Dahlias delight at autumn show in Rudgwick

Rikkyo pupils guess the weight of the pumpkin SUS-150922-114043001

Rikkyo pupils guess the weight of the pumpkin SUS-150922-114043001

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The Ellens Green & Rudgwick Gardening Association Autumn Show, held in the Ellens Green Village Hall on Saturday September 12, proved to be a very successful gathering of local horticultural and artistic talent.

Summer still lingered in the hall, where visitors viewed a riot of colourful dahlias, roses, shrubs, fruit and vegetables. The local art group exhibited some of their year’s work carried out in a variety of media such as acrylic and watercolour. Home fare exhibits included Woolton Pie based on a wartime recipe to mark the Association’s 70th anniversary.

Association Chairman Michael Clarke commented: “No meteorological year is ever perfect for gardeners but 2015 provided a first class selection of prize-winning flowers and vegetables. We were particularly pleased that the girls from Rikkyo School submitted floral arrangements. Their exhibits were stunning.”

The prizes were presented by Dr David McKenzie from the Rudgwick MedicalCentre. Ian Clemens deservedly won most of the silverware: his dahlias would have held their own at Chelsea and his Elephant Garlic lived up to its name.

Report and picture contributed by Kate Robertson, Hon Sec.