Tiptree Garden Club held their Spring Show Sat on 17th March. With a typical winter getting under way, pots of bulbs being dug up and checked for progress, then the decision to be made whether to leave the pots in the cool shade or take in the warm to bring on the blooms. The 'beast from the east', weather system arrived and pots needed to be put under shelter or go indoors in the warm, even on the top shelf of the airing cupboard (while the lady of house isn't looking). These are the extremes exhibitors of flowering bulbs go to, to produce the beautiful display at the show and once again forsythia stems needed to be taken indoors to get the flowers to open.
The flower and vegetable entries were very depleted owing to the weather, floral art subjects caught the imagine of the exhibitors and entries were up on last year, the class 'an arrangement in a shoe' was very popular with various styles of shoes being used. Cookery and handicraft classes were slightly down.
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 Norman Crowder 2nd Alex Hurst & 3rd David Mansfield
THE HECKFORD SALVER for best flowering exhibit was won by Norman Crowder with beautiful pot of daffodils
THE TIPTREE FLOWER CLUB SALVER for Floral Art the winner was by Susan Lucas.
THE PEGGY HAYTER CUP, a new trophy for the best in show in the floral art section was awarded to Loraine Smith .with a bowl of spring flowers.
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 Jane Wells. The best in show in the cookery section was awarded to Jane Wells with a chocolate Swiss roll.
The Cookery class kindly sponsored by Staines and Brights entitled '3 cakes suitable for an afternoon tea' 3 of each to be exhibited 1st Jane Wells 2nd Jan Banks 3rd Ed Birkin
TIPTREE & DISTRICT WOMENS INSTITUTE CUP for handicrafts was awarded to Clare Walters. The best in show in this section was awarded to Sally Oxford with a beautiful beaded necklace..
The class in the Handicraft Section kindly sponsored by The Cheap Shop entitled 'A spring collage' 1st Tatiana Swainston 2nd Clare Walters 3rd Jan Banks.
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE CUP for Children under 16 years was won by Willow King.
COURTYARD KITCHENS CUP for the highest number of points in the photography classes was awarded to Jackie Cutting
JOHN KENT MEMORIAL SALVER for the second highest number of points in the photography classes was shared by Mark Cathcart, Norman Crowder, Sue Ebert & Steve Smith.
THE ROD BRUNNING SALVER for the best photograph was won by Mark Cathcart.
W.A.MARTIN MEDAL awarded to the exhibitor with the second highest number of points in the show was won by David Mansfield.
THE WILKIN CUP awarded to the exhibitor with the highest number of points in the show was won by Norman Crowder.
The TIPTREE GARDEN CLUB INTER-SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD was won by Milldene school once again, with 14 points. This year they were challenged by Baynards school. Come on Tiptree Heath and St. Lukes give them some competition.
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 Barbara Roe for the floral art classes; Mrs. Sue Game for the handicraft and children's classes The committee would like to thank the judges for their time and expertise in judging.
The committee thanks all the visitors who came to the show on a very cold wintery afternoon, the exhibitors for all the entries in spite of the weather and all the volunteers working behind the scenes who helped to make the show so successful, once again.
The Autumn Show is Sat. 8th 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', any type of fruit can be exhibited. The Spring show 2019 will be Sat 23rd March.
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.