Horticultural show sees a blooming display of skill

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HUNDREDS of people provided entries for this year’s Bewdley and District Horticultural Society annual show.

More than 320 entrants gathered at St George’s Hall in Bewdley last Saturday to compete for the various titles to be won in the flower, vegetable and floral art show.

The society, which was founded in 1854 and has been affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society since 1900, had more than 100 classes.

They included vegetables, flowers, herbs, domestic classes, photography, calligraphy, art, craft and children’s classes for under-16s.

The show featured multiple competitions for the various classes.

They included the Hollows Nursery Cup for the best exhibit by a child, which was won by eight-year-old Jemima Minchin, and the Banksian Medal, awarded to the exhibit that gained the largest amount of prize money, which was won this year by Graham Link.

Diane Chater, one of the organisers, said: “Once again, it was a joy to see a fantastic array of produce, with many first-class vases of flowers and vegetables entered.

“Entries in the domestic section are increasing every year and show a very high level of expertise.

“The orange and walnut cake competition alone attracted ten entries.”

As part of the show, Bewdley Floral Art Society also held an exhibition, titled A Golden Celebration, to mark 50 years since the society’s formation.

Mrs Chater said she was overwhelmed with the number of visitors who went to the show.

“We had a steady stream of people passing through our doors throughout the day,” she explained.

“We had brilliant weather and brilliant support from our local community, which, all in all, made it a brilliant day.”

The show also marked the first anniversary of the £800,000 renovation of St George’s Hall, which created a new-look, multi-purpose hub for the community with a cafe, exhibition space and cinema.

Mrs Chater added: “St. George’s Hall proves to be a popular venue for our event, attracting more and more people to our show.”

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