The Society was formed over 90 years ago to promote an interest in gardening in people of all ages in Bamford and the surrounding area. Membership fee for 2016/17 is £tbc. Payable at the Annual Gardening Show on the 19th August 2017. This entiles members to a 10% discount on certain items at 3 local garden centres. The Society is supported by patrons who are thereby members and also entitled to priority booking for any of its events.
The main event each year is the Show in August which has approximately 120 classes covering fruit, vegetables, flowers, floral display, cookery, arts and crafts. Other events are Floral Art demonstration, illustrated talks and trips to Gardens.
In general fruit and vegetables are judged on condition, uniformity, shape, size and colour. Obviously small village shows are not judged as strictly as larger ones!
Beetroot to be shown with 76mm tops and taproot intact.
Broad beans should have good coloured pods, long, straight, well filled and seeds of good size.
Runner beans should have long, straight, shapely, fresh pods of good colour with no outward sign of seed in the pod.
Cabbage to be shown with 76mm stem, fresh, solid head and unblemished, pest free heads and outer leaves.
Carrots should be well-grown specimens, fresh, firm, clean with no disease, pest damage or splits, with a decided stump and taproot intact, with no side shoots or greening of top. Foliage to be trimmed to 76mm.
Cauliflower foliage to be neatly trimmed and root stems pruned to 50mm. Heads to have solid curds, white, free of pests and other damage.
Courgettes to be tender fruits of good uniform shape and colour with florets attached.
Cucumbers to be fresh, tenders fruits of good overall colour and bloom, uniform in thickness and length with short handles.
Leeks to have firm, solid barrels with no sign of softness or splits, foliage turgid, pest and disease-free. Fresh roots with root plate intact.
Lettuce to be good-coloured, firm, fresh-leaved specimens of good size and shape, pest and damage free.
Onions to be well-ripened bulbs with unbroken skins, free from any form of disease, no moisture under the skin, outside skin with no sign of blistering. To have thin necks, free from ribbing, roots trimmed and stems neatly tied with natural raffia.
Peas to have long, fresh, well-filled pods with good bloom and colour, pest and disease-free.
Potatoes all of any variety, with clean, unbroken skins, disease and pest free, shallow eyes with no evidence of greening.
Rhubarb to have fresh, straight stalks of uniform length and weight. Leaves trimmed to 40mm, good red colouring.
Tomatoes ripe yet firm, well coloured, blemish free with fresh calyces attached.
Turnips showing no sign of age, pest and disease-free, with no evidence of multi taproots.
Vegetable marrows to be fresh, young, tender yet not soft fruit.
Friday, 24th March - Neil Timms from the Fern Nursery, Binbrook, Lincolnshire, is coming to give a talk and practical demonstration on 'Basis Pruning' - Moore Memorial Hall - 7.30pm
Wednesday, 26th April - AGM - Methodist School Room - 7.00pm
Friday, 23rd June - Evening visit to Abbeybrook Cactus Nursery, Darley Dale - details to be announced
Saturday, 19th August - Annual Garden Show in the Bamford Village Institute.
Autumn Talk - details to be announced
Friday, 24th November - Christmas Floral Art - 7.30pm in the Bamford Village Institute
Further information will be published in the Bamford News and on notice boards. We are looking forward to a very successful 2017
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The Annual Bamford Garden Show took place at the Bamford Institute on Saturday, 20th August 2016. Everyone pulled all the stops out and we did have a lovely display. 2.30pm doors opened to the public to view the exhibits and for those who entered to see if they had won. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The refreshments went down well and were once again served by Sue Beckett and helpers. The raffle was, as usual organised by Mrs Sandra Orford helped by Alison Butlin.
The Trophies were presented at the end of the show by Cllr Sue Beckett (Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council).
The Show Day was as usual a very enjoyable day. We hope that everyone had a really good day.