Dawlish was treated to a spectacular Flower, Produce and Crafts Show on Saturday in the Strand Centre. The entries are growing in number and the quality just keeps getting better each year. It’s encouraging to see more children entering their creative work across all categories.
There was pent up excitement as the crowd queued before the doors opened at 1pm. The Mayor – Councillor Alison Foden – formally opened the Show, praising the hard work of Dawlish Garden Society committee members in planning and organising such a super event.
All 6 judges had some difficult decisions to make when awarding the prizes. Considering the weather that gardeners and allotment holders have had to contend with recently. the exhibits had been carefully chosen to be the best they could be.
From comments received on the day, it seems that the DGS Flower, Produce and Crafts Show is becoming a family affair with all ages contributing and getting creative together which is lovely to hear and to see the end results. The atmosphere was tense with competitiveness.
Whilst all the people admired the resplendent display tables, Stephen Nash played the piano with his version of flower themed tunes.
All too soon it was time for the Awards Ceremony where Certificates, Shields and Cups were given to rightful winners across all the categories to great rounds of applause. Lots of first time winners alongside the more experienced contributors which demonstrates a healthy pool of local talent. The Mayor had chosen her “Best in Show” which was an enormous flower head of a Globe Artichoke – commenting that “ it immediately caught my attention. It is iridescent, beautiful and unusual”. She also chose the winner of the Edwin’s Award given to the best exhibit by a person with special needs – an imaginative painting of a boat on a paper plate. All prize winners were asked to gather for a group photo to mark their achievements.  The full results will be available on the DGS website – www.dawlishgardensociety.org.uk
The Chairman in her closing speech thanked everyone for attending the Show, the committee for all their hard work, volunteers for helping the evening before, the plant sale team, sponsors and all who were involved in any capacity for making the 2019 show such a success.
On the way out , many lucky winners picked up their Raffle prizes.
Dawlish Garden Society celebrates 180 years in 2020, so there will be special events during the season to mark this significant milestone, look out for our programme and posters. As usual there will be a Plant Sale in May and The Show will be held on Saturday 8th August 2020.

• Harold Foster Cup : Vegetables and Fruit – Cliff Curd
• Medal for Best Vegetable – Roger Kohl (Yellow Tomatoes)
• Medal for Best Fruit – Cliff Curd (3 Fruits)
• Society Silver Challenge Cup : Cut Flowers- Lynne Brown
• Lady Rayner Trophy : Specimen Rose – R.B.Williams
• Wain Trophy : Fuchsia – June Cassidy
• Lambshead Cup : Potted Plant – Lynne Brown
• Lesanne Cup : Society Members – Roberta Stather
• Medal for Best Cut Flower – Billy Gray age 7 (Sunflower)
• John Rean Shield : Best Succulent or Cactus – June Cassidy
• Childrens Cup : Age 3-7 – Oliver Scholfield age 7
• Mrs Lee Memorial Cup : Children age 8-16 – Alex Stather-Hooper age 10
• Cookery Rosette : Children 5-16 – Alex Stather-Hooper age 10
• Class 48 and 52 sponsored by Mr M, Cockram to encourage Art for Children
• Class 48 Painting of a Boat on a Paper Plate age 3-7 £10 prize – Celina Scholfield age 5
• Class 52 Painting of Beach Huts age 8-16 £10 prize – Alex Stather-Hooper age 10
• Rosemary Smith Cup : Cookery – Jean Kohl
• Silver Bowl : Art – Tina Newman
• Timaru Cup : Photography – Jane Welsby
• Horsham Cup : Handicrafts ( Special Needs) – Grace Connelly age 13
• Lady Hoare Cup : Handicrafts ( Section O ) – Wendy Gibbs
• Sue Innocent Ash Memorial Bowl : Embriodery – Sanra Tatum / Kirsty Coates
• Hilary Pudner Cup : Handicrafts ( Open Class) – Sandra Tatum
• Hildegard Browne Memorial Cup with £20 prize sponsored by Dawlish Needlecraft Group –Sandra Tatum ( class 89, item, Colour Roll)
• Hilda Marchant Memorial Shield : Best Handicraft in sections Nand O under 17 – Grace Connelly ( class 82, Paper Plate Boat)
• Hartnell Challenge Cup : Floral Art – Carol Carter
• Tina Smith Prize £10 Fruit or Veg with a Face – June Cassidy
• Tina Smith Prize £10 Longest Buddleia Spike – Jenny Lancaster
• Quiz – Guess the name of the Teddy – Gordon Hayday (Fluff)
• Edwins Award : Special Needs – Bella Nield age 4 (Paper Plate Boat)
• Trophy for Best Plant in Show – Lynne Brown (Bromeliad)
• Trophy for Best Exhibit in Show – Jackie Stent (Globe Artichoke Flower)