The 2018 show was once again held at Vision Hall and we were blessed with a bright and sunny day, with an excellent turnout again both in terms of entries and afternoon visitors.
A big thank you to all our loyal members who turned out bright and early; a few lugging the odd giant pumpkin, buckets, baskets and trugs of fruit, vegetables, flowers and foliage. It wasn’t long before Vision Hall was transformed with a colourful array of horticultural items, as well as the photography, craft, jams, chutneys and home-baked entries proudly exhibited ready for judging.
Summer 2018 was a very challenging season for all gardeners, with it having been one of the hottest and driest ever recorded, but this didn’t deter the hardy Radlett Horticultural Society members from entering what they had managed to grow in their gardens and on their allotments.
The tomato classes proved to be the most popular – tomatoes obviously loved the hot and sunny conditions. We received 18 entries for one class alone. Popular also this year were squash and beetroot. Our mystery dahlia class was extremely well supported, with 11 entries, and the change to the flower arrangement classes for an Autumn wreath generated some new entrants into this section and they provided a beautiful display. The craft classes were broken up this year into more specific sections and we received an excellent number of entries - it is delightful to see such high-quality exhibits displaying members’ many talents.
The photography classes have generated excellent support for many years and 2018 did not disappoint, offering an interesting display for afternoon visitors. Thank you to all our snappy happy members – Amanda and Jane will endeavour to give you interesting topics for 2019.
We need to put some more work into encouraging the children in our area to take part in the show. Their entries are very colourful and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm.
Jane Poyser managed an efficient team of young and not so young assistants who helped make and serve afternoon teas and delicious cakes to nearly 200 visitors.
The afternoon was rounded off with the presentation of prizes and cups by Peggy Sjoberg, who has been an active committee member for many years and has been organising our holidays for many of those years.
The show itself would not happen without the fantastic support of all the Society’s Committee members and highly valued helpers. Thank you one and all.
We are always seeking feedback for future shows and if you have any ideas for a new class please let us know.
The 2019 Show
We have decided that we are not going to run the Mini Show in 2019 due to lack of support. We will however incorporate the Rose Bowl award in the rose classes at the Autumn Show.
The Show will be on Saturday 7th September and will have a number of new classes including ‘most fragrant flower’ and a challenging tomato class of - ‘a cluster of ripened tomatoes’. For all those enthusiastic photographers, classes include titles such as ‘Festivals’, ‘The Harvest’ and ‘Birds of a Feather’.
For all our ‘Domestic Gods’ we are challenging you to bake a cherry cake and for all those ‘Goddesses’ a delicious coffee and walnut cake; recipes will be in the show schedule.
We would like to encourage all family members to take part in this show and invite their children to grow their own tomatoes. Plants will be available for collection from the Store from the end of May. There will also be classes for other produce grown by the younger members of our society.