Historic day for Fernhurst Horticultural Society

In an historic moment for Fernhurst Horticultural Society, Elizabeth Tyler swept the board at the spring show on Saturday.

Monday, 11th April 2016, 12:09 pm
Updated Monday, 11th April 2016, 12:12 pm
Cup winner Rosemary Walker, president Anne Tonkin and multi cup winner Elizabeth Tyler

She was awarded cups for the most points in the horticultural division, best shrub, best spring bulb exhibit, best spring flowers and even the best photograph.

As she was asked to stay standing by president Anne Tonkin during the award ceremony, Elizabeth grew both more delighted and more embarrassed with each presentation.

Anne said she had never known it happen before.

Pauline Colcutt by one of the many daffodil classes

Despite the weather coming up to the show being damaging to plants, the standard was very high and the number of entries were up, as was the number of entrants.

There were eight different classes for daffodils, attracting every size and colour. The tulips opened in the heat of the hall but still looked perfect, ornamental foliage varied from assorted pittosporum, formia and acuba to variegated holly and fir, and the flowering shrubs included camellia, forsythia, heather, rosemary and azalea.

Blooms of hellebores showed how many variations there were, with no two entries the same, and the colours of the camellia flowers were the brightest of the day.

The categories for photographs proved popular, with 13 entries in the Cl0se Up class, mainly of flowers, and a dozen in the atmospheric Dusk/Dawn class.

Angela Parrott and the camellia flowers

The change of day and time from an evening to a Saturday proved popular and the delicious range of cakes available for tea proved one good reason to repeat the experiment.

Lenka Van Der Vault won the trophy for best handicraft exhibit and Rosemary Walker was awarded the Floral Cup for the best pot plant exhibit. Lili Ann White was the runner-up for most points in the horticultural division.

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President Anne Tonkin with the flowering shrub class

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Pauline Colcutt by one of the many daffodil classes

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Angela Parrott and the camellia flowers
President Anne Tonkin with the flowering shrub class