Fabulous Earby flower show

A bright yellow begonia and an unusually large rhubarb in rude health caught the eye at Earby Gardeners Society’s annual horticultural show.

Due extreme weather and a late spring, entries of flowers and vegetables were down at the New Road Community Centre on Saturday afternoon, but if the show lacked vibrancy in certain categories, it made up for it in others.

Kath Foster with the Best Allotment 'Sam Lawson Trophy'.

Kath Foster with the Best Allotment 'Sam Lawson Trophy'.

There were brilliant baking efforts, juicy jams, cracking crafts and pretty pot plants to make up for the fewer fabulous flowers exhibited.

David Hartley said: “We’ve had some weird weather and in some categories there was hardly any entries. We only had a few tomatoes the size of thumbnails and I think only about three roses.

“But there was more baking, more jams, more crafts and more pot plants this year and a lot of people came along for lunch so it was a good day.”

The society also announced the winners of the Earby Town Council Allotment awards for 2015 which were presented to the winners by Chairman of the Town Council Coun. Chris Tennant. The winners are:

Best conventional Allotment (Sam Lawson Shield): Mrs Kath Foster of the Rostle Top Allotments.

Reserve (Town Council Chairman’s Cup): Mr Jonathan Fox on Sam Lawson site Cemetery Road.

Best Garden Allotment (Sam Lawson Cup): Mr and Mrs A. Taylor of Longroyd Road garden allotments.

Mr Hartley said: “I think a lot of people seem to be influenced by cookery programmes and want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. There’s currently quite a waiting list.

“The standard of allotments was noticeably higher this year than in previous years.

“They were well maintained, there was variety and they really were excellent.”