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Saturday, 24 July 2021
RODNEY DAVIS won the most accolades at this year’s Goring Village Greenfingers summer show.
The 78-year-old, whose wife Jeanne is a founder member of the gardening club, took home five of the 17 trophies and certificates that were up for grabs as well as winning 11 of the event’s 63 classes.
He won the top vase cup and Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal for most points in the horticultural section as well as the cups for best hanging basket and most points both in the flower section and the show overall.
Mr Davis also won in eight floral classes including the single and mixed variety hanging baskets, two vegetable classes and once in the cookery section for his four shortbread squares.
He said he could not have won them without help from his wife, who decided to sit this year out after winning eight of the main awards and 13 classes at the previous summer show.
In 2012 the couple, who used to live in the village but have since moved to Preston Crowmarsh, took home more than half of all available prizes and last year they won more than a third. At least one of them has entered every show since it was launched more than 20 years ago.
Mr Davis said: “I was very pleased with the result as growing was quite a struggle this year due to the weather. It was very hot and I was having to water the garden every day but it’s not the same as having rain, which plants prefer.
“I think there was a pretty good standard of entries all round. In view of the weather, everyone had really put themselves out to produce some impressive specimens and it was very well attended considering that it’s a local members’ show.
“I must also thank Jeanne, who stepped back this year but helped a great deal and still deserves a lot of the credit.”
There were about 180 entries at this year’s show, which took place at Goring village hall on Saturday, and this was an increase on last year’s figure of 168. The number of entrants also increased from 17 to 20.
The winners included new club members Andrea Cooper, who was joint winner of the Flower Arranging Challenge Cup and also won the table centrepiece category while Brenda Pont came first in one of the fruit classes.
Jeremy Hutchins won two of the three photography classes with images of the RHS Rosemoor garden in Devon and a pelican in Charleston, USA. He won the overall trophy for the section.
The 71-year-old, of Pennypiece, Goring, said: “We always enter but this is the first time I’ve entered photographs. I enjoy coming to the show and it’s not the winning but the participating.”
The show’s chairman David Woodage, of Elvendon Road in Goring, won a certificate for best vegetables in show with his five potatoes and came top in eight classes overall. Another strong entrant was Christie Leary, who won the Fruit and Vegetables Challenge Cup and a further seven classes.
Members of the public could inspect the entries, purchase plants and enjoy refreshments organised by the club’s treasurer Val Calladine, who also won the cup for best patio container, certificate for best flowers and two floral classes.
Mr Woodage said: “It was very good considering that it was a dreadful year for gardening. It’s been a particularly poor year for flowers. You can use the hosepipe on them but they just don’t take it up as well as they do in the rain.
“However, we had more entries than expected and it’s always encouraging to see new faces taking part and winning. We had a constant stream of people coming in and the plant stall did well so it was very much a success.”
The full results are as follows:
Trophies and medals
Special Class A, Top Vase Cup — Rodney Davis
Special Class B, Top Tray Cup — Jim Thomas
Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal for most points in horticultural sections — Rodney Davis
Derek and Christie Entertainers Cup for most points in show — Rodney Davis
Flower Section Challenge Cup for most points — Rodney Davis
Silver Threads Cup for best hanging basket — Rodney Davis
Goring Mill Gallery Cup for best patio container — Val Calladine
Fruit and Vegetables Challenge Cup — Christie Leary
Flower Arranging Challenge Cup — Andrea Cooper and Christine Knox (tied)
Davis Challenge Cup for cookery — Patricia Woodage
Goring Horticultural Society Plaque for photography — Jeremy Hutchins
Best flowers in show — Val Calladine (patio fuchsia)
Best fruit in show — Sally Alder (four apples)
Best vegetables in show — David Woodage (five potatoes)
Best flower arrangement in show — Christine Knox
Best cookery in show — Sally Alder (fruit cake)
Best photograph in show — Keith Riley
Class winners: flowers
Three dahlias, cactus or semi-cactus — David Woodage
Three dahlias other than cactus, semi cactus or pompon — David Woodage (2nd only)
One dahlia, any variety — Rodney Davis
Pelargonium, three heads — Rodney Davis
Foliage plant in a pot — Rodney Davis
Fuchsia in pot — Jim Thomas
Orchid in pot — Jim Thomas
Plant in pot — David Woodage
One rose — Christie Leary
Roses, cycle of three stages — Jeremy Hutchins
One gladiolus — Rodney Davis
Single-stem flower — Rodney Davis
Cactus — Rodney Davis
Succulent — Pat Bradstock
Hanging basket, one variety of plant — Rodney Davis
Hanging basket, mixture of plants — Rodney Davis
Patio container, one variety of plant — Val Calladine
Vase of mixed flowers and foliage — Val Calladine
Class winners: fruit
Dish of three apples — Sally Alder
Dish of soft fruit — Brenda Pont
Dish of any other fruit — Sally Alder
Class winners: vegetables
Five potatoes, any one variety — David Woodage
Three onions, 250g or under — David Woodage
Seven shallots, any one variety — David Woodage
Five runner beans, any one variety — Sally Alder
Five French beans, any one variety — Sally Alder
Three carrots of any one variety — Christine Knox (2nd only)
Three sticks of rhubarb — Rodney Davis
Three beetroot, any one variety — Christie Leary
Three courgettes, any one variety — Sally Alder
Cucumber — Christie Leary
Squash — Jim Thomas
Five cherry tomatoes — Rodney Davis
Three tomatoes other than cherry — Christie Leary
Ripening truss of tomatoes — Robert Jones
Heaviest marrow — Jim Thomas
Heaviest potato — David Woodage
Longest runner bean — Sally Alder
Strangest-looking vegetable — Christie Leary
Three peppers, hot or sweet — Jim Thomas
Any other vegetable — Christie Leary
Vase of mixed herbs — Jenny Emerton
Trug or other container of garden produce — Jim Thomas
Flower arrangement in a tea or egg cup — Christine Knox
Centrepiece of flowers and foliage — Andrea Cooper
One jar of strawberry jam — David Woodage
One jar of pickled eggs — Christie Leary (2nd only)
Easy fruit cake — Sally Alder
One quiche lorraine — Patricia Woodage (2nd only)
Four shortbread squares — Rodney Blush
Salad dressing — Patricia Woodage (2nd only)
Theme: Fish, Fur or Feather — Jeremy Hutchins
Theme: Water in Garden — Keith Riley
Theme: A Shed — Jeremy Hutchins
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