Hayling flower show brings in the crowds on rainy weekend

DELIGHTED Norman Newton, society steward, examining some daffodils. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (150615-648)
DELIGHTED Norman Newton, society steward, examining some daffodils. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (150615-648)
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HUNDREDS visited Hayling Island Horticultural Society’s first show of the year.

The event showcased a stunning array of flowers as well as art and photography, all of which were entered into competitions where the winners were awarded prize money.

PRIDE From the left are society members Mat Lane, Louis King and Sam Fletcher with their award-winning orchid

PRIDE From the left are society members Mat Lane, Louis King and Sam Fletcher with their award-winning orchid

The show featured spring flowers, floral art, vegetables, pot plants, photography, cookery, embroidery and handicrafts.

‘It takes about 100 people in various teams to put the show together,’ said Jan Mitchell, publicity officer for the society.

‘It’s a huge effort and everybody comes together to produce the show with all volunteer work.

‘The people who have grown live within the community and they’re showing off their best efforts.’

BLOOMING GREAT Bill Biggs, Cllr Alan Lenaghan, Alan Mak and Ray Jones, looking at the exhibits                                (150615-703)

BLOOMING GREAT Bill Biggs, Cllr Alan Lenaghan, Alan Mak and Ray Jones, looking at the exhibits (150615-703)

Trophies were given to winners in several categories for both members of the society and non-members.

It was a difficult year for daffodil growers as the changing weather posed a real challenge.

Mark Ward of Waterlooville was winner in five categories of daffodil growing.

‘The weather’s been up and down and hot and cold but the flowers look nice and I’m really pleased,’ he said.

More information on the Hayling Island Horticultural Society can be found at haylingislandhorticulturalsociety.org.uk