Highest number of entries for 10 years

First prize was awarded to Jan Mitchell for her pot of peppers
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Jan Mitchell, from Hayling Island Horticultural Society, describes how the annual show went

Hayling Island Horticultural Society members held the third and final show of 2015 on September 5 at the Hayling Island Community Centre.

How on earth were we going to fit it all in? John Lark, chief steward, worked wonders with the highest number of entries for 10 years and somehow fitted a quart into a pint pot.

Exhibitors were at the hall by 7am, some having started their staging the previous evening.

Considering the August bank holiday deluge, the show of prize dahlias was superb, the best the judge, Ivor Eldred, had seen this year in Hampshire.

The Dahlia Championship silver medal was won by Allan Chivers who also won the medal for most points in the Open Vegetable classes.

Peter Rogers won the Banksian Medal for his impressive success in all vegetable, fruit and flowers classes. Peter’s giant leeks could be seen from anywhere in the hall and were a source of amazement.

The Floral Art was stunning. We are indebted to Liza Bailey, of Seaside Florist, who stepped into the breach at a moment’s notice to judge the large entry.

The Floral Bowl for most points in Floral Art was won by Christina Jones, while Joan Ramsbottom’s design won Liza’s heart to win the Personal Choice Diploma.

There was a mouth-watering display of fruit, salads, vegetables, pot plants and flowers of all kinds, for it has been a good growing year. Wendy Sandham won the Charles Skinner Trophy for most points in the Open Fruit Classes, Norman Newton won the Flower Cup and Maralyn Naunton-Evans won the Cleeve Salver for the cookery section.

A great source of interest was the heaviest and longest section, with giant beetroot, long runner beans and many other exceptional items.

The Skipper Trophy for the heaviest onion was won by Roy Harding who also won the Garden News Shield for second place in the Dahlia Championship.

Michelle Fuller’s vegetable animal in the handicrafts section was the cause of much amusement and Hazel Phillips’ miniature garden in a seed tray was made with great attention to detail.

There was a grand array of photographs showing the skills of Hayling Islanders. The superb stage display was provided by the members of Hayling Flower Club with arrangements representing the Four Seasons.

The trophies and prizes were presented by Ray Jones, retiring show manager, who thanked the exhibitors and the visitors who make the show possible.

Over 200 visitors enjoyed the show and the afternoon teas with home made cakes.