If seeing is believing, then the abundance of spring flowers in Upton Village Hall last Saturday provided the proof.
The wonderful variety of daffodils, tulips and other springtime flowers shown by Upton Horticultural Society started the new gardening year with aplomb.
Gardeners overcame wet winter conditions to show 319 exhibits, with 30 entries in the children’s classes.
Chairman Wendy Carman was delighted to see so many excellent entries at the beginning of the 70th Anniversary year of the society.
The Carman Challenge Cup for tulips and daffodils and The Spring Show Challenge Cup was awarded to Rita Critchley, while the trophy in the spring flowers and pot plants section went to Edward Elliott.
First prizes for their creative handicraft work in the children’s classes were presented to Robin Lloyd in the under seven year old category, Gracey Ryan in the seven -10 year category and Elan Breen in the 11-16 year groups.
A Spring Basket and ‘Eggciting (to include an egg cup in the design) were the themes of floral art and required both artistic and horticultural skills from the winner Sue Formstone who received The Spring Show Floral Art Cup.
The award for the best vase of cut daffodils went to Janet Elliott, the best photographic print of spring bulbs was shown by Joan Ramsden and the winning artist for a painting of spring time was Margaret Wood.
The society welcomes new members to come along to the meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month with a different speaker and topic to engage everyone’s interest in gardening. For details see www.uptonhortsoc.org.uk