I always hoped I could get a Flower Show Society member to write a history but after all these years its not going to happen so I’ll do it (unless after you’ve read it you think you can do better).
My wife and I came on the scene 30 years ago the house we bought had a good sized plot which Jean wanted as a garden, I wanted the detached double garage for a workshop. The whole area was severely blighted by the then ongoing Airport Enquiry so we got the property at a very good price.Fairly soon Jean discovered the Flower Show and took a keen interest. In those days the show was dominated by farmers, market gardeners and estate gardeners. Even in those days there were often grumbles when professionals walked off with the trophies with produce quality way beyond amateur efforts. Jean’s reaction to this was talking to the professionals and picking their brains. Later the judges were provided by the RHS and Jean then not only spent hours talking to them but also joined then studied the RHS literature. Eventually she started to win and has now won the Shield 13 times. All the old timers have now gone and Jean was being criticised for dominating the show. Now, this year there are a lot of new faces and Alan Taylor won overall but the silver has been spread much thinner.
The Shield was actually donated by the Parish Council and is specifically for the exhibitor with the most points gained overall.