Grayshott Gardeners Virtual Summer Show 2021

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who entered our virtual Summer Show.

In total there were 99 entries across the eight classes, and the quality of the entries was very high.  The judges had a hard task to agree the placings, as you will no doubt see from the photos in the galleries below. Click on the arrows at the bottom of each photo to see all the entries for that class.

There were some very interesting and unusual plants entered – if you would like to know what a particular plant is, please email, and we will contact the entrant and let you know. We can also include the photo and the identification in a future newsletter if several people ask about the same entry.

Here are all the entries for the eight classes along with the winners – Congratulations to you all !

Summer Show '21: Class 1 - Large Rose
1st Doris Marjoram - large rose
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Summer Show '21: Class 2 - Spray Cluster Flowered Rose
1st Karen Cozens - cluster rose
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Summer Show '21: Class 3 - Three leaves of Different Hostas
1st Gilly Coleman - hostas
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Summer Show '21: Class 4 - One Hydrangea bloom
1st Dennis Homer - hydrangea
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Summer Show '21: Class 5 - Single stem of any garden plant
1st Pauline Hudd - single stem
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Summer Show '21: Class 6 - Hardy Herbaceous Perennial
1st Pamela J Fox - perennial
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Summer Show '21: Class 7 - Flowering tree or shrub
Gill Lewis- tree or shrub
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Summer Show '21:Class 8 - Floral arrangement of mixed blooms
1st Carol Wass - arrangement
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Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show 2021: Class 76 – Photography “A Cosy Corner”

This year there were 12 entries, far more than we would normally expect to see at a Summer Show in the Village Hall.  There was a wide range of interpretations of the brief “A Cosy Corner”.

Once again, Kathleen Bird, President of the Ludshott Photographic Club, kindly agreed to judge the entries.  Kathleen chose the photograph of Karen Cozens of a snake tucked away in the corner of her little pond as the winner.

Kathleen said that it fitted the brief perfectly and was the most imaginative of all the entries.  It would have been difficult to capture that instant, but it had been well done.  The photograph was well exposed and composed.  The snake eyeing the fly on the rock made it! Karen wins the £20 first prize.

Kathleen also highly commended:

2nd Place: Liz Munson’s “Cat amongst the Fuchsias”

3rd Place: Sheila Aitken’s “A Cosy Garden Scene”

4th Place: Carol Wass’s “Squirrel in the Feeder”

Highly Commended: Lynne Callender

Thanks to all that entered – it is much appreciated.

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show 2021: Class 49-Potato Competition

Gordon Rae thanked everyone who entered the competition and was delighted with the results. Grayshott Gardeners excelled themselves. There were 19 entries out of the 25 who collected their seed potatoes in February, more than any previous year. One more and they would not have fitted on Paul Coleman’s table!

As we were unable to hold a Summer Show in the Village Hall, undaunted, we held the potato competition out of the rain, in the garage.

There was a wide range of shapes and sizes. Helen Deighan’s were the largest by far and looked as though they had been fed on steroids and Helen Sanderson’s were very close behind.

That said our judge, Mavis Hallt, the wife of the late Mike Hallt, after whom the cup for class 49 is named, arrived armed with her list of ‘Judging Criteria and Staging Hints’, ready to make some difficult decisions. Mavis used the following guidance to come to her final decision.

The three potatoes exhibited should :-

  • Be carefully washed
  • Be shallow eyed
  • Be of uniform size
  • Be similarly sized as this is more desirable than being the largest/heaviest.
  • Have clean unbroken skins
  • Have no sign of disease or scab
  • Be of a good size

After considerable deliberation, sorting and re-sorting, Mavis delivered the result.

First Prize and the Mike Hallt Cup     Andy Karayianni

Second Prize                                      Dick Smith

Third prize                                           Gordon Rae

Fourth Prize                                        Mary Herbert

Mavis considered that Andy’s potatoes, taking into account and balancing all the above criteria were worthy winners of the First Prize and the Mike Hallt Cup.

The cup will be presented to Andy, by the chairman Anne Waddell, at the first meeting we are able to hold back in the Village Hall.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered what is a fun competition when the GGs cannot hold a proper show.

There are particular thanks from the President and ‘Mrs President’ who have several fine boilings of exhibition spuds!

Summer Show 2021 ….. goes virtual!

We’re delighted to announce that we will be holding our 2021 Summer Show virtually!

This is just for fun and there are no prizes, but we do  hope you will get a lot of pleasure out of going round your garden to take your photos and then deciding which ones to enter. If nothing else you will have a wonderful record of your garden this summer.

The deadline for sending in your photos is 5pm on Friday 9th July, and the classes are:

1One large flowered rose
2One spray of cluster flowered rose
3Three leaves of different hostas
4One hydrangea bloom
5A single stem of any garden plant
6One stem of a hardy (herbaceous) perennial
7One stem of a flowering tree or shrub
8A floral arrangement of mixed blooms from your garden

You can enter one photo for each class, and you can send your entries separately.  You cannot enter a class more than once, and members are asked that the photos have been taken in the month leading up to 9th July.

Please send your entries to:

Emails should have the subject line “Show entry from (your name)”, and  your attached photos should be named with “Your name and class being entered”.

If you have any queries regarding taking photos of your entries, please contact John Price.

The judging will be undertaken by members of the Show Committee, and results will be published on the website.

Please do enter – and enjoy!

Shows in 2020 and Spring 2021

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, Grayshott Gardeners Shows in 2020 and Spring 2021 were cancelled.

Grayshott Gardeners holds two Shows – in the Spring & Summer.  The Spring Show is held around April and the Summer Show is usually in July.  Staging takes place from 9 – 10.20am in the Village Hall, with judging following thereafter and viewing from 2- 4pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and see what is produced by both members and non members.

Members are encouraged to enter flowers, plants, vegetables and produce from their homes.  Non Members can enter any open classes and the Photography Class.  There are also Junior Classes for the under 8s and over 8 – 11s.  For those of you who are novices, help is on hand from any Committee member who will be happy to offer support and guidance.

These Shows are a feast for all the senses – the smell of the flowers, the spectacular flower displays, the superb home produce and photography – not to mention the plants for sale and the lovely teas and home made cakes for refreshment.

Grayshott Gardening Club members will be on hand to chat about the exhibits and the club in general.

Show Rules, Advice, Current Year Schedules and Entry Forms can be found in the Grayshott Gardeners Handbook, or by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

If you would like further information, please contact the Show Committee on (subject line: shows)


Best in Show:Judith Rae for Tazetta Narcissus

Spring Show 2019 – Narcissus classes

More Spring Show 2019 pictures to follow soon on the  photo gallery page.

The 2019 Spring Show organised by Grayshott Gardeners again proved a great success, with many entries, despite the period of freaky weather preceding the show. A total of 139 (2018: 138) persons attended the Show, comprising 81 (74) members and 58 (64) visitors.

Spring Show Junior entries

All classes featured high-standard entries, with the junior section particularly well represented. Viewers were able to enjoy the refreshments, including a wide choice of  cakes baked by volunteer members, while the plant stall was not short of customers either. A raffle completed the entertainment on offer. The event concluded with the presentation of prizes by our patron, Gordon Rae.

2019 Results: (last year’s winners in brackets)

Spring Cup – Judith Rae (Jill Meech)

Gardeners Cup – Judith Rae (Vanessa Thompson)

Denyer Cup – Sue Debenham/Gill Purkiss (Sally Russell)

Gladys Willmott Cup – Margaret Hanna/Pat Godbert (Jill Meech)

Novice Cup – Monica Pengilley (Sally Russell)

Whitehouse Cup – Judith Rae (Jill Meech)

Best in Show Plate- Judith Rae for Tazetta Narcissus  (Maureen Boorman for (Hellebores in a box)

Craft – Leslia Fairnfield (Sue Coates)

Photography – Liz Munson for photo no. 1 (Angela Pointon for a picture of a bee alighting on a flower)

Juniors –      Under 8 Sophie (Grayshott School)      8-11 Charlotte (Grayshott School)


Patron’s special award!

A sneak preview of the awards ceremony, whilst awaiting John Price’s photographs of the beautiful flowers and produce in this year’s Summer Show.

We welcomed a total of 96 persons, which included 59 members and 37 visitors.

No Trophy winner last year is eligible to win the same Trophy this year with the exception of the Mike Hallt Cup, Best in Show Plates, Photography and Craft prizes.
Otherwise all the Trophies are awarded to the eligible exhibitor having the highest number of points in the relevant Classes except those Competitor/s who won the Banksian Medals in the two previous years are not eligible to win the medal in the current year.
The Novice Cup in each show is awarded to the exhibitor having the highest points but not having won a cup before.

Other prizes or certificates may be awarded at the discretion of the Show Committee or the Judge.  In the event of a tie on points, an award will go to the exhibitor with the highest number of first places; if these are tied then second places will be counted and so on until a winner is decided.

A copy of the Summer Show 2021 Schedule can be found  here .

For Show Rules click here, Advice for Exhibitors: here, Entry form for the Spring Show here, and for the Summer Show here.
Horticultural Classification of Daffodils: click here, Camellia Flower Forms: click here.

Grayshott Gardeners Spring Show Trophies

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show Trophies