Sweet Pea and Rose Show - 1931

August 1, 1931








The Bovingdon Horticultural Society on Wednesday afternoon and evening held their annual summer rose and sweet pea show in the field adjoining Bovingdon House (by kind permission of the Colonel and Mrs. Middleton), and, as usual, the event was a huge success, the total number of entries, including the children’s classes eclipsing last year’s total by 54. A most beautiful array of blooms was exhibited by the members and everyone was struck by the high quality of the entries. The roses provided a magnificent display, and with the perfumes of the many varieties of herbaceous and annual flowers intermingling, created an exquisite atmosphere. The total number of entries this year was 202, whilst children’s exhibits totalled 85, last year there was a total of 233 entries, of which 96 were children’s. Thus on the whole the total number of entries was 54 higher than last year, but the number of children’s was down by 11. One of the greatest successes of the show was the class for table decorations. There were 13 tables, and to the layman all seemed worthy of prizes. Here, as in the majority of the classes, the judges (Mr. F. Stratford of Hemel Hempstead and Mr. Meager of Berkhamsted) were presented with an unenviable task, but their resultant choice, that of Mrs. A. Simmonds, was a popular one. The table was decorated with ornamental vases containing red and white sweet peas and small blue cornflowers. This although somewhat heavy, had a pleasing effect, but contrasted strongly with the table of the competitor gaining 2nd prize, whose scheme was carried out entirely in luscious pink roses.

The whole organisation of the show was a credit to the hard working Secretary, Mrs. G. Banks, and her many enthusiastic helpers, among  them was Mr. J. Cosgrave, who acted in the capacity of judges’ steward.

In addition to the flower shows there were numbers of stalls, sideshows, etc., which included water-bowls, darts, skittles, wazza, coconuts, find-your-prize etc., Teas were under the able supervision of Mrs. Middleton, whilst excellent music was provided by Berkhamsted St. Peter’s band.

A magnificent display of herbaceous plants were on view and were displayed by Lye Green Nurseries. There was also an exhibition of roses by Mr. Bostern of Chipperfield.

The judges report was as follows:-

“The committee are to be congratulated on the successful exhibition of flowers. It is, indeed, a very pretty show. The outstanding feature of the show undoubtedly was the dainty table decorations, 13 in number, which gave the judges a very anxious time to decide the prize winners. Also the exhibits of ramble roses, which were of a high standard, and the dahlias, were also excellent. The children, too, are to be highly congratulated on their exhibits of button-holes and nose-gays of sweet peas and roses. The regret of the judges was felt on being compelled to disqualify exhibits of sweet williams and antirrhinums in the herbaceous classes in the hope that they will not do it again. The judges also express the hope that at future shows exhibitors will name their exhibits as it makes it more interesting and instructive.

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