A Sprinkle of Swift stardust at Spring Show

Our Gardening Club Spring Show was a brilliant affair. The show, held on Saturday 23rd March, was well attended, demonstrating that the recent wet weather doesn’t deter the gardening community from displaying the best from their gardens and allotments.

With over 50 entrants in the Hall showing spring flowers, pot plants, cakes, jams through to photography, paintings and artworks. Members had been told days before that a special guest would be handing out the prizes and there was a definite buzz in the room.

Delicious homemade scones and cakes accompanied the tea and conversation while waiting for the prize giving.

Meanwhile outside on East Street the plant stall run by Margaret Genender took over

£800 in support of local charity, ‘Stepping Out’. Despite wind and rain-showers the team surpassed previous record of sales with a generous contribution of plants from Alyson Halliday.

After the judges had completed their work and the marks had been totted up, 3 o’clock arrived and attention turned to the business of prizes. The time had come for celebrity gardener Joe Swift to step forward. Monique Pasche, president of the club thanked everyone who had worked so hard to make the show a success before inviting Joe Swift to award the prizes. He received a warm and enthusiastic welcome from show attendees.

Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist, garden writer and television presenter, Joe Swift has recently moved to West Dorset and is enjoying working on his large new garden, despite the very wet spring. He gave an entertaining and encouraging speech in which he congratulated the club for keeping going while others have closed down and to the exhibitors for overcoming the weather to produce prize winning plants.

He went on to present the trophies to the winners, who ranged from Ken Hunt in his 90th year to Nathaniel Croton in his 9th year. Way out in front was dad, Neil Croton who brought a range of magnificent blooms to collect 3 trophies and become overall winner, followed by regular, Alan Finch whose amazing cookery was again recognised, as runner up. Special thanks to show coordinator Anne Bark for organising another successful show and to Monique Pasche for her splendid performance as mistress of ceremonies.

We welcome new members, who can join our lively club for just £10 per household per year which, in addition to our various activities: 2 shows, 7 outings and 8 talks; gives members a discount of 10% on plants at Groves Nurseries.

Tim Gale – Chairman Bridport & District Gardening Club

Joe Swift & Neil Croton – Overall Winner