Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association held their 38th Spring Show on Saturday, 14th April. The show was well supported by both exhibitors and visitors.

Entries, excluding those for the children’s classes, were 20% higher than last year. This was very pleasing and quite surprising considering the cold wet weather of recent weeks, which had made it difficult to prepare and produce good quality floral entries. When the staging was complete in the hall we saw a host of golden daffodils looking wonderful and releasing a heady perfume. Entries in the house plant and primula classes were also particularly numerous this year.

There were, however, only three entries in the tulip classes, which was not surprising considering the late arrival of spring this year. There were also fewer entries than usual in the floral art and photography classes.

Thanks are due to the Association’s committee, friends, exhibitors and the judges who collectively made the show a success.

Special mention should be made to Janet Acomb who won prizes in the Flowers, Floral Art and Art classes and Robert Appleyard who won prizes in the Flowers and Baking classes.

The full list of winners are Flowers; One vase of 10 cut mixed Daffodils, 1 R Porter, 2 Addingham Primary School, 3 R Appleyard; One vase of 3 cut Daffodils – Trumpet, 1 R Appleyard, 2 R Appleyard, 3 R Sparrow; One vase of 3 cut Daffodils  – Cup, 1 Southfield House, 2 A  Saunders, P Atkinson; One vase of 3 cut Daffodils – Multi-flowered/Double, 1 J Cooke, 2 J Cooke; One vase of 3 cut Daffodils – Miniature, 1 J Walbank, 2 Addingham Primary School, 3 H Smith; One vase of 3 cut Daffodils – Multicoloured/Bi-coloured, 1 Southfield House, 2 P Atkinson, 3 R Porter; One vase of 3 cut Tulips, J Cooke, 2 A Saunders, 3 A Saunders; One container of cut Primulae, Polyanthus or Primrose, 1 J Acomb, 2 J Acomb, 3 A Saunders; One vase of flowers from trees and/or shrubs, 1 J Cooke; One vase of Hellebores, 1 H Smith, 2 C Foster, 3 R Porter; One vase with a single stem of any flower not specified above, 1 J Acomb, 2 C Hindle, 3 P Atkinson;     One pot or bowl of one or more alpine or rockery plants in flower, 1 J Walbank, 2 J Walbank, 3 G Walbank,; One specimen succulent or cactus plant, 1 J Acomb, 2 C Hindle, H Edwards; One container of growing bulbs or corms in flower, 1 J Walbank, 2 J Acomb, 3 C Foster; One container of growing miniature Daffodils, 1 J Walbank, 2 C Foster, 3 P Atkinson; One pot plant shown by an exhibitor who has not previously won a first prize in this section, 1 A Walker, 2 P Walker; One Orchid, 1 C Hollins, 2 C Hollins; One Primula in a pot, 1 J Walbank, 2 J Walbank, 3 A Saunders; One foliage pot plant, 1 D Hurst, One flowering pot plant in flower, any variety not specified above, 1 R Appleyard; Floral Art; Table Centre to include fruit and flowers, 1 J Acomb, 2 A McCowan; ‘Touch of Spring’ – all foliage, 1 A McCowan, 2 C Foster; Photography; Photograph depicting an ‘Autumn Scene’, 1 P Sparrow, 2 P Sparrow; Photograph depicting the ‘First signs of Spring’, 1 P Sparrow, 2 P Sparrow; Art; ‘Spring Morning’, 1 J Acomb, 2 L Anderlin, 3 H Smith; Baking; A chocolate cake with butter cream filling, 1 R Appleyard,;  A loaf, any type, any shape, 1 R Appleyard, 2 C Hindle, 3 P Atkinson; Children’s Classes;        Reception/Years 1 and 2 Wooden teaspoon spring flower, 1 Lydia Richards, 2 Lucy Dinsdale, 3 Milo Grimshaw; Years 3 and 4 Spring blossom on a card, 1 Conner Douglas, 2 Mervyn Simpson, 3 India Webster; Years 5 and 6 Design a gardener’s tool belt, 1 Ruben Robinson, 2 Orla McShane, 3 Thomas Neilson.

Jeff Walbank was the winner of the trophy for the best exhibit in the show with his superb primula in a pot. The Low Mill Cup for the best exhibit in class 1, one vase of 10 cut mixed Daffodils, was awarded to Ramon Porter while the trophy for the best orchid in the show was won by C Hollins.  Conner Douglas was the winner of the trophy for the best entry in the children’s classes.

The Association’s next show will be the Annual Show, which will be held on Saturday, 11th August. Details of the classes and the arrangements for entering exhibits will be published shortly in the show schedule and on the Association’s website http://addinghamaga.org.uk/.

 

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