Picture slideshow: determined gardeners turn out for spring shows

Gardeners from two villages turned out with their colourful blooms for separate weekend spring shows.

In Bovingdon, the recent cold whether meant the daffodil entries were poor and the show became more of an art event with 30 painting entries, excellent handicrafts and the floral art section attracted nine entries.

Bovindon Show.  Mavis Lawrence and her flower arrangement in the "Spring has Sprung" section.  Mike Leon and his contribution to the Polyanthus Three Stems section.'"Skyfall" by Angela Page.    Jan Empson and her Arran jumper.

Bovindon Show. Mavis Lawrence and her flower arrangement in the "Spring has Sprung" section. Mike Leon and his contribution to the Polyanthus Three Stems section.'"Skyfall" by Angela Page. Jan Empson and her Arran jumper.

Mavis Lawrence, pictured, won the Wildacre Cup for flowers and the Floral Art Voucher, which was presented by Bovingdon’s Lily Rose Florist.

The Pendley Estates Trophy for the best painting was won by Liz Hobson and the Challenge Cup for the best handicraft was won by Christine Mordue.

The event was organised by the Bovingdon Horticultural Society.

Despite unseasonably cold weather, the Sarratt Spring Show had 265 entries from 49 people.

Of these seven were children, which pleased organisers from the Sarratt Horticultural Society.

The overall show champion was Christine Head, who was presented the Dickins Trophy for other flowers and shared the Roy Ward Trophy for vegetables, fruit and produce with Joan Horwood.

John Rickard won the Pinaroo Trophy for daffodils, whilst new winners for this show were Sheila Brady for cookery and Barbie Knight for flower arranging.

The arts and crafts winner was show secretary Jennifer Haynes, while Tom Soothill retained the Dorrett Trophy for the children’s classes.

Chairman Margaret Stratford thanked everyone for their enthusiastic support of the show despite such a poor winter.