Autumn Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Display 2021 by Lynda Fean

This was held on Monday September 20th in the Long Gallery of Charlton House. As one of many new members of the Society since meetings were forced to stop by Covid19, it was my first indoor meeting!

It was a very impressive event with a total of 66 entries and I didn’t envy our guest judge, Joe Woodcock, his task. But Joe made it clear how impressed he was with all the entries, providing an encouraging commentary on the horticultural skills demonstrated, and explained why he selected the winning entry in each class.

The classes and winners were as follows:

1. Vase with single stem of any flowering plant – Viv Parson

2. Bowl of mixed flowers – Margaret Turner

3. Five Fuchsia blooms – Ruth Yeo

4. Ornamental pot plant – Pat Kane

5. A display of fruit and vegetables – Mandy & Brownie

6. A display of herbs – Ruth Yeo

7. Floral arrangement in a teacup – Anna Laine

8a. Potato Competition – Pam Davison

8b. Sunflower head competition – Annie Hart

Joe selected as Best in Show Margaret Turner’s wonderful display of varieties of dahlia in Class 2. Class 7 the Floral Arrangement was selected by popular vote (using buttons) and the Potato Competition was weighed by the trusty scales of Hugh Parson.

Joe was kind enough to answer a few gardening questions at the end of proceedings, and tea, coffee and biscuits were provided to round off the evening.

We counted 56 attendees. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event and be grateful to be able to meet up in person again. Long may that continue! Lynda Fean


Last Years Potato competition 2020

The winner of 2020’s competition was Tim Shepherd, with a enormous harvest weighing 3lbs 13 oz! The prized packet of crisps was donated to the Food Bank instead of being presented to Tim as meetings were suspended. Close runner-up was Peter Brown with a yield of 3lbs 8 3/4 oz. Peter’s consolation was that he had a well deserved Bangers & Mash supper. Thank you to everyone who competed and sent in their photos!

2019’s Winner

SUMMER SHOW 2020 online

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for our second Online Show this year. We hope you had fun! Winners of each class are shown below, congratulations! They are 1C (Pat), 2A (Ann), 3L (Margaret), 4F (Val) and 5D (Kathy)



Photos of our 70th Anniversary and 1st Online SPRING SHOW 2020 winners.

Our President, Sir Nicolas Bevan says, ” I am greatly impressed by the quality of entries to our virtual Spring Show and I congratulate all those who sent in their photographs.  At this time of anxiety and sadness our gardens can be a source of consolation and diversion and provide an outlet for our energies.  I encourage all our members to carry on gardening and I look forward to the time when we can meet together again.”

The winner of Best in Show photograph is 10A, sent in by Faith. Congratulations! Here it is:

FC Garden Scene

Close runners up were 9F, the tea cup display by Ann H, followed by 4D the stripey camellia by Peter S, and 2D, the white tulips by Anastasia.

We have submitted Faith’s lovely photo to the Horti-Aid Gardening competition being run by the Perennial charity, to be judged by Alan Titchmarsh, Jim Buttress & others.

CABAHS has traditionally helped to support Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice over many years. Usually, we donate two months of our Plant Sales Table proceeds to the Hospice but this year we invited donations through this page, in celebration of successfully holding our first online Spring Show.