Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Couple share 25 prizes at annual summer contest

A FOUNDER member of Goring Greenfingers took home 17 awards at the gardening club’s 22nd annual

A FOUNDER member of Goring Greenfingers took home 17 awards at the gardening club’s 22nd annual summer show.

Former villager Jeanne Davis, who lives in Preston Crowmarsh with her husband Rodney, won seven of the 12 trophies and two certificates that were up for grabs as well as eight classes,  including the Derek and Christie Entertainers Cup for most points overall.

She also won the Silver Threads Cup for best hanging basket, the Goring Mill Gallery Cup for best patio container, the Davis Challenge Cup for cookery, two Challenge Cups for most points in the flower section and best exhibit in show plus the Garden News Top Vase Cup.

Mrs Davis won two certificates for best flowers and vegetables in show and came top in eight individual classes: blooms (five, any variety), hanging basket and patio container (any mixture of plants), vase of mixed flowers and foliage, carrots, flower arrangement in a tea or egg cup, six fruit scones and a walnut, date and honey loaf.

Her husband won eight classes: three different types of dahlia, fuchsia, gladiolus, perlargonium (any variety), patio container (single variety of plant) and shortbread round.

The couple swept the board in a similar fashion in 2012, when they won more than half the prizes between them.

Meanwhile, another noteworthy winner was Jim Thomas, who submitted two turnips which had intertwined after he planted them close together. They were crowned the strangest-looking vegetable.

There were about 200 entries this year, a similar figure to last summer, and the show included a plant sale and tombola.

Greenfingers spokeswoman Alex Buhagiar said: “We were slightly worried about attendance as the weather looked a bit wet but lots of people turned up, which was pleasing.

“There were lots of entries and beautiful floral displays. One person brought an agapanthus which was too big to fit on the stage, so we put it outside the front door and that was a very colourful advertisement which drew people in.”

Top of the crops: the results in full

Special Class A: Top Vase, sponsored by Garden News — Jeanne Davis

Special Class B: Top Tray, sponsored by Garden News — David Woodage

Challenge Cup for most points in flower section - Jeanne Davis

Silver Threads Cup for best hanging basket - Jeanne Davis

Goring Mill Gallery Cup for best patio container - Jeanne Davis

Challenge Cup for fruit and vegetables - Christie Leary

Challenge Cup for flower arranging — Jacqueline Wilkins

Davis Challenge Cup for cookery — Jeanne Davis

Goring Horticultural Society Plaque for photography - David Woodage

Derek and Christie Entertainers Cup for most points in show — Jeanne Davis

Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal for most points in horticultural sections — Christie Leary

Challenge Cup for best exhibit overall — Jeanne Davis (hanging basket)

Best flowers — Jeanne Davis

Best fruit — Patricia Bradstock (dish of blackberries)

Best vegetables — Jeanne Davis (three carrots)

Best flower arrangement — Jacqueline Wilkins

Best cookery — Jacqueline Wilkins

Best photograph — David Woodage

Dahlias, cactus or semi-cactus, three blooms — Rodney Davis

Dahlias, other than cactus or semi-cactus, three blooms — Rodney Davis

Dahlia, pompom, three blooms — David Woodage

Dahlia, one specimen bloom — Rodney Davis (second place, no first awarded)

Pelargonium, any variety — Rodney Davis

Pelargonium, three heads — Jacqueline Wilkins

Foliage plant in a pot — David Watts (second place, no first awarded)

Fuchsia, one bush in a pot — Rodney Davis

Orchid, one plant — Patricia Woodage

Plant in flower —  Patricia Woodage (streptocarpus)

One rose, specimen bloom — Jacqueline Wilkins

Roses, cycle of three stages — Kathy Hutchins

Gladiolus, one specimen bloom — Rodney Davis

Flower, single stem — Stephanie Bridle

Five blooms, any variety — Jeanne Davis

Cactus — Christie Leary

Succulent — Jenny Emerton

Hanging basket, single variety — no entries

Hanging basket — Jeanne Davis

Patio container, mixture of plants — Jeanne Davis

Patio container, single variety — Rodney Davis

Vase of mixed flowers and foliage — Jeanne Davis

Dish of three apples — Sally Alder

Dish of soft fruit — Patricia Bradstock

Dish of seven plums — no entries

Dish of any other fruit — no entries

Five potatoes, any white variety — Sally Alder

Five potatoes, any coloured variety — Christie Leary

Three onions over 250g — Christie Leary

Three onions, 250g or under — Jim Thomas

Seven shallots — Christie Leary

Runner Beans — Sally Alder

French Beans — David Woodage

Carrots — Jeanne Davis

Rhubarb — Christie Leary

Beetroot — Christie Leary

Courgettes — Sally Alder

Cucumber — Patricia Bradstock

Squash — Jim Thomas

Tomatoes, cherry — Stephanie Bridle

Tomatoes other than cherry — Margaret Robson

Tomatoes, one ripening truss — Sally Alder

Heaviest marrow — Christie Leary

Heaviest potato — Jim Thomas

Largest onion — Christie Leary

Longest runner bean — David Woodage

Strangest-looking vegetable — Jim Thomas

Peppers - Jim Thomas

Any other vegetable — David Woodage (peas)

Vase of mixed herbs — Jacqueline Wilkins

Trug or other container of garden produce — Jim Thomas

Flower arrangement in a tea cup or egg cup — Jeanne Davis

Table centre arrangement of flowers and foliage — Jacqueline Wilkins

One jar of red fruit jam — David Woodage (raspberry)

One jar of beetroot and ginger chutney —Jacqueline Wilkins

Cherry cake — Sally Alder

Walnut, date and honey loaf — Jeanne Davis

Shortbread round —  Rodney Davis

Six cheese straws — Margaret Robson

Six fruit scones — Jeanne Davis

Small seeded loaf — Jacqueline Wilkins

Photography: “Weeds ’R’ Us” — David Woodage

Photography: “A pet enjoying the garden” — David Woodage

Photography: “Sunsets are lovely” — Jim Thomas

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