Clays Horticultural Society – Open Gardens

by | 6 July 2023 | Community Event, Gardening Club, Hobbies, Retford

What a glorious day Clays Horticultural Society had for its Open Gardens weekend.

On Saturday, the village scarecrow competition was judged. After a slow start, entries mounted to 29 in and around Wheatley and Sturton. The winner was Chris Sharpe who produced such a lifelike figure on his front verge that many people slowed down to catch a word with it!

Another imaginative figure adorned the entry to Sturton village. A traffic speed warden, complete with imitation speed gun, caused much slamming on of brakes – one person being convinced they had been caught in the act and another hitting a braking vehicle in front of him!

No such problems viewing the gardens. There were 11 plots to see, varying from a viewing over the wall, to a tiny courtyard, to large confident displays of long standing. All had copious ideas for new gardeners and old to emulate or envy!

The visitors were fed and watered too. One place provided a continuous supply of excellent bacon or sausage baps while towards the end of the trail, delicious tea and cakes were on offer.

All who had worked so hard to make this a successful weekend were justly rewarded with fabulous weather and an excellent attendance. Here’s to another year, after a good rest first!