Tiptree Garden Club held their Spring Show Sat on.25th March. The hard frosts at the beginning of the year made the weather seem more like a typical winter and pots of bulbs were safely in the ground and when the weather turned unseasonably warm it was challenging to keep the bulbs from coming into flower too early. with the forsythia and magnolia stellata shrubs in full bloom several weeks early.
The vegetable classes were nearly double with broad bean plants in flower ,a tomato plant with flower buds ,with several trays of salad leaves and micro greens, these all need careful managing to bring these plants on, out of season There were also some magnificent hyacinths and many beautiful spring flowers. . Cooking and handicraft entries were slightly lower than last year .In the handicraft section the class 'a picture' and the class ' a page from an adult colouring book' were very popular.
The Cup Winners were:-
THE CHALLENGE CUP for most points in the flower section was once again won by Norman Crowder.
In the daffodil class kindly sponsored by Millins of Tiptree 1st Anthony Walters 2nd Norman Crowder 3rd Dave Mansfield
THE HECKFORD SALVER for best flower exhibit was won by Dave Mansfield with a beautiful pot of hyacinths..
THE TIPTREE FLOWER CLUB SALVER for Floral Art the winner was Libby Willis. Lorraine Smith was awarded best in show in this section with an arrangement of 5 lilies.
THE GARDEN CLUB and HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY CUP for vegetables was awarded to Anthony Walters.
TIPTREE AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY CUP for cookery: the winner was Jan Banks. The best in show in the cookery section was awarded to Steve Smith with a jar of marmalade.
The Cookery class kindly sponsored by Staines and Brights entitled 'My favourite savoury flan/quiche'. 1st Christine Wilding 2nd Phyllis Woodiwiss 3rd Jane Wells
TIPTREE & DISTRICT WOMENS INSTITUTE CUP for handicrafts was awarded jointly to Jane Wells.The best in show in this section was awarded to Tatiana Swainton with an unusual collage.
The class in the Handicraft Section kindly sponsored by The Cheap Shop entitled 'A cushion'. 1st prize was awarded to Jane Wells, 2nd prize to Jan Banks and 3rd to Phyllis Woodiwiss.
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE CUP for the children's section, this section is open to all children under 16. 1st .Willow King with 6 points-2nd Charlotte Bridle. With 4 points.
COURTYARD KITCHENS CUP for most points in photography was awarded to Jackie Cutting
THE JOHN KENT MEMORIAL SALVER for second most points in photography was won by Norman Crowder
ROD BRUNNING MEMORIAL SALVER for the best digital photograph went to Sue North with a photo of a sunset.
THE W. A. MARTIN MEDAL for 2nd most points in the show was awarded to Anthony Walters.
he winner of THE WILKIN CUP for most points in the show was Norman Crowder
The TIPTREE GARDEN CLUB INTER-SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD was won by Milldene school, once again with 18 points.
The prizes were presented by Gordon Millin, the president of the Tiptree Garden Club
The judges were:- Mr Peter Morris for the flower and vegetable classes,; Mrs.Margaret Cooper for the cookery classes; Mrs Jane Cowell for the floral art classes; Mrs. Sue Game for the handicraft classes. The committee would like to thank the judges for their time and expertise in judging.
The committee would like thank the all the visitors who visited the show on a beautiful sunny afternoon, the exhibitors for all the entries and all the volunteers working behind the scenes who helped to make the show so successful.
The Autumn Show is Sat. 2rd Sept. In this show Wilkin and Sons are sponsoring a tray of general vegetables and Perrywood Nursery a tray of salad vegetables. (It is now time to sow the seeds for some of these vegetables). Don't forget there is a sponsored class for a collection of fruit.
The schedule is on the web site www. tiptreegardenclub.com The telephone numbers for more information are 01621 813040 & 01621 817203. We look forward to seeing you in Sept.