High praise for High Peak gardeners

Burbage Show, Sweet Peas grown by Andrea Needham
Burbage Show, Sweet Peas grown by Andrea Needham
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Green–fingered High Peak folk have been showing off their produce at an annual gardening show.

Burbage Gardening Society’s Autumn Show was held at Burbage Institute, in Nursery Lane, on Saturday.

Alan Roberts, who lives in Burbage and is chairman of the society, said: “It went very well. The number of exhibits was a bit up on last year and the quality of exhibits was very good.”

He explained that the climate affects which plants grow better than others and this year there were a lot of vegetable and salad items, whereas the flower section was slightly down.

The show started up five years ago and this year featured a section in which children aged under 11 years old were invited to make a creature out of vegetables.

“There were some very striking items,” Alan said.

“We try to get youngsters involved. Quite a lot of youngsters come with their parents and are interested.

“Sometimes they even enter a category themselves.”

The event also featured a plant stall and cake stall.

Class winners

A stem or spray of roses – Nicki Stacey

A vase of dahlias – Simone Harch

A vase of flowers, single variety – Andrea Needham

A vase of flowers, three varieties – Dena Lewis

A flower arrangement – Kathy Roberts

A plate of fruit – Andy Parker

A plate of 6 pods of beans – John Luke

A plate of potatoes – Ann Wood

A plate of onions or garlic – Chris Wilson

A plate of salad vegetables – Lauren Harch

A plate of courgettes – Ann Wood

A creature made from vegetables (children under 11) – Poppy and Rosy Toon

Photo from a local garden, 2013 – Angela Elvidge

Photo of wildlife in a local garden – Kathy Roberts