106th Annual Show

The entry forms for the 106th Annual Show can be found in the 2016 Show Schedule PDF. The schedule, rules, and tips are below.


All entries 20p per class. All classes are open.

Vegetables and Fruit

1 Potatoes 5 (please name the variety if possible)

2 Beans, Runner 5 pods

3 Beans, Dwarf or climbing French 5 pods

4 Beans, Broad 5 pods

5 Peas 5 pods

6 Mangetout 5 pods

7 Shallots 8

8 Onions 5 (up to 500g each) not excessively skinned

9 Garlic 3 bulbs

10 Carrots 5

11 Beetroot 3

12 Tomatoes 5 medium (ordinary cultivars)

13 A truss of named small fruited tomatoes (not necessarily all ripe)

14 Chilli Peppers 5

15 Vegetable marrow 1 (not more than 30cm)

16 Courgettes 2 (must not be under 10cm or over 15cm)

17 Cucumbers 2

18 Lettuces 2

19 Cabbages 2

20 Cauliflower 1

21 Vase of 5 named culinary herbs

22 Dish of soft fruit (1 kind, see page 9 for quantity)

23 Dish of tree fruit (1 kind, approx 500g)

24 Display of vegetables in exhibitor’s own trug or basket (minimum 5 kinds)

25 Rhubarb 3 stalks

Flowers and Plants

26 1 specimen HT rose (no foliage)

27 Roses, floribunda or polyantha, 3 sprays

28 Hydrangea 3 heads

29 Annual sweet peas 8 spikes

30 Perennial sweet peas 8 spikes

31 Gladioli 3 spikes

32 Vase of dahlias (minimum 5 stems)

33 Vase of pelargoniums

34 Vase of 3 different kinds outdoor annuals

35 Vase of 1 kind outdoor annual

36 Vase of 3 different kinds of herbaceous perennials

37 Vase of 1 kind herbaceous perennial

38 Vase of mixed flowers (not less than 5 kinds)

39 Vase of evergreen foliage (not less than 3 kinds)

40 Floating flowers (more than one in exhibitor’s own bowl)

41 Fuchsia 1 plant in bloom

42 3 Fuchsia Flowers (specimen tubes will be provided)

43 Pot plant (foliage, no flowers) named if possible, pot size 10cm max

44 Pot plant in bloom named if possible, pot size 10cm max (Not fuchsia)

45 Pot plant (foliage, no flowers) named if possible, pot size 10cm min – 25cm max

46 Pot plant in bloom named if possible, pot size 10cm min – 25cm max (Not fuchsia)

47 A selection of cacti and/or succulents in exhibitor’s own container

48 A cactus (exhibitor to have owned plant for at least one year)

49 A vase of yellow and white flowers

50 Bonsai (exhibitor to have owned plant for at least one year)

51 A planted patio container – no restrictions

52 A pot plant to have been grown from seed by exhibitor

Fun classes

53 Most misshapen vegetable

54 Heaviest onion

55 Square tomato

56 Longest runner bean

57 Heaviest marrow

58 Miniature Garden in a seed tray

Handicraft section

59 An article in needlework

60 A hand knitted article – clothing

61 A stone painting

62 A homemade card

63 A handmade toy

64 An arrangement of artificial or dried flowers

65 A painting in water colours

66 A pencil drawing

67 A piece of patchwork or quilting

68 A forest scene (any medium except photograph)

69 A floral arrangement of material from exhibitor’s garden

70 A floral arrangement on a scallop shell (To be judged by the public)

Photography section

71 A spider’s web

72 Garden Tools

73 A pub (must be a named pub in the EFDC area)

74 Movement

75 A village scene (not necessarily from the UK)

76 Sky

77 Set of 4 photos depicting the four seasons

Cookery and preserves section

78 Jar of jam )

79 Jar of jelly ) 350g min – 500g max

80 Jar of marmalade )

81 Jar of chutney )

82 Rock cakes 6

83 A date and walnut loaf (500g of flour)

84 A lemon drizzle cake

85 A fruit pie (15 – 20cm diameter)

86 Cherry cake – see recipe on page 11

87 Eccles cakes 4

88 Chocolate éclairs 4 (length 10 – 15cm)

89 Choc chip cookies 8

90 Victoria sandwich (2 eggs)

91 A cake for a child’s birthday (to fit on a 30 x 30 cm cake board)

Junior section

Under 5

92 Drawing of a cat (A5 only)

93 Pot of growing salad leaves

94 Plasticine model of an animal (Playdoh or equivalent paste accepted)

5 – 7 years

95 A plate of 6 cakes (can be made from a packet)

96 A painting or drawing of a fish (A5 only)

97 A pot of radish plants

8 – 11 years

98 A nasturtium grown from seed

99 A pasta picture

100 A photo of Theydon Bois village pond (Max size A5, preferably mounted on card)

All ages under 16 years on the day of the show

101 Homemade card for mother’s or father’s day (Max size A5)

102 A photo of my pet (Max size A5, preferably mounted on card)

103 A climbing plant (Max pot size 15cm and plant height of 1m)

104 A piece of sewing

105 A model of a house

106 A friendship bracelet

107 A cake for tea

Submission of Entries

Entry forms may be sent to the show secretary by email to theydonshow@gmail.com before Thursday 21st July, handed to any committee member prior to Friday 22nd July, or be submitted at the Village Hall between 2.30 and 8.30pm on 22nd July. (To send by email, fill in the form, scan or photo with a smart phone and then forward to the above address)

Exceptionally entries may be accepted up to 9.30am on the day of the show. This will be at the discretion of the committee as it will depend on demand and the availability of personnel to write entry cards.

Each entrant will be given a unique identity number which should be retained and used to collect any prize money from the Treasurer at the show.

Exhibitors should arrange their exhibits at the Village Hall between 8.00 and 11.00am on the day of the show.


Points are awarded to calculate the winners of the trophies listed below: a 1st is awarded 5pts; 2nd 3pts; 3rd 2pts; Highly Commended 1pt.

Prizes: 1st £1; 2nd 50p; 3rd 30p

The Gazette Challenge Bowl for the best fruit or vegetable exhibit.

The Gerald Buxton Cup for the best flower or plant exhibit.

Frank and Josie Way Memorial Cup for the best Fuchsia exhibit.

Ted Lock Memorial Cup for the best Cactus exhibit.

The William Way Cup for the most successful exhibitor in both the fruit and vegetable section and the flower and plant section.

The Elcee Cup for the most successful exhibitor in the Handicraft section.

The Commitee Cup for the most successful exhibitor in the Photographic section.

The Keswick Cup for the most successful exhibitor in the Cookery section.

The Miniature Flower Arrangement Cup for Class 70

The Secretary’s Cup for the most successful exhibitor overall.

The Garden News Shield for the most successful exhibitor in the Junior section.

Mini-Shield for the runner up in the Junior section.

Annual Show Rules

  1. Entry Fees – all classes 20p
  2. The show is divided into the following sections which are open to all:
    1. Vegetables and Fruit
    2. Flowers and Plants
    3. Fun
    4. Handicraft
    5. Photography
    6. Cookery and preserves
    7. Junior section (restricted to children under 16 on the day of the show)
  3. Entrants are reminded that the horticultural show, unless stated otherwise in the rules, is intended for amateurs and not professionals. In the Cookery, Handicraft and Photographic Sections potential entrants should consider themselves professionals if they trade or produce articles for sale in the same section.
  4. Professional gardeners exhibiting produce from their employers’ gardens must enter them in their employer’s name. Prizes thus awarded will be credited to the owner of the garden.
  5. If the number of entries in any one class is less than three, the number of prizes awarded shall be at the judges’ discretion.
  6. Exhibits should be prepared (free from soil) and staged between 8.00 and 11.00am on the day of the show and left on the tables till 4.30pm. The Society’s vases must be used unless otherwise stated in the schedule.
  7. No member exhibiting shall be allowed in the village hall whilst judging is taking place.
  8. The judges’ decision is final.
  9. The committee has the power to disqualify any exhibitor who refuses permission to look over his garden. The duty of this inspection shall be carried out by a person mutually agreed by the Commitee and the exhibitor.
  10. Whilst every care will be taken over the exhibits, the Commitee does not hold itself responsible for any accident or damage that may occur to any exhibit.
  11. Protests – any protest must be made in writing and delivered to the show secretary within one hour of opening to the public.
  12. The presentation of the Trophies and Prize Money for all Sections will be made on the day of the Show. Any other awards will be made at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
  13. Trophies will be held for one year, and should be returned to the Show Secretary in a clean condition one week before the show the following year.
  14. The Show is organised in accordance with the Rules and Definitions etc., in the Horticultural Handbook of the Royal Horticultural Society, a copy of which will be available on the day of the Show.

To Help the Exhibitors – Hints and Definitions


Read the Show Rules and get your entry form in before Show Day.

Show your exhibits as attractively as possible.

If you are exhibiting for the first time don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance from the committee or stewards: they are there to help

Come prepared; bring scissors, pen, newspaper, a small watering can and any other tools you might require to display your exhibit.

Pay attention to the number of items required for the class: more or less will disqualify. For example in Class 1, Potatoes 5, five are required. Four or six will not do!


The pot should be clean and soil fresh looking on top. Remove dead or deformed leaves and flowers, name the plant if you can.


If there are not many flowers in your vase and they are difficult to arrange, little wads of newspaper inside the vase will help your arrangement.

Uniformity of specimens in an exhibit is of importance. Generally speaking, in a number of set flowers, e.g. 3, three similar size specimens will score over two large and one small.


Specimen Rose. This class will be judged first. The rose should be without foliage as it is the bloom that is judged. Wire or other support may be used to keep the bloom erect. The bloom should be fresh, free from blemish, half to three quarters open and of full size for the variety, good form with petals regularly and gracefully arranged within a circular outline and having a well-formed centre.

Decorative Class. Groups of roses are considered more decorative and should show the foliage which should be of good size and free from blemish with strong stems proportionate to the size of blooms.
Single, semi- double, and fully double blooms are regarded as of equal merit, and should be half to three-quarters open.

Cacti. Other things being equal a plant in bloom will be preferred to one that is not.

Pelargonium (Geranium). As shapely as possible, ample clean healthy foliage, flowers round and of decided colour.

Fuchsia Plant. Vigorous symmetrical, floriferous with clean foliage.


When exhibiting vegetables the condition, size and uniformity should be considered.

  • Condition – Clean, fresh, tender, absence of blemish.
  • Size – Meritorious if accompanied by quality
  • Uniformity – Alike in size and/or colour.

Root vegetables should be washed carefully leaving the skin clean and undamaged

Beetroot should be clean and have leaves removed leaving not more than 3” stalk.


  • Broad: Large, well filled and clear skinned, with short stalk attached
  • Dwarf: Straight, fresh and brittle, with short stalk attached
  • Runner Straight, fresh and brittle, with short stalk attached

Cabbages: Shapely, solid heart, surrounding leaves perfect.

Carrots: Size according to variety, tender, good shape, clear of side roots, skin clean and bright. Leave approx 3” leaf stalks neatly tied.

Lettuces: Firm tender unbroken hearts of good colour. Wrap roots in damp kitchen towel.

Onions: Large, firm, thin necks, without tops – not excessively skinned. Roots neatly trimmed back to basal plate.

Parsley: Can be shown as a herb but it is also permissible to use it as a garnish in collections of vegetables.

Peas: Large, well filled, fresh and deep green with bloom and short stalk attached.

Potatoes: Medium size, clean clear skin, eyes few and shallow.

Radishes: Medium size, young, tender, bright colour, short intact foliage.

Shallots: Should be staged as separate bulbs and look well bedded on a little sand.

Tomatoes: Size and shape according to cultivar, firm, well coloured, calyces attached.


Currants (black, red, or white) and Blueberries shown in bunches as grown. Entry minimum 250g of each kind. (Strigs should be attached).

Gooseberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries. Leave the little stalks on. Entry 12 berries for each kind.


The photographs will be judged by giving half the marks for technique: focus, exposure, colour, composition etc. and half the marks for interpretation of the subject. Please try to present photographs on a suitable card, mount not exceeding A4 for individual photos.


Work to have been completed since last show day.

Any article made from a kit must be so marked.

An article using both soft and hard materials, e.g. a wooden stool with a soft top, may be entered ‘soft‘ class if the top has been made by the entrant and the wooden stool bought separately. In such a case the entrant should indicate the part which is being entered as their own work.


From the RHS “The Horticultural Show Book”


A perennial plant is one which lives for more than two years and includes trees, shrubs, plants grown from bulbs, corms and tubers and in fact all that are not annuals or biennials.

Herbaceous Perennials

Plants with non-woody stems which die down to ground annually but have root stocks which remain alive throughout for several years: for horticultural purposes the word root stock includes bulbs, corms and tubers.


Many perennial and biennial plants are now commonly cultivated as annuals, that is to say they are raised from seed, flowered and discarded within 12 months. The difficulty in distinguishing between annuals, biennials and perennials is so great that our classes will mean “Flowers grown from seed during the 12 months preceding the show”.


Chrysanthemums, delphiniums, phloxes and roses are kinds of flowers: apples, grapes, pears are kinds of fruit etc.


Variation within a ”kind” e.g. Crimson Glory, Superstar are varieties of rose, Bramley’s seedling and Blenheim Orange are varieties of apple.

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