Sweet Pea & Rose Show - 1930

Wednesday  July 16, 1930








On Wednesday the Bovingdon Sweet Pea and Rose Show, under the auspices of the Bovingdon Horticultural Society, was held in the delightful grounds of Bovingdon House, by kind permission of Col. and Mrs. Middleton. The grounds especially suitable for such an event and it was a pity that the weather was inclined to be showery. There were 230 entries, and although all did not actually exhibit the show marquee was a blaze of colour, and the blooms were extraordinarily good. The judges were Mr. Stratford (the Major of Hemel Hempstead) and Mr. E. Edwards, of Bargrove House, Boxmoor. They were delighted with the standard of excellence and said that for a show of a small Society it was one of the best they had seen. Some of the sweet peas, especially those in one entry for the table decoration, were equal to any in the National Society’s Show last week. There were evidences of careful and thorough organisation and this success was a well-deserved tribute to Mrs. Banks, the hon. secretary. Tireless worker as she is there is still cause for wonder and congratulations that the show was so well run. Mr. G. Wilmore rendered yeoman services in many directions.

In addition to the show there were other attractions in the grounds, including: Cokernut shies, run by Mr. E. T. Groom; skittles for a pig, Mr. T. Sims and Mr. C. King; darts, Mr. Eric Blundell; football, Mr. Thompson. Mrs. Parker was in charge of the ices, Mrs. Rickett the refreshments. Mrs. Gramolt the toy stall, whilst the teas (served under sylvan surroundings on the lawn) were catered for by Mrs. Middleton and her helpers. Mr. Mash kindly presented a pig as a prize for the skittles, and Mr. Druce awarded a second prize of a leg of mutton or its equivalent. Mr. A. Rickett gave a leg of mutton for the darts competition. The West Herts. Electric Company, Hemel Hempstead, arranged for an excellent service of music through their amplifier, and this method was also used for the music for the dancing on the lawn in the evening. It proved highly successful and the event was a feather in the cap of all concerned.

There was a fine exhibit of carnations by Mr. T. S. Parry, and the judges awarded the R.H.S. Silver Medal card. There was also an elaborate display by the Lye Green Nurseries, which was awarded the Bronze Medal card, and the bowl of roses exhibited by Mr. H. Bosten, of Scatterdells, Chipperfield, was v.h.c.

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