Adel & District Horticultural Society

Spring Flower Show 2016

The Spring Flower Show of the Adel & District Horticultural Society on 9 April transformed the somewhat austere Methodist Church Hall into a wonderfully colourful bower of beauty.

It was good to see that not only flowers but also horticulturalists flourish in Adel, the climate and substrate hereabouts conducive to the success of the former, and the latter are undoubtedly blessed with green fingers.

Tables and walls were richly decorated with floral displays, artwork, crafts and handwriting, not forgetting the homemade refreshments in the tea room, which proved extremely popular, particularly the meringues and cream scones enjoyed by my fellow guests after the judging.

There were over 200 adult entries for the Flower, Floral Art, Arts & Crafts, and Craft classes. The judges clearly had a difficult job singling out the prize-winners.

My personal favourites in the Craft Class included the ‘grey elephant’ in the Soft Toy category and ‘what to do with old denim jeans’ in the Patchwork / Quilting category, the latter I am sure looking more favourable in its new format than when actually worn.


As well as receiving cups for winning three classes, Tarn Everett was also awarded the richly deserved Dr C. E. Mathieson Cup for the most points overall.


Similar judging problems would have arisen for the many artwork and handwriting entries submitted by local schools, only a selection of their work in some classes being exhibited. It was good to see that handwriting is alive and well in our schools, the chosen text “I like to see a thing I know / Has not been seen before” being most apt and the finished products of a very high standard.

It was pleasing to note that for many classes of the above work, succinct and helpful notes were provided by the judges.

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Rev. Ian White was unable to present the awards, so I was both honoured and delighted to do this once more, using the time to mention that background field and laboratory skills for generating botanical interests were poorly practised at all levels of education.

On such occasions one should not forget the immense amount of work necessary to set up and run not only a Flower Show, but also a range of other activities. We are greatly indebted to those who provided the refreshments and ran the Tea Room, those who worked on the Plant Stall, the Judges and the Sponsors, and especially to the Show Committee, led by Sylvia Halliday and Doug Mansion, for delivering a most rewarding and highly successful event to judge by the comments passed and the large number of attendees.    

 "We look forward with pleasure to the Adel Autumn Show on Saturday, 3 September."   


                                                                                                                               Review Mark Seaward

Photographs Val Crompton / Peter Snodgrass

Thank you
The Show Committee wishes to thank all the firms who have sponsored special awards and prize monies  and all those who are giving of their time to support the show.

Community Web Kit provided free by BT