Growers and showers return

Growers and showers return

Sturminster Newton Garden Club is up and running once more giving members their long-awaited chance to meet together again.

A plant sale, the Rotary Club Garden Fair and then the form of its own Summer Show have been embraced by members and raising much-needed funds for the club.

One said: “Members were very generous in supplying lots of plants and cakes, the public were very generous in purchasing them. It was an excuse to see many of the people who we had not seen for a long time. This year the annual show was altogether smaller, with just over 20 classes thus giving members necessary space to view and talk safely. Members brought their entries on the night and with no prior entry, organisers were pleasantly surprised with the number of entries.”

The weather has not been kind to gardeners with a long dry spell, then wet weather. Vice chairman Dennis Hewitson took on the job of organising the show and as a qualified judge took on the role of judge, ably assisted by chief steward Chris Hawkins, judging a variety of classes from vegetables, flowers, domestic and handicrafts.

The overall winner of the Banksian Medal was Sue Stroud.
 The best exhibit went to Laura Lyons for her colourful needlepoint cushion, which had so much work in one item. Castle Gardens supply plug plants for one class plus a voucher and this was won by Joyce Moggridge.

More than half of the members attended, a satisfying turn out giving the club encouragement to look forward to its winter programme. The club would like to thank all members who have stayed in contact and helped in difficult times to keep the interest of the club going.

A member said: “Thank you to all the new members who are showing an interest. We are looking forward to a brighter future.”

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