FOR more than 75 years the people of Havant have come together for one day to celebrate the horticultural joys of summer.
And this year’s show of the Havant and District Horticultural Society was as good as any.
Scores of people turned out to the St Nicholas’ Church Centre in Belmont Grove, Bedhampton, to see a feast of homegrown fruits and vegetables, as well as thoughtful crafts, photographs and floral displays.
Poppies were on display to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Ann Buckley, from Havant, a member of the society, said: ‘It was very successful.
‘All the produce was very good. We were concerned a few weeks back with the weather when it was very hot, but we had more entries than last year.’
But this year’s weather put paid to the roses section, with no entries for the traditional English flower.
Brian Kidd, The News’ gardening guru, was on hand to give out the trophies.
Mrs Buckley said: ‘It was fantastic.
‘He spoke about runner beans because Mrs Moore’s were straight.
‘He said that when he grew them he had interesting shapes like the letters of the alphabet.’
Portsmouth Water supported the event this year.
Peter Rogers – vegetables and flowers
Ruth Moore – vegetables and handicrafts
Roy Harding – dahlias
Billie Wyllie – soft fruits
Ann Buckley – flowers and soft fruits
Mrs Barber – photography