Victorious veggies steal the show in Fulham

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Image captionNadia Brydon tries to pick up the eight-and-a-half stone squash

Massive marrows, brilliant blooms and perfect preserves offered a dazzling spectacle for visitors at Fulham Horticultural Society’s annual show last weekend.

The society’s popular celebration of gardening and cookery, now in its ninety-first year, featured a stunning collection of local produce on 10 September at St Etheldreda’s Church in Fulham Palace Road.

Show secretary Charles Dowson said: “The produce was a picture to see, with vegetables, flowers, jams, cakes and children’s classes.

“The show judges were Royal Horticultural Society-qualified and there were also raffles, prize giving and people on hand to give advice about growing. It was a fun day for all the family.”

Mr Dowson bagged ‘best in show’ for his collection of five perfectly-formed vegetables, plus prizes in 10 other horticultural categories.

Image caption: Nicole Coleman wins first prize for her Gingerbread cake

Meanwhile, green-fingered Stewart Whitten impressed judges with his exceptionally large marrow and Nicole Coleman baked up a storm to win the cake contest.

Society chairman Eddie Robinson also clinched a sweet victory with the best jam of the day.

The Fulham Horticultural Society was set up in 1924 and is one of the last remaining independent societies of its kind in London.

The group, which is affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, aims to involve the whole local community in its shows, encouraging residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables and offering tips to aspiring gardeners.

The society welcomes new members and its competitions are open to anyone with a garden or allotment within five miles of Fulham Town Hall.

For more details on Fulham Horticultural Society and its future shows, visit

Image caption: Hazel Will wins first prize for her herb arrangement