Glorious flowers and craft make for wondrous show

Marie Harding with husband and chairman  Ray Harding and secretary Bruce Thomas
Marie Harding with husband and chairman Ray Harding and secretary Bruce Thomas
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TALENTED green-fingered gardeners exhibited the fruits of their labour at an annual horticultural show in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Lee Community Centre, in Twyford Drive, was transformed on Saturday as keen horticulturalists put their best raspberries, green peas and flowers up for judging.

Rosemary Stainrod and Trish Foreman (151181-2)

Rosemary Stainrod and Trish Foreman (151181-2)

Ray Harding, chairman and winner in the flower class, said the standard was high.

He said: ‘The standard was very good again – you have to take into account the weather we’ve had, which is hot and dry, which has an effect on flowers and produce. One minute it’s suitable for exhibiting, then you wake up the next morning and it’s not.’

More than 200 exhibits were entered in the show by around 43 exhibitors.

Mr Harding added: ‘It’s a very good show and it’s up to the standard of previous years.’

Bill Gribble (151181-3)

Bill Gribble (151181-3)

Winners include:

n Mick Etherington (main winner);

n Bruce Thomas (best exhibit – flowers);

n Elizabeth Kemp, Ray Haring and Wynn Corbett (flower class);

Marion Lee with her Triffids (151181-4)

Marion Lee with her Triffids (151181-4)

n Maggie Cork and Harry Langridge (fruit class);

n Pat Owens and Jill Holland (floral art).

Mr Harding added: ‘There were just so many good exhibits, the whole show was very good.’

‘It goes to show the enthusiasm and dedication of our members and what they do throughout the year.’

A further show will be held on September 5 at the same location.