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Hundreds flock to Winchester horticulturists annual autumn show
WINCHESTER horticulturalists proved it takes more than poor weather to thwart their efforts.
Around 50 people entered Winchester Horticultural Society’s annual open autumn show despite challenging growing conditions.
On Saturday (August 19) around 200 people passed through the Badger Farm Community Centre to enjoy the event, with deputy Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry, doing the honours at the prize-giving.
Cllr Berry said: “It was so well done, the whole show. You can see that they really work hard at this and I felt so privileged to be asked to hand out the prizes.
“I’m a member of the Otterbourne Flower Club, so I wasn’t going into this completely cold, and I can say that it is very well run indeed.”
From pot plants to fruit, vegetables and herbs, it was an open show with some 90 categories, so anybody could enter.
The overall winner was Neil Gratwick from Guidlford, who took home the Banksian Medal for accumulating the most points.
Chairman Jasmine Smith said: “It was very successful considering many people did not have the weather on their side and we had around 40 to 50 entrants, which is about the same as the last show, and we had a few extra participants who were not members of the society. Overall it was a very successful show.”
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