Although it's only the end of January, it's already time to start the ball rolling for our local Horticultural Show. The Town Hall (and the kitchen) has been booked so the date is now confirmed as the 18th August. I know this may seem early, and I feel that it is a bit early too - but we have very few weekends up here at that time of year that don't clash with other shows, so we are trying to establish a date for our show that is the first Saturday after the schools go back up here.
There will be quite a few changes this year - some classes will be dropped and maybe one or two tweaked slightly, but the biggest change will be the splitting of classes. As yet, we (The Committee) need to decide whether we should opt for Open and Confined (Confined being for growers within a designated geographical area) or Open and Novice (Novice being open to anyone who has not previously won a trophy). I know which I favour but in this age of demovracy etc etc.
W also need to decide on a competition for the members of the gardening club - any suggestions will be gratefully received. Last year it was for the heaviest weight of potatoes grown in a polypot from a single tuber (supplied by the club). I quite like the idea of buying a batch of Kelsae plants from Mr Fothergills (delivered in April) and giving one to each member to grow on. These could shown as grown, so no dressing required, and who knows, it may even lead some members onto the path towards growing for show.
And we need to decide on a two classes for the childrens competition. Last year we had veg / fruit animals for the older kids and painting of a flower for the younger ones. Again, any suggestions gratefully received.
Will keep you posted as things develop.