Seeing the big picture at annual Market Harborough garden show

Blooming lovely...Ann Bird president, David Brumby chairman and Kath Outram secretary during the annual Market Harborough and District Garden show.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Blooming lovely...Ann Bird president, David Brumby chairman and Kath Outram secretary during the annual Market Harborough and District Garden show.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Ever year it’s a picture of course - but this year Market Harborough Gardening Club’s annual show was more of a picture than ever.

That’s because the 2015 show had a new emphasis on photography, at the request of the organisers of Harborough in Bloom.

Class act...Susan Gray with her winning fruit cake and chutney.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Class act...Susan Gray with her winning fruit cake and chutney.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“It was a trial run, and I’m pleased to say the photography class was well supported this year” said show secretary Kath Outram.

The Tony Twynham Cup for best photo was won by John Allely.

There were more than 400 entries at this year’s show, at the Jubilee Hall, in Market Harborough’s Congregational Church.

“Once more in spite of the unusual weather our exhibitors have come up trumps” said Kath.

Mike Naylor winner of Best Veg in Show with Ann Bird and David Brumby.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Mike Naylor winner of Best Veg in Show with Ann Bird and David Brumby.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“We had high quality produce and flowers and a wonderful display of colour from the dahlia benches!

“The judges were very impressed and said that our show is one of the largest in the Leicester and Rutland area. They also remarked on the friendliness and happy atmosphere of the hall.”

The show is also one of the longest-running in the area, being now in its 45th year.

Some of the winners this year included Jenny Parr, winner of the Gregory’s of Harborough class for the most points in the cookery section.

Eileen Martin winner of Best Pot Plant a Madagascar Pine.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Eileen Martin winner of Best Pot Plant a Madagascar Pine.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Carole Black won the Laurence Outwell Cup for Best Fruit exhibit, and the National Vegetable Society trophy was won by David Stewardson.

The National Dahlia Society Silver Medal was won by Mick Cross.

The Gardening Club Challenge was won by Avril Pell, and the Harborough Mail Cup by Eileen Martin.

Kath Outram thanked everyone who helped set up the show benches on Friday and took the whole lot down again on Saturday afternoon.

In the frame...Avril Pell winner of my favourite photo.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

In the frame...Avril Pell winner of my favourite photo.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“We must also give grateful thanks to our many sponsors from town businesses” she said.

“It costs around £1,000 to put the show on, with the prizes, the hire of the hall and all the extras. Without the sponsors there would be no show!”

The Gardening Club show is an open show, which means members and non-members can enter.

Entries come from the town and beyond, with competitors from Northampton, Oakham and Coventry.

Next year’s show will be on Saturday, September 3.

Archie Yates 4 with his Best Childrens entry with help from his brother Harry 7.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Archie Yates 4 with his Best Childrens entry with help from his brother Harry 7.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Refreshments....Margaret Price, Pam Grover, Carole Spendlove, Pauline Brumby and Ann Hepworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Refreshments....Margaret Price, Pam Grover, Carole Spendlove, Pauline Brumby and Ann Hepworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER