Blooming great success for society’s Summer Show...

The talented Jim Hillier who swept the board at the Burwash Horticultural Society's Summer Show SUS-160308-110306001
The talented Jim Hillier who swept the board at the Burwash Horticultural Society's Summer Show SUS-160308-110306001

Burwash Horticultural Society has hailed their 2016 Summer Show as a great success with a record number of entries making it one of the best shows to date.

The event, held at the Sports Pavilion on July 30, presented Flowers, Vegetables, Floral Art, Cookery and Photography with a total 253 entries (an increase of 20 on last year).

Burwash Horticultural Society’s (BHS) chairman Richard Maude-Roxby says the show continued BHS’s Royal theme in support of the Queens 90th birthday, reflected in many of the class entries. “Judges commented on the very high standard and numbers of entries,” he said. “One judge said that the number and quality of the vegetable entries was the best he had seen in any of the shows he had judged all year. They were impressed with the quality and the wide range of colour of the floral entries, particularly the sweet peas and hydrangeas and had a hard job to pick out winning entries. Both the cookery judge and the photography judge also commented on how difficult it was to select the winners from the many entries on show.”

Richard says floral art displays were exquisite, cookery entries were mouthwatering and the photography classes demonstrated the talent of the village photographers. He added: “This was one of our best shows to date. It was also pleasing to see so many new visitors.”

One returning entrant, after a year’s absence due to ill health, Jim Hillier, swept the board with his high quality of exhibits winning four cups, the Banksian Medal and the Master Gardener class.

Cup winners were: * Tom Hook cup, highest points in Vegetables: Jim Hillier * Geejay Cup, Best Resident’s exhibit in Vegetables: Peter Angove * Millfield Shield, winner of a Collection of Vegetables: Jim Hillier * Anne Neal cup, winner of Best Residents Collection of Vegetables: Peter Angove * Harry Pope Cup, Best Onion: Jim Hillier

* Hornsby Cup, most points in Flowers: Mrs I Wraight * Popular Gardening Cup, best exhibit in Flowers: Ann Rodgers *Eric Godley Cup, highest points in Dahlias: Jim Hillier * Banksian Medal, most money won: Jim Hillier * Gordon Cup, most points in Floral Art: Anne Cutler * Highlands Cup, best Floral Art exhibit: Ann Lucey

* Charmian Bury, winner of Floral Art class 50: Lynda Maude-Roxby * Porteus Plate, most points in Cookery: Kath Mycock * Linden Plate, best exhibit in Cookery: Kath Mycock * Akehurst cup, highest points in Photography: Sam Milling.