Published: 20 September 2013
Dorset County Show 2013
The crowds turned out this year to enjoy the 2013 Dorset County Show.
With great weather and plenty to see, the 2013 Dorset County Show proved popular with visitors who saw the best of all things horticultural, agricultural and countryside. The horticultural areas at the show saw increased entries in all classes. The large marquee had over eight hundred exhibits in classes ranging from ingenious creations made from vegetables and beautiful miniature gardens in the children’s classes plus the wheelbarrows full of garden produce, prize winning blooms and edible crops in the many adult entries.

One of the children’s creations seen on the show benches

A display in a wheelbarrow showing what can be grown in the garden to feed the family.
A beautiful display of mixed dahlia blooms grown by Mr Read from Weymouth.

Inside, and in front of the Floral Pavilion the trade exhibitors provided horticultural interest, colour and great craftsmanship in a range of displays.  The dahlia and rose displays certainly provided a wow factor of beauty and colour while the Coach House Cacti collection was impressive with its diverse range of sizes, shapes and spines. The display gardens were created by Holme for Gardens garden centre near Wareham, water garden and landscape specialist Outside Water from Poole, and Wimborne based garden designer Jenny Noscoe. 

Stewart Pocock, owner of Pococks Roses shows the new persica hybrid rose ‘Eyes For You’. The flowers resembling a Hibiscus or poppy.
Coach House Cacti displayed part of their amazing cacti collection

Parks Perennials from Poole grow perennials to perfection

Holme for Gardens colourful tropical scene gave visitors a lot to smile about while they toured the Floral Pavilion
The Townsend Trophy for the best display inside, or outside the Floral Pavilion was awarded to Jenny Noscoe who designed and built a delightful small garden area using oak and chestnut timber structures to great effect.
For the second year running The Gardening Times sponsored the display voted best by visitors, this was won by Helen Godfrey for her delightful sculptures created from wire and lightly painted to bring them to life. Helen had a successful show with many pieces sold and commissions for further work.
Editor Chris Allen and Horticultural Chairman Robin Pitcher award Helen Godfrey with The Gardening Times certificate. [Image credit: Georgina Allen] 

An additional report will follow shortly about another exhibitor, retired dahlia grower Robert Hardy and his unique fundraising work for charities.

Reported by Chris Allen  

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