Ilford Horticultural Society to hold its 70th Autumn Show
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Everything from tulips and tomatoes to carnations and cabbages are to go on show as a group of passionate growers prepare to celebrate 70 years of their annual gardening show.
The Ilford Horticultural Society, which has been helping people “grow their own” since the Second World War, is due to put on its annual Autumn Show next Sunday at Valentines Mansion in Emerson Road, Ilford.
Winning entries from society members and the public will be hand-picked by expert judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).
The growing group is still going strong with more than 70 members meeting once a month to share their tips and tricks on how to grow the finest flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Society chairman Margaret Quinney, of Ilford, said: “The people that come to our society meetings are very keen growers and it’s great to showcase their work at the show.
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“We have dahlias, fuschias and some serious pot plants too this year, along with a fruit section, a vegetable section and a domestic section for jams, cakes and flower arranging.”
The avid gardener is calling on people of all ages to get involved with the society and grow their own vegetables and flowers.
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She said: “It’s very upsetting when I see front gardens just paved over with concrete, we need to make sure that we don’t end up living in a concrete jungle.
“I think it’s very important that children learn where their food comes from too.”
The society chairman’s parents were keen gardeners, and throughout her childhood Margaret helped grow produce on her father’s allotment.
She added: “A lot of children have never seen a potato with dirt on it. I think children can get a lot of enjoyment and learn a lot from growing their own produce.”
Margaret, who took on the role almost eight years ago, didn’t enter anything at her first Autumn Show but was inspired to enter the following year.
She is hoping that the event will sow the seeds for people entering next year’s show.
Margaret said: “It’s important that people have an interest in horticulture and that we see gardens flourishing. We should be able to share our growing successes with each other too.”
Exhibits at this year’s September 14 show must be entered between 9am and 11am, with the show opening to the public and judges at 11am.
Awards are due to be presented by Redbridge Mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin at 2pm before the show comes to a close at 3pm.
Call 020 8550 4790 for more information.