Fernhurst Horticultural Society autumn show

Cup winners
Cup winners

FERNHURST Horticultural Society held their autumn show on one of the hottest days of late summer.

After such a wet start to the year, a splendid effort was made by people producing almost 200 entries on the evening.

A lack of chrysanthemums and dahlias was compensated by the wonderful foliage classes, great array of fuchsia florets and the number of vegetables.

Anne Tonkin won the best in show with a perfect display of foliage, while a surprised chairman, Frances Carver, won the judges’ choice with her fuschia.

Keith Harding won the best entry for the vegetable classes with a basket of five varieties of homegrown produce, beautifully presented. In the children’s classes, India and Eva Webber won their respective age groups with superbly thought up and executed exhibits.

The first presentation of the youth award from Roy Woodward, longtime member and president from 2005-2011, was to Freddie and Wills Kellett for their collection of outdoor vegetables which included courgettes, potatoes, beetroot and beans as well as their diary detailing when they sowed and planted each vegetable.

The cooking section was judged by Maggie Cameron with a particularly good entry of homemade bread.

After the judging the show was opened to the public to view the exhibits and discuss the merits of the produce.

The cups were presented by Frances Carver and Anne Tonkin, with Fiona Davies going home with two trophies.

The next event is a talk on October 3 at 8pm by John Baker on heavenly hostas, where he will also divulge his secret of deterring slugs.