Yapton spring show ‘better than expected’

DM1617412a Yapton Cottage Gardeners Society show secretary David Donovan with his first prize winning daffodils
DM1617412a Yapton Cottage Gardeners Society show secretary David Donovan with his first prize winning daffodils
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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society held its spring flower show on a notably chilly day but the competitors’ enthusiasm ensured a successful event was staged in the Village Hall.

The creditable entry figure of 155, helped by some late submissions, was down on 2015 but the 33 show people included three newcomers, and the judging panel likewise included first-time adjudicators.

DM1617394a Debbie Lawrence with her second prize winning exhibit

DM1617394a Debbie Lawrence with her second prize winning exhibit

Show secretary David Donovan said: “The display of daffodils was certainly better than one would have anticipated, given this late spring.

“Surprisingly, hellebore florets floated on water provided a popular class to enter. Among the pot plants were orchids and succulents in flower and five different vegetables were shown from the open garden with nine vases of mixed herbs, concluding the horticultural element.”

Flower arranging attracted five competitors, with the judge praising the level of invention presented.

Cookery produced a good number of entries for most classes and handicrafts formed a small part but organisers were disappointed only one child was present.

DM1617415a Judge Elizabeth Ford and committee member Eva Pendreich

DM1617415a Judge Elizabeth Ford and committee member Eva Pendreich

The most uniformly supported section was photography and, as always, the best images were intriguing and attracted much interest.

About 80 visitors went along, spending freely at stalls like tombola, breads, cakes and preserves, local honey and guess the number of chocolate buttons on a cake.

Mr Donovan added: “Most usefully, there were a number of membership renewals and recruits.”

The three trophies did not change hands from last season.

DM1617393a  Vice chairman Vicky Millis and judge Ellen Stock

DM1617393a Vice chairman Vicky Millis and judge Ellen Stock

Vice-chairman Vicky Millis returned the Harry March Cup to Alastair MacCulloch for most points in the horticultural classes, entirely won with prizes for daffodils.

Show secretary David Donovan kept the Pratt Trophy for cookery, despite stiff competition, and seven-year-old Cerys Hier retained the Junior Spring Cup for her three entries in the children’s section.

First prize winners were: Alastair MacCulloch, Terry Booker, David Donovan, Patricia Dawson, Anne Hollis, Eva Pendreich, John Smith, Graham and Sylvia Ebben, Debbie Lawrence, Diane Booker, Mary Carmel Pardi, Irene Jordan, Malcolm Paradine, Graham Coomber, Joan Jackson, Katharine Horwood, Nora Trigger, Karen Hier, John Knight, Alan Thew and Cerys Hier.

Full results can be viewed at www.yaptongardeners.co.uk

The next competitive event for Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society will be the early summer show in the Village Hall on June 18, featuring roses and sweet peas.

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