Newcomers make mark at gardeners’ show

Twin Leeks! John Goodall shows off what he hopes will be prize winning vegetables before the start of Saturday's annual South Normanton Gardeners Association show.
Twin Leeks! John Goodall shows off what he hopes will be prize winning vegetables before the start of Saturday's annual South Normanton Gardeners Association show.

Many new exhibitors gave more established members a run for their money with an excellent range of produce at the South Normanton Gardeners Association annual show .

There was a special class this year for Jersey cabbage, sponsored by Alan Brooks, which is a cabbage which grows to well over 5ft in height and is used to make walking sticks. With a forest of these plants this year, show organisers are looking forward to seeing the walking sticks produced next year.

The domestic section, which is always well supported, had the tables bowing under the weight of the number of fruit cakes and other tasty entries.

The handicraft section attained a high standard with some beautiful crossstitch and some very clever knitting.

Refreshments were provided by members who also ran a plant stall and a bottle tombola to raise funds for the association.

At the end of the day the produce was auctioned off by Doug Weller which proved very popular.

Winners of the show were follows:

Trophies

Most points in vegetable section: Kevin Kavaliunas, most points in pot plant section - June Hardy, most points in flower section: Neville Hardy, most points in horticultural sections: Kevin Kavaliunas, most points in domestic section: Maureen Parkin.

Best vegetable in show: John Goodall, best flower exhibit: Barry Wainwright, best flower arrangement: Jean Needham, best exhibit in domestic section: Jean Needham, vest handicraft exhibit: Pauline Gleave.

Results:

Fruit and Vegetables Section

Runner Beans - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas 2. Majorie McHale 3. Audrey Wilding; beetroot - 1. Pauline Holmes 2. Kevin Kavaliunas 3. Pauline Holmes; green cabbage - 1. Pauline Holmes, 2. Audrey Wilding, 3. Audrey Wilding; red cabbage - 1. Doreen Sterland; Jersey cabbage - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas, 2. Kevin Kavaliunas, 3. Pauline Holmes, 4. Pauline Holmes.

Caulflower - 1. John Goodall; long rooted carrots - 1. John Goodall; other carrots - 1. John Goodall, 2. Pauline Holmes, 3. Kevin Kavaliunas; celery - 1. John Goodall; cucumber - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas, 2. Kevin Kavaliunas, 3. Kevin Kavaliunas. Blanched leeks: 1. John Goodall; lettuce with roots - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas, 2. Kevin Kavaliunas, 3. Kevin Kavaliunas; marrow - 1. John Goodall, 2. Audrey Wilding, 3. Audrey Wilding.

Onions under 8oz/225gms each - 1. Pauline Holmes; shallots - 1. John Goodall, 2. Rita Charlesworth; parsnips - 1. John Goodall; potatoes - 1. Nigel Needham, 2. Nigel Needham ; small tomatoes - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas, 2. Nigel Needham, 3. Kevin Kavaliunas; other tomatoes - 1. Isobel Randle, 2. Sue Holmes, 3. Audrey Wilding; a vegetable not shown elsewhere - 1. Pauline Holmes, 2. Audrey Wilding, 3. Audrey Wilding.

Cooking apples - 1. Pauline Goodall, 2. Doreen Sterland, 3. Pauline Goodall; dessert apples - 1. Doreen Sterland, 2. Nigel Needham, 3. Pauline Goodall; pears - 1. Pauline Goodall; fruit not shown elsewhere - 1. Nigel Needham, 2. Audrey Wilding, 3. Helen Walland.

A bunch of three named varieties of fresh herbs - 1. Helen Walland, 2. Alma Bowen, 3. Pauline Gleave; top tray - 1. John Goodall, 2. Pauline Holmes; best vegetable in show - celery, John Goodall.

Pot Plants and Flowers Section

Pot Plant, foliage - 1. June Hardy, 2. June Hardy, 3. Dorothy Fisher; pot plant, flowering - 1. Kevin Kavaliunas, 2. Maureen Parkin, 3. Maureen Parkin; fuchsia, non standard - 1. Nigel Needham, 2. Kevin Kavaliunas, 3. Nigel Needham; pot plant, cactus or succulent - 1. Geoff Charlesworth, 2. June Hardy, 3. Geoff Charlesworth.

Dahlia Giant or large - 1. Neville Hardy; dahlias, pom pom - 1. Barry Wainwright, 2. Neville Hardy; dahlias, medium decorative - 1. Barry Wainwright, 2. Neville Hardy, 3. Neville Hardy; dahlias small decorative - 1. Sheila Gleave, 2. Neville Hardy, 3. Isobel Randle; dahlias, one bloom - 1. Barry Wainwright, 2. Neville Hardy, 3. Isobel Randle; bedding dahlias - 1. Neville Hardy, 2. Neville Hardy, 3. Neville Hardy.

Asters - 1. Nigel Needham, 2. Pauline Holmes, 3. Nigel Needham; sweet peas - 1. Barry Wainwright, 2. Nigel Needham, 3. Kevin Kavaliunas; a single rose - 1. Pauline Gleave, 2. Isobel Randle, 3. Pauline Holmes; one bloom not shown elsewhere - 1. Pauline Holmes, 2. Nigel Needham, 3. June Hardy; six pansy heads - 1. Sue Holmes, 2. June Hardy, 3. Isobel Randle; six fuchsia heads - 1. Sue Holmes, 2. Isobel Randle, 3. Sue Holmes; four clematis flowers - 1. June Hardy, 2. Sheila Gleave, 3. June Hardy; best flower exhibit in show - decorative dahlia, Barry Wainwright; top vase - 1. Pauline Holmes, 2. June Hardy, 3. Joyce Wainwright.

Flower Arrangement Section

A buttonhole - 1. June Hardy, 2. Isobel Randle, 3. Sue Holmes ; a miniature arrangement - 1. Joyce Wainwright, 2. June Hardy, 3. Joyce Wainwright; a table decoration - 1. Jean Needham, 2. Isobel Randle, 3. Joyce Wainwright; flower arrangement based on the theme Autumn Glory - 1. Jean Needham, 2. Isobel Randle; best arrangement in section - flower arrangement based on the theme Autumn Glory - Jean Needham.

Domestic Section

A jar of home made marmalade - 1. Audrey Wilding, 2. Maureen Parkin, 3. Nigel Needham; a jar of home-made jam - 1. Maureen Parkin, 2. Helen Walland, 3. Doreen Sterland; a jar of home made jelly - 1. Doreen Sterland, 2. Pauline Trigg, 3. Maureen Parkin; a jar of home made pickles - 1. Maureen Parkin, 2. Jean Needham; a jar of chutney - 1. Maureen Parkin, 2. Maureen Parkin, 3. Nigel Needham.

A plain Victoria sponge cake - 1. Isobel Randle, 2. Audrey Wilding, 3. Jean Needham; a fruit cake - 1. Audrey Wilding, 2. Maureen Parkin, 3. Eileen Limb; sausage rolls - 1. Majorie McHale, 2. Maureen Parkin, 3. Maureen Riley; small decorated cakes - 1. Maureen Parkin, 2. Maureen Riley, 3. Maureen Parkin.

Fruit pie - 1. Jean Needham, 2. Alma Bowen, 3. Audrey Wilding; fruit scones - 1. Jean Needham, 2. Maureen Riley, 3. Pat Harris; 1lb white tin loaf - 1. Maureen Parkin, 2. Alma Bowen; best exhibit in domestic section - fruit piece, Jean Needham.

Handicrafts

A piece of members own handiwork: 1. Pauline Gleave, 2. Sue Holmes, 3. Denise Higginson

Photography

A photograph with a horticultural theme - 1. Keith Holmes, 2. Keith Holmes, 3. Sheila Gleave; a miniature garden (children’s entry) - 1. Alfie Mountford, 2. Lucy Bridges, 3. Maisy Bridges; a decorated Wellington boot (children’s entry) - 1. Millie Wheeler

Report

Our members really did us proud this year. Despite the late start to the season we had an excellent range of produce with many new exhibitors giving our more established members a run for their money.

We had a special class this year for Jersey Cabbage Sponsored by Alan Brooks – this is a cabbage which grows to well over five feet in height and is used to make walking sticks. We had a veritable forest of these plants this year and look forward to seeing the walking sticks produced next year.

The domestic section, which is always well supported, had the tables bowing under the weight of the number of fruit cakes and other tasty entries.

The handicraft section attained a high standard with some beautiful cross stitch and some very clever knitting.

Refreshments were provided by members who also ran a plant stall and a bottle tombola to raise funds for the Association.

At the end of the day the produce was auctioned off by Doug Weller which proved very popular.