Hampton Court Show
1st Aug 2007
strong>Hampton Court Show 1st August 2007
I was very pleased with the way my display of vegetables turned out at the Hampton Court Flower Show. I can never really be sure when I leave home how it’s going to work out, right until the last dish has been staged in position. The question I was asked quite often at the stand was ‘how long does it take to stage’. It actually took 6 people 14 hours on the Saturday prior to the show and 7 people on the Sunday. It also took 5 people the week prior to lift, wash grade and pack the vegetables. It proved worth while though as it was awarded the Gold Medal.
On the last two day of the show, the RHS hold their Annual Summer Fruit and vegetable show which was really well subscribed this year with the entries nearly doubled from 2006. Again it was Sherie Plumb that ruled the roost with 14 entries returning 13 First Prize cards. Her collection of six kinds of vegetables was excellent with the runner beans being of outstanding quality. Her collection consisted of Winston Potatoes , (all around 8 ounces in weight which is top size) Carmen Cucumbers, Stenner Runner Beans, Virgin Cauliflower, Gringo Carrots and Show Perfection Peas.
Sherie had another winning set of Runner Beans in the any ‘Any Other Vegetable’ class, each vegetable with a points value over 15. When the judges had to chose the best dish in the Show it proved to be Sherie against Sherie as the judges were divided as to which set of beans were the best. The Best Dish in the end was awarded to the Twelve Runner Beans on her collection of Six kinds.
Sherie however may well have a close member of her family to contend with in the future as her 15 year old daughter Emily won the collection for six kinds of Herbs. Jecka Macvikar the organic herb expert together with Colin Randell judged this class and she was full of praise for the quality of the material in Emily’s collection.
I was pleased to see that there were new faces taking part in the show who were successful as well in winning some Red cards. Jan Kisiel from Reading won the cabbages class with two enormous heads of the giant variety Brunswick.They were sown mid February, planted out mid April and grown under a framework of Enviromesh to protect them from any pest damage. Their Condition was superb and the heads were solid as a rock. Jan also won the class for Beetroot with the variety Pablo, the lettuce class with the variety Claremont and the turnip class with the variety Atlantic.
Rod Gray, Chairman of the Hawkenbury Allotment Holders Association (HAHA) travelled across from Tunbridge Wells and was successful with a very uniform set of large exhibition shallots – Hative De Niort. Rod, as is usual for him, was in such a rush to get to the show early in the morning that he forgot to take his pickling shallots with him. He turned around and went back home and grabbed his paper bag containing the pickling shallots. When he arrived at the show ground he realised to his horror that he’d picked the wrong paper bag which contained his undressed spares! He then had to select the best of those, tie them up with raffia and still managed to get a third prize card.
The RHS under the guidance of Jim England constructed a 3x3 vegetable plot as created by Carol Klyne. The plot is meant to keep a family of four in vegetables for a year and had an interesting section of carrots interplanted with onions to control the ravages of the Carrot fly.