Scents and sensibility as the ‘Hortishow’ pulls the crowds

SKILL Peter Rogers with his sweet peas. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131828-1)
SKILL Peter Rogers with his sweet peas. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131828-1)
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FROM cacti to cakes as well as the vegetables and flowers, there were hundreds of entries at the Hayling Island Horticultural Society’s latest show.

There were more than 300 entries across the 101 categories in the society’s show held at Hayling Island Community Centre on Saturday.

One of the show’s big successes was the success of the Growing Together project, which sees the society work with schools and college to promote interest in horticulture and animal welfare. It is sponsored by Hayling Lions Club.

Howard Clark from Hayling Island College helps oversee the project, and he said: ‘We’ve never put in so many entries – we’ve got five firsts, two seconds and two highly commendeds, so we’re very chuffed with that. It’s good fun and we’ve got quite a few students who are very involved with it.’

Another person celebrating was Peter Rogers, 20, from Emsworth, who took top honours in the sweet pea classes.

He said: ‘I’ve done very well, I’ve got the sweet pea championship and a couple of other first places.

‘I started coming here when I was 11 years old doing daffodils.

‘I’ve always been into horticulture, my family has always been into it, and it’s something I enjoy.’

Ray Jones, the show’s manager said: ‘Some of the members’ stuff is fantastic. We had a judge from the National Association of Flower Arrangers and she was praising the quality of the entries.

‘Considering what the weather has been like this year – everything has been about four weeks behind – the entries have been very good.’

John Lark, the show’s chief steward added: ‘The standard is actually higher than usual for this show.’

The society holds two other shows each year.