Charmouth Gardeners return with successful summer show

Charmouth Gardners show
Prizewinner at the Charmouth Gardeners Summer Show
Retiring show secretary Pauline Bonner presents a trophy to her husband Peter, watched by president Ron Dampier

CHARMOUTH residents were once again able to show off their green fingers as the village hosted its summer show for the first time in two years.

A great number of high-quality entries were on display across both Charmouth Village Hall and St Andrew’s Community Hall on Saturday, with trophies being presented at the end of the afternoon.

Charmouth Gardeners president Ron Dampier was one of the most successful entrants, taking home a haul of silverware. As well as handing out the prizes, he paid tribute to retiring show secretary Pauline Bonner, who has organised the event for the past ten years and also scooped a couple of prizes herself.

Winners were as follows:

RHS Banksian Medal for highest points/prize certificates in horticultureJan Coleman; RHS Award of Merit for Young Exhibitors – Arabella Turner & Archie Whatmore; Diplomas in Horticulture for worthy exhibit in horticulture sections – Ron Dampier; Grace Laker Cup for highest points for fruit & vegetables – Ron Dampier; Poppleton Cup for best floral exhibit – Ron Dampier; Wyn Durbridge Bowl for best vase garden flowers/shrubs –     Neil Mattingly; Best Dahlia Founders Trophy – Ron Dampier; Joe Tisshaw Trophy for best in sweet pea class – Diana Burn; Rose Vase Trophy for best specimen rose – Diana Burn; Rose Cup for best in rose classes – Jan Plummer; Stan Durbridge Bowl for best pot plant – Ron Dampier; Marcel Clouzy Cup for best exhibit in floral arrangement –    Jan Coleman; Thalatta Cup for best in handicrafts – Nick Williams; Children’s Cup – Arabella Turner; George Cup for best exhibit in fruit & vegetables – Ron Dampier; Clouzy Cup for best in home produce –    Peter Bonner; The Horton Cup for highest aggregate points in home produce – Pauline Bonner; Mattingly Pudding Plate for best in class  84 ‘A Sweet Roulade’ – Pauline Bonner; Norah Kidd Trophy for highest points in photographic – Vicki Dunstan; Cup for Best Photograph – Bill Burn.

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