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Plant enthusiasts enjoy annual Kidderminster horticulture show
AN ANNUAL weekend-long Kidderminster horticulture show was a tale of two days as hundreds of plant enthusiasts enjoyed festivities last Saturday but rain fears kept people away on Sunday.
The 59th Kidderminster Horticultural Society show took place last weekend at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel, Habberley Road, Bewdley.
There was a buzz around the site on Saturday but it was a case of blame it on the weatherman on Sunday as forecasts of a downpour, which never quite materialised, kept people away.
The 1,400 people who did attend over the two days enjoyed an indoor marquee which featured craft stalls, displays of vintage vehicles, and entertainment.
There was also a plant sale and, following a hot summer, there were more than 700 entries into the show, compared to 642 last year. The 2013 event was officially opened by The One Show gardener Christine Walkden.
Society member and one of the organisers, Louise Aston, who also won a prize for her begonias, said: “The show was superb on Saturday, Christine Walkden did an excellent job and was well received and everything was very good.
“Unfortunately, on Sunday a lot of people listened to the weather forecast. We did not get as much bad weather as was forecast but it took a toll on the numbers. The standard of entries this year was very high and we had more than 700.”
Winners at this year’s show included Don Ray who scooped the blue riband for best exhibit in show for his begonias. Best dahlias went to Graham Link and the Stourport Horticultural Society won the prize for best window box.
Best vegetables in the show was won by Graham Chadbourne for his shallots, John Robinson won the Sidney Guest trophy for best cacti.
Society honorary secretary Brian Bytheway said Saturday had been “a really good day” and, despite reports, rain did not appear until “the middle of Sunday afternoon”.
He added: “Let’s hope for better weather and better forecasts next year.”
TO VIEW A WEB GALLERY OF THE EVENT CLICK HERE. Pictures by Colin Hill.
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