THE ORGANISERS of this year’s annual Chrysanthemum competition held at Bromsgrove’s Burcot Garden Centre have hailed it a success after 112 blooms were entered into the contest.
The event was organised by the Shirley Chrysanthemum Society and the judges had some tough decisions to make.
The group’s treasurer John Rogers thanked Burcot Garden Centre for hosting the event and said: “The quantity of blooms was definitely better than last year, we had a much better show than expected.
“We have had a few lean years recently and this one was better than most.”
Among the major winners were Chris Amphlett from Worcester (best exhibit), Ian Thornton from Wolverhampton and Roger Collier (best vase) who had journeyed to Bromsgrove from the Cotswolds.
It was a close contest for the overall show winner between Ian Thornton and Chris Amphlett who won two trophies each.
This year, there was 30 entries from eight exhibitors and, after the organisers made some changes, many more ‘sprays’ were entered – 43 stems in total.
That was because instead of having separate classes for them, all categories were open to sprays.
As well as the competition, members of the society were also on hand to speak to members of the public about Chrysanthemums.
The society is aimed at encouraging the growing and showing of Chrysanthemums and there were some people who took a keen interest and are considering entering the contest next year.
JFor more information about the event and the Shirley Chrysanthemum Society can call John on 01527 544220.