Autumn Show Cancelled

The Alton Horticultural Society regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances the Autumn Show at Alton Methodist Church Hall on 15th September 2018 has been cancelled.

We apologise for the short notice

Spring & Autumn Shows

The society holds two shows a year. The first is the Spring Show, a very informal event that fills the April monthly meeting and is limited to members only. The emphasis is on taking part rather than fierce competition.

The main event of the year is the Autumn Show, held on the 3rd Saturday in September at the Alton Methodist Church Hall. This show is open for all to enter and there is a wide range of categories from plants and flower arranging to cookery and artwork. There are several categories for children and even a couple just for men. Most importantly there are no entry fees! Full details are in our 2018 programme.

Scarecrow Competition.
Our popular scarecrow competition open to children 11 years or under (parents are allowed to make the frame) is held on last Saturday in June at the Alton Assembly Rooms. There are two categories, individual entries or group entries, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both. The scarecrows are displayed outside the Assembly Rooms for the public to admire and to vote for their favourite scarecrow.

Spring Show Schedule 2018

Schedule

  • 3 stems of long trumpet daffodils all the same variety *
  • 3 stems small cupped daffodils, same or mixed variety
  • 3 multi stemmed cultivars any variety
  • 3 stems any other class not included in the above
  • 3 stems of Tulips, any one variety
  • 3 stems of primula or primrose, any one variety
  • 5 Spring flowers each of a different variety (not daffodils or shrub)
  • A pot of Spring flowering bulbs
  • 6 winter flowering Pansies or Violas
  • Flowering Pot Plant – pot not to exceed 8″ (200 mm) internal diameter
  • Flowering Daffodil Bulb (bulbs were given to members at the October Meeting)
  • A Spring Flower Arrangement in a Basket provided by the Club at the February Meeting
  • 6 Decorated Biscuits
  • A traditional Victoria Sponge -max 8″ (200 mm) diameter

* a long trumpet daffodil has a trumpet longer than the outer petals.

Autumn Show Schedule 2018 - Cancelled

Entries are welcome from everyone

 
Entry form here and at bottom of page
 
Some classes are especially for children but we would like them to feel free to challenge the adults in any class

Where possible exhibitors are requested to name varieties to assist the judge and to inform the public

Show Judging Guide

Notes to assist participants to show-off their entries to best effect

Autumn Show Schedules

Section 1 – Flowers

  • 1. Roses – 1 stem of a large flowered rose
  • 2. Roses – 1 stem of a floribunda or cluster rose
  • 3. Roses – a bowl of roses
  • 4. Dahlia – a vase of 5 blooms, one or more varieties
  • 5. Chrysanthemum – 3 large blooms, one variety only
  • 6. Chrysanthemum – a vase of 5 sprays, one or more variety
  • 7. Flowring Plant – any cultivar, pot max diameter 20cm (8 ins)
  • 8. Fuschia – in a pot, any size
  • 9. Cactus or Succulent – in a pot, max diameter 20cm (8 ins)
  • 10. Orchid – in a pot any size, tended by exhibitor min 6 months
  • 11. Vase of Annuals – from seed this year, 9 stems, any cultivar
  • 12. Penstemons – 3 stems, one variety

Section 2 – Fruit

  • 13. 3 Desert Apples
  • 14. 3 Cooking Apples
  • 15. 3 Pears
  • 16. Plate of Raspberries – 6 fruits with stalks
  • 15. Plate of Any Other Fruit

Section 3 – Vegetables

  • 18. 6 Runner Beans
  • 19. 6 French Beans
  • 20. 3 Potatoes – any variety
  • 21. 3 Carrots
  • 22. 3 Courgettes
  • 23. 6 Shallots – trimmed and tied
  • 24. 3 Onions – trimmed and tied
  • 25. Longest Runner Bean
  • 26. 3 Tomatoes
  • 27. 6 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 28. 1 Lettuce
  • 29. 1 Cucumber
  • 30. 3 Beetroot
  • 31. Rhubarb – 3 stems

Section 4 – Floral Art

Exhibits may be brought to the Show already arranged if they have been arranged by the exhibitor
 

  • 32. Seasonal Splendour – Colours of Autumn no size limitation
  • 33. Columns of Colour – 3 vertical columns, 3 colours, on oasis block
  • 34. Little Gem – miniture jewel colours, max height 15cm
  • 35. Where Butterflies Dance – traditional garden design no size limitation
  • 36. Men Only – Happy Hourno size limitation

For Children

  • 37. Treasure Island or Pirates of the Caribbean – display on a tray

Section 5 – Home-craft

Exhibits of food must be covered with clear film or a large plastic bag. No screw lids on jars
 

  • 38. A Jar of Jam/Jelly
  • 39. A Jar of Pickle/Chutney
  • 40. A Pot of Fruit Curd or Marmalade
  • 41. Chocolate Sponge – max 20cms (8ins) square or round
  • 42. 6 Pieces of A One Tray Bake of Biscuit
  • 43. A Tea Loaf
  • 44. Men only – Sausage Rolls – 6 using home-made shortcrust pastry

For Children

  • 45. Flap-Jacks Rice-Crispy Cakes or Rocky-Road Biscuits – 4 pieces covered with Clingfilm

Section 6 – Craft

  • 46. An Article of Needlework
  • 47. A Knitted or Crocheted Article
  • 48. An Item of Embroidery or Tapestry
  • 49. A Home-Made Greetings Card
  • 50. A Piece of Jewellery – made from recycled materials
  • 51. A Drawing or Painting – any medium

For Children

  • 52. My Favourite Animal – drawing
  • 53. My Favourite Toy – drawing

Section 7 – Photography

An Exhibitor’s Own Photograph
Mounted, not framed max 25X20cms (10x8ins)

Reasonable care will be taken of the exhibits but the Society cannot be responsible for any loss or accident to any entry.

 

  • 54. Lazy Day
  • 55. Hats
  • 56. Wildlife
  • 57. Weather

For Children

  • 58. Fun at the Sea-side

Autumn Show - Rules for Exhibitors

Entries are restricted to one entry per person per class

The show will be conducted in accordance with the RHS Horticultural Handbook 2009, except where obviously not applicable.

Exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor, under their cultivation for at least 8 weeks prior to the Show or 12 weeks for pot plants (not applicable to Floral Art, exhibits 32-37).

The cut ends of any fresh plant material must be in water or water retaining material.

Exhibitors must supply their own vases, paper plates, food covering etc.

After judging has taken place no exhibit may be altered or removed before prize giving.

• Staging from 8.30am — 9:30am
• Show open to the public 10:30am or when judging is completed
• Prize giving 1.30pm
• Exhibits can be moved from 2:00pm
• All exhibits to be cleared by 2.30pm

Refreshments available

Autumn Show Entry Form

Open and download the 2018 Autumn Show Entry Form