Wellington’s Summer Flower Show on Saturday 26th August featured an exuberant display of flowers, plants, decorative arts, crafts and cookery as well as the outcomes of endless hours of fruit and vegetable cultivation. This was the organisers’ 83rd event and, as it always does, it attracted big crowds to the Alan Rogers Centre, Wellington School.
Secretary Sheena Page said, “A lovely afternoon ensured that we had a good number of visitors. We were pleased with the entries which were well up in the vegetable classes and the traditional areas (fruit, flowers and pot plants) were all well supported. This was particularly pleasing as the weather in the run-up to the show had been challenging! The judges were pleased with the overall quality of the exhibits.
“There were new exhibitors, which is a healthy sign but we are always grateful for the many Wellingtonians who exhibit every year. The WI stall had a good afternoon as did the two plant stalls.”
The show opened to the general public in the afternoon after judges finished their assessments. This process involves teams of experts taking the utmost care to assess each entry, beginning in the morning and ending with certificates and trophies being awarded at 4.45pm. Many of the classes are sponsored by local companies including Relyon, Sheppy’s, Rumwell Farm Shop, Chelston and Willowbrook Nurseries, Covernant Care, Eat Wellington, Cookability and Buy and Save.
One noticeable absence from the show this year is the local Chrysanthemum Society’s display of their stunning blooms at the entrance to the Alan Rogers Centre. Sheena Page said, “Sadly, the society has folded, probably because most of its members simply got too old.” Members of Wellington Women’s Institute were on hand selling their jams and chutneys.
Wellington’s Spring Flower Show is next April in Wellington Junior School.