TDHS has three Shows each year in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.   All members are invited to enter and there are lots of different flower and vegetable classes, as well as cookery, flower arranging and children’s classes.  The Shows are held at Highbury Hall in Tenterden and there is a choice of at least 60 classes which cost just 30p each to enter.  Members and visitors are welcome to attend in the afternoon of the Shows, between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.


The Gardening Year began in earnest with the Spring Show, held on Saturday 24 March. Despite the long cold season, 22 members somehow produced 138 exhibits to fill Highbury Hall with colour and scent.
The nine daffodil classes had lots of entries but Ann Achow’s exhibits took most of the first places giving her the Society’s Cup for most points and the Robert Gorham trophy for best exhibit. Ann said that her secret was to water the daffodils with tomato feed after flowering. In the miscellaneous classes there was a particularly impressive display of floating hellebore heads in which Jill Barsley took first place and won the Howard Smith Cup for best exhibit. David Eddison, with several winning exhibits retained the Martin Cup for most points.
Amongst the Cookery Classes, there were some mouth-watering coffee sponge cakes, professional looking French apple tarts, a collection of jams, chutneys and lemon curd and two celebrity recipes: Mary Berry’s Jaffa cakes and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s spinach and thyme pasties. For the first time, Jan Parsons was awarded the Durrant Cup for most points whilst Marea Saunders was given the Spring Cookery Award for best exhibit: two perfect scotch eggs. Jess Wilton (12) made her first appearance amongst the adult exhibitors and was delighted to find she had produced the best Jaffa Cakes!
The Floral Art classes ensured that the Hall was filled with colour with displays of tulips and daffodils. Several members have been attending flower arranging workshops and it was wonderful to see several of them enter the show. ‘Tulipmania’ was won by Bruna Christoff whilst ‘A Drift of Daffodils’ and the Society’s Rose Bowl was won by Lindy Bates. In the Miniature class, Ann Achow’s ‘Treasure’ triumphed and Bruna Christoff won the Petite class with her interpretation of ‘New Life’ which earned her the Pat Billington Cup.
The prizes were presented by Society President, Ann Ironside who congratulated everyone on their success in prevailing over the weather.
As ever, a successful show was the result of teamwork and the committee and several members all deserve a big thank you for their hard work on setting up and organising the judges, the entries and the results; for producing and serving the teas; providing and running the raffle; manning the Bring and Buy and the door and, of course, the final clear-up.
We will now all be focusing on growing plants for the Society’s Big Charity Plant Sale to be held on Saturday 26 May in Tesco’s forecourt. The Sale will be in aid of Tenterden Social Hub (Day Centre) and Tenterden Counselling Services.



image001The Tenterden Challenge

The Tenterden Challenge Shield was first awarded in 1992 to promote friendly competition between local horticultural and gardening clubs. Each club must enter 3 elements, a floral art display, a cookery exhibit and a championship collection of fruit and vegetables. As holders of the trophy, this year’s Challenge will be held at Bethersden Village Hall on Saturday 10th September as part of their Autumn Show, please go along to support Tenterden and the other Societies.