The fifth annual Flower Show was held on Saturday 17 August in the Larne Market Yard. As well as beautiful blooms, bumper veg and delicious cakes and chutneys, an artisan market courtesy of Naturally North Coast and Glens added to the occasion. Entertainment on the day also included live jazz, circus acts, flower arranging, scarecrow making and nest box building.
The Flower Show prize giving ceremony was hosted by Anne-Marie McAleese from BBC Radio Ulster and Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Ald Maureen Morrow.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor, Maureen Morrow said “Our Mid and East Antrim In Bloom campaign has continued this year and the Flower Show is a big component of this. Through Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’, we encourage everyone who lives in the Borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife. By actively supporting our ‘In Bloom’ activities and competitions, residents will not only make their garden, school or business more attractive, they can really help boost the local economy and tourism in the area.
Our talented local communities have demonstrated great flair for horticulture and hoping to reach as many people as possible, the Flower Show includes a wide range of classes and creative competitions including The Junior Section, and we encourage both experts and novices to apply.
I would especially like to thank our panel of judges, who have a wide range of experience and expertise amongst them, and who thoroughly deliberated all the entrants today. Thank you to our staff who have worked hard to make the Flower Show and Summer Market happen. And finally, most importantly, thank you to all our entrants today, the standard was remarkable, especially given what a wet month August has been. Well done to you all. It has been a wonderful colourful spectacle.”
Amongst a host of winners on the day, Julie Carlisle won Best in Show for her ‘Edible Garden’ flower arrangement, with Most Points overall in Flower Show going to Charles Holmes.
Charles Holmes also won the Best Cut Flower Exhibit, Best Dahlia Exhibit, Most Points in Dahlia Section and Most Points in Cut Flowers Section. The Best Rose Exhibit was won by Ronnie Campbell and Most Points in Rose Section went to Ivan Morrow.
Clive Kavanagh won Best Garden Variety for his perennial. Best Pot Plant was won by Shirley Woodside. Best Cactus Exhibit and Most Points in Pot Plants were won by Elizabeth Boyd.
Jennifer Herron’s ‘criss cross parsnip’ won Best Novelty Vegetable. Jennifer also won Most Points in Vegetable Section and Best Grow Your Own Selection.
Jemma Boyd won Best Flower Arrangement for her ‘Blooming Best’ display. Julie Carlisle won the most points in the Flower Arrangement Section. The Best Flower Arrangement Novice award was won by Christine Cahoon for her ‘Summer Basket’ display.
Best Exhibit in Home Industry was won by Jennifer Herron for her marmalade, with Most Points in Home Industry going to Nicola McCrudden.
David McAuley won Best Exhibit in Junior Section for his ‘Treasures from Trash’ display, and Most Points in the Junior Section went to Aaron Wilson.
Medals also went to Junior entrants James Cowan, Annabella Cowan, Lucy Cowan, Andrew Cowan and Evie Stirling.