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efore the cool of the impending winter sees local gardeners retreat indoors, the Abbots


Langley Gardening Society is hosting its Autumn Show on Saturday, September 10. It‘s one last opportunity to enjoy some summer


flowering colour – with competitions like best dahlia and best rose – and see some impressive locally-grown fruit and vegetables.


‘Our Autumn Show is


exceptionally high in all the categories so it is worth


coming to see what can be achieved’


The competition is being held at the Abbots


Langley Community Centre and is open for the public to view for just £1 between 2.30pm and 5pm. Those entering the competition are not only


vying for top horticultural prizes, there is also a photographic competition, beer and wine sections, art and craft prizes, and awards for young exhibitors.


The society‘s


s p o k e swoma n Pam Cotton said: ―As our Autumn Show attracts lots of competition, the s t a n d a r d i s exceptionally high in a l l


t he


categories so it is worth coming to see what can be a c h i e v e d , especially in our local area which can be difficult with our soil with all its stones. ―There are plenty of members to speak to so if


Last year’s winning dahlias.


you have any questions, please feel free to ask.‖ Tea, coffee and cakes are available to buy, as


are plants, and some of the entries are sold off at the end of the day, too. The Gardening Society has been holding shows


since 1858 – with a few gaps during the war years – with the September Autumn Show a regular feature since 1950. The society also has two talks coming up in the


next month. On Thursday, September 15, they will hear a talk by Alex Balance from Blooming Marvelous Plants on how to design a border. On Thursday, October 20, Martin Brooks will


talk about his ―life as a park ranger in Abbots Langley‖, where they will hopefully learn a few things about the area they didn‘t even know existed. Doors open for the talks at 7.30pm for an 8pm


start at Manor House Pavilion, Gallows Hill Lane. Guest entry is £1.


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