The California Gardeners’ Club holds record breaking show in Finchampstead

Published: 15 Apr 2014 09:300 comments

GREEN-fingered residents turned out in force for a record-breaking garden show.

Emily, eight, and Sophie McCulloch, four, from Wokingham.

Emily, eight, and Sophie McCulloch, four, from Wokingham.

The California Gardeners’ Club held its annual spring show, which has been going for about 50 years.

Chairman Dick Hawes, who won the rhubarb category, confirmed the event had about 230 entries – its highest yet.

Mr Hawes, who has been chairman for nearly 30 years, said: “I think we broke some records!

“The standard was very high, although it was touch and go because of the season, it was hard to find ones that were just right. We opened to the public and we had about 60 visitors, but the success of the show is down to the members; they help set up the hall the day before and everything.

“We auction off anything that gets left over, you’d be surprised how much is left.”

With about 65 classes, overall winners received certificates with a top prize of 70p, second place 50p, and third coming in at 30p.

Mr Hawes added: “My wife Sylvia won about 13 classes so she got roughly a tenner!”

Not just confined to edibles, there were handicraft, knitting, chutney, embroidery, poems, photography and even children’s classes.

The show took place on Sunday at the California Ratepayers Hall in Finchampstead.

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