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Hurst Horticultural Show
Saturday 19 August 2017
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

June Mini-Show


Society members enjoying the June mini-show in Suzy Watt´s garden.

Hilary Reed grew the heaviest potato crop by far in the 2017 Potato in a Bucket competition and was awarded the coveted Potato Medal at the Mini-Show on the 29 June. The show was held in Suzy Watt´s wonderful garden and 29 potato buckets were emptied and weighed with the help of Daniel Barton and William Bethell from Dolphin School. Daniel recorded names and potato weights and William helped with the weighing. Full results can be seen under the Results button in the menu above.

The sweetpea competition, also held on the night, was won by Edwin Jarvis with a convincing display of pink flowers. Four members took second place being: Sheila Whittaker, Heather Howard, Suzy Watt and Gavin Verdin.

2017 August Show Schedule Now Available

The Schedule containing details of all classes in the 2017 August Show is now available. The 20 page colour booklet will be delivered to all Hurst households by mid-July and the list of all classes can be downloaded as a PDF document from the “Guidance“ button above. Local shops and businesses will also have free copies available.

This year, in addition to the Open Scarecrow class, there is a Junior Scarecrow class exclusively for children, or groups of children, up to and including 15 years old. Also, there have been some class changes to the Home Industries classes, as every year, and this includes a bottle of flavoured gin or vodka, and Shabby Chic.

In addition a separate schedule containing just the children´s classes is being circulated to St Nicholas and the Dolphin schools and any other interested children. Of course, all children are welcome, and encouraged, to also enter the open classes.

The 2016 Winning Scarecrow

Free Parking

Rod Stewart? - The Winning Scarecrow

High wind and rain showers did not spoil the fun of the 2016 Hurst Horticultural Show. The new scarecrow class was a great success with 13 larger than life super scarecrows. It was clear that a lot of people had put a lot of thought and effort into their exhibits and they made a great fun feature of this year´s event.

Scarecrows arrived from early morning in all manner of ways including MOT City´s in a large lorry. High winds did not deter exhibitors however one gust was enough to send one scarecrow´s hedgehog scurrying across the car park.

Another scarecrow caused a police incident..... click on the following link to see the story in Wokingham Today: Scarecrow Causes 999 Alert

The bar ran out of beer and all the burgers and sausages were eaten which is a good sign of a successful enjoyable day.

Photographs and Results

Prize Giving

President Suzy Watt presenting a cup to Katie Sollitt

Pictures of the 2016 Show are under the “Pictures” button above. Also the trophy winners and class results as well as entry statistics are also available via the menu clicking on the “2016 Results“ button.

Last year 152 people and teams entered which is two less than the previous year. However there were 53 children in that number which is up from 37 in 2015 and a record for recent years. This is an encouraging sign that the Show has a healthy long-term future.

In all, the total number of exhibits staged last year was 693 as follows: Scarecrows 13 (6 by teams), Horticultural 275, Home Industries 292, and children 113.

Feedback Welcome

Those on our news mailing list will receive occassional details about the Show and the Society´s other activities and it´s easy to add yourself. See News Mailing List paragraph below.


Instructions and Guidelines for Exhibitors

Instructions and guidelines have been written to help and encourage exhibitors for the 2017 Show on 19 August. The six available are: 1) Cooking and Preserves, 2) Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers; 3) Children's Growing Classes; 4) Flavoured Spirit; 5) Eggs; and 6) YouTube Video class. These can be found by clicking on the “Guidance” option above.

Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Photographs of previous shows can be viewed from the “Pictures” link above and press coverage can be seen here: Press Coverage

Show History

1939 Poster

Old Show Poster

The first Show was held in 1902 and known as the Hurst Show. If you would like to read a little history go here: Show History.

Show Archives

The results of previous shows are available from the following page: Archives.

Community Links

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

2017 Show Supporters

Many local businesses support the Show and help pay the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of supporters of the 2017 Show and the organisers are very grateful for their generous and enthusiastic support:

    The Castle Inn
    EMS Medical Services
    Hare Hatch Sheeplands
    Harlequin Marquee Hire
    Hurst Convenience Store
    Loddon Cars
    MOT City - Garage Services
    Parkers Twyford
    Power Mechanical

News Mailing List

Please send an email to the address below to receive news about our main show on 19 August 2017 and other Society events:

Video Class

Click on the link below to see the only entry in the YouTube Video Class of the 2016 Show. The theme was Perspectives on Hurst

Video Class Entry

The class is hoping for more entries this year with its How To theme, and entry details and guidance can be found under the Guidance button above.

Page last updated 24/06/2017.