COLD ASH HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION
Contacts for show:
Chairman Rhona Tucker, tel: 865816
Vice Chairman Philip Russell, tel: 877013
Treasurer Fred Davison, tel: 202605
Show Secretary Kate Miller, tel: 873015
Deputy Show Secretary Grahame Collins, tel: 872142
NOTES FOR EXHIBITORS
- Please read this schedule carefully to ensure that your entries meet the wording for each class as described, or they may be disqualified as ‘Not According to Schedule’ (NAS). The full Show Regulations are below. Please consult the Show Secretary Kate Miller if you are in any doubt.
- Flowers are usually shown in a vase, facing the front so that individual flowers are close together but not overlapping. RHS vases in several sizes are provided and preferred by the judges. Flowers in a bowl should be arranged so the exhibit looks similar from any direction. Bowls must be provided by the exhibitor.
- Vegetables are usually placed directly on the show table, except for vegetable collections, or where a plate or dish is specified. They should be clean; root vegetables should just be washed and foliage trimmed off to about 5 – 8 cm long. Roots of leaf vegetables should be cut off. Stalks should always be retained when fruit or vegetables grow from them, e.g. marrows, beans, tomatoes, apples, raspberries etc. Fruit should always be shown with bloom, i.e. not polished.
- In all cases, specimens in an exhibit should be well matched for freshness, size, colour and, of course, should be unblemished and free of insects. Good foliage from the plant enhances the presentation of flowers and soft fruit.
- If your entry isn’t perfect, have a go anyway! Even the more experienced members have the same problems and we are always happy to give advice.
- A ‘bloom’ is one open flower or flower head (e.g. dahlia).
- A ‘variety’ occurs naturally, a ‘cultivar’ is a cultivated variety, and will usually have non-Latin name added, e.g. Pisum sativum ‘Onward’ is a cultivated variety of pea.
- Herbaceous perennial: a perennial plant that does not form a persistent woody stem.
- Shrub: a woody perennial smaller than a tree and having no distinct trunk.
Please note that due to coronavirus, we have decided to exclude the homecraft section this year and therefore the Acland Cup will not be awarded.
Spare entry forms are available from the Post Office (1st September onwards).
SATURDAY 11th September 2021
Staging: from 8.30, last exhibitor entry to hall at 10 am, Awards 4 pm
SECTION ‘C’ – COLLECTIONS OF VEGETABLES
|C1||COLLECTION OF VEGETABLES – Four different kinds from the following:|
7 runner beans, 7 French beans, 3 beets, 2 cabbages, 3 carrots,
2 cauliflowers, 2 celery, 3 courgettes, 2 cucumbers, 2 leeks, 2 marrows, 3 onions, 2 parsnips, 5 peas (in pods), 3 potatoes, 7 shallots, 2 swedes, 2 sweetcorn, 5 tomatoes, 3 turnips
Width allowed 60cm. Exhibitors to provide own base
|C2||COLLECTION OF THREE KINDS OF SALAD VEGETABLE, on a tray up to 45cm wide. |
Two or more of each kind
|C3||COLLECTION OF THREE KINDS OF VEGETABLE, two of each kind|
The different vegetables in the collections are judged out of the RHS maximum points awards. The most common examples are given below:
|Beans Broad||15||Courgettes||12||Peas Snap||16|
|Beans French||15||Cucumber Indoor||18||Peppers (Hot or Sweet)||15|
|Beans Runner||18||Cucumber Outdoor||15||Potatoes||20|
|Beet Long||20||Leeks||20||Radishes, salad||10|
|Carrots Long||20||Onions 250g max||15||Sweetcorn||18|
|Carrots Stump||18||Onions Exhibition||20||Tomatoes Medium||18|
SECTION ‘V’ –VEGETABLES
|V1||TOMATOES – five with stalks, larger than 35mm diameter|
|V2||TRUSS OF CHERRY TOMATOES — maximum diameter 35mm, shown on a plate, number at exhibitor’s discretion, fruits may be of varying ripeness|
|V3||MINI CUCUMBERS up to 15 cm long – two|
|V4||CUCUMBERS – two|
|V5||ONIONS – three under 250g|
|V6||EXHIBITION ONIONS – three|
|V7||SHALLOTS – seven, one variety, on dish of sand|
|V8||BEETROOT – three|
|V9||CARROTS – three|
|V10||POTATOES – three, one variety|
|V11||RUNNER BEANS – five, with stalks|
|V12||FRENCH BEANS – five, with stalks|
|V13||SWEETCORN – two cobs part stripped to show kernels|
|V14||MARROWS – two, under 35cm in length|
|V15||EDIBLE SQUASH – two|
|V16||COURGETTES – three, 10-20cm in length|
|V17||ANY OTHER VEGETABLE – two or more|
|V18||A BOWL OF CULINARY HERBS – not more than six species|
|V19||THE HEAVIEST SQUASH|
|V20||THE LONGEST RUNNER BEAN|
|V21||THE LONGEST CARROT|
|V22||‘WONKY VEGETABLES’, number at exhibitor’s discretion|
|V23||APPLES – three dessert|
|V24||APPLES – three culinary|
|V25||A DISH OF 15 RASPBERRIES – with stalks|
|V26||A DISH OF ANY OTHER FRUIT – number at exhibitor’s discretion|
|V27||PEARS – three dessert, same variety|
SECTION ‘F’ – FLOWERS
|F1||DAHLIAS – POM POM OR BALL one vase of three blooms, one cultivar|
|F2||DAHLIAS – CACTUS TYPE one vase of three blooms, one cultivar|
|F3||DAHLIAS – ANY OTHER TYPE – one vase of three blooms, one cultivar|
|F4||A BOWL OF MIXED DAHLIAS – all round effect|
|F5||CHRYSANTHEMUMS – three blooms|
|F6||SPRAY CHRYSANTHEMUMS – three stems|
|F7||HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS – one vase of five different species, one stem of each|
|F8||BULBS OR CORMS – three cut stems|
|F9||HYDRANGEAS – MOP HEAD – three stems|
|F10||HYDRANGEAS – LACE CAP – three stems|
|F11||FLOWERING SHRUBS – any three stems, not hydrangeas|
|F12||FOLIAGE – three stems of different varieties, including grasses|
|F13||ANY OTHER FLOWERS – five stems, including annuals|
|F14||A BOWL OF SUMMER FLOWERS – any species, excluding shrubs or separate foliage|
|F15||FUCHSIA FLOWERHEADS – three of one cultivar, displayed in damp Vermiculite (provided by the Society)|
|F16||A FUCHSIA GROWN IN A POT – not exceeding 20cm inside diameter at rim|
|F17||ANY OTHER FLOWERING PLANT – grown in a pot not exceeding 20cm inside diameter at rim|
|F18||FOLIAGE POT PLANT – grown in a pot not exceeding 20cm inside diameter at rim|
|F19||PELARGONIUMS or GERANIUMS – grown in a pot not exceeding 30cm inside diameter at rim|
|F20||A BOWL OF CUTTINGS FROM THE HEDGEROW – can include berries, hips, hazelnuts, seed pods, etc.|
Please name the varieties if you can – this adds to the interest for the public.
SECTION ‘A’ – FLORAL ART
Judging will be based on creativity, originality and visual attractiveness and will not be governed by NAFAS rules
Exhibits must not exceed the sizes specified
Please do not use Oasis, if possible, as it cannot be recycled.
|A1||‘WELCOME TO AUTUMN’ – a miniature arrangement, not to exceed 25cm in any direction. No embellishments.|
|A2||‘AN ARRANGEMENT TO INCLUDE WOOD’ – flowers and / or foliage all round effect, not to exceed 50cm in any direction.|
|A3||‘AN ARRANGEMENT IN FIVE GLASS JARS OR BOTTLES’ – a forward facing display, height not to exceed 60cm, including bottles.|
SECTION ‘H’ – HANDCRAFT
Handcraft need not be new but must not have been shown previously at Cold Ash.
To help the judge, exhibitors must state – on a label attached to the exhibit – whether they have designed the item themselves or used a commercial patter
|HA1||UNFRAMED SOFT CRAFT – embroidery, tapestry, patchwork, lace or other soft craft material, including paper|
|HA2||HARD CRAFT – wood, ceramic, metal, beading, width not exceeding 60cm|
|HA3||A HAND-KNITTED or CROCHETED ARTICLE|
|HA4||A FRAMED PICTURE – painted or drawn|
|HA5||A FRAMED PICTURE – using embroidery, tapestry, lace or other mixed craft material|
SECTION ‘P’ – PHOTOGRAPHY
Exhibitors must have taken the photographs during the past 12 months and should state where they were taken.
Classes P2–P9 must be unmounted prints up to 7in x 5in
|P1||ANY HORTICULTURAL SUBJECT – maximum size 10in x 8in|
(Winner receives Carol Child Cup)
|P7||‘SUNRISE’ or ‘SUNSET’|
Trophies, Donors and Present Holders
All Cups are Challenge Cups to be returned after one year
Only current members of the Society can win cups
|Herbert Cup for most points in Junior Section aged up to 7 years. Mrs A Herbert||[Not awarded in 2019]|
|Jarratt Cup for most points in Junior Section, aged 8 to 11 years. The Goodwin Family||Anna Cload|
|Junior Competitor Certificate of Merit||All entrants|
|Bryce Hamblin Cup for most points in the Vegetable Collections. Mrs S Hamblin||Mr G Collins|
|Sir Henry Barclay Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes 1-25. Major H Tracy Barclay||Mr T Eggleton|
|Attfield Cup for most points in the Dahlia classes. Mrs June Heaton||Mr M Elms|
|Dawson Cup for most points in the Flower Section. Mrs M S & Mr A M Dawson||Mr M Elms|
|Mann Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes V1-24 plus Flower Section. Mr J Mann.||Mr M Elms|
|Edwin Ettridge Cup for the best Horticultural Exhibit. Edwin Ettridge||Mr M Elms|
|Acland Cup for most points in the Homecraft Section. Miss Ruth Acland||Mrs J Smith|
|Carol Child Cup for the Best Horticultural Photograph. Mrs J M Child||Mrs A Lamden|
|Mrs A M Collins Cup for most points in the Photography Section (except P1). The Collins Family||Mrs A Lamden|
|Herbert Cup for most points in the Show. Mrs A Herbert||Mr T Eggleton|
|Dorothy Walters Cup for most points in the Spring, Rose and Summer Shows, excluding classes C1, C2 and C3. Mr A L Date||Mrs M Shave|
|RHS Banksian Medal||Mr T Eggleton|
For the exhibitor who won the most points in the Horticultural Classes, including collections. Winners in previous two years are not eligible:-
2017 – Mr G Collins 2018 – Mr M Elms
- Horticultural entries must have been grown by the exhibitor and have been in their possession for at least 3 months. All entries must be the work of the exhibitor.
- Entry fees will be 25p per class.
- Juniors may enter adult classes, but their age will not be considered.
- Completed entry forms, with entrance fees, should be sent to one of the addresses shown on the entry form no later than the Thursday before the Show. ANY LATER ENTRIES ARE DEPENDENT ON SPACE BEING AVAILABLE.
- Exhibitors may only exhibit one entry in any one class.
- Standard exhibition vases will be available for flower entries. Exhibitors must provide other containers as specified in the schedule. In flower sections, exhibits must be shown in one container for each entry, unless stated otherwise in the Schedule. Vegetable exhibits should be washed and trimmed.
- For the SUMMER SHOW, the Society will also provide Vermiculite for use in class F15 (Fuchsia flowerheads.)
- Exhibits are shown at the exhibitor’s risk and the Society accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage that may arise.
- Where possible, exhibitors in the horticultural classes should name their exhibits with the variety or common name as this adds interest to the Show for both exhibitors and visitors.
- Exhibits must be staged between 30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., last entry to the hall is 10 a.m. to allow time for staging before the hall is closed for judging at 10.30 a.m.
- Exhibitors are responsible for displaying the correct Show Card, obtainable from the Show Secretary, with each exhibit, as exhibits without cards cannot be judged.
- THE SHOW AREA MUST BE VACATED BY 10.30 A.M. FOR JUDGING.
- Judging of horticultural classes will take place under the rules of the Royal Horticultural Society, except where these Show Regulations differ.
- The judge’s decision is final. The judges may withhold or change any of the prizes in any one class. Similarly, they may award additional prizes or commendations at their discretion.
- Exhibits not meeting the wording of the Schedule will be disqualified, and the entry card marked “NAS”. (Not according to Schedule).
- Points are awarded as follows: 1st – 4 points, 2nd – 3 points, 3rd – 2 points, 4th or Highly Commended – 1 point.
- In the event of a tie for any trophy, the exhibitor gaining the most first prizes will be the winner.
- The show will be open to exhibitors and the public between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Exhibits must be removed between 4.30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- All disputes must be submitted in writing to the Show Secretary or other officer of the Society before 3 p.m. on the day of the Show. Disputes will be considered by the Committee, whose decision shall be final.
The Dorothy Walters Cup, which is usually awarded at the Summer Show, is for the most points in all three shows within the year, excluding classes C1 – C3 (Vegetable Collections) therefore it will not be awarded this year.