Winners crowd in gardening show with Australian connection


GARDENING enthusiasts gathered in St Andrew Blackadder Church to show off their flowers and produce at North Berwick Gardening Club’s autumn show, with more than a passing interest from Down Under!

Members came together on a sunny afternoon to create displays of flowers, produce and horticultural excellence – and there was a new class added thanks to a collaboration involving Australia.

And with this show being the first for two years, there was an enthusiastic response from all members.

During the pandemic, Berwick and District Agricultural & Horticultural Society, of Melbourne, contacted the North Berwick group and so this year a new class was introduced for the show called ‘photo of houseplant’.

Members of both groups could submit photos, with Alice Keys from Australia winning with a picture of a bud from her proteus plant. The photos can be viewed at northberwickhortisoc.com

The three most popular classes were ferns of any variety, vase of herbaceous/bulb/perennial flowers one variety, and vase of mixed garden foliage. All entries were judged by Dr Stan da Prato.

Margaret Ann Crawford was awarded the John Wightman Cup for the highest number of placements.

It was a close contest between Margaret Ann and Libby Morris as both women had the same number of first and second places, but Margaret Ann won the trophy as she had more third places.

The Sir Hew Hamilton Dalrymple Trophy for first in class with the most entries was awarded to Libby Morris for her vase of mixed garden foliage.

The Rose Bowl for best indoor pot plant went to Mary Brown for her begonia.

The North Berwick and District Horticultural Society Cup for best in show went to Betty McMorland for her varied and full trug of vegetables.





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