IN late 1982 a few Lurgashall gardeners got together in the Noah’s Ark pub and decided to form a village Horticultural Club.
The following year they held the first annual show, and last weekend the club celebrated its 30th anniversary in the village hall.
In celebration of this landmark and momentous year, the show kept to tradition and had a pearl theme to mark its 30th year.
There were 321 entries from 40 adults and 16 children, making a colourful and attractive display of vegetables, fruit, pot plants, flowers, flower arrangements, cookery, homemade drinks, handicraft, photography and junior classes.
Club President Laurence Reed once again set a fine example by winning the most points in all vegetable classes, as well as best exhibit for his collection of vegetables.
Scores of people excelled themselves with their award-winning entries, dazzling the crowd with delicious smelling home baking and eye-catching floral displays.
Dahlia classes were hotly contested this year, with Derek Lawson-Hill winning best exhibit and trophy for his delicately mottled specimens, while Tonita Baker, Kate Murray and Diana Read took home other first prizes for their dahlias.
In honour of the show’s anniversary, one of the flower arranging classes was entitled Pearl Anniversary, won by Joyce Wilding for her enchanting display of pearl-white shades. There were eight stunning miniature arrangements in sea shells – all quite delightful, and the winning arrangement was by Caroline Wilding.
Sue Lambot showed that it is possible to make something beautiful out of a discarded off-cut of wood with her painted ‘up-cycled’ entry.
A picture of her pet Labrador won Charlotte Murray best exhibit for the up-to-age-six group in the Junior classes.
Laura Corr’s nodding dog made out of re-cycled materials was a very deserving best exhibit in the 7-11 age group, as was Tom St Johnston’s vegetable creature in the 12-16 age group. Other worthy winners in the Junior classes included Selina Hunter for her vegetable creature and Ben Kinnear for his design for the cover of the show’s schedule.
However, it was 11-year-old Katie Johnson’s fun design which the club will use next year to adorn the cover of the schedule of classes for 2014.
Laura Corr once again won the Junior Shield as overall junior winner with her flower biscuits and a colourful garden in a seed tray.
The RHS Banksian Medal for the winner of the most points in all horticultural classes was awarded to Martin Hutchinson, and the President’s Winner’s Shield for the highest number of points in all adult classes was again awarded to Lin Davis.
For the full list of results, see this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer, out today (Thursday, August 22).