Horticultural heaven

Some of the trophy winners at this year's Middle Rasen and District Horticultural Show
Some of the trophy winners at this year's Middle Rasen and District Horticultural Show

Visitors to Middle Rasen were in horticultural heaven as the 71st annual village produce show took place.

Organised by Middle Rasen and District Horticultural Society, the show was again held in the grounds of the Nags and grateful thanks were given to Jenny and Barry Reeves for their hospitality.

Alan Topliss 1st in Top Vase Class.  (Lin)

Alan Topliss 1st in Top Vase Class. (Lin)

Society president Joyce Rhodes also thanked all the exhibitors and helpers for their support in producing such an excellent show, as well as those who sponsored the show including West Lindsey and Middle Rasen 

Presenting the trophies was Pam Vessey of Burgh-le-Marsh, whose family has been with the show for many year, and she congratulated everyone on their achievements.

Winners were: Hubbert Cup, points throughout the year by a member - Philip Hildred; Committee Cup, veg and fruit - Phil Hildred, runner–up shield Dick Fleckney; Medallion Best Exhibit, veg - Philip Hildred for peas; Sinclair McGill Shield, collection of veg - Alan Toplis; Sam and Kath Bontoft Trophy, veg and flowers - Phil Hildred; A Capp Memorial Trophy, fruit - Roy Kitchen; Medallion Best Exhibit, fruit - Roy Kitchen; Bernard Trevor Memorial Trophy, children’s section - Jasmine Ashworth; Greens Trophy, village resident - Pat Douglas, runner-up Jackie Harrison; Edith Ward Memorial Trophy, roses - Ted Portass; Joseph Sergeant Memorial Trophy, roses - Philip Hildred; C D Sutton Trophy, floral art, resident or member - Isabel Hildred; Harry Leonard Memorial Trophy, sweet peas - John Jaques; Joyce Rhodes Trophy, flowers - Phil Hildred; Pansy Trophy – Pat Douglas; Medallion Best Exhibit, flowers - Ted Portas for roses; Posy Bowl trophy, floral art - shared Sandra Rossington and Gina Waite; Medallion Best Exhibit floral art - Sandra Rossington; Children’s Trophy, up to 10 years - Jasmine Ashworth; C D Sutton Children’s Trophy, 11–15 years - James Milson; Vice-President’s award Best Exhibit Children’s - Jasmine Ashworth; Produce Cup - Alison Sellars; Eve Mitchel Shield, jams and jellies - Liz Margrave; Margaret Naylor Shield, cakes - Alison Sellars; Medallion Best Exhibit Section F - Gina Waite for Lemon Curd, runner-up Liz Margrave; A W Rhodes Cup, wine - Pat Douglas; Medallion Best Exhibit wine - Pt Douglas; Special prize wine - Pat Douglas; National Sweet Pea Society Certificate – Best Exhibit of Sweet Peas – John Jaques; Roland Heath Memorial Trophy, planter and hanging baskets - Ann Naylor; Silver Salver in Memory of Mrs C Hardwick, carnations - Alan Toplis; Trophy in Memory of Mr G Hardwick, roses – Jean Richardson; Cameo Shoes Rose Bowl, mixed flowers - Phil Hildred; Bag compost, potatoes - Philip Hildred; Top Tray, sponsored by Nigel Appleyard - 1 Alan Toplis, 2 Dick Fleckney, 3 Philip Hildred; Top Vase, sponsored by Mrs C Dixon in Memory of Linda Richards - 1 Alan Toplis, 2 Philip Hildred, 3 William Pickwell; Special prize donated by Carole Sellars for Sweet Peas - Alan Toplis.

The Banksian Medal, awarded by the RHS, was presented for the first time this year for Horticultural Classes only and was won by Philip Hildred.

Outstanding trophy winner Philip Hildred with his first placed vase of Cosmos.

Outstanding trophy winner Philip Hildred with his first placed vase of Cosmos.