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Gardeners' annual show

St. Peter's Church Centre was once again awash with beautiful colours as the Glenfield Gardeners' Association Annual show blossomed onto the scene. This year's show took place on the 18th August and didn't disappoint. Whilst the hottest summer for many years made growing fruit and vegetables difficult, this didn't deter our amazing gardeners and the number of exhibits was extremely impressive.
Over 100 adult exhibitors and 63 children showed that our show continues to go from strength to strength, with the level and variety of exhibits being particularly impressive this year. Around 480 adult exhibits and nearly 100 children's exhibits were on display for all visitors to see. It was also fantastic to see so many newcomers doing well this year – a reminder that the show is open to everyone (you don't have to be a member of the Glenfield Gardeners' Association). It was also a pleasure to once again welcome Mr. and Mrs. Voce, our sponsors, to present the trophies.
Newcomer Jo Moore scooped the trophy for best exhibit in photography with her amazing close up photo of a bee gathering pollen from a flower. This year's worthy newcomer was awarded to Gill Walker for her seven exhibits, including a first prize winning hosta, a miniature flower arrangement (2nd prize) and several other entries. Last year's worthy newcomer, Cheryl Ridgewell, entered many fantastic exhibits and won the awards for most points in fruit and most points in handicrafts. Allen Hately's huge pair of marrows won the Henry Smart Trophy for the best exhibit in vegetables and Allen also showed a multitude of talents by winning the poetry section too. 15 year old Emily Scott showed her artistic flair, competing in both child and adult classes, by winning the 2012 Diamond Jubilee trophy for best exhibit in handicrafts. This was a very hotly contested class with 62 exhibits! Emily also went on to win the Marjory Smart trophy for the best young people's exhibit in an adult class. Sue Dewick's outstanding cactus was the worthy winner of the Casely Cup (best horticultural exhibit) and once again Claire Mair scooped both the most points and the best exhibit in cookery with her mouth watering Tiramisu, presented in a wine glass. This year's new trophy, the Hugh Davies Cup, was presented to Angie Bowers for her incredible flower arrangement.
The addition of some new categories in wine & beverages this year saw the number of entries increase from 4 to 17, and the new category for an infused spirit or fruit liqueur proved extremely popular. Judging was difficult with spirits including strawberry and blackberry vodkas, cassis and gins flavoured with a variety of ingredients including rhubarb, Earl Grey tea, gooseberry and rhubarb, strawberry and ginger! For the non-alcoholics (and children) amongst us there were some lovely entries in the new summer punch class. The strawberry and elderflower cordial looked very thirst-quenching.
The Glenfield Gardeners' Association (GGA) annual show 2019 will be held once again at the church centre on 17th August 2019. We warmly welcome entries from young and old, there are so many different classes to enter. With your support we can keep the GGA show going. Much appreciation must go to all those who helped with this year's show, but most of all, thanks to all our exhibitors, for without you there wouldn't be a show. The GGA warmly welcomes visitors for just £2 a meeting, or you could take advantage of our reduced membership for the latter half of the year (Sept – Feb) for only £6. The GGA meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, with no meeting in December.  Upcoming meetings include:
September 25th – Managing the Wildlife of Bradgate Park
October 23rd – They Think It's All Over
If you would like to keep up to date with the GGA, you can follow us on Facebook. Just search for 'Glenfield Gardeners' Association'.

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