Green-fingered Barbara Kinnear was the first winner of a new trophy at Lurgashall Horticultural Club’s summer show which was donated to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the village hall.
The engraved glass trophy is for the winner of the best flower arrangement and Barbara’s ‘in the potting shed’ was the judge’s clear favourite.
There were more than 300 entries from 40 exhibitors at the show, making a colourful 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 the RHS Banksian medal for all horticultural classes and the coveted President’s Winner’s Shield.
Gary Sharp won best-in-show for his vegetables and was also overall winner of the flowers’ section. In addition he took home the trophy for his deep-red hybrid tea rose.
Best flower exhibit went to the wonderful hydrangeas grown by Karen Bonnett.
Barbara Kinnear continued her winning streak by taking honours in both large flower arrangement classes.
Lynn Hutchinson once again demonstrated her cookery prowess by scooping the trophy for most points in the cookery section overall and Rita Wood won cookery best-in-show for her profiteroles,
Handicraft queen was Christine Boxall who won best in show for her knitted collar shawl.
In the drinks classes, it was congratulations again to Barbara Kinnear for her elderflower cordial, Lin Davis for her sloe gin and John Kinnear for his liqueur which also won best-in-show for homemade drinks.
Susanna Alwen swept the board in the photography classes while a cauliflower sheep grazing in a field of watercress won Charlotte Murray best-in-show for the up-to-six age group in the junior classes.
Izzy Murray’s fun cover design for the show schedule was a deserving best exhibit in the seven-11 age group, as was Laura Corr’s vegetable creature in the 12-16 age group.
For all the results, see this week’s Observer (August 21).