News from the Autumn Show 2018

96 members attended the Show, of whom 54 exhibited. They were joined by 43 non-members and from the comments and atmosphere everyone enjoyed the afternoon. So that makes the work and planning worthwhile. Thank you.

There were 335 exhibits including a number from new exhibitors which is great. Our shows use the judging standards of the national organisations that we are affiliated to such as the RHS, Royal Vegetable Society, and in addition the WI, so any result is very credible.

The special atmosphere of our Shows comes from the members. There is a real passion for what we do in the Society and it is always brilliant to see the generosity of the experienced members who advising new exhibitors during staging.

We think it important that we support other community groups in our area, so we were really pleased to display the Potter Flower Bee model created by the Sanderstead WI in celebration of the Surrey WI centenary.

News from the Summer Show 2018

The Summer Show

The jewel in our crown of our annual events, The Summer Show has been held in the Wettern Tree Garden on Purley Oaks Road for as long as anyone can remember. Conveyed to the Croydon Corporation in 1965 by one of our major benefactors and chairman, Eric Wettern, the Tree Garden provides an ideal environment and layout for this major local community event.

Although only members may exhibit in the competition, the Summer Show successfully attracts almost as many visitors as it does members. Our classes include fruit and vegetables, flowers and pot plants all grown by the exhibitors as well domestic, photography and specific classes for young persons.

With a brass band, tea on the lawns, children’s entertainer, local charity and small commercial stalls our Summer Show provides an atmosphere reminiscent of the best traditions of a country village show with the main marquee containing upward of 350 competition exhibits from our members. The whole event culminates in the presentation of nearly 20 cups, plates and medals to recognise the excellence of the exhibitors of all age groups and capabilities.

Everyone who exhibits in our Shows quickly discovers the camaraderie, mutual support and banter between our exhibitors who are always ready to share tips and ideas on growing and exhibiting their work. We are always pleased to see new entrants of all ages and experience at all our Shows, so we look forward to welcoming you to the Society and our Shows very soon.

News for the Spring Show 2018

2018 was the 3rd year the Society has held a Spring Show. It’s always tricky to find the ‘right’ date for this, especially as the Easter weekend needs to be avoided. This year it was also exceptionally cold – remember ‘the beast from the East,’ which meant that entries were down on the previous year. The plants had decided to go back into hibernation!

The idea behind the Spring Show is to welcome in the gardening year. Classes include narcissi, tulips general Spring flowers. The different classes for the narcissi can seem difficult but there are always knowledgeable people around to guide the confused and bewildered. There are also classes for pot & container grown plants, cacti, succulents as well as sections for younger people, domestic classes, photography and handicrafts. A highlight are the delicious refreshments on offer, along with the plant stall. Something for everyone!