A MARROW weighing 11lb was the star entry at the 20th annual Goring Greenfingers summer show.
The giant vegetable, which won first prize in the heaviest marrow category, was grown by show founder Christie Leary and she believes that it set a record.
Mrs Leary, who grew the marrow in the garden of her home in Spring Hill Road, Goring, said: “I think it’s one of the biggest we’ve had. I had to weigh it on my bathroom scales but it’s about 11lb.
“It only took about two weeks to grow — you could almost see it getting bigger overnight.”
Mrs Leary, who founded the show 20 years ago, added: “I’ve entered every year, although this time I didn’t enter as much as I wanted to in order to give other people a chance.”
There were more than 175 entries in 64 classes at this year’s show, which was held at the village hall.
However, entries were down after the warm weather caused a lot of produce to grow too quickly. Six categories had no entries at all.
Jo Nicolson, of Lycroft Close, Goring, won first prize for her onions, which were also named best vegetables in show.
She said: “I’ve been entering for the last three or four years and I’ve won a few things. This year I’ve won with my chillis and onions and I’ve been encouraging lots of people to enter as many classes as possible.
“I grew the onions at my allotment in Streatley — the soil down there is very good.” Mrs Nicolson, the club’s publicity officer, also entered a chocolate cake in the baking competition — despite it missing a chunk.
She said: “While I was at the hall setting up my husband Andy took a big slice of the cake. I still entered it and had to try to hide the gap.
“Andy did say it was very nice but I told him off and he was banished to the football for the day!”
Club secretary Alexandra Buhagiar, from Whitchurch, won first prize in the dish of seven plums category.
“It’s very nice to win a rosette,” she said. “I’m relatively new to the club but I always try to enter something each year. I grow everything in my garden.”
The show, which also featured a tombola and refreshments, attracted 120 visitors.
Show secretary David Woodage said: “It was a very friendly show and all our members pulled together and helped us stage it. There were people coming in all afternoon so we are very pleased.
“The judges told us in the weeks leading up to the show it had been too hot in the day and sometimes too cold at night so we had things like runner beans curling up rather than growing straight. However, the standard was almost as good as usual despite all this.”
Greenfingers was founded 23 years ago as a gardening club for Goring residents. The first summer show was held three years later and now draws hundreds of entries from local gardeners.
The winners were as follows:
Special class A, Top Vase Cup — David Woodage
Special class B, Top Tray Cup — David Woodage
Flower Section Challenge Cup (most points in this section) — Margaret King
Silver Threads Cup (best hanging basket) — Margaret King
Goring Mill Gallery Cup (best patio container) — Ros Ainsley
Fruit and Vegetable Sections Challenge Cup — Christie Leary
Flower Arranging Section Challenge Cup — Jacqueline Wilkins
Cookery Section Davis Challenge Cup — Margaret King
Photography Section, Goring Horticultural Society Plaque — Jim Thomas
Derek & Christie Entertainers Cup (most points in the show) — Margaret King
Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal (most points in horticultural sections) — Jo Nicolson
Captain Miller Cup (best exhibit in show) — Margaret King
Best flowers in show — Margaret King
Best fruit in show — Jim Thomas
Best vegetables in show — Jo Nicholson
Best flower arrangement in show — Jacqueline Wilkins
Best cookery in show — Margaret King
Best photograph in show — Jeanne Davis
Dahlias, cactus or semi-cactus, three blooms — David Woodage
Dahlias, other than cactus or semi-cactus, three blooms — Rodney Davis
Dahlia, one specimen bloom — Margaret King
Pelargonium, any variety — Rodney Davis
Foliage plant in a pot — Alexandra Buhagiar
Fuchsia, one bush in a pot — Phil Robson
Orchid, one plant — Margaret King
Plant in flower — Jo Nicolson
One rose, specimen bloom — Phil Robson
Roses, cycle of three stages — Jenny Emerton
Gladiolus, one specimen bloom — Jim Thomas
Flower, single stem — Margaret King
Blooms, five of any variety — Margaret King
Cactus — Christie Leary
Succulent — Jenny Emerton
Hanging basket, one plant variety, max 12in diameter — Jeanne Davis
Hanging basket, mixture of plants — Margaret King (best exhibit in show)
Patio container, one variety of plant — Ros Ainsley
Vase of mixed flowers and foliage — Ros Ainsley
Dish of three apples (best fruit in the show) — Jim Thomas
Dish of soft fruit — Stephanie Bridle
Dish of seven plums — Alexandra Buhagiar
Dish of any other fruit, seven damsons — David Woodage
Potatoes, five of any white variety — Christie Leary
Potatoes, five of any coloured variety — Jo Nicolson
Onions, three, 250 grams or under, any one variety — Jo Nicolson (best vegetables in show)
Shallots, seven of any one variety — Jo Nicolson
Runner beans — Rodney Davis
French beans — Margaret Robson
Carrots (2nd prize only awarded) — David Woodage
Rhubarb — Jeanne Davis
Beetroot — Christie Leary
Courgettes — Margaret Robson
Cucumber — Stephanie Bridle
Squash — Jim Thomas
Tomatoes, cherry — Jo Nicolson
Tomatoes, other than cherry — Christie Leary
Tomatoes, one ripening truss — Jim Thomas
Heaviest marrow — Christie Leary
Longest runner bean — Christie Leary
Peppers — Jo Nicolson
Any other vegetable not included in the above — David Woodage (three leeks)
Vase of mixed herbs — Margaret King
Trug or other container of garden produce as gathered — Jo Nicolson
A flower arrangement in a tea cup or egg cup — Jacqueline Wilkins
A table centre arrangement of flowers and foliage (max height 30cm) — Jacqueline Wilkins
Jar of strawberry jam — Margaret King
Jar of lime curd — Patricia Woodage
Jar of courgette relish — Margaret King
Six shortbread fingers — Margaret King
A milk chocolate cake — Margaret King (best cookery in show)
A small loaf of white bread — Jeanne Davis
Six savoury scones — Margaret Robson
Six fruit cookies — Margaret King
The Thames at Goring and Streatley — Jeanne Davis (best photograph in show)
The Colour Red in Nature — Jim Thomas
Spring Has Sprung — Jim Thomas