Arran in bloom at spring show

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All of the signs that spring has arrived were evident at the annual Isle of Arran Horticultural Society spring flower and bulb show held on Saturday.

Adorning the tables of Brodick village hall were an assortment of daffodils, tulips, croci and amaryllii and a large number of cut flowers which were displayed in decorative vases and made into brightly coloured bouquets.

With over 26 categories in six sections there was a large variety of floral options for green fingered enthusiasts to enter and visitors to admire.

In the children’s categories – which received the most entries in the show – the walls were filled with the artwork of children who entered the show with their pictures depicting spring flowers. Children also entered miniature gardens, Easter bonnets and life size scarecrows.

Society chairman John Sillars said: ‘Despite the weather the quality and quantity of entries this year has increased from last year. The children’s categories in particular have increased exponentially and the standard of entries remain high.’

At the conclusion of the show a small prize-giving was held where trophies were awarded for the exhibits that were judged best in category.

Taking the Royal Bank of Scotland trophy for best exhibit in show was Alison Bilsland for her floral art which featured a brightly coloured Easter themed presentation comprising eggs, chicks and springs.

Angela Cassels won the RW McKelvie Cup for best exhibit in the bulb category while Tilda Litton won the Neil Mclean Cup for the best exhibit in the children’s category.

May Crawford who entered in the flower categories, but whom decided to try her hand at photography this year, won the Arran Horticultural Society Trophy for the best photograph in show.

Brodick Primary School were the winners of the Brodick Castle Gardens Trophy for the school who won the most points in the show.

The Arran Horticultural Society host two shows a year, the spring show and a show in summer which, this year, will take place on Wednesday August 14.

Alasdair Hendry shows off one of his first prize entries that he and his brother Charles won this year. 01_B14spring01

Show visitors Myra and Neil Frost can’t resist the temptation to smell the delicate fragrances of the flowers. 01_B14spring02

Finn Popplewell proudly shows his Spring themed drawing which won third place in the under eight category. 01_B14spring03

Isaac Jones of Shiskine won the first prize for his creative drawing in the under eight category. 01_B14spring04

Eoin Jones of Shiskine joined his twin brother in coming up with a creative entry which was highly commended by the judges. 01_B14spring05

Visitors browse the exhibits of Brodick Hall while others enjoy the refreshments on offer.  01_B14spring06

May Crawford shows off her winning photography which was judged best in show. 01_B14spring07

Alison Bilsland with her exhibit which won best in show. 01_B14spring08

Angela Cassels receives the R W McKelvie Cup from society chairman John Sillars for her best bulbs in show. 01_B14spring09

Olivia and Ava McNeice took first prize for their garden in a tray in the children’s section. 01_B14spring10

Multiple prize winner, Kirsty Hume won first place in the Easter bonnet category and second in the garden in a tray category. 01_B14spring11

Shiskine primary children jointly receive the prize for their garden in a tray. 01_B14spring12

Joey Duncan proudly shows off his rosette for taking second place in the Easter bonnet category. 01_B14spring13

Top prize winners, Angela Cassels, Alison Bilsland and May Crawford with their trophies in the Spring sunshine. 01_B14spring14

The Easter bonnet category demonstrated the high level of quality entries. 01_B14spring15

The garden in a tray category received a number of detailed and creative entries. 01_B14spring16

Angela Cassels shows off her Spring bulbs that won her the best exhibit in the category and the R W McKelvie Cup. 01_B14spring17