Over 200 people attended Braehead Community Garden’s Flower and Vegetable show on Sunday. The second annual event saw both garden members and local residents showing the fruits of their labour over the last few months. There were 100 classes of entry covering everything from cut flowers to trusses of tomatoes.
Alasdair Forsyth picked up the prize for most points in the new chilli section, winning with exotic sounding entries including the Peruvian lemon drop chilli, the nu-mex twilight chilli, the Bulgarian carrot chilli and the peach habanerao hybrid chilli.
Jim Kirk won the inaugural photography section (many of the pictures on this page are his creations!), although ten year old Katie Kane triumphied in the “portrait of a pet” category with a picture of her hamster Izzy.
Overall, for the second year running, Garden member Elaine Lewis won the “Braehead Cup” for the most points accrued over all categories and classes.
Community Garden Chairperson, and Stirling East Councillor, Chris Kane, said
“We’re doing our bit here at Braehead to reintroduce simple gardening skills and give people the confidence to try growing their own food and then have fun sharing and showing what they’ve produced. But more than that, we’re also showing that just as you don’t have to be a musician to appreciate music, you don’t have to be a gardener to appreciate a garden. It’s been wonderful to see so many people visit and appreciate all the hard work and simply to soak up the atmosphere in what our members know is a wonderful, inspirational community space.”
Provost Christine Simpson was on hand to present the prizes and talk with the winners.
The next public event at the Community Garden is the Pumpkin Festival on Sunday 29th October, with pumpkin carving workshops, pumpkin cooking workshops and a wonderful nighttime display of all the pumpkin creations. The event is free and more details will be posted here nearer the time.
List of Winners
Overall Winner: 1st Elaine Lewis; 2nd Jim Clark; 3rd Aileen Hall
Vegetables: 1st Jim Clark; 2nd Elaine Lewis; 3rd Braehead Market Gardeners
Fruit: 1st Elaine Lewis; 2nd Barbara Anderson / Alasdair Forsyth; 3rd Aileen Hall / Jimmy McArthur / Wendy Mclean
Chillies: 1st Alasdair Forsyth; 2nd Alasdair Kerr; 3rd Anne Kerr
Flowers: 1st Elaine Lewis; 2nd Maureen McArthur; 3rd Wendy Mclean
Homemade: 1st Jennifer Mackay; 2nd Elaine Lewis; 3rd Aileen Brown / Rosa & Greg Huczynski
Photography: 1st Jim Kirk; 2nd Aileen Hall; 3rd Ailsa & Matty Power
Children’s Section: 1st Cora Lewis; 2nd Connor Lewis / Holly Power / Archie & Kirsty Anderson; 3rd Penny Rae