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The winners of this year’s Abbots Langley Gardening Society Spring Show

 Published on: 20th October 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Jane Lay tells My Abbots News about the Abbots Langley Gardening Society’s Spring Show. “I think everyone I have spoken to said what a lovely Spring Show we had this year. I cannot believe that there were so many daffodils, the colour yellow was everywhere and the perfume hit visitors as they came into the Henderson Hall. The photographs were excellent and some very unusual photos too. A big congratulations to all the members who took part and we were pleased to see several new faces entering. But, yes a big but, where were all our children and grandchildren? Have they really grown too big to take part? I know I am one of those at fault not persuading my grandchildren to enter so I plead guilty as charged. I do hope that you will encourage them to enter the autumn show. “Congratulations to the winners – Carol showed an amazing vase of 12 Avalanche multi-headed narcussus with a wonderful perfume and she received an extra award from our judge Stafford for her outstanding exhibit. Well done Carol! Carol also showed a lovely vase of mixed flowers of different colours with an individual list with the names on for you to read. Doreen’s plate of shallots won the vegetable classes. “All my shallots were shooting so I expect she kept hers in the fridge to stop them producing the new shoots. Brenda must have been working day and evenings to produce her beautiful cushion in many lilac and purple shades. We owe her a thank you for giving us a donation for the raffle of a cushion with an Easter theme. Chairman Chris won with his tasty looking brown bread rolls. He must be an expert by now as he cooks bread every week. It was wonderful when the two children who won their trophies, the children they were donated by were in memory of their grandparents – Sophie’s grandfather Dennis Hubbard and Paige’s grandparents Yvonne and John. “May I add that if you want to buy specialist narcussus then look on the websites of RA Scamp ( ), T Walker ( or J Parkers ( They have beautiful illustrations of the flower heads which should help you in showing your daffs in the correct divisions next year. Results – Best in Show in classes: Daffodils: The Gissing Cup – Mrs Carol Gissing, for her vase of 12 Avalanche highly perfumed narcissus Cut flowers & other flowering plants: Valerie Hankin Cup – Mrs Carol Gissing, for her mixed vase of flowers   Fruit and Vegetables: Chairman’s glass bowl – Mrs Doreen Higgs, for her plate of shallots Handicraft and Photography: Goggins Cup – Mrs Brenda Verge, for her beautiful cushion   Household: Secretary’s Cup – Mr Chris Bromwich, for his tasty brown bread rolls     Young exhibitors eight to 12 years: Dennis Hubbard Memorial – Sophie Hudson, for her tasty crunchy peanut cookies Young exhibitors four to seven years: Merry Cup – Paige Caton-Merry, for her excellent photo of her dog at play          

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