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Mixed Sweet Peas
Some of theclass winners Spring 2017
Mixed Narcissi - best horticultural exhibit
Shows are open to
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All shows are held at St. Marys Centre, Grassmere Close, Felpham, PO22 7NU between 2pm and 4.30pm.
Categories for Classes vary between Shows. Classes for the Rose and Sweet Pea Show include flowers, fruit and vegetables, pot plants and floral art. The Spring Show and Flower & Produce Show not only include these but also cookery and preserves, photography, handicraft and children’s classes.
The show secretary, Don Faircloth, can be contacted on 01243 587753 by anyone wanting to enter, receive a Show Schedule, or require any Show related questions answered.
There are various Challenge cups and trophies awarded in all three Shows both for the various sections but also for "most points in show" - the most prestigious being the Les Allatt Trophy.
ROSE & SWEET PEA SHOW 2017
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On Saturday 17th June, the gloriously sunny weather was matched by a wonderful display of roses, sweet peas and other horticultural exhibits. The roses were particularly spectacular with all classes well supported with many excellent exhibits. The recent high winds may have taken their toll on the number of entries in both the rose and the sweet pea classes but fortunately new entrants were received in both classes and those exhibits that were staged were of a particularly high standard.
The beautiful floral art displays were a joy to see with the winner of the ‘Wedding Day’ class being an absolutely stunning, two tiered arrangement of white roses and carefully selected foliage. The miniature class, ‘It’s a small world’ attracted a large number of entries with the first place being taken by an charming arrangement of small flowers and foliage on a base with small model ducks.
Many of the horticultural classes were won by new exhibitors and the prizes well distributed across a large number of exhibitors. It was good to see several examples of unusual plants winning their respective classes; stems of flowering bottle brush plants winning the ‘Three stems of flowering shrubs’ class and beautiful spider lilies taking first place in the ‘Three stems of any other flower’ class. The bonsai class was won by an eye-catching bonsai fir which had no doubt taken many hours and years to reach its current condition, displayed on an equally eye-catching base
Amongst the vegetable classes the judge was faced with a particular dilemma in the ‘Any other vegetable’ class trying to distinguish the better entry between a cauliflower and an entry of peas, both of which he considered to be flawless and which would both attract the same number of points. In the end, the decision favoured the cauliflower since this was a named variety whereas the peas were not identified by name. The strawberries were probably the most mouth-watering exhibits with the broad bean class attracting the most entries.
The ‘Hosta class’ attracted a large number of entries and within these entries was a wide variety of shapes and sizes of leaves the displays of flowering shrubs and those of mixed foliage were both very well supported with many entries af a very high standard. The classes of pot plants produced great variety of size and shape including several beautiful orchids, many interesting cacti and succulents.
SPRING SHOW 2017
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On a beautiful March day, an explosion of spring greeted visitors to the Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society Spring Show. Exhibits of all types of Daffodils, from the magnificent golden yellow trumpet varieties to the dainty miniatures, with everything in between were on show.
Although the weather in the week up to the show had been far from ideal, with strong winds and rain, there were lots of exhibits all of excellent quality giving the judges a difficult task to identify the winners in each class. Other exhibits of spring bulbs and flowers made a colourful and interesting display, enhanced by the pot plants, orchids and vegetables which were also on show.
Floral art exhibits were of a particularly high standard with beautiful arrangements in each of the three classes the winner of the ‘Be my Valentine’ class was a sumptuous arrangement of red roses and purple lysianthus. The ‘Spring Fever’ class featured an arrangement of tulips, daffodils, skimmia and muscari in a foliage lined wicker basket, whilst the petite was won by a delicate arrangement of ribes and muscari in a small wine glass.
Intricate and accomplished exhibits made up the handicraft classes with excellent skills demonstrated in knitting and needlework. The cookery classes were also well supported with some mouth-watering cakes and preserves. The three photography classes attracted high quality entrants with some very different interpretations of the class titles!
In the children’s classes the Society was very pleased to see over thirty entrants from the Ist Felpham Beaver Scouts in the marzipan sweets classes producing three worthy winners. The many other classes for 7 years and under and 8-14 years produced excellent entries and demonstrated the creativity of the youngsters. The Society is keen to encourage the participation of more children and some schedules showing what they can enter in our Flower and Produce Show in August can be obtained from the Bognor Regis Library for anyone interested.
Overall, all classes were well supported, the winner of the most outstanding horticultural exhibit, was also the winner of best daffodil class, for a vase of up to nine stems of mixed daffodils and narcissus.
Well over 150 adults and children visited the show enjoying the visual experience of the exhibits and the unmistakable fragrance of spring! The tombola and raffle were very well supported as were the plant and cake stalls with many visitors also taking advantage of the opportunity for sit down with a hot drink and biscuit.