2013 Garden Competition
MELPLASH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN COMPETITION
LOCAL GARDENERS IMPRESS THE JUDGES
A record number of gardens were entered into this year’s Melplash Agricultural Society’s Garden Competition, and the new allotment competition attracted four excellent entries. This year the competition, in its 20th year, was judged by last year’s winners of the medium and small garden sections, Elizabeth Romana Smith from Ryall and Liz Hampson from Beaminster, assisted by the Society’s President, Cleeves Palmer, and his wife Edwina. Judging took place on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June. The competition was first established 20 years ago by the President, Cleeves Palmer who said: “I thought it was a great idea to have an award that recognised the time and effort that goes into making a beautiful and productive garden, and we certainly saw some wonderful examples this year.. It is excellent to see that the competition has become a significant date in the local gardeners’ diary!!”
Commenting on this year’s competition, Society’s Steward, Peter Yeates, said “Every year it is a real treat to have an excuse to go into other people’s gardens. .. it is great to see the pride, skill and effort that is taken. The number and standard of entries this year was extremely high, and I did not envy the judges having to decide the winners. A huge thank you to all those that entered, and in particular to the judges, Elizabeth Smith and Liz Hampson, who not only had the hard task of judging but have also produced a detailed summary on each of the gardens judged”.
The prizes will be awarded at this year’s Melplash Show on Thursday 22nd August 2013 in the Horticultural tent at 4.15 pm. Photographs of the winning gardens with judges’ comments will also be on display.
Section Steward: Mr P Yeates
Judges: Mrs Elizabeth Smith & Mrs Liz Hampson
Best Overall Garden - The Alfie Parker & Jimmy Watts Memorial Cup presented by AJC Palmer, Esq & CWR Palmer, Esq awarded to Nigel & Catherine Lee, Salway Ash
What the judges said: Passionate and skilful owners have lovingly created a homely and friendly garden that not only fulfils the need to be productive and practical but which also provides a relaxing and beautiful outdoor space for all the family to enjoy. Attention to detail, careful planning and execution, too balance between hard and soft landscaping, skill in propagation and care of plants all resulted in an outstanding garden with no pretensions or faults. This garden gives you a friendly, nourishing hug.. it’s like a Mars Bar.. it helps you work, rest and play!
Large Garden – The Fowler Rose Bowl, presented by Mr & Mrs David Fowler
1st – Maggie Dilley and Ray Glithero, Morecombelake
Joint 2nd – Steve Griffith, Swyre and Jason Smith, Mangerton
Medium Garden – The Pitcher Trophy, presented by Mr & Mrs C Pitcher
1st – Nigel & Catherine Lee. 1 Vale View, Salway Ash (BEST OVERALL GARDEN WINNER ALSO)
2nd – Mrs Corson, Stoke Abbot
3rd – Joyce Newton, Bothenhampton
Small Garden – The Melplash Agricultural Society Shield
Joint 1st – Marcia Peel, 6 Charles Road, Burton Bradstock and Linda Lambert, 4 Houndsell Way, West Allington
3rd – Val Bartlett, Bridport
Allotments - The Groves Nursery Trophy, presented by Groves Nursery, Bridport
Joint 1st – Daniel Broom, Plot 4 Community Orchard, Bridport and Donald Joliffe, Southover Allotments, Burton Bradstock
3rd – Mr & Mrs Cox, West Allington Allotments