Bumper year for Ninfield

Ninfield Horticultural spring show
Ninfield Horticultural spring show

Ninfield Horticultural Society’s spring show outdid itself this year with impressive blooms and glorious colour on display in the Memorial hall.

The event boasted 310 entries from 74 exhibitors which was the most for nine years and one of the best years in the show’s history.

Show organiser Rose Franks said: “Although the mild weather may have accounted for the increase in narcissi and other spring flowers, the entries for handicraft and photographs were higher too.

“It was very pleasing to have new exhibitors, including more children whose painted eggs, spring flowers in a mug, paintings and photographs were colourful and imaginative.

“One successful new exhibitor in the photography classes lives in St. Helier in Jersey and last exhibited when he lived locally some twenty one years ago!”

Classes included narcissi, pot plants, floral art, photograph and handicrafts, with some classes aimed at teenagers and younger children.

Rose added: “As always the narcissi were beautiful with their wonderful scent so evocative of Spring.

There are so many types and varieties and each year brings new variations on the traditional theme. The displays of spring bulbs and other plants were of a high quality as were the handicrafts and other exhibits.

It is still proving difficult to persuade the many talented local flower arrangers to enter the show, but what was lacking in quantity was made up for by the quality of the lovely exhibits with titles including ‘Carol Singers’, ‘Oasis’, and an ‘Easter Egg Surprise’.

As always the people of Ninfield and beyond came to support the show and enjoy the tea and homemade cakes.”

Rose would like to thank the committee and helpers, the exhibitors and the visitors for making this “another show to remember.”

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