First place for keen basket gardener

ROWS of runner beans, leeks, hanging baskets and chrysanthemums lined Foakes Hall as Dunmow Horticultural Society held its autumn show on Saturday. David Beedle, joint show secretary, said: This year we had 48 entrants taking part in the show - that s th

ROWS of runner beans, leeks, hanging baskets and chrysanthemums lined Foakes Hall as Dunmow Horticultural Society held its autumn show on Saturday.

David Beedle, joint show secretary, said: "This year we had 48 entrants taking part in the show - that's the highest number the show has ever had."

In total, there were 360 entries in total put into the show, making the job for judges June Steele, Jenny McGinn and Ray Purkis more difficult than normal.

Best exhibit in the show went to show went to Newton Green's Eddy Linin for his three incurve white chrysanthemums.


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George Amos from Takeley was highly delighted to win the Mike Elsdon Cup for his Dundee cake and jokingly asked if he could keep the cup as he had been a winner twice in the past.

New entrant Victoria Lowry only heard aboutthe show earlier in the week and walked away with the Lawrence Cup for flower arranging.

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Glynis Smith was rewarded for her many entries and in particular her harvest festival in flowers, winning best in that section.

RHS Banksian Medal is awarded to the competitor with most points in the horticultural sections.

This was a close contest between the Perry brothers John and Geoffrey.

Although Geoffrey gained one more point, John took the award as RHS rules do not permit the medal to be won twice in three years by the same competitor.

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