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Pictures: Highgate gardeners triumph in spite of summer weather

PUBLISHED: 08:07 19 July 2017

Very young visitors to Saturday's Highgate Horticultural Society summer show. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

Very young visitors to Saturday's Highgate Horticultural Society summer show. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

After a dry season and recent downpours organisers of a gardening show feared the worst for this year's exhibits.

Pat Simons with her winning basket of flowers. Picture: NIGEL SUTTONPat Simons with her winning basket of flowers. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

But at the Highgate Horticultural Society’s summer show on Saturday members’ skills were clearly in evidence across a bright and broad range of fruit, vegetables and flower arrangements.

Floral and handicrafts judge, Nadira Burki, said: “Bright and beautiful. It is always a joy to see such variation and love of flowers and plant materials. A pleasure to see.”

Society committe member Dr Laura Boothman added: “With fantastic entries ranging from roses to radishes and marmalade to marrows it was a lovely event.”

The mayor of Camden Cllr Richard Cotton presented the awards with Gary Sycamore securing lots of summer silverware with a range of entries including a hanging basket awarded the best pot plant, cook’s delight vegetable trug and a diploma of excellence for his winning marrow.

Mayor of Camden Councillor Richard Cotton with committee members Roxane Stirling and Alan Dallman. Picture: NIGEL SUTTONMayor of Camden Councillor Richard Cotton with committee members Roxane Stirling and Alan Dallman. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

And a three way tie on points saw Roxane Stirling, Pat Simons and Jeanne Willis sharing the Hospital Cup. Jeanne, a first time exhibitor, also won the best single vegetable with some stunning tomatoes, and the Novices’ award for merit in floral art for her exhibit of bright red and orange dahlias.

The Society is also welcoming new members and exhibitors ahead of its autumn show on September 16. For information visithighgatehorticulturalsociety.org.uk

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