St Mary’s Centre on Saturday 15th June was a kaleidoscope of colour and perfume when the Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society held their annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show.
Overall entries were up by 30 on the previous year from the same number of entrants, an encouraging result, especially due to the inclement weather conditions prior to the show.
The rose and sweet pea classes were well supported and judges commented that the standard of entries in the rose and sweet pea classes was high, despite the prior wet and windy conditions. It was pleasing to see two new entrants in these classes. As usual the foliage and mixed flower classes were popular with exhibitors and all other flower classes were well supported as were the fruit and vegetables.
The Pot Plant classes received more entries this year and drew lots of attention with many varied and unusual exhibits.
Floral Art exhibits provided an excellent backdrop to the layout of the Centre and as always there was much discussion about the judge’s comments.
As it wasn’t “beach weather” the Show was well attended by the general public who tried their luck with the tombola and raffle, bought a cake and/or plant from the well stocked stalls and had a welcome cup of tea or coffee and home-made cake.
The 70th Anniversary Cup for the most points in rose classes was won by Sandra Harris with her outstanding exhibits across all classes in this section.
‘Mac’ MacCulloch won the Salmon Cup for the most outstanding rose exhibit, the Loveys Cup for the most outstanding sweet pea exhibit and the National Sweet Pea Medal for the most points in the sweet pea classes.
The Horticultural Society Trophy for the most points in the show was won by Sandra Dean and ‘tied’ closely behind by Pauline Scrace and ‘Mac’ MacCulloch. Sandra also won the Floral Art Bowl for the best exhibit in floral art.
The Watson Cup for the best pot plant was awarded to Sue Faircloth for an outstanding cactus exhibit in full flower which caught the eye not only of the judges but the public as well.
The Thorndyke Cup for the most points in fruit and vegetables was won by Margaret B Howard having gained either a first or second in all classes.
Report by Paul Barry