Saturday 17th August started early for members of the Felpham & Middleton Horticultural Society who were exhibiting in the Flower and Produce Show. It was a hive of activity in the St Mary’s Centre, Felpham, as members arranged their exhibits in the best way and rushed around putting them in the right places ready for the judging at 10.00 a.m. sharp! This is the moment of truth but how the judges manage to decide winners from this profusion of flowers, pot plants fruit and vegetables grown by members in their gardens or allotments is a special science. Overall the judges decided that Best in Show was a pot plant, an immaculate and beautiful two-tone pink fuchsia, but the hall was also filled to bursting with flowers of every type. There were dahlias, large and small, hydrangeas, roses, phlox, sunflowers, pansies and so many more. Not to be forgotten is our magnificent foliage, unbelievably colourful from deep purple through every shade of green to yellow. The pot begonias were a sight to see and a wonderful multi-stemmed orchid deservedly won its section.
Having enjoyed all this colour and perfume, the fruit and vegetable sections groaned under the weight of huge onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, tomatoes, berries, rhubarb, two huge Tromba d’Albenga courgettes and much more including a couple of very odd shaped vegetables.
This is the Society’s largest show of the year and classes for handicraft from sewing to painting and everything in between vied with cookery from home-made wines and jam to cheesecake, all well supported and reportedly very well executed. In the photography division the interpretation of the titles was both good and unusual. The floral art section was a little down on exhibits this year but what was there was so well done they were not only awarded 1sts, 2nds and 3rds but highly commended entries in the three categories.
Finally, but most definitely not least, was the children’s section. Both divisions of under and over 7 years were entered and it is always a joy to see their efforts at potato printing, painting a pebble, home-made sweets and flapjacks and a computer generated picture to name only a few.
Added to the many beautiful sights, visitors could buy from the plant and cake stalls and have the chance to win great prizes from the tombola and raffle and to keep everyone going was the tea/coffee stall where visitors could buy drinks, biscuits and cake at very reasonable rates as testified to the quick disappearance of the cakes!
Report by Christine Dunham