16 SEP 2017

Yalding Garden Society's Autumn show

'Gardening shows also have their politics' says MP

YGS Chairman Sue Williams, Helen Grant and Best in Show flower arrangement winner Rachel West from Laddingford

Size does matter, along with colour, uniformity, peculiarity and a host of other criteria considered by judges at competitive gardening events, as Helen Grant MP learned recently.

Visiting Yalding Garden Society's Autumn show, Helen was welcomed by Chairman Sue Williams and taken around a wide range of exhibits; vegetables, flowers, cakes and much more.

Helen, who's constituency home is in Yalding, said 'I am a relative newcomer to gardening but it has really captured my enthusiasm over the past year or so. I was therefore heartened to learn that some of the winners here succeeded at their first attempt, and the standard was very high. Perhaps I might consider an entry myself at the Spring show next year'.

'There was it seems, some dissent between male entrants about the rightful winner of the apple crumble competition, but the judges' decision is final I am told, and they shall not be questioned! Clearly gardening shows also have their politics'.

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