Successful day at 75th Purbrook Horticultural Society summer show

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  • Society is celebrating its 75th show
  • Lots of prizes for people growing plants and vegetables
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HORTICULTURISTS have been showing off their skills at a popular show.

The Purbrook Horticultural Society held their 75th annual horticultural summer show yesterday at Crookhorn College of Technology.

Mark Ward with his five-prize winning dahlias

Mark Ward with his five-prize winning dahlias

Lynda Piddington, chairwoman of the society, said: ‘To be going for 75 years and to still have this number of exhibits and people willing to come along is really great fun.

‘We cater for so many different interests from the very young to the very old.

‘There are fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and beautiful floral art.

‘All our members can get together with a cup of tea, a slice of homemade cake and sit and have a good natter.’

To be going for 75 years and to still have this number of exhibits and people willing to come along is really great fun

Lynda Piddington, chair of the society

Richard Knight, 68, from Horndean, won a prize for the heaviest cucumber.

Mr Knight, who used to be chairman of the society, said: ‘It’s lovely.

‘It’s the first time I have ever entered the competition.

‘I was on the show committee for many years. It’s not just the exhibits, it’s the social side of it as well.

‘It has always been like that.

‘The society itself tries to incorporate everybody.’

Phil Stock, 69, from Denmead, won the special Banksia medal for his vegetables, which represents the best of all on show.

He said: ‘It’s magic. It’s something I never thought I would ever win.

‘This gives you something to do. I find this rewarding. There is an end product to it.’