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Flower and Produce Show – Saturday 19 August 2017

South Marston Gardening Club – Flower and Produce Show to be held on Saturday 19 August 2017

Friday 18 August 7pm to 8:30pm – Register your Exhibits (see list below) at the Village Hall – Schedules 50p available from Mike New Tel. 827807

Saturday 19 August

10am to 12:30pm – Staging of Exhibits

1pm to 4pm – Judging takes place

5pm – Doors open to the public – Admission at door 20p (per adult)

Refreshments and Raffle available

5:30pm – Presentation of Show Winners followed by Auction of Produce (the Committee will be grateful for any exhibit left for sale) and Raffle Prize Draw


  1. 3 Potatoes (white)
  2. 3 Potatoes (coloured)
  3. 5 French Beans
  4. 5 Pods of Peas
  5. 5 Runner Beans
  6. 5 Broad Beans
  7. 3 Onions – under ½ lb in weight
  8. 3 Onions – over ½ lb in weight
  9. 3 Beetroot
  10. 3 Courgettes
  11. 3 Carrots
  12. 2 Cabbages
  13. 2 Cauliflowers
  14. 6 Pickling Shallots (under 30mm in diameter)
  15. 6 Large Shallots (over 30mm in diameter)
  16. 1 Cucumber
  17. 3 Tomatoes
  18. Truss of Tomatoes
  19. Collection of 5 different Vegetables (same quantity and variety as listed in classes 1 – 18 in a seed tray not exceeding 24” x 18”) i.e. 3 carrots, 2 cauliflowers, 3 onions, 3 beetroot and 3 French beans.
  20. Collection of any 5 Vegetables (one of each of any 5 different kinds in a seed tray not exceeding 18” x 12”)
  21. Collection of 5 Salad Vegetables (All different)
  22. Collection of Fresh Herbs
  23. Longest Runner Bean
  24. Heaviest Onion
  25. Heaviest Potato
  26. Any other Vegetable not on schedule
  27. Ugly or Misshapen Vegetable (Please give your vegetable a “name”)
  28. Bowl of Home Grown Fruit (5 of same kind)


  1. Fuchsia* – Standard – maximum length of stem from top of soil to first branch not to exceed 42”


  1. Hanging Basket*

* Above two entries (B & B1) £1 each entry


  1. 1 Single Rose
  2. 3 Roses
  3. 5 Asters (single or double)
  4. 3 Decorative Dahlias (multi coloured)
  5. 3 Cactus Dahlias
  6. 3 Pompom Dahlias (2” maximum diameter)
  7. 1 Specimen Dahlia (large)
  8. 3 Carnations
  9. 5 Pansies
  10. 5 Stalks of Sweet Peas
  11. 3 Spikes of Gladioli
  12. 1 Specimen spike of Gladiolus
  13. 3 Vases of Flowers (a different variety in each vase – no extra foliage)
  14. 1 Pot Geranium**
  15. 1 Pot Fuchsia**
  16. Flowering Pot Plant**
  17. Succulent Pot Plant**
  18. Foliage Pot Plant**
  19. Cactus Pot Plant**

**maximum 7” diameter measured across top of pot from edge to edge (classes 44 – 49)


  1. Square Floral Carpet (not exceeding 6” x 6”)
  2. Miniature Flower Arrangement (under 4” x 4”)
  3. Floral Arrangement “Psychedelic 60s” (not to exceed 15” overall)
  4. Arrangement in a Basket (not to exceed 15” overall)


  1. Photograph “Landmark”
  2. Photograph “Spring Bulbs”


  1. Jar Soft Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
  2. Jar Stone Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
  3. Jar Jelly (in 1lb jar)
  4. Jar Marmalade (in 1lb jar)
  5. Jar Lemon Curd (in 1lb jar)
  6. Sweet Chutney (in 1lb jar)
  7. Pickled Onions or Shallots
  8. 6 Bread Rolls
  9. 6 Sausage Rolls
  10. Apple Pie (with pastry top and bottom and no decoration)
  11. 6 Cheese Scones
  12. 6 Fruit Scones
  13. Bread Pudding or Bread and Butter Pudding
  14. Victoria Sandwich (see ingredients listed below)
  15. Fruit Cake (see ingredients listed below)
  16. 6 Decorated Cup Cakes
  17. Carrot Cake (any shape or size)
  18. Shortbread


  1. Homemade Wine, Lager, Beer, Cider or Liquor


  1. Metal, Wood or Glass Item
  2. Knitting or Crochet item
  3. Cross Stich or Embroidery Item
  4. Artwork (Charcoal, Watercolour etc)


 Victoria Sandwich   Fruit Cake
6oz Self Raising Flour   8oz Self Raising Flour
6oz Caster Sugar   7oz Fruit
6oz Butter or Margarine   4oz Sugar
3 Eggs   4oz Butter or Margarine
Jam   2 Eggs
    1/8th pint Milk
Cakes can be made in any size tin using the above ingredients only.  Judges will use their discretion to disqualify cakes made using any other ingredients.

For more information contact Mike New Tel. 827807 or Angela Newton Tel 832034.


Section B3


Section B2


Section D


Section A


2016 Winners Presentation


South Marston Open Gardens Sunday 30 July 2-5pm

Poster with lily

South Marston Gardening Club 

Open Gardens Day

Sunday 30 July 2017 – 2pm – 5pm

Come Rain or Shine!


  • Stonecroft, Thornhill Road
  • Dryden House, Thornhill Road
  • Church Farm House*, (Lane to the right of the Church)
  • 1 Southview Cottages, Manor Farm Lane
  • Leaze Cottage, Manor Farm Lane

*Refreshments available at Church Farm House,  Toilets available on the playing field and Parking next to the School and Manor Farm Lane.  

Ticket price £5 per family or £2 individual for entry into all Gardens – Tickets with map available now from Mike New 827807, Jenny McEwen 825312 or Angela Newton 832034 or on the day at any of the listed gardens.

We want you to enjoy the gardens and hope you have a lovely day.

Please can we ask that you respect the gardens and be mindful of your footing.

South Marston Gardening Club

Change to May’s Programme – Monday 15 May 2017 @ 7:30pm

There is a change to the Gardening Clubs May’s meeting date.  We will now meet on the 15th May (not 8th).  There is also a change to the speaker.  We now have Richard Cripps who will give a presentation on “Gardening for Wildlife“.

Richard trained with Bath Parks department, Cannington College Parks and was Superintendent with Trowbridge Council. He was Senior Lecturer at Lackham College Horticultural and Countryside Management. A Self-employed Garden and Estate Management.

For more information, please contact Angela Newton on 832034 or 07789068340.

Brilliant bonsais with South Marston Gardening Club

On Monday 3rd October the South Marston Gardening Club will be having a talk by Reg Bolton on “Bonsais”.

The talk includes how to start off a bonsai tree, how to grow bonsais and how to care for them.  Reg will bring along to the meeting a tree which he started off in 1969.  He has been growing Bonsais since 1966 and shows his Bonsais at Chelsea.  He is the founder member of Swindon and District Bonsai Society and he is the President of the European Bonsai Association.

The talk will take place on Monday 3rd October at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. New members are welcome.

Gardening Club Flower and Produce Show 2016

The South Marston Gardening Club is holding its annual Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 20 August 2016. The schedule of competition categories can be seen here:

Flower and produce show schedule 2016

Entry  forms are available from Mike New on 827807.

If showing off your home-grown produce appeals to you or you want to show off your cooking or flower arranging skills this is the place to do it.

There is also a children’s section, photography and craft sections, so what are you waiting for?

If you are not up to entering this year, then why not pop along to the Village Hall at 5pm to browse the entries and eye up the competition for next year!  There will be a raffle and auction of exhibits and produce at the end of the show.