Guidelines for Exhibitors

For the first time ever, guidelines to help and encourage exhibitors have been produced by the Society. Two are available:

Cooking and Preserves: Click here to view (PDF, 45KB).

Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers: Click here to view (PDF, 12KB).

2014 Class List Available

The list of classes for this year´s Show can be downloaded from the Download tab above. Show rules and a list of our cups are also available.

New for this year are growing classes in each of the age groups in the Children´ Section. Also Novice Classes are now open to all, in previous years these have been restricted to the residents of Hurst only. Now everybody is welcome.

Come and show off your growing, baking, and making skills or just come on Show day at 1:30pm.

The printed programme has now been distributed to homes in Hurst and is available in selected local shops and businesses.

Cover Flower

The front cover of the 2014 Show programme to be delivered to Hurst households and available at local businesses in June

Kathy Tuggey - New Chair

I thank Terry Bunyard on behalf of everyone who is part of our Show for his hard work on our committee over the last 29 years. After some years as treasurer Terry took on the role of chairman in 1992 and saw the Show through to our 100th last year. Under his direction the Show has thrived and prospered.

During much of the last 20 years, I have been involved in the Show either as an exhibitor, home industries judge or organiser. It´s a daunting task to follow Terry, but I feel the Show has an excellent future and an increasing relevance to the local community. I will work hard to continue to build on the success that Terry has achieved.

Kathy Tuggey

100th Show Pictures

We are lucky to have pictures of last year´s 100th Show taken by Jeff Hopkins who is a professional photographer living in Hurst. He is also the judge of the Show´s photography section and has generously donated the photographs for use by the Society. However, he retains copyright to the images so they cannot be copied without his permission.

The pictures can be seen by clicking on ´2013 Pictures´ above. There are so many photographs that they are divided into the following sections: General; Horticultural Exhibits; Home Industries Exhibits; and Prize Giving.

List of 2013 Supporters

Many local businesses kindly supported the 2013 Show by helping pay for printing costs. Details of each supporter can be found by clicking on the ´Show Supporters´ link above.

Our Chairman Retires

After 29 years of leadership Terry Bunyard retired as chairman at this year´s AGM on the 16 April. As a big thank you he was presented with a fancy scarecrow and garden tokens by Lady Watt, our president. Also, Terry was voted an Honorary Life Vice President of The Society.

See Press News above for press coverage of the event.

Terry Bunyard and Suzie Watt

Terry Bunyard receiving a presentation from Lady Watt

2013 Show

Pic 0026 - Matt Brown´s flower arrangement in a tankard.
© Jeff Hopkins

News Alerts for the 2014 Show

Please send an email to to receive news about our main show and other Society events as well as receiving a friendship discount card.

Friendship Card - Discounts

Everybody on our News Alerts list is automatically a "Friend" of the Society and will receive a card that will entitle them to membership benefits at Hare Hatch Sheeplands (10% discount all year round) plus its occassional special offers.

Future Show Dates

In 2015 it will be on Saturday 22 August.

Show History

The first Show was in 1902 and if you would like to read a little history click here.

Come Along and Join Us

The Hurst Horticultural and Cottage Garden Society is an informal group of people who meet about 4 times a year with the objective of promoting horticulture in the local community. The focal point is the staging of an annual show in August with a supplementary "mini-show" earlier in the year.

How to Join

There is no membership fee or formal joining process. We like to keep our Society informal and open to all and if you would like to come to our next meeting we would be very pleased to welcome you. If you do come could you please tell the Secretary by email ( to be sure we look out for you.

Community Links

The Society is one of many local organisations that serve the local community. A list of others can be seen here.

Page update 7 July 2014