Everything in the garden is lovely

KNOW YOUR ONIONS: Chloe Guinivan takes in the impressive vegetables.
KNOW YOUR ONIONS: Chloe Guinivan takes in the impressive vegetables.
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CLARE Town Hall was filled with the aroma of fresh vegetables and flowers on Saturday as Clare Horticultural Society held its annual autumn show.

Prize chrysanthemums, choice displays of jams and chutneys, homemade wine, fresh cauliflowers and onions grown on gardens and allotments were all in evidence at the show thanks to the exhibits entered by green-fingered members of the society.

Secretary Olive Smith said the show, believed to be in its 99th year as far as records can tell, was a great success.

She said: “We had loads of people come along during the day, too many to count in fact. The society began in 1841, and we have shows in spring and autumn.

“This year we had some absolutely beautiful chrysanthemum entries, although the vegetable exhibits were slightly down. I am not sure the reason why. What we did have, though, were very good.”

Clare man David Pledger won the show’s Banksian Medal and the Wine Cup went to another Clare man Antony Smith. The Cookery Club award went to Harriet Laram.

Vegetable category prizewinners were Peter Fisk in division one, and Antony Smith in division two.

Clare Horticultural Society president Francis Wayman presented the prizes.

The society’s next show will take place in July next year and will be held at Clare Town Hall.