NVS Hampshire District Association Show

Today was our District Association show which, for the first time, we’ve moved from the Tuesday evening “mini-show” format to a full blown day show. We weren’t sure what response we would get but we weren’t disappointed with the turnout and the standard of entries was excellent, a really good competition.

A couple of people we’d met at the Corsley Show last month – Ray Scrivens and Harry Godden – came down for the day which for Ray was a 70 mile trip from Gloucestershire, great to see the word was out and they’d made the journey down.


These pictures will give you an idea of the entries. Everyone was tucking into food, teas and coffees during the staging and through the judging. This made it a great social occasion and a good opportunity to share ideas and pick up tips. Afterwards there was a chance to quiz the judges and get their view on what they look for on certain exhibits which I’m sure gave people some pointers for next year.


My favourite class is the long carrots which I won last month at the NVS South West District Association show. I managed to get a set of three from the final half a dozen or so I had left although they weren’t as good as Darren’s who was showing for the first time this year because his carrots were held back by conditions earlier on. I was pleased with a second place.

Long carrots

Pickling shallots

The pickling shallots were the same I entered last month and I picked up a third place.

Shallots and onions

There were some good quality entries in the shallot and onion classes.


The surprise was my cherry tomatoes – Sungold – the only non-red tomato in the class – which picked up a second. I’d only picked ten the evening before and entered the best six. There was not much to choose between them and the first place but, as I wasn’t expecting anything, I was pleased with the result.

Tomatoes (2)

The tomato entries.


The collection was hard fought with only half a point between Darren and Harry Godden. The class was for three twenty point veg – 1 of each. Darren and I both entered a long carrot, a parsnip and a potato. I was a few points off the pace with 45 out of 60 and out of the places. Darren won with 53.5 points and picked up the NVS Silver Medal for winning this class. He also picked up a first for his set of parsnips proving he is hard to beat when it comes to the long roots, a great show for him when you consider the upheaval of the last year getting set up in his new place.


The stump carrots was another good class.

Any other veg

Any other veg was won by Harry with his leeks – last month at Corsley he won best in show with leeks.


The bean classes.


The potato classes.

Best in Show potatoes

Best in show went to Heather with a great set of Kestrel.


There was also a flowers and pot plants section which included quite a few classes for my favourite flowers – Dahlias. I only wish I could grow them to this standard, they were superb and here’s a few pictures to show you what I mean. You will be pushed to find better as there were some top level Dahlia growers involved.


Dahlia 2

Dahlia 3

Dahlia 4

So the end of the season from a showing perspective. I picked up my first NVS red card last month and today I had three more places picking up some nice rosettes. Not bad considering I didn’t have a huge amount to choose from. Unfortunately the exhibition shallots, potatoes, stump carrots, beetroot and any other veg entries didn’t come anywhere but it helped make the show and it’s good to see many classes with 6 or more entries in.

I’m sure this show will go from strength to strength now and be one of the best in the area. It is open to all so if you fancy having a try come on down it would be great to see you next year.

5 responses to “NVS Hampshire District Association Show

  1. This sort of thing is not for me, but I can see its attraction. You (and Darren!) evidently did very well. What I want to know is – do you eat the veg after the show??

    • Thanks Mark yes I do eat all of the veg after the show. Everything I grow is eaten by the whole family. The potatoes are all stored for use over winter. We roast the beetroot and carrots regularly. I would grow the same varieties if I weren’t showing the only exception being the long carrots as I prefer the short variety sweet candle however they would be fine to use as a base for stocks. I don’t spray any of my veg with chemicals as the family eats the whole lot which may mean I don’t do as well sometimes but producing veg as organically as possible is my main concern.

  2. It looks like a well attended show, which is great considering that many local shows don’t get a lot of support these days.

    • Thanks Jo it was well attended and a great place for us to promote good growing techniques to other gardeners. Shame some local shows are under threat as they are a great place to pick up tips and ideas from fellow growers who are local and will be facing the same conditions as you are.

  3. Hello, we thought your members might be interested in the following:

    Wicor Primary School in Portchester have done it again. After two national awards they are now opening their grounds in association with BBC Solent 10-4pm on 4th October free to the public for a huge food and garden event. There will be representatives from Rick Stein, World Wildlife Fund, and Alpro to name a few giving cooking demonstrations; Hill Farm Juicers and Orchards will have an apple press for you to press your own apple juice; Chelsea Gold Winning Andy McIndoe will give gardening demonstrations; Chris Bird from the RHS and Plant Heritage will also be there. Tickets need not be purchased for full access to the grounds, talks and demonstrations as this is free to the public; tickets are required for the Gardeners’ Question Time 1-3.15pm £5 available from BBC Solent or Wicor Primary School 01329 237412

    In addition to this BBC Solent are, for only the second time, taking their recording of Gardeners’ Question time out of the studio and will be recording at Wicor Primary School on that day between 1-3.15 (this part is ticketed £5 available from the school). Garsons, Fairweathers, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Pudsey bear will also be in attendance and many other attractions for families. MP Mark Hoburn, Councillor Edgar and the Mayor will also be visiting, as will Brian Kidd who will host another first – a junior gardeners’ question time for children from Wicor interested in horticulture.

    There will also be live presentations on the BBC Solent breakfast show on that morning. Adverts are going out on BBC Solent regularly, there are tweets and a downloadable BBC information page is available on:


    This type of event to be held at a primary school due to its now national reputation for environmental science, is a completely unprecedented.

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