylvia Pleasants admire the gladioli.

 

Tony Morgan with his Prize-winning gladioli
Tony Morgan with his Prize-winning gladioli

Daisy Legg with her prize-winning Bunny Tube Table Top Tidy
Daisy Legg with her prize-winning Bunny Tube Table Top Tidy

Harry Legg with father Martin and his Prize Winning chilli peppers
Harry Legg with father Martin and his Prize Winning chilli peppers.

Everyon was very pleased to see and meet the new Headteacher of Wincanton Primary School Graeme Wilson and his wife Cat seen here admiring work by Wincanton Primary pupils.
Everyone was very pleased to see and meet the new
Headteacher of Wincanton Primary School Graeme Wilson and his wife Cat
seen here admiring work by Wincanton Primary pupils.

An impressive artistic arrangement of leeks. These came second in the face of...
An impressive artistic arrangement of leeks. These came second in the face of...

Terry Mole's giant prize winners which left everyone awed!
Terry Mole's giant prize winners which left everyone awed!

While Marcus Giles got carried away and miscounted his veg so this splendid tray was disqualified. No matter he still won the trophy for the highest overall score for his entries.
Marcus Giles got carried away and miscounted his veg so this splendid tray was disqualified.
No matter he still won the trophy for the highest overall score for his entries.

We should not forget the ladies who sold raffle tickets or those busy in the kitchen providing cream teas.
We should not forget the ladies who sold raffle tickets or those busy in the kitchen providing cream teas.

And here are lists of the prize-winners
Lists of the prize-winners

Certificates




Comments

johnsmith
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Well done all.
Reply #1 on : Wed September 08, 2010, 10:36:56
Growing up in Scotland my father was a foreman in a small nursery growing flowers and vegitable for the Glasgow markets.

Even before going to primary school I would spend my free time helping him in the nursery. His passion was, and still is growing flowers for exhibition. In those days Chrysanthimums were the choice flower for exhibition, and my father and his friends were known as experts in their field.

I spent many a day with my dad arriving at unearthly hours when most were still asleep, at flower shows to help set up the blooms in their particular place. Even as a primary school child I remember being taught, and helping dad to dress blooms using cotton buds. re-shaping wayward chrysanth petals so that the end result was the perfect in-curve.

Our house was always full of trophies, and the best year of all was when dad, uncle Tom Fraser (Minister of Transport for Harold Wilson), and their friend Eric, won the Scottish championship in Edinburgh for the third year on the trott.

Imagine the fun in taking two, and sometimes three sets of blooms to various flower shows in the back seat of a "Baby Austin of England". I kid you not. I still don't know how they did it.

I do remember sitting on dad's knee and encouraging uncle Tom to get more petrol because the guage was less than half full. In those days I believed that as the tank emptied, the car slowed down.

Boy. Hasn't time changed everything. My dad had a major stroke some years ago, and now has to have visits from a carer to make sure he is OK every day. But, and this is a big BUT! Dad's passion for growihg flowers has never diminished. He changed from Chrysanths to begonnias, and he now has two large greenhouses that in the summer months explode with blooms of all colours and most of them 8 to 10" plus diameter. He still cross pollenates for new varaieties. This passion for flowers gives him a clear purpose,even when life is getting tough for him. He is amazing.

He doesn't exhibit now because he can't drive. However the Begonnia Society come to him and his mates every year to collect blooms to make up the Society exhibit at the British Championships at Ayr, and they usually win Gold or Silver awards.

The sad part in all of this is that I am a useless gardiner. I struggle beyond mowing the lawn.

So, to all you gardiners, please, please encourage your children to take it up. It is a great and very constructive way to teach kids good strong values, and along the way we may even see a reduction in vandalism to floral displays in our community because they appreciate what has gone into them more.

Keep up the great work you gardiners.

PS.
Why don't you gardiners take pictures and send them to The Window. I am sure that you all have amazing images to share, and I expect some hilarious images with stories behind them. Share the good times with all the people who visit The Window. Every month The Window gets more than 2000 hits. Share your good times and cheer up lots of people.
SamL24
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My Family is Great
Reply #2 on : Wed September 22, 2010, 16:12:50
Just thought I had to add that my Dad (Marcus Giles), my mum (Maggie Giles) and my sister (Kate Kirkpatrick) were all winners this year. I took some pics but was too late to submit them!

Can any other local family beat having three prize-winning members for next year????


Sam
(Giles daughter number two and least green-fingered!)

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