Gardeners turn out for Rutland Horticultural Society’s annual flower and produce show

Dave Stewardson with his winning trug of vegetables. Photo: SM210712-029ow
Dave Stewardson with his winning trug of vegetables. Photo: SM210712-029ow
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GARDENING enthusiasts were out in numbers for Rutland Horticultural Society’s annual flower and produce show.

More than 40 competitors took part in the show which was held at Oakham CE Primary School on Saturday.

Sandra Needham with her winning bowl of roses. Photo: SM210712-015ow

Sandra Needham with her winning bowl of roses. Photo: SM210712-015ow

There were more than 400 entries in the event which included a range of flowers, shrubs and vegetables.

There was also a good turnout in the junior section, with children getting creative with their flowers and plants.

Vice-chairman of the society Derek Bilby was delighted with the turnout and success of the event.

He said: “It was a very good event. Despite the recent weather we had just as many entries as last year which was great to see.

“We were very pleased with the weather because there had been some concern over what people would be able to exhibit.

“There were lots and lots of flowers, shrubs and vegetables, which was surprising with the wet ground.

“It was lovely to see so many children take an interest and enter this year.”

Cup winners included Ruth Moore who won the Corah Cup in the junior class and David Stewardson, winner of the Earl of Fitzwilliam Cup in the vegetable class, and Sandra Needham, who won a total of four cups including the Kimball Cup for most points in show.