Colour overload at horticultural societies’ shows

W36512H14''Worthing Hort Show Offington Park Church Hall Saturday.  press Oficer Anne Locke with a giant Dahila SUS-140809-085959001
W36512H14''Worthing Hort Show Offington Park Church Hall Saturday. press Oficer Anne Locke with a giant Dahila SUS-140809-085959001

GIANT, colourful chrysanth-emums and dahlias were in abundance at two autumn shows this month.

Visitors to Worthing Horticultural Society’s autumn show, held at Offington Park Methodist Church, were greeted with a vibrant display of flowers.

There were also many cactus and pot plants – one of which was the biggest the society had ever seen.

Brian Bashford won the most outstanding entry in the show with his gladioli while Linda Charman won most points in the flower, fruit and vegetable classes, the best vase of mixed flowers and the best cactus.

Tom Golds won all four cups in the chrysanthemum classes and Alan Humphrey won all the cups in the dahlia classes.

Barry Bezants won the best pelargonium and the best pot plant, Janice Shambrook won the best fruit exhibit with her plums and also the most points in the vegetable classes and Rose Mason won the most points in the flower-arranging classes.

Pam Angel won most points in the cookery classes.

In the children’s cookery, Orchard Chamberland won the under nine years of age and Jolyon McKail won the ten to 13 years of age.

The society were delighted with the high standard of all the entries and would like to thank everyone who entered and also all the visitors for attended.

Goring Gardening Society also held its autumn show on Saturday, September 6.

Chairman Carol Sullivan said: “The weather was kind to us and as it has been sunny and warm over the past few weeks, we had plenty of entries. The dahlias were stunning.

“There were plenty of visitors through the door and all the homemade cakes were sold with plenty of cups of tea. Thanks to all who came and congratulations to all the winners.”

Mrs Sullivan announced during the show that the society had won the Seafront Planting Competition with bed 17.

Clapham and Patching Horticultural Society hosted its 70th Annual Summer Show.

Committee member Gail Smith said: “We had around 300 people turn up to celebrate the anniversary, which is an amazing achievement. Lancing Brass Band playing was a nice touch. There were lots of entries for the flower and vegetable categories and the food sections are always particularly competitive.”