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Bovey Tracey Garden Club Summer Show – August 17th in Parke View Meadow

Fri 2 Aug 2019

As always, this year’s Show will be a mixture of old favourites and new attractions. An important change for gardeners is that the Club will be awarding an RHS Banksian Medal to the entrant gaining the most points in the gardening classes – those in Divisions A, B and C.

Joseph Banks was a 18th century naturalist and botanist who famously accompanied James Cook on his first great voyage in 1768 and later became director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The Banksian medal will be kept by the winner and the same person cannot win more than once in a three year period. If the editor has found space for it, there is a picture of the medal with this article (and if he has not, there is a picture of it on our website www.bovey-gardeners.org.uk).

Last year’s super-winner, Lynda, will not be entering nearly as many classes as last year and will not, anyway, be eligible for the Banksian Medal as she won it last year. Lynda has kindly offered to help anyone interested in entering the horticultural classes but who would appreciate a bit of support. Details of the mentoring scheme, and other Show news can be found on our website under the Summer Show tab. If you do not have access to a computer, just put a note with your name and contact details through my door (Church Steps, next to the Parish Church), and I will pass them on to Lynda.

We are still working on the details of the Show, but expect to have the Torbay Brass Band and the Newton Bushel Morris, plus the dogs, and hopefully birds of prey and the lovely alpacas. If all goes to plan there will also be five immaculate classic cars for you to admire. We have been trying for three years to have the birds fly, but weather and illness have conspired against this happening. Fingers crossed for this year. Bovey’s national BMX rider, Ben Cornish, cannot be at the Show himself, but his bike will be there, along with his safety gear and some exciting videos. Ben is hoping to ride internationally next year, so please visit his stall and support him.

Full details of the many classes which can be entered, along with entry forms, are now available free on our website (see above). It can also be purchased from Brimley PO, The Old Cottage Tea Shop, Whites Greengrocer or Timothy John Hairdresser for 30 pence.

There is money to be won – but only by junior entrants. Last year’s junior entry (Division G) was disappointing and we have revised the classes in the hope of encouraging more young people to enter. Please have a look.

The Show has become larger in recent years and now occupies most of Parke View Meadow. This means there is less space for car parking and this year only


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