Blooming marvellous Spring Flower Show for Sherborne gardening group

IT was a day of exciting exhibits and brilliant blooms at the Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association Spring Flower Show.

Open to members, an array of classes are judged by members present, who individually vote for the best exhibit. The class winner is the one with the most votes.

On April 13, organisers said there was a great atmosphere during the event, at Digby Hall, in Sherborne.

“Helen Pugh, who had judged many shows for them over the years, turned up unexpectedly and was kind enough to agree to judge the overall Best in Show,” said a spokesperson.

“It was generally felt that this was the best set of exhibits for several years with the daffodils, tulips, spring cut flowers and the miniature floral arrangements being particularly good.”

A total of 130 exhibits were entered and classes won by 14 different individuals, they added.

The Polly Shield for the exhibitor with the highest total number of first places was shared by Glenda Shave, Sue Pickering and Anne Rutter. The Minterne Cup for best exhibit in the show was won by Peter Neal.

Castle Gardens Vouchers for winners of the Grown-on Daffodils were awarded to Elaine Edmonds and Marie Hulme.

The association, founded in its current form in 1942, welcomes new members to its meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month in the Digby Hall, in Hound Street. For more information, contact secretary Richard Newcombe on 01935 389375.

Miniature flower arrangements at the Spring Flower Show. Picture: SDGA

Miniature flower arrangements at the Spring Flower Show. Picture: SDGA

The full list of class winners was:
Class 1 – Jane Taylor
Class 2 – Margaret Cook
Class 3 – Peter Neal
Class 4 – Stephanie Durham
Class 5 – Jane Taylor
Class 6 – Linda Woods
Class 7 – Anne Rutter
Class 8 – Joint Winners Mary Banks, Glenda Shave
Class 9 – Sue Pickering
Class 10 – Anne Pugsley
Class 11 – Barbara Elsmore
Class 13 – Peter Neal
Class 14 – Joint Winners Anne Rutter, Glenda Shave
Class 15 – Elaine Edmonds
Class 16 – Sue Pickering
Class 17 – Sue Pickering
Class 18 – Glenda Shave
Class 19 – Linda Woods
Class 20 – Anne Rutter
Class 21 – Barbara Elsmore
Class 22 – Elaine Edmonds
Class 23 – Marie Hulme

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I am the editor in chief of Blackmore Vale media, which includes the New Blackmore Vale, New Stour & Avon, Salisbury & Avon Gazette and the Purbeck Gazette, having been a reporter for some 20 years. In my spare time, I am a festival lover, with a particular focus on Glastonbury. I live in Somerset with my wife and two children.