116th Autumn Show
Saturday 10th September 2022
Free Church Hall, Norton Way South SG6 1NX map
Opens at 2:00pm. Admission is free
We are resting the Children’s and ‘Challenge’ classes, so no Chilli or Mystery Seed challenges this year. The Tapps trophy will instead be awarded to the best fruit exhibit at the Autumn Show.
New classes for 2022 include: mixed grasses & seed heads, mixed dahlias for the novice grower and a bottle of liqueur. This can include gin flavoured with botanicals such as Sloe Gin or the vodka based Limoncello.
Running throughout the afternoon there will be a plant/produce sale, refreshments and raffle. We are also hoping to have a selection of craft demonstrations.
It’s a great afternoon out for everyone
- take a look at some pictures from previous years’ shows.
|Staging||8:30am – 11:30am|
|Judging||12 noon onwards|
|Craft demonstrations & produce sale||2:00pm – 4:15pm|
|Awards & Raffle||4:15pm – 4:30pm|
|Removal of exhibits||4:30pm – 4:45pm|
How to enter – non-members welcome
First read the show rules and the showing instructions. Fill out the entry form, listing all the classes that you wish to enter and return it along with your entry fees to Paul Heydon, LDGA Show Secretary.
Ways to submit your entry:
- at the monthly evening meetings (3rd Thursday)
- at the monthly coffee mornings (1st Wednesday)
- at the Trading Store during normal opening times
- at 129 Lonsdale Road, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 5DF
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- by calling 01438 727422 to speak to Paul
Entries must arrive by 8:00pm on Thursday 8th Sept
|Show Rules & Instructions||Entry Form||Show Schedule|
Never shown before?
Fancy a go but not sure?
Tips For The Novice Exhibitor
Read the show schedule carefully to avoid being marked down by the judges or getting ‘NAS’ (Not As Schedule) for not meeting the stated requirements.
Check your exhibit is:
- being entered in the right class - if in doubt ask.
- made up from the correct number of items - count and recount.
- within the parameters stated - check your pot size, overall dimensions etc.
- prepared in accordance with the instructions – eg onion tops tied.
Don’t enter too many classes. It takes a long time to gather, inspect, and choose your exhibits and much longer than you think to stage them.
Uniformity in shape, size, and colour is important with exhibits made up of more than one item. If possible, have some spares available in case of damage.
Place larger exhibits directly on the bench. For others try using:
- A board, eg a table mat. Beans, peas and other green vegetables look best displayed on black background.
- Plates or dishes, the plainer the better; use some dry fine sand (silver sand) or wooden curtain rings to keep awkward exhibits in place.
Show all but the smallest cut flowers in plain vases; LDGA vases are available to borrow on the morning of the show. Use wet newspaper or fine wire mesh instead of floral foam to hold the flowers in place and don’t overcrowd the vase.
You never know you could be going home with the Newcomers Trophy
Raffle tickets will be on sale all afternoon with some great prizes up for grabs, only £1 a strip. Draw takes place at around 4:15pm
Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be available all afternoon
LDGA members and committee will be on hand to take your garden related questions. If we don’t know the answer we will find it out.
Produce of all kinds will be on sale throughout afternoon.
If you have any produce that we could sell, including fruit, veg, cakes or preserves please let us know or just bring them along.
Your feedback welcomed
Let us know what you thought of the show. Tell us which of the classes you enjoyed most and what you would like to see next year. Please send all your comments to email@example.com