Whitehouse garden growers’ superb show

Roses and pansies at Whitehouse's inaugural Grow and Show event on Saturday August 25 2018.

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Words and photographs Mark Davey

Beautiful blooms, fabulous fruits, varied vegetables and intricate floral art graced Whitehouse’s inaugural Grow and Show.

Blessed by fine weather, last Saturday’s event from noon till 4pm, both in and outside the village hall, was packed with Kintyre folk and visitors from further away.

Opening the show, its secretary Dorothy O’Donnell said: ‘Thank you all for coming to Whitehouse’s very first Grow and Show.

‘It is a community event to which we have invited all the villagers to take part and show things they have grown in their garden.’

At the door show visitors were able to buy a programme for 50 pence. It listed the four show classes and explained the system for the people’s vote which was the chosen method for selecting the winners.

Everyone was given a little booklet of voting slips and once completed they were posted in a box on each section table.

There were three specific garden gurus on hand to answer questions: horticulturalist Bill McHugh from Skipness, former Tarbert Flower Show judge Bobby McColl and Iain MacLachlan who hails from Islay where he has judged its flower show many times.

The full results of the people’s vote were as follows: Flowers: Best of my garden by Iain MacLachlan; Floral art: miniature garden: Zoe Quinn; Vegetables: beetroot: Wendy Spy; Fruit: blueberries: Margaret Pratt.

Grow and Show spokeswoman, Dorothy O’Donnell added: ‘It was a very successful community event and we achieved our aims.

‘We made a small amount of money and the weather of course was in our favour!’

Roses and pansies on display in the flower section. 25_c35growandshow14_Roses_Pansies

Young judges completing the People’s Vote at Grow and Show’s fruit section from left: Toby Taverner, 10, Anya Montgomerie, 12, Jonny Montgomerie, 10 and William Taverner, 12. 25_c35growandshow17

Zoe Quinn, 10, from Preston was visiting her aunt Amanda Curley and won the floral art: miniature garden section. 25_c35growandshow08_best_in_floral_art_composite

Iain MacLachlan, 73’s the flower section winning display. 25_c35growandshow10_best_in_flowers

Beautiful beans. 25_c35growandshow19_beans

Vegetables including beetroot from Wendy Spy which were best in section. 25_c35growandshow18_Veg_incbeetroot

Marrows and tomatoes. 25_c35growandshow23

Tarbert gun club shooter, Bobby McColl, took a break from smashing clay pigeons to advise on growing fruit trees. 25_c35growandshow02

Part of the Miniature garden section. 25_c35growandshow08