Walpole gardeners beat soggy weather at annual show

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Gardening enthusiasts beat the soggy English summer weather to put on a good display at an annual show.

Entries in the Walpole Gardeners’ Club annual flower and produce show were down compared to last year, but chairman Gillian Gosling said there was still plenty for visitors to see.

“It was quite a success,” she said of the event, which was held at Walpole St Peter Village Hall on Saturday.

“All classes were well-represented and entries were good considering all the wet weather we’ve had.”

The 15th annual show boasted a variety of classes, which were all judged to Royal Horticultural Society standards. Categories included vegetables, fruit, art and baking, and for the first time there was a craft class, too.

Visitors also enjoyed homemade cakes, and a book and plant stall.

Neil McClean stole the day after winning the vegetable cup, and the overall winners’ cup. Joe Rabicano won the fruit cup, Kay Argent the patio pot, Mrs Gosling the flower cup and Beryl Bradbrook scored a hat-trick with wins in the floral display, art and greetings card categories.

Anne Scott won the baking class, Suzanne Lyons the craft, and the speciality award went to helper Harry Newman for all his support on the day.