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Annual horticultural show is a blooming great success

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 29 August 2017

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

Mick Howes

It was another impressive year for the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society after visitors flocked to their annual summer show.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

Having taken place on August 19-20, the show’s hosts welcomed nearly 300 people through the door over the course of the two days,

The weekend saw a number of stunning flower displays, whilst there were also a number of plants and vegetables for sale, a selection of homemade cakes, and a photography competition.

The society’s President John Thomson opened the 2017 summer show, 106 years since it was founded.

Those who helped to organise the show were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

“This year’s show really was one of the best we’ve ever had,” said Sheila Pettett, a society committee member who helps to publicise their various events and activities.

“We upped our game with advertising this year and it was great to see so many people at the show during the weekend.

“The show continues to progress, to be fruitful and successful because we’ve got a very good committee that works so hard to ensure everything runs smoothly.”

Hundreds of entries were made in a vast range of different categories at the event at Carlton Colville Community Centre, as gardening enthusiasts attempted to gain recognition for their eye-catching creations.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

“The dahlias were especially beautiful this year and we also had some spectacular hanging baskets,” added Mrs Pettett.

“Many of the flower arrangements were quite outstanding and of course we had the usual novelty giant vegetables which were all amazing.”

Meanwhile, this year’s photography competition was open to entries under the theme of ‘village signs across Suffolk’, a crown which was taken by a snap of the Angel sign in Blythburgh.

Having been founded back in 1911 as the Oulton Broad Garden Association, the society was amended to its current name in 1977 and has been holding summer shows for the majority of its existence.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

Money raised from the day’s proceedings will be pumped back into the society to help pay for future events.

To find out more about the horticultural society, visit oblhs.co.uk.

The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural society held its annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

One of the highlights was the giant vegetable category. Photo: Mick HowesOne of the highlights was the giant vegetable category. Photo: Mick Howes

Jean Davis at the Lowestoft Horticultural Summer Show. Photo: Mick HowesJean Davis at the Lowestoft Horticultural Summer Show. Photo: Mick Howes

The society's president John Thomson at the summer show. Photo: Mick HowesThe society's president John Thomson at the summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

Margaret Crossley at the society's annual summer show. Photo: Mick HowesMargaret Crossley at the society's annual summer show. Photo: Mick Howes

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