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The sights and smell of spring was in the air last Saturday when Arran was bathed in sunshine and the Arran Horticultural Society held their annual Spring Flower and Bulb Show.
Brodick Hall was filled with the floral smell of fresh flowering blooms, floral art, potted plants, miniature gardens and a large array of children’s artworks, which is a fiercely
contested category among the local primary schools. Included in the children’s category were gardens in a tray and flower arrangements which saw a number of creative entries and which was ultimately won by Shiskine Primary for gaining the most points in section.
Chairman of the Horticultural Society John Sillars said: ‘Once again this year we have had a fantastic turnout, especially from the children who have excelled themselves with a fantastic amount of entries. The schools and everyone else who participated are to be thanked, along with everyone who contributed by donating to the raffle and the baking which was enjoyed by the many visitors.’
The society hosts two shows every year: the spring show in Brodick Hall and the summer show which is held in the Arran Community Theatre and which is the larger of the two shows, receiving hundreds of entries ranging from flowers to produce and art.
Full results of the show were as follows: Section 1 Bulb Class: 1 Daffodils/Narcissi, 1 C Vella-Boyle, 2 Angela Cassels, 3 Janet Logan. 3 Tulips, 1 A Cassels, 2 John Sillars. 4 Hyacinths, 1 C Vella-Boyle, 2 Janet Logan, 3 A Stefanuti. 6 Amaryllis, 1 A Stefanuti. 7 Miniature daffodils, 1 C Vella-Boyle, 2 A Stefanuti, 3 Sonia Harding. 8 Misc, 1 A Cassels, 2 Kate Robertson, 3 A Cassels.
Section 2 cut blooms: 9a 5 Daffodils/Narcissi, trumpet, 1 A Stefanuti, 2 Kilmory School, 3 John Sillars, highly commended, Carol Shaw, Julie Hamill. 9b 5 Daffodils/ Narcissi, large, 1 Kate Russell, 2 S Harding. 9c 5 Daffodils/Narcissi, small, 1 John Sillars, 2 J Sillars, 3 A Cassels, highly commended, S Harding. 9d 5 Daffodils/ Narcissi, double, 1 R&M Farqhar, 2 S Harding, 3 S Harding, highly commended S Harding. 9e 5 Daffodils/Narcissi, multi headed, 1 Laura Currie. 11 3 Spikes of Hyacinth, 1 Janet Logan. 13 1 Bloom of Narcissi, names, 1 A Stefanuti, 2 A Cassels, 3 S Harding.
Section 3 floral art: 14 Flower arrangement, 1 May Crawford, 2 Kate Russell, 3 J Baraclough. 15 Floral art theme, 1 May Crawford.
Section 4 miscellaneous: 16 1 Vase foliage, 1 Janet Baraclough, 2 Elby Laing, 3 C Vella-Boyle.18 Pot plant foliage, 1 Barbara Paulucy. 19 Pot plant, flowering, 1 A Cassels, 2 Brenda Steward, 3 Brenda Stewart. 21 Patio pot, 1 or 2 varieties, 1 Angela Cassels, 2 Janet Logan, 3 Julie Hamill. 22 Cut flowering shrub, 1 Colin Currie, 2 Alison Bilsland, 3 A A Cassels. 23 Garden in a tray, 1 Kilmory Primary, 2 Kirstie Hulme, 3 Olivia McNeice, highly commended, Rosie Wilkinson. 24 Painted decorated egg, 1 Scott McAlister, 2 Shiskine Nursery, 3 Victor Gwizdowski, highly commended, Ava McNeice, Isla Robertson. 25 Bowl of bulbs, 1 Kilmory primary, 2 Shiskine primary, 3 Kilmory primary. 27 Coloured picture, under eight, 1 Fergus West, 2 Olivia McNeice, 3 Scott McAlister, highly commended, Ewen Southwick. 28 Coloured picture, over nine, 1 Abby Stewart, 2 Heather Beeton, 3 Severin Riddle.
Section 6 Photographic: 29 Photograph, 1 Kate Sampson, 2 S Harding, 3 Kate Sampson, highly commended Carol Shaw.