As we enter into a blustery autumn and wonder what happened to the summer we have many green fingered gardeners to thank for their work in the great outdoors.
A total of 81 people attended the Horsham In Bloom annual awards ceremony on September 20.
Neighbourhood cups were presented to Forest for their mowing of grass in St Leonards Road for over 30 years; to Earles Meadow Conservation Group for their hard work in felling trees, pruning and clearing areas which needed attention; and to Trafalgar for their gardening work in Pinion Court.
Three local pubs also received an award for their very colourful hanging baskets. Year on year they never let us down where they provide cascades of colour and blossom to enhance their premises. The King’s Arms received the Gold award for their beautiful hanging baskets which are cared for by the landlady, the Black Jug received a Silver award for their extremely neat lawn, roses and well cared for baskets and Smith and Western the Bronze for colourful baskets which brighten up the corner of North Parade.
The allotments had a tough year as early pleas for rain quickly became a month long deluge. How can plants survive that? The Horsham In Bloom Every Drop Counts Campaign was beginning to seem less relevant! However our allotment holders are a dedicated bunch of gardeners and are determined to succeed whatever the weather throws at them.
The judges commented in particular on beautiful carrots, peas, tomatoes and potatoes. There was also an amusing scarecrow and lovely French Marigolds which deter pests. The overall winner of the Allotment Competition was Mr Atfield who received a certificate and a Gold cup. He has an immaculate allotment and some interesting fruit trees. The awards were presented by Derek Santer, former chair of the Horsham District Horticultural Society.
The Best Summer Front Garden Award was presented to Mrs Bathie whose beautiful garden impressed the judges because of the sustainable planting; all lovingly grown and propagated from seed. We thank Hiller Garden Centre for sponsoring this category of the competition and Terry Clark in particular for presenting the awards.
The garden centre also sponsors the Most Eye Catching Container Competition. The theme for this year was to grow plants which are attractive to wildlife, bees and butterflies. The winner was D. Parker who had also interpreted the theme to suit the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Mr Parker also won a Silver Award for Best Front Garden. Well done!
In the Community Services category of awards there were many residents of various groups involved in making their place special. Potters Place won Gold for their beautiful garden and further awards went to Lavinia House (Age U.K.) who received a Silver; Hills Manor Place, Bronze and three Commendations went to Jasmine Court, Horsham Hospital and Horsham Museum.
We would like to thank Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex for presenting these awards and for her continued support of Horsham In Bloom. Jean also presented some special ‘thriving’ awards on behalf of South and South East In Bloom to The Green Gym, Boldings Brook Conservation Group and to a newly formed conservation group in Slinfold.
A full list of winners of Horsham in Bloom competition winners is shown on our website.. http://www.horshaminbloom.org.uk
Horsham in Bloom is delighted to announce that the Human Nature Garden in the park was awarded a Silver Gilt by South and South East In Bloom at their main presentation in Fareham and we congratulate Warnham Nature Reserve on their Gold Award.
Pictured here, the presentation to Potters Place representative Rob Tricker of the Community Services Floral Display Competition, Gold Award.