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Hartlepool Horticultural Show 2016

What a wonderful floriferous delight waited for anyone who visited the Hartlepool Horticultural Show at this year’s new venue at the Town Hall Theatre. Packed to the rafters with flowers of all description and not to be outdone there were also some excellent vegetables, what a show!!

Tom Hammond and his team deserve all the accolades for putting on such a feast of Horticultural proportions, can never be easy organising so many classes and with having to also contend with a new venue must have led to some sleepiness nights, so it’s great that such a show is well supported. Any fears regarding the new venue were soon dispersed, parking which many thought would be a problem turned out to be perfect, right outside the venue space had been allocated and every whim was catered for by Tom and his team, excellent Tom and many thanks for all your help and assistance and I am sure this will become even bigger next year when word gets around.



The Carnation Classes were very well supported and there were some excellent vases on display.

Eight entries in the nine bloom class just showed how competitive the competition was.






Eric Brown kept up his winning vein from the Yorkshire Society Show with another award.

His winning vase of five Janelle Welch, which is a Highly Scented Ground Fancy deservingly won the accolade of

Best Vase of Carnations.

Gordon Dowson won the vase of nine blooms Class with a vase of Heracles a yellow self

Gordon’s winning vase of five white self’s were five of his own seedling, this cultivar I am sure will be in high demand as it looked a very good bloom indeed and an added bonus was its scent, a very much need addition to this class.







Ian and Liam Ledger staged some very nice Dahlia Poms and also contributed with this display of flowers which were all Border Carnations which is a very rare sight this late on in the season, no wonder you had no early Border Blooms lads. Ian and Liam also staged a nice Display of Dahlias which won them a second place.









The vegetables were also of a very high quality including these two magnificent onions which won Best Veg, simply massive and the picture does not do them justice.