Yapton gardeners display pick of the bunch at summer show

A SUNNY day made for a splendid show in Yapton.

Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society staged their summer show last Saturday.

The high quality seen in the horticultural entries was a testament to the skills shown by the many growers. Most were local but some from as far as Portsmouth showed off their wares.

The three judges had a difficult job picking winners from such fine displays.

Potatoes, tomatoes, fuchsias, begonias and foliage pot plants were all at their best.

But the splendours seen were not just confined to a garden and greenhouse, there was a high level of expertise used in creating flower arrangements and cookery was again well supported, as was the photographic section.

Handicrafts incorporated embroidery, knitting, painting and handwriting, with the schedule also including wine and beer classes and a children’s section.

At 536, the show entry figure was 50 above last year, the number of participants at 58 was almost identical.

Some 280 came to view what was on show during the course of the afternoon.

The outdoor marquee proved popular, with field attractions including classic vehicles and motorcycles, plus other stalls.

Cream teas were also on offer to the peckish which again proved a hit in the hall. A model railway and farm set also drew crowds inside.

At the conclusion of the afternoon’s activities, the trophies were presented by the society’s vice-president Eileen Johnson-Thorne.

Mick Minton garnered an impressive array of awards for bringing excellent vegetables and flowers. He began with the Warmere Cup for the best vegetable exhibit in the members classes, added the V.H Snell Trophy for the best collection of vegetables and grew the best runner beans for the Charles Millyard Trophy.

In the open classes, he provided dahlias for the best cut flower award and took both silver and bronze medals issued by the National Dahlia Society. He then finished the day by receiving the Booth Cup for the most points in the open horticultural sections.

Christine Fry ammassed the most points in the members’ classes for the George Harrison Cup, and grew the best cut flower exhibit for the Stevenson Cup.

Anne Hollis the society’s secretary retained the Tony Butcher Trophy by bringing the best pot plant. While Malcolm Paradine was eligible for the Banksian Medal donated by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The last of the horticultural trophies went to show secretary David Donovan.

In the children’s section six-year-old Maisy Neville took two trophies. While nine-year-olds Amelia Neville and Eloise Horton were also winners, with Olivia Lisle taking the teens trophy.