Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society


Photograph of Neil Metcalfe welcoming visitors
KCHS Chairman John Phillips welcomes visitors to the 149th show.

On the last Saturday of August every year Killearn Cottagers Horticultural Society hold their annual flower show filling the Village Hall with cut flowers, floral art, fruit & vegetables along with pot plants. The Church Hall just across the car park hosts the crafts, baking, preserves and children's sections. The 149th Annual Show was held on Saturday 29th August 2015. A selection of pictures of the day can be seen on the photos page

The inclement weather over the previous months played a part in the number of exhibits being brought forward with the later flowering of some varieties bringing colour to the benches usually not seen at this time of year. In the village Hall the entry of cut flowers, vegetables/fruit and pot plants showed a slight drop on the previous year. In the Church hall the baking & crafts were down in numbers with an increase in the children's classes being a welcome sight. Overall we still maintained entries at over 800, which was very good, a thank you to all those who entered the Show.

The show opened at 2:00pm with local piper Ian Sinclair welcoming everyone with a fine selection of tunes. Inside Chairman John Phillips welcomed those present to our 149th Show and introduced this year's show opener BBC Scotland news presenter David Henderson who went on to present the trophies to the winners. After completing this task David was presented with a gift of a Hydrangea by Chairman John Phillips.

The trophy winner for most points in the Dahlia classes was John Phillips with Janice McLaren from Balfron receiving the Blair trophy for most points in the cut flower section - other prizes in this section are listed below. In floral art first time entrant Phyllis Gilroy won class B8 (Robertson Trophy) for her posy bowl arrangement. Madge Kennedy won the Floral Trophy for best exhibit. A lovely interpretation of the Mountain and Glens theme won first prize in that class for Sonia Newman. Drew Watson exhibited a stunning Fuchsia hanging pot to win best exhibit in pot plants and ultimately the Quinloch decanter for best exhibit in show. Local exhibitor David Houston won the Battison Cup for most points in the section.

Balfron vegetable grower Bill Stewart received no fewer than three trophies for his hard work over the spring & summer. Norman McBean taking the Stevenson Trophy for best exhibit in the Veg & Fruit section with a plate of three coloured potatoes.

Again it was good to see the paintings from both Killearn Primary and the younger classes of Aberfoyle Primary displayed in this hall.

Across in the Church hall the lovely selection of baking saw mother and daughter Wendy and Kim Denton winning the given recipe class along with the McIntosh cup in the children's classes respectfully. The Cuthbert family salver for most points went to Jane McLaren. Gladys Farquharson carried out a clean sweep in preserves winning both best exhibit and most points in the section. This year Sloe Gin was the chosen flavour to win the best exhibit in the wine, beer & cordials section for Ian Wright.

Marjorie Thomson exhibited a lovely toy elephant for the J.Wright cup - most amusing craft entry. An embroidered picture done by Heather Wright was chosen as best exhibit. The Millenium Quaich for most points in the craftwork section went to Elizabeth Hay from Drymen. A selection of miniature gardens saw Tilda and James Pope along with Amy Wright win their respective age groups with Zoe Laughrey showing the most amusing craft entry and receiving the Society prize for points in their section. A good exhibit of photographs saw Di Davies from Killearn making it a clean sweep with both best exhibit and most points.The best exhibit in the art classes was a stunning harp from Robert Beck and Peter Bailey.

It was good to see an increase in entries in the Childrens' classes in the Show and in particular the children from the Killearn nurseries who had a range of exhibits from floral art to vegetables. A fuller list of results Can be seen below and more photos of the day can be seen by following this link.

A well-deserved thank you to all the helpers over the period of the show from Thursday to Saturday, in particular the Ladies who kept us fed and watered on Saturday.

The 150th Show will take place in the Village Hall, the Church Halls and The Glebe on Saturday 27th August 2016.

Section A - Cut Flowers

Photograph of a Gderanuim Class winner
Geranium Class winner

Sir George Wilson Rose Bowl - Best Exhibit in Roses
G. W. Farquharson (Balfron)
Tom Robbie Trophy - Most Points in Dahlias
J. Phillips
The Blair Trophy - Most Points in Section A
W. McFarlane
Best Exhibit:
  • Herbaceous
    A. Copland
  • Sweet Peas
    D. Watson
  • Annuals
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)
  • Spray Chrysanths
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)
  • Section A
    Mrs C. Davies

Section B - Floral Art

Photograph of an arrangement in a box
An arrangement in a box

Floral Cup - Best Exhibit in Section B
M. Kennedy
Robertson Trophy - Best exhibit class B3
Mrs P. Gilroy
Findlay Cup - Most Points in Section
Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)

Section C - Pot Plants

Special Prize, best pot plant
D. Watson
Special Prize, best Exhibit in Fuchsias classes
D. Watson
Battison Cup - Most Points in Section C
D. Houston

Section D - Vegetables & Fruit

Photograph of prize winning cabbage
A Prize winning Cabbage

MacGowan Trowel - Most points Sections D7-D13, Leeks & Onions
B. Stewart
Dunkyan Trophy - Best exhibit Section D34
B. Stewart
Gordon Trophy - Basket of Plenty
W. MacGowan
Society Trowel - Most points in Section D
B. Stewart
Stevenson Cup - Best Exhibit in Section D
N. McBean
Quinloch Decanter - Best Exhibit in Horticulture
D. Watson
Mega Marrow - Heaviest Marrow
Mrs J. Wilson

Section E - Baking

Photograph of entries in the baking
Some of the exhibits in the Baking Section

Cuthbert Family Salver - Most Points in Classes E1-E15
Mrs J. McLaren (Arnprior)
Brass Quaich Best Exhibit - Classes E1-E15
K. McLaren
Convener's Gift Special Prize Class E7 (Given Recipe)
Mrs W. Denton
McIntosh Cup - Most Points E20-E3s (Youth)
Ms K. Denton

Section F - Preserves

McFarlanes, voucher - Most Points in Section F
Mrs G. Farqhuharson
Preserves Clock - Best Exhibit
Mrs G. Farquharson

Section G - Wine, Beer & Cordials

WBC Cup, Best Exhibit in Section G
I. Wright

Section H - Craft

Photograph of a knitted gnome
A little Gnome

Millennium Quaich - Most Points Classes H1-H19
Mrs L. hay
Best Exhibit Classes H1-H19
Mrs H. Wright
J. Wright Cup - Most Amusing Craft Entry
M. Thomson
Most Amusing Youth Craft Entry (youth)
Z. Loughrey
Best Exhibit Class H35
T. Pope
Best Exhibit Class H36
J. Pope
Best Exhibit Class H37
A. Wright

Photograph of Harp, best exhibit in Art
Best exhibit in Art

Section J - Photographic

Society Jubilee Quaich - Best Exhibit
D. Davies
Most Points in Section J
D. Davies

Section K - Art

Society Prize, Best Exhibit
R. Beck & P. Bailey
Most Points in Section K
Mrs H. Wright

The Gardens of Killearn

Twice every year - once in Spring and again in Summer we appoint a Judge and drive around Killearn looking at all the gardens judging them as seen from the road. In addition the Leonora Murray Trophy for "Hidden" Gardens is awarded to the best garden not normally visible.

The following were the results;

1st - Mr and Mrs Leaning.
2nd - Mr & Mrs D. Pattenden.
3rd - Mrs S. Millar.
1st (Mrs Ewen Cameron Cup) - Mrs C. McKinnon.
2nd - Mr & Mrs A. Donaldson.
3rd - Mr & Mrs Crawford.
1st (Leonora Murray Trophy) - Mrs M. Knotenbelt.
2nd - Mr I. Graham.
3rd - Mr & Mrs D. Asquith.

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