Show Secretary’s Introduction
Welcome to another year for our very successful gardening club. We have planned a full and varied year starting with a Spring Show where we’ll hopefully have Honey Cakes and pot plants to judge and hand decorated plates you’ve been busy with.
There will be a Front Garden competition and the Rear of the Year garden competition is back and with a brand new trophy to win. Both competitions are to be judged in the same way as last year and I will be taking photos which will be on display at the Annual Show. We hope that as many of you as possible will enter.
Our Annual Show day is 31st August, make sure you have it in your diaries. This is always a fun day with lots of ways to take part in, you don’t even need to have a garden as there is plenty in the Schedule to be grown or made without one. Again we have Open Classes for children aged 3-12 years, so encourage grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends children to once again take part.
Clare and I will try to inspire you with lots of easy yet fun ideas to get you going and hopefully make this year as successful as previous years, it’s always about taking part and having fun with friends.
Good luck to you all and Clare and I would both like to thank you for all your support.
Show Day (again...already!?)
6am the alarm goes off.
Quietly shuffling about their houses members of the TVGC committee gather their boxes of baked goods, venture into the garden to pick their prized tomatoes and roses and then, before softly shutting the front door behind them, pop into the bathroom to grab the pot plant they may as well add to their list of entries.
With a roar that skaters sleeping kitties, the car comes to life and the journey to the church hall begins at a snails pace.
7am the caretaker obligingly unlocks the doors for our bleary-eyed volunteers. 'This all seemed like a good idea at the last meeting' they think crossing the threshold and flashbacks of last year threaten to send them straight back to bed. And then they hear salvation in the distance, 'the kettle's on!'.
To work then.
Piles of tables and chairs appear and there are discussions of 'did we have 3 or 4 rows last year?' and 'we're not going to have enough space'. But magically the tables seem to know where they should be and on go the table cloths, separators and class labels.
Umm, not quite done. Now come the entries. The Committee's first and then the members'. But you're already one entry down because you've lost a potato.
9am the members arrive, all expectant, all a little bewildered 'where do we go?'. 'Do you have you entry tickets?', we say, 'Head towards Jean at the table'. All the bustle, preening and adjustments for last minute additions and omissions but by 11am it's all done. Every entry has a place and our judges are set, pens in hand. You've done all you can and popping back to the car you find that bloody potato...'bugger to it....!'.
Now the judging's over and the kitchen is buzzing with the sounds of a very welcome lunch. A feast of thanks for all who've worked so hard and a chance to sit down and process the day so far. A tipple, a natter and a silent prayer of thanks for the ladies who prepared the food because by now your stomach is growling like a bear. 'Thank you'.
2pm the doors open to all and they trample over your exhausted form to see who won what and to try and work out who's going home with what trophy this year. Several names seem to pop up more than others and speculation is rife but no one can be certain until the scores on the doors are revealed at the next meeting. Yelps of pleasure begin to erupt around the room as people clock their entries and that little card with the ever so meaningful 1,2,3's. Some have found certificates for Rose of the Year or Best in Show, some have found an Honourable Mention and some (usually the most harassed looking member of the committee) have found all the petals have fallen off their Dahlias in protest at the early morning. 'Why do I even bother?!' Because we all love this club and this day is our day and everyone appreciates your hard work, that's why.
A relaxed and cheerful afternoon passes with the local community and the several members of GHS spotted within the crowd. No doubt gathering in-tell for their own show. Happy faces stuffed with cake, the Tombola stand looking like it might not collapse under the weight of prizes now that half of them have new homes and of course the announcement of just how much that cake really weighs.
The doors close at 4:30pm as the last spectator leaves and the clear up gets underway. Exhibits are packed back into boxes and bags, buckets are filled with water and little pieces of oasis that once held prized blooms, brooms and mops sweep away the final traces of our show and all that's left is to say thanks and farewell. 'Oh and how come it only take 30 minutes to clear hours of work away?'.
Yes, we'll definitely do this all again next year.
Paul Harriott & Dorte Gilry Shield - Most points in the whole show
Challenge Cup - Best overall exhibit in the show
Banksian Medal - Most points in the horticulture section
Twydall in Bloom Cup - Most points in flowers section
Dot & Alf Club Collection Salver - Club Collection winner
Sam Weller Floral Award - Sam Weller Floral Arrangement winner
Cook of the Year - Most points in preserves and cooking sections
Rose of the Year - Best Rose in the show
Superstar Junior Grower - Most points in children's open classes
miss Clara Emily Moore
Front Garden Shield - Winner of Front Garden Competition
1st - Ron and Jean Baker
Rear Of The Year Garden Competition
1st - Margaret Johnstone