Downend Horticultural show is blooming great

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

MEMBERS of Downend Horticultural Society have declared its 69th annual summer show a huge success despite this year’s unusual weather.

The show, at Page Hall in Staple Hill, was a riot of colour as visitors turned up to inspect the abundance of home grown vegetables, flowers, pot plants, cakes and handicraft.

Cups and trophies were given out to the best efforts with nearly 100 different categories available.

Chair Vivyan Brake, who lives in Mangotsfield, said members were really pleased with the turn out.

“It was a very good show. We were a little bit concerned that we may not have very many exhibits as it hasn’t been an easy year with the cold weather and then the hot.

We didn’t have as many cut flowers as usual but apart from that we had some beautiful pot plants and some very nice vegetables. 

“We were delighted with the response and people certainly came up trumps.

“One member, Dennis Hillier, who is in his eighties, specialises in pot plants and they were really beautiful – the sort you would see in national shows. They were about 2.5-3 feet across and they were gorgeous. He grows them to perfection. It’s his hobby and passion.”

The show was sponsored by Fonthill Garden Centre in Bitton.

The club was formed in 1943 as part of the country’s Dig For Victory campaign. 

At one time the club boasted more than 100 members. In recent years however numbers have fallen to around 30 so the society would love to see some new faces. 

If you would like to find out more about the group, why not pop along to one of their regular meetings?

The horticultural society meets every second Thursday of the month from 7.30-9pm at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend.

A further group – Downend Gardening In Retirement – meets every third Tuesday of the month from 10.15-11.30am, and again new members are welcomed.

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