A colourful array at Reay and District Garden Club horticultural show
Reay and District Garden Club’s annual horticultural show held in the village hall on Saturday was well supported. A colourful array of plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables – together with tables of mouthwatering baking and produce – made an attractive welcome for the judges in the morning and for those who came along in the afternoon.
Vi Blumfield judged the floral arrangements and the children’s exhibits. Liffy Ross judged the produce and baking, while James Rosie was the judge for the pot plants, cut flowers and vegetables.
The overall number of entries was down this year (lowest since 1991) largely due to the least number of entries in the vegetable section since records began. However, the number of entries in the baking section was the second highest since 1990 – perhaps a reflection on the poor growing season resulting in a Reay and district big bake-off to compensate!
Reay Primary School pupils had worked hard to produce artwork to enhance the show atmosphere. A stunning display of Dazzling Dragonflies (Primary 1-3), and 3-D Flowers (Primary 4-7) together with the contribution from the pre-school children, Apple Trees, added greatly to the show.
The trophies were presented by Lesley Adamson, who was in turn presented with a bouquet of flowers by Emma Sutherland.
Reay and District Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month in Reay hall, with a varied programme of illustrated talks, discussions and social events throughout the year. New members and friends are always welcome.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 2, and the topic will be “After the show and the way forward”.
Section 1, Pot plants – One begonia: 1 C Stewart. One cactus: 1 A Walker; 2 S Harrison; 3 M Alexander. One succulent: 1 A Walker; 2 C Stewart; 3 S Harrison.
One pot plant, flowering: 1 C Stewart; 2 Liam Bain; 3 A Wares. One pot plant, foliage: 1 S Harrison;2 A Walker;3 C Stewart.
Three pot plants: 1 S Harrison; 2 C Stewart; 3 M Alexander. Patio container: 1 L Bain; 2 S Harrison; 3 C Stewart.
Section 2, Cut flowers – Three dahlias (giant/large): 1 D Manson; S Simpson; 3 IMacadie. Three dahlias (medium/small): 1 A Wares; 2 I Macadie; 3 L Bain. Three dahlias (miniature): 1 D Manson; 2 I Macadie; L Bain.
Six sweet peas: 1 E Drummond; 2 L Bain; 3 C Stewart. One gladiolus: 1 K Rollings; 2 M Rollings; 3 L Bain. One rose: 1 D Manson; 2 E Drummond; 3 L Bain. Four roses: L Bain. Three sprays roses: 1 E Drummond; 2 L Bain.
One begonia bloom: 1 A Wares; 2 C Stewart; 3 L Bain. Six pansies: 1 M Alexander; 2 L Bain.
Six pinks: 1 L Bain; 2 C Stewart.
Four marigolds (Calendula): 1 C Stewart; 2 L Bain. Four marigolds (French): 1 L Bain; 2 D Manson. Four marigolds (African): 1 L Bain.
Six herbaceous perennials: 1 L Bain; 2 C Stewart. Six annuals: L Bain. Six annuals, same variety:1 L Bain; 2 C Stewart. Six perennials, same variety: 1 C Stewart; 2 L Bain; 3 S Harrison.
Three flowering shrubs: 1 L Bain; 2 S Harrison. Ten flowers in a vase: 1 C Stewart; 2 L Bain.
Section 3, Vegetables – Four shallots: 1 L Bain; 2 M Alexander. Three onions from sets: 1 J Bingham; 2 L Bain; 3 M Alexander. Three onions from seed: L Bain.
Two beetroot: 1 J Bingham; 2 M Alexander. Two parsnips: 1 L Bain.
Two garden turnips: 1 J Bannerman; 2 Julie Bannerman.
Six pods peas: 1 M Alexander; 2 L Bain. Six pods broad beans: 1 L Bain. Four tomatoes, red: D Mackenzie.
Three potatoes, white and round: 1 D Manson; 2 M Alexander. Three potatoes, coloured and round: 1 D Manson; 2 Reay Under 5s. Three potatoes, white and long: 1 I Macadie; 2 D Manson; 3 Reay Under 5s. Three Potatoes, coloured and long: 1 D Manson; 2 L Bain.
Three leeks: L Bain. Collection of six vegetables: L Bain.
Plate of soft fruit: K Griffiths. Plate of top fruit: R Shallcross.
Section 4, Floral arrangements – Fifty Years Anniversary of the Moon Landing: E Mowat. Fresh foliage arrangement: E Mowat.
Arrangement using five blooms: 1 E Mowat; 2 K Griffiths. Arrangement of wild flowers in a jam jar: E Mowat.
Novice – Arrangement in a small basket: Kay Griffiths.
Section 5, Schoolchildren – Man in the Moon made from fruit/vegetables: 1 Emma Sutherland; 2 Lauren Sutherland; 3 Harry Fulton.
Section 6, Produce – Rhubarb Jam: 1 J Bannerman; 2 Julie Bannerman; 3 A Mackay.
Blackcurrant jam: 1 A Mackay; 2 C Steven; 3 J Bingham. Raspberry jam: 1 A Mackay; 2 M Alexander; 3 C Steven. Strawberry jam: 1 C Steven; 2 A Mackay.
Gooseberry jam: 1 E Sutherland; 2 C Steven; 3 M Alexander. Lemon curd: 1 A Mackay; 2 C Steven; 3 C Gunn. Marmalade: 1 A Mackay; 2 C Steven.
Jelly, any kind: 1 C Steven; 2 A Mackay; 3 E Drummond. Chutney: 1 M Alexander; 2 A Mackay; 3 C Steven.
Section 7, Baking – Chocolate sponge: 1 E Mowat; 2 R Leavesley; 3 H Campbell. Banana loaf: 1 A Walker; 2 H Campbell; 3 I Macadie. Four butterfly cakes: 1 I Macadie; 2 R Leavesley; 3 H Campbell.
Four traybake: 1 R Leavesley; 2 S Harrison; 3 A Mackay. Four parkin biscuits: 1 A Mackay; 2 I Macadie; 3. E Mowat. Four girdle scones: 1 E Mowat; 2 C Steven; 3 A Mackay.
Four sausage rolls: 1 H Campbell; 2 C Steven; 3 A Walker.
Ramekin pâté: 1 P Banks; 2 A Walker; 3 C Steven.
Schoolchildren – A Decorated Story Cake: 1 Sophie Sutherland; 2 Emma Sutherland; 3 Lauryn Sutherland.
Pre-school children – A Decorated Animal Biscuit: 1 Lauren Tunn; 2 Hannah Bisset.
Section 8, Children's exhibits – P1, 2, 3, Dazzling Dragonflies: 1 Iris Cormack; 2 Katie Gunn; 3 Victoria Fryett.
P4-7, 3-D Flowers: 1 Evie Cormack; 2 Alana Ross; 3 Robbie Minchin.
Pre-school, Apple Trees: 1 Blaire Paterson; 2 Lauren Tunn; 3 Eva Hossack.