Ickenham and Swakeleys Horticultural Society

Spring Show 2011

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AN OUTSTANDING SHOW - OUR BEST FOR MANY, MANY YEARS!
Ickenham & Swakeleys Horticultural Society Spring Show
Saturday 9 April 2011.
Please scroll down to see photographs and go to the Junior Sections for more photographs of the school entries and winners.

A record number of over 300 exhibits was our best supported show for many years and the superb display ensured a hall packed with visitors on a beautiful sunny, warm day.
The best Horticultural exhibit was judged to be a huge Clivia plant in excellent condition exhibited by Gaynor Lasch.  While in the daffodil classes, awards for ‘Best bloom’ and ‘Best vase of daffodils’  both went to Roger Trigg.Among the adult domestic exhibits, the most closely contested class with 11 entries was a ‘Men’s Challenge’ class. This featured a carrot cake, which though made to a given recipe, produced a great variety of results! The winner was Michael Davey.The adult Handicraft section included a win in two of the classes for Gill Roker, one of which was a most innovative and striking picture made in various fabrics and textures.  The section winner was Emma Hawkesworth with a new logo design for the Society.This year we divided the photographic classes into 3 types (plant close-up, horticultural general view and a picture taken in Ickenham.  This attracted a total more than 30 super quality photos which proved quite a challenge for our new judge in that section.  Suzanne Gould won first in two categories and Ken Faille in the other.
Our two local Junior Schools (Glebe and Breakspear) both staged substantial displays of the activities in their flourishing school Gardening Clubs and these were complemented by an amazing amount of support in our Junior competitive classes.  All the entries were interesting and inventive in the three Junior sections for Horticulture, Cookery and Handicraft. The overall section winner was a novel patriotic posy for the forthcoming Royal Wedding entered by Katie Hawkesworth.

W
e now look forward to our Autumn Show on Saturday 10 September, in Ickenham Village Hall;  open to visitors from 2.30 when once again refreshments will be available. 

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General view of the daffodil displays

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Daffodils arranged for effect

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Pansies were a popular exhibit

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Flowering shrubs on display

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Magnificant pot plants

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The novelty cakes were very eye catching

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Colourful vases of flowers in the junior section

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Breakspear children beside their display

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Winning 'junk' models

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Specimen daffodils in front of magnificent amaryllis

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Colourful primulas

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Camelias providing splashes of reds and pinks

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Hellebores and other spring flowers

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Rhubarb was a popular exhibit

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Paintings on display in the handicraft classes

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The photographic section was especially popular

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Glebe winner in front of his school's display

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Imaginative minature gardens

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The winning exhibit of all junior classes

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The next generation of gardeners waiting for their prizes