Brandon Garden Club’s talents in full bloom at 50th anniversary flower show

Brandon Church Institute annual flower show''Pictured: Committee members of the flower show ANL-151107-200226009
Brandon Church Institute annual flower show''Pictured: Committee members of the flower show ANL-151107-200226009
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The talents of Brandon and District Garden Club were in full bloom at an annual flower show as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Despite the unfavourable gardening weather leading upto the show, members wowed judges from the Royal Horticultural Society with 160 entries across seven categories.

Brandon Church Institute annual flower show''Pictured: Leslie Barber and his prize winning potatoes that won best in show and who has been a member since 1974 ANL-151107-200340009

Brandon Church Institute annual flower show''Pictured: Leslie Barber and his prize winning potatoes that won best in show and who has been a member since 1974 ANL-151107-200340009

They included vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot plants, flower arranging, cooking and arts and crafts and 26 cups were awarded.

The overall best in show went to Leslie Barber, who has been a member since 1974, for his prize winning potatoes.

Cooking was the most popular category with 40 entries featuring everything from jam to bread and various cakes.

Karen Nichols, show secretary, who won the cooking prize, said: “Considering what the weather has been like running upto the show they were really good entries. “From a gardener’s point of view we had that cold spring and we’ve had such dry weather but everything turned up trumps.”

The group celebrated its 50th anniversary with a get together of members past and present in June.

It meets on the last Monday of every month at the Brandon Church Institute, in London Road at 7.30pm.

New members are welcome to attend and Mrs Nichols said they are always looking for younger members.