The HORTICULTURE SECTION of OUR SHOW needs you to enter whatever you grow in a pot, garden or greenhouse. Each year everyone is amazed at all the bright and beautiful entries which make such a great part of the Annual show but it needs you to enter to make it happen.
You might even win one of our trophies or a prize from one of our supporters and for the exhibitor who gains most points in the horticultural Section there is the award of the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal.
I would like to thank all the schools and preschool groups that enter the Horticulture section – what a great job they are doing to involve their pupils with growing and nurturing plants. I am so hoping that even more find the time to show us what they are doing in the classroom and outside it. The Junior section is free to enter. The PETER KNOWLES TROPHY for group environmental work has become an important part of the Horticulture Section. It is open to any group involved with young people (2 to 16 years) who can put on an exhibition of their Growing and Environmental work. The inscribed trophy trowel will be for keeps every year and there will also be a prize of £20 for the group.
The Floral Art Section is always colourful and I am always amazed at the flair of the exhibitors to interpret the ideas. I hope we see even more exhibits this year – There is also now a category for all ages to enter a miniature garden so it is a lovely chance for members of the family to work together . Michelle of “So Plants” in Longridge is sponsoring this. The children also have the opportunity to enter their “Insect home made from recycled materials” this year in the Junior section which they can let their imaginations run riot. I am also looking forward to seeing a magical garden – Plus anyone of all ages will get the chance to pot up a plant and make a crafty plant tag and the best thing of all you get to take it home for free.”
There is an additional class in the fruit and vegetables section for an ugly vegetable. I am looking forward to seeing what entries that produces.
Adults enter for the price of an advance ticket which this year is still £6 – this entitles you to come to the show and enter as many classes in the Horticulture Section as you wish. Children can enter the horticulture section for free and I can let over 12`s have an advance entry ticket for £3.
RULES APPLICABLE TO THIS PARTICULAR SECTION
Exhibits may be staged from 2pm to 7pm on Friday or from 8am to 10am on Saturday and must remain on the show bench until 4.30pm on Saturday. Any exhibitor removing his or her exhibit before 4pm will forfeit all prizes won.
The Judge`s decision will be final. The judge will have power to cut fruit etc. And to withhold prize money where he considers same unworthy. Exhibitors must provide stands, vases, plates etc. For their exhibits. The Committee will not be responsible for any loss or damage to exhibits.
PRIZE MONEY AND TROPHIES AND EXHIBITS MUST BE COLLECTED BY 5PM.
Exhibitor place cards will not be posted but will be available in the tent at the time of staging. Points will be awarded as follows: 1st place- 3 points, 2nd place- 2 points, 3rd place – 1 point. Judging will take place at 10am prompt.All trophies and cups to be held by the winners for 12 months and returned to the Secretary 2 weeks before the show, except for the Peter Knowles Trophy which is retained by the winners. Winners will be presented with their awards in the Horticulture Marquee after the Grand Parade has taken place in the main ring (approx. 4.30pm)
The RHS Banksian medal will be awarded to the winner of the highest number of place points in the whole of the horticultural classes at the Show (floral art classes are excluded by the RHS and their rules do not allow for the winner from the previous year to receive the medal the following year)
All plants exhibited must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least six months prior to the show date. All fruit and vegetables in classes 13- 21 must have been grown by the exhibitor. Floral art is not included in this rule – to allow for exhibitors to buy fresh flowers.
Closing date for entries : 7th July 2017 but please return your entry forms as soon as possible to allow for the best staging possible.