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Geoffrey Downing, one of the Horticulture Section Secretaries and Association Chairman for 2013 says:

There has been a great revival in “grow your own” vegetables in recent years and this has fed through to increased Show entries in the last 2 years. We very much hope the trend will continue in 2012. Why not have a go yourself? You don’t need to be an expert to exhibit – there will be plenty of help and advice available at benching time from the many friendly and experienced exhibitors who come along year after year. After all there is as much fun in taking part as in winning, and what a great joy it is when you see prize cards beside your exhibits.

The same can be said when exhibiting flowers and plants. In these classes we have experienced a drop in entries recently and we’re very keen to welcome new exhibitors. We are particularly anxious about our fuchsia classes where last year our entries were at their lowest point for many years. So please come along and have a go!

There is a thriving Floral Art Section which is well worth a visit on Show Day. Again, new exhibitors and more competition will be warmly welcomed. This year we are anticipating more entries in the Floral Art Clubs class, as we plan to improve our contribution to the cost of these exhibits. Clubs often spend in excess of £100 in flowers and materials for their exhibits. These are well worth a viewing and perhaps even a photo or two on Show Day.

Whatever you grow I’m sure we have a class for it to be exhibited – if not just let us know and we will include it next year. We currently have 235 classes in the Horticulture Section, with about 10 new ones added this year. There are more than 50 cups and trophies up for grabs so why not have a go? We look forward to hearing from you.

The Horticulture section provides a substantial flower, fruit and vegetable show housed in a spacious marquee. It is truly a place to stop and admire the produce on display and the skill of those that arrange their displays.

As well as single entrant flower arrangements there are group classes producing splendid large exhibits.

 The show is ideally timed for generous displays of fuchsias, sweet peas and carnations.