Local flower shows

_MG_2989The joy of local flower shows: how one teenager triumphed

From The Telegraph Newspaper July 2015

A proud father charts his daughter’s rise from flower show novice to winner – and says ‘growing for showing’ is an ideal way to get children into gardening.

It is 9.30am in the horticultural tent at the Yealmpton Agricultural Show in South Devon on a hot morning in late July. My 13-year-old daughter Rose and I have been here setting up since 7am. The judges will shortly be peering at the exhibits in the horticultural competitive classes – our exhibits.

Rose’s entries include sweetpeas that have taken her five months of careful nurturing, antirrhinums grown painfully slowly from seed so small you would swear they would never sprout, a plate of dwarf French beans and another of some fantastic-looking ‘Hurst Green Shaft’ peas in their pods.

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