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Pg 16/17 heading: Blooming beautiful blossoms at summer show

The Arran Community Theatre in Lamlash was transferred into a gardeners dream last Wednesday with flowering blooms and prize vegetables forming an impressive display making up the Arran Horticultural Society Summer Show.

Spread out across a sea of green tables there were a healthy number of entries in each of the ten categories, ranging from cut flowers, pot plants, decorative arrangements to vegetables.

Spilling out into the cafeteria area, categories ranged even further from baking, home produce, to knitting and photography. This area also housed the most entered category – the children’s section – which encompassed everything from flower arrangements to drawing , handcraft and miniature garden creation. With nominal prize money for the first, second and third place winners, each of the 21 classes received numerous inventive and remarkably diverse entries.

A cut above the rest, prolific golfer and gardener John O’Sullivan once again dominated the vegetable category with numerous first, second and third place winners, earning himself the Orr Watt Cup for most points in section and his most desired trophy, the Eric Gregory Cup, named after his long time competitor and well respected friend.

Society Ppresident John Sillars said: ‘Thank you once again to all of the contributors and visitors at this years summer show. The Beast from the East, weather conditions and latterly the extended period of hot weather has seen a drop in the number of cut flower entries this year but it has boosted the pot plant sections.  The children’s category continues to receive a huge amount of entries and despite the challenging weather the quantity and quality across all categories has remained consistently high.’

Following the show a prize giving ceremony was held with more than 15 trophies awarded to winning exhibitors for best exhibits and category winners.

The Arran Horticultural Society hosts two shows every year, the summer show at the Community Theatre in Lamlash and the spring show in Brodick Hall, both highly anticipated and firm fixtures in the diaries of gardeners, bakers and children looking to boost their finances.

The full results were: Section 1 – cut flowers. Vase small decorative (5 blooms), 1 John Lammie, 2 John Lammie, 3 Tom McNeish. Vase medium or semi-cactus (3 blooms), 1 N Cuthbert. Vase pompon, one cultivar (5 blooms), 1 N Cuthbert. Vase dahlia water lilly, 1 John Lammie. 4 violas, on board, 1 A Bilsland, 2 Alison Bilsland. Vase antirrhinums (6 stems), 1 L McLelland. 6 roses, on board, 1 Joan Pellowe, 2 C Hendry. 3 roses, on board, 1 C Hendry, 2 Joan Pellowe, 3 Alison Bilsland. Vase, 1 stem, 1 large flowered rose (HT type), 1 Kate Henderson, 2 Kate Henderson, 3 Kate Henderson. Vase, 3 stems rambler or old-fashioned roses, 1 Alison Bilsland. 1 vase pinks (6 stems), 1 Laura Currie. Vase calendula (6 blooms), 1 Janice Murray, 2 Janice Murray. Vase African marigolds (5 blooms), 1 Janice Murray, 2 Janice Murray, 3 Janice Murray. vase French marigolds (5 blooms), 1 Janice Murray, 2 Janice Murray, 3 Janice Murray. Vase gladioli, large flowering (2 spikes), 1 Andrew Stefanuti, 2 Laura Currie, 3 Laura Currie.  Vase gladioli, large flowering (1 Spike), 1 Elizabeth Ross, 2 Elizabeth Ross, 3 N Cuthbert. Vase gladioli, primulinus (3 spikes), 1 Jo Totty. Vase sweet peas, mixed (12 stems), 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 Tom McNeish, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. Vase hardy herbaceous, mixed, 1 Myra Frost, 2 Sonia Harding, 3 N Cuthbert. 3 blooms begonias, on board, 1 Sonia Harding, 2 Sonia Harding. 2 vases hydrangeas (2 blooms in each vase), 1 Kate Henderson, 2 Morag Murchie, 3 John Lammie. Vase cut garden flowers, 1 Lesley Lockhart, 2 John Lammie, 3 Elby Lang.

The Bank of Scotland Cup for best vase of sweet peas in the show: class 44 Malcolm Wheeler. The Hiles Muir Trophy for best exhibit of 3 spikes of gladioli: class 39 Jo Totty. Silver Vase presented by the late Mrs Blain, for the best exhibit of 6 roses: class 21 Joan Pellow. The Dippen Lodge Challenge Cup. Presented by Hon Frances de Moleyns, for the best exhibit of hydrangeas: class 47 Kate Henderson. The John Sillars Cup for best exhibit of dahlias (classes 1 to 15): class 4 John Lammie. The Archie Craig memorial Trophy for the best exhibit in section 1: class 48 Lesley Lockhart.

Section 2 – pot plants. Pot lilium, 1 Laura Currie, 2 Sonia Harding. Pot plant, foliage (not more than 8″ pot), 1 Rachel Phillips, 2 B Paulucy, 3 Rachel Phillips. Pot geranium, zonal, 1 C Hendry, 2 C Hendry, 3 Laura Currie. Pot plant geranium, other, 1 C Hendry, 2 C Hendry, 3 Laura Currie.  Pot petunia, 1 Laura Currie, 2 Laura Currie. Pot begonia, double (tuberous), 1 C Hendry, 2 C Hendry. Pot fuchsia – single (not more than 8″ pot), 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 C Hendry, 3 Laura Currie. Pot fuchsia – double (not more than 8″ pot), 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 A Hendry, 3 Laura Currie. Pot fuchsia – pendulous (not more than 8″ pot), 1 Malcolm Wheeler. House plant, flowering (up to 8″ pot), 1 B Paulucy, 2 Elby Lang. Pot impatiens, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 Lesley McLelland.  Collection of 6 cacti and/or succulents, 1 A Cassels. 6 cacti and/or succulents in one container, 1 A Cassels. Cactus or succulent,  1 A Cassels, 2 A Cassels, 3 A Cassels. Patio pot, floral, 1 Tom McNeish, 2 Janice Murray, 3 Tom McNiesh. The lady jean Fforde Cup presented for best exhibit in section: class 53 C Hendry. The Roy Ure Tray for best pot fuchsia: class 58 Malcolm Wheeler.

Section 3 – decorative. Arrangement in a small teapot, 1 J Ireland-Hughes, 2 Sonia Harding, 3 Rosemary Roberts. Spray (small) and 1 buttonhole, 1 J Ireland-Hughes, 2 Frances Westwood, 3 Rosemary Roberts. Bowl of floating flowers, 1 Janice Murray, 2 Andrew Stefanuti, 3 Frances Westwood. Wicker basket of cut flowers, 1 May Crawford, 2 J Ireland-Hughes. Flower arrangement – Tutti Frutti, 1 Francis Westwood, 2 May Crawford. Cameo, miniature exhibit not exceeding 4″ overall, 1 Frances Westwood, 2 Sonia Harding. Floral art exhibit – Jazz Festival, 1 may Crawford. The Allen McKay memorial Quaich for best exhibit in section: Frances Westwood. The Rhoda Henderson Memorial Cup for best exhibit in class 74: May Crawford.

Section 4 – fruit. 4 apples, 1 Alyson Munro. 12 gooseberries, 1 Fiona Carswell. 12 hybrid berries, 1 Sonja Harding. 20 blackcurrants, 1 B Paulucy, 2 Andrew Stefanuti. 20 redcurrants, 1 Fiona Carswell, 2 B Paulucy, 3 Colin Currie. Tea plate any other fruit, 1 Marshall Ross, 2 Sonia Harding. Bunch grapes, 1 Tom McNeice, 2 L Currie, 3 Morag Murchie.

Section 5 – vegetables. 4 courgettes, 1 Sonia Harding, 2 L Currie, 3 Marshall Ross. Marrow, for quality, any size, 1 L Currie, 2 L Currie, 3 Andrew Stefanuti. Cauliflower, 1 Malcolm Wheeler. Pointed cabbage, 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 Alice Maxwell. Round cabbage, 1 Lesley McLelland. 3 carrots, long, 1 John O’Sullivan. 3 carrots, stump rooted, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 L Currie, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. 3 pot leeks, 1 Malcolm Wheeler. 3 long leeks, 1 John O’Sullivan.3 parsnips, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2  John O’Sullivan. 3 white, purple or yellow turnips, 1 John O’Sullivan. Calabrese / broccoli – 2 heads, 1 Lesley McLelland. 3 onions grown from seed, 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 Malcolm Wheeler, 3 John O’ Sullivan. 3 globe onions grown from sets, 1 Unknown, 2 Andrew Stefanuti, 3 L Currie. 3 flat onions grown from sets, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 John O’Sullivan, 3 John O’Sullivan. Shallots, 1 Andrew Stefanuti, 2 L Currie, 3 N Cuthbert. 2 lettuce, 1 N Cuthbert, 2 Alice Maxwell. 6 garden peas, 1 Marshall Ross, 2 John O’Sullivan, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. 6 pods broad beans, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 Malcolm Wheeler. 6 pods runner beans, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 John O’Sullivan, 3 Andrew Stefanuti. 6 pods French beans, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 John O’Sullivan, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. Pot of parsley (single plant), 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 John O’Sullivan. 3 stalks rhubarb, for quality, 1 Marshall Ross, 2 Sonia Harding, 3 N Cuthbert. 3 beetroot, globe, 1 Hugh Hamilton, 2 L Currie. 4 potatoes, white, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 Hugh Hamilton, 3 Lesley McLelland. 4 potatoes, coloured, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 Sonia Harding, 3 Sonia Harding. Collection of vegetables, garnishing allowed, 1 John O’Sullivan. 2 cucumbers, 1 Tom McNeish, 2 Alison Bilsland, 3 Alison Bilsland. 6 tomatoes, red, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 Malcolm Wheeler, 3 Ian Bremner. 6 tomatoes, yellow, 1 Tom McNeish, 2 Hugh Hamilton, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. Truss tomatoes, 1 Ian Bremner, 2 Ian Bremner, 3 Alison Bilsland. Any other vegetable not specified, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 Matt Seary, 3 Morag Murchie. Novelty vegetable, 1 John O’Sullivan, 2 Alice Maxwell, 3 L Currie. Basket or trug of mixed vegetables for the kitchen, 1 Lesley McLelland, 2 John O’Sullivan, 3 Malcolm Wheeler. The MacAndrew Cup for best exhibit in section: Lesley McLelland. The Orr Watt Cup for most points in section: John O’Sullivan. Anne Middleton Trophy for best exhibit in potatoes: Lesley McLelland. Charles Revell Trophy for best collection of vegetables: John O’Sullivan. Eric Gregory Cup for best exhibit of onions: John O’Sullivan. NVS Medal for best dish in section: Tom McNeish.

Section 6 – baking. 2 soda scones, 1 Callum Taylor. 3 plain oven scones, 1 Laura Currie, 2 Laura Currie, 3 Fiona Carswell. 2 individual quiches, 1 Sarah Crawford, 2 Rosemary Roberts. 3 pancakes, 1 Morag Murchie, 2 Laura Currie, 3 Laura Currie. 3 Coburg cakes, 1 Alison Henderson, 2 Alison Henderson, 3 Elizabeth Ross. Victoria sponge with jam filling, 1 Emma Henderson, 2 Elizabeth Ross, 3 Emma Campbell. Gingerbread, 1 Sarah Crawford, 2 Rosemary Roberts, 3 Elizabeth Ross. 3 shortbread fingers, 1 Elizabeth Ross, 2 Elizabeth Ross, 3 Jo Totty. 3 empire biscuits, 1 Sarah Crawford, 2 Jo Totty, 3 H Cuthbert.3 melting moments, 1 Jo Totty, 2 Jo Totty. 3 canapés, all the same, 1 Sarah Crawford, 2 Sarah Crawford. Banana loaf (1lb tin), 1 Elizabeth Ross, 2 Neil Frost, 3 Jo Totty. 1/4lb vanilla tablet, 1 Laura Currie, 2 Laura Currie, 3 Neil Henderson. White loaf, yeast hand made, 1 Malcolm Wheeler, 2 Malcolm Wheeler, 3 Elizabeth Ross. FC Hendersons Trophy for most points in section: Sarah Crawford.

Section 7 – produce. Jar raspberry jam, 1 Rachel Phillips, 2 Rosemary Roberts, 3 Sonia Harding. Jar rhubarb and ginger jam, 1 N Cuthbert, 2 Frances Westwood. Jar apricot jam, 1 Morag Murchie. Jar of chutney, 1 Lesley Lockhart. Jar jelly, any variety, 1 Kate Sampson, 2 Frances Westwood, 3 Sonia Harding. Jar lemon curd, 1 Rosemary Roberts, 2 Rachel Phillips, 3 Katie Henderson. Jar marmalade, 1 Sonia Harding, 2 Marshall Ross, 3 Marshall Ross. 1/2 dozen hen eggs, 1 Laura Currie, 2 Lesley Lockhart, 3 Laura Currie.

Section 8 – handcrafts. Jumper, 1 Elma Stevenson. Cardigan, adult, 1 Nancy Bremner. Baby garment, 1 Elma Stevenson, 2 Janice Murray, 3 Janice Murray. Child’s garment, over 22″ chest, 1 Elma Stevenson, 2 Elma Stevenson. Any knitted article using more than one colour, 1 Elma Stevenson. Any knitted article using less than 100gms, 1 Elma Stevenson. Any knitted article using more than 100gms, 1 Elma Stevenson. Any article made from recycled materials, 1 Frances Westwood. Crochet items using silk or cotton thread, 1 Nancy Bremner. Article of crochet using less than 100gms of heavy yarn, 1 Elizabeth Ross, Elizabeth Ross. Article of crochet using more than 100gms of heavy yarn, 1 Nancy Bremner. Article in canvas work, 1 Angela Cassels. Article in counted stitch, 1 Angela Cassels, 2 Angela Cassels, 3 Elizabeth Ross. Any article of embroidery, 1 Elizabeth Ross. Garment sewn, 1 Laura Glister, 2 Elma Stevenson. Soft toy knitted, 1 Janice Murray, 2 Janice Murray. Soft toy sewn, 1 Janice Murray, 2 Janice Murray, 3 Elma Stevenson. Any work, any medium, 1 Elizabeth Ross, Frances Westwood. Any article in any other craft, or using more than one craft, 1 Nancy Bremner, 2 Elma Stevenson, 3 Frances Westwood. 1st Birthday card, 1 Rosemary Roberts, 2 Frances Westwood. Chris Hall Rosebowl for best exhibit in section: Angela Cassels. Illia Price Engraving Trophy for exhibitor with most points having exhibits in any two sections from sections 6,7,8: Elizabeth Ross.

Section 9 – children’s. Bouquet of leaves and grasses, no flowers, 1 Kirsty Hume, 2 Cara Henderson, 3 Ava McNeice. Bouquet of leaves and grasses, no flowers, over 7 years, 1 Olivia McNeice, 2 Lilly Glover, Emma Henderson. Miniature garden, 1 McNeice girls, 2 Kirsty Hume, 3 Daniel McGovern. Bowl of floating flowers, 1 Kate McGovern, 2 Jessica Morrison, 3 Cara Henderson. Posy in egg cup, 1 McNeice girls, 2 Hayley Glister, 3 McNeice girls. Posy in teacup, 1 Kate McGovern, 2 Jessica Morrison, 3 Hayley Glister. Collection of vegetables, one example of each, shown in box, 1 McNeice girls. Colour photograph showing animals, 1 Callum Taylor, 2 Lily Glover, 3 Lily Glover. Colour photograph showing landscape, 1 Callum Taylor, Dan McGovern, 3 Callum Taylor. Woodwork article, 1 Ava McNeice, 2 Olivia McNeice. Metalwork article, 1 Daniel McGovern. Sewing or knitting, 1 Olivia McNeice, 2 Ava McNeice, 3 Jessica Morrison. Picture in any medium, 1 Lily Glover, 2 Jemima Totty, 3 Olivia McNeice. Animal or figure made from fruit or vegetable, 1 Dan McGovern, 2 Lily Glover, 3 McNeice girls. Edible necklace made from fruit, vegetables, nuts, sweets, etc, 1 Evie Glover, 2 Kate McGovern, 3 Lily Glover. Picture or collage using shells, beads, seeds etc, 1 McNeice girls, 2 Kate McGovern, 3 Dan McGovern. 4 oven scones, 1 Callum Taylor, 2 Jemma Totty, 3 Lisa Henderson. Any other article made from recycled materials, 1 Olivia McNeice, 2 McNeice girls, 3 Jessica Morrison. The Jim Cassels Trophy for most meritorious exhibit in section: Callum Taylor. The MF Murchie Cup for best miniature garden: McNeice girls.

Section 10 -photographic. Black and white, any subject, 1 K Sampson. Nature, animal or bird, 1 K Sampson, 2 K Sampson, 3 J Murray. Pictorial, flowers, trees, 1 K Sampson, 2 D Carswell, 3 S Harding. Pictorial, landscape, seascape, 1 D Carswell, 2 K Sampson, 3 A Stefanuti. Pictorial architecture, 1 F Carswell, 2 K Sampson, 3 S Harding. Portrait or group, static or active, 1 K Sampson, 2 A Stefanuti, 3 J Murray. Any other subject, 1 D Carswell, 2 S Harding, 3 K Sampson. JF Turton Trophy for best entry in section: Diana Carswell.

 

Alastair Hendry with his prize winning geraniums that earned him the Lady Jean Fforde Cup. 01_B33hort01

Charles Hendry with his first prize winning roses in memory of his sister Mairi Turnbull. 01_B33hort02

Kirsty Hume was the young winner in the children’s category for her arrangement of leaves and grasses. 01_B33hort03

Colourful and inventive, the children’s categories received a large number of entries. 01_B33hort04

A feast for the eyes, the baking categories showed a diverse range of quality entries. 01_B33hort05

Usually known for his sweet peas Malcom Wheeler took first and second place for his hand made white loaves in the baking category. 01_B33hort06

Scones, tarts, pancakes and biscuits were all examined under the critical eyes of visitors. 01_B33hort07

Receiving numerous prizes, Jemma Totty was most proud of her second place drawing of a dragon done in pencil. 01_B33hort08

Following a recipe received from an Australian coffee shop owner while on holiday, Neil Frost took second place for his banana loaf. 01_B33hort09

Excelling himself in vegetable growing, John O’Sullivan with his prize winning collection of vegetables. 01_B33hort10

Among numerous prizes, Jessica Morrison was most proud of her bright posy in a teacup which earned her a second place prize. 01_B33hort13

Visitors pack the school cafeteria to inspect the items on display. 01_B33hort15

With a natural flair with flowers, May Crawford exhibited her best in class wicker basket of cut flowers. 01_B33hort16

In the handcraft section Elma Stevenson received six first place winners including this baby garment made for her granddaughter. 01_B33hort17

May Crawford with the Rhoda Henderson Memorial Cup for the best exhibit of cut flowers in a wicker basket. 01_B33hort18

Long time judge Elizabeth McKellar presents Frances Westwood with the Allen McKay memorial Quaich for best exhibit in the decorative section. 01_B33hort19

Elizabeth McKellar congratulates Tom McNeish on winning the NVS Medal for the best dish in the vegetable section. 01_B33hort20

Sarah Crawford receives the FC Henderson Trophy for most points attained in the baking section. 01_B33hort21

Angela Cassels receives the Chris Hall Rosebowl for best exhibit in the handcraft section. 01_B33hort22

Elizabeth Ross receives the Illia Price Engraving Trophy for exhibitor with the most points in two different categories. 01_B33hort23

Olivia and Ava McNiece with the MF Murchie Cup for their best miniature garden. 01_B33hort24

Lesley Lockhart with the Archie Craig Memorial Trophy for best exhibit in the cut flowers section. 01_B33hort25

Jo Totty with the Hiles Muir Trophy for her best exhibit of gladioli. 01_B33hort26

All of the trophy winners at the 2018 Arran Horticultural Society Summer Show. 01_B33hort27