Virtual 2020 Show
Entry deadline: noon Saturday 22 August
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

August Show Goes Virtual


Unfortunately our big show on Saturday 22nd August has been cancelled as the committee decided it was not possible to meet safe distancing rules. However, while this is a big disappointment we are, instead, holding an online show called Virtual 2020 with nine classes, including 2 for children. It will operate in a way similar to the successful Gardens 2020 competion.

How to enter the Virtual 2020 show

Click on the "Virtual 2020" tab above to see the list of nine classes. For each class you enter send two photographs of your entry attached to an email to the address below, and please make sure the class number and your name is in the subject heading. You can enter multiple classes but you must send an email for each one. If easier, you can send two emails for each class entry, with one photograph attached to each.

Entries can be sent anytime up to the deadline of noon on Saturday 22 August, after which judging will start. All entries will then be displayed on the website. There are no cups this year and last year's winners get to keep their cups for another year.

Enter by sending two photographs, with the appropriate subject heading, to:

Gardens 2020 A Success

Gardens 2020 Competition

The winner of the Gardens 2020 garden competition was Katie Barton. In second place was Rachael Norwood and in joint third place were Naomi Bassett and Diane Pilgrim. The Wokingham Horticultural Association's judging team of Jo, Nina, Margaret, Pat and Trish said:

"Thank you to all the entrants in the Gardens 2020 competition. We have loved getting a glimpse into your beautiful and varied gardens and thank you for asking us to judge them. It wasn't an easy task because you have obviously all put a lot of effort into them. We wish all the veggie patches a productive season and wish you well as you continue to work in and enjoy your lovely gardens."

Everybody in Hurst and the surrounding areas was invited to enter to have some fun - with 29 entries in total. All gardens appear on the website and can be seen by clicking on the "Gardens 2020" button above.

There is no prize other than being named 2020 Garden of the Year.

Well done Katie

Thames Valley Air Ambulance


On retirement Chris Bowman followed his passion for metalwork and has sold items at previous shows and given all the sale proceeds to the Society to help it make donations to local charities. He has been busy making items in anticipation of this year´s show.

However, despite being cancelled he still very generously wants to sell his handcrafted items and give all proceeds to the Society.


Circle Log Basket - £70

His items for sale can be seen by clicking on the "Metalcraft" tab above, and the Society will donate all sale proceeds to Thames Valley Air Ambulance. In addition, the Society will match Chris´s sale proceeds up to £250. The Thames Valley Air Ambulance charity was chosen as this year´s charity by supporters and the committee earlier this year.

Show Photographs

All the photographs of last year´s August Show taken by Hilary Reed and Jonathan Sant are available to view under the "Pictures" tab above. The Show is very grateful to Hilary and Jonathan for taking such wonderful photographs so we have a fantastic record of the event. If anybody else has photographs they are happy to share please let the secretary know.


The array of cups ready to be presented. (Picture Jonathan Sant)

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.


Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Show photographs 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.

Results Archives

The results of previous shows are available from the following page: Results Archive

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.

2019 Show Supporters

The Society is grateful to the local businesses that supported last's year the Show and help pay the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of supporters of the 2019 Show and the organisers are very grateful for their generous and enthusiastic support:

    MOT City - Garage Services
    Parkers Twyford
    The Castle Inn

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Page last updated 31/07/2020.