Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Hat-trick of show prizes for gardener

GARDENER Dave Sexon won a hat-trick of trophies at the Goring Heath and Whitchurch Flower Show

GARDENER Dave Sexon won a hat-trick of trophies at the Goring Heath and Whitchurch Flower Show — and then thanked his wife for her help.

The 68-year-old from Whitchurch Hill had the most points in the flowers section and the most points overall as well as taking the best in show prize with a truss of ripening cherry tomatoes.

Mr Sexon, who has been competing at the show for more than 10 years, also entered his roses, dahlias and gem squash.

He said: “It is a small show so winning things is no big deal but I enjoy being part of the community and I am proud of what I grow. I did happen to win best in show but that was more by luck than design.

“The key to it all is time and I am lucky enough that I am retired so I have enough time for it.

“The garden is quite small with a lot squeezed in. I have 115 different types of roses.

“I am not one of those people who works by design and makes sure that all the colours blend — if it is colourful, then I grow it.

“My wife Susan does help a great deal and does all the deadheading.”

The autumn show was held at Goring parish hall on Saturday. Organiser Helen Willis said the number of entries was up on previous years. She said: “Despite the cold and rain of the previous couple of weeks, the allotment holders and gardeners of the villages managed to produce a wonderful selection of fruit, vegetables and flowers for everyone to enjoy.

“The flower arrangers created some stunning displays, particularly in the

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class. The handicraft section had a much higher number of entries than at recent shows and we were especially delighted that two new exhibitors entered a large number of classes.

“The show is a very friendly affair with a bit of healthy rivalry but no midnight raids on allotments to sabotage the heaviest marrow or longest runner bean have been reported.”

The spring show will take place on Saturday, April 9.

The results were as follows:

The Allotment Cup, for most points in the vegetables and fruit section — John Coupland

The Betty Haytor Memorial Cup, for most points in the flowers section — Dave Sexon

The Floral Arrangement Trophy, for most points in the flower arranging section — Claire Jeffs

The Arts and Crafts Trophy, for most points in the art and handicraft section — Viv Chambers and Maz Elsome

The Baking and Preserves Cup, for most points in the baking and preserves section — Maureen Britt

The Photography Cup, for most points in the photography section — David Pearson

The Douglas Allardyce Memorial Rose Bowl, for most outstanding exhibit in the vegetables, fruit and flowers section — Dave Sexon for his ripening truss of cherry tomatoes

The Children’s Cup, winner of the children’s section — Matilda Taylor, three, for her biscuit decorated with a smiley face

The Whitchurch Hill Trophy, for most points overall — Dave Sexon

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