WOODHAM & New Haw Horticultural Club’s 60th Annual Open Show was kicked off by the Mayor of Runnymede last week. Cutting the ribbon to a showcase of floral and growing mastery was Mayor Peter Waddell.
There was an overall increase in adult exhibits as the event marked it’s diamond year, with more shining exhibits for vegetables and flowers than before, as well as pot plants, fruits, floral art, fruits, photographs, cookery and handicrafts.
All exhibits were examined by a panel of experienced judges and awards were made on merit (on a points system), with prizes awarded to novice and first time exhibitors, as well as the very experienced experts.
The top prize, the RHS Banksian Medal, was awarded to Gordon Harberd, from Staines, who submitted the best range of entries for vegetables, flowers, pot plants and fruit. Gordon was also awarded The Best in Show Award, The Cyril Lewis Cup, for his outstanding bowl of dahlias.
The Herbert Harrison Shield, awarded to the exhibitor who was awarded the most number of points in the vegetable classes, went to Howard Cooper from Pyrford with the corresponding award in the flower section going to Pat Jeffery from Chertsey.
Overall the Club President, Norman Ingate, who has judged many shows this year, said he was particularly impressed by the very high standard of the entries, making special mention of the dahlias.