Blooms shine at Otterton show

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

OTTERTON Garden Club is celebrating holding its most successful spring show ever - with hundreds of entries. Show organisers crossed their green fingers that the recent stormy weather would not ruin last weekend's daffodil entries which accounted for 18

OTTERTON Garden Club is celebrating holding its most successful spring show ever - with hundreds of entries.Show organisers crossed their green fingers that the recent stormy weather would not ruin last weekend's daffodil entries - which accounted for 18 of the 49 show classes.And their prayers were answered when a record breaking number of almost 300 entries were made. The organisers said this year's entries stood at 295 - a 50 per cent increase on the 2005 total - which mirrored the growth of the club's membership, which now stands at 50.Some 35 adult exhibitors and eight competitors in the junior classes took part in the competition.Organisers praised exhibitors for overcoming some of the most adverse conditions ever encountered in the lead-up to the show.Club chairman Peter Whatley said: "To have produced such a wonderful display in the circumstances is a tribute to the tremendous spirit we now have in the club - three years on from the dark days of 2005 when we came close to folding through lack of support."This year the difficulties began when the mild winter brought daffodils out exceptionally early, raising the prospect of few being left by the time of the show"Then, less than a week before the day itself, storms ruined many of the remaining blooms. To cap it all, people had problems preventing their exhibits from being damaged by torrential rain as they brought them to the show."Our only disappointment at this year's show was that children's entries were down by nearly a half. Had they not dropped, we would have exceeded 300 exhibits - the kind of total we've only achieved previously at our autumn shows, which have more classes."The competition for gaining most points at Saturday's show brought success for the third time in three years for club president Eric Paver. He finished five points clear of nearest challenger Diane Payne and also won the cup for top scorer in the cut-blooms section - where Mark Dufall's daffodils were adjudged best exhibit.Peter Whatley, who came third in the overall points standings, headed the potted plant classes for the second year in succession. Cup-winners in the junior section were Lucy and Tom Dufall, who finished joint top of the classes for eight to 11-year-olds, Anna Constable, seven, who scored most points among the younger children and George Mead, six, who won the painting competition for the second year running.See below for the full results list.l Otterton Garden Club now has its own website (www.ottertongardenclub.co.uk) featuring news and pictures of shows and other events.

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