Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society


Photograph of Rev. David Munro opening the show
Rev. David Munro opens the 151st Show.

On the last Saturday of August each 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 and Church Hall just across the car park hosts the crafts, baking, preserves and children's sections. The 151st Annual Show was held on Saturday 26th August 2017.

Entries and footfall was reduced from 2016 when the Society celebrated their 150th Show. However have some of the Societies from that Show returned and both they and the public enjoyed an afternoon of good weather. Overall there were over 850 entries throughout the various sections ranging from cut flowers to baking and art, a thank you to all the exhibitors who brought along their exhibits on the day.

Chairman John Phillips welcomed those present, going on to introduce our guest the Rev David Munro, who related his gardening experiences to an attentive audience. After presenting the trophies to the winners the minister was presented with a lovely orchid by the Chairman as a thank you.

Rose grower David McIlroy from Buchlyvie won the Sir George Wilson Cup for his best exhibit in the rose classes. Local dahlia grower John Phillips won the Tom Robbie Trophy for most points in those classes. Janice McLaren from Balfron received several best exhibit prizes and won best overall in the cut flower section. In floral art Phyllis Gilroy exhibited an arrangement in an unusual container, which won the best exhibit in the floral art section. Class B11 (Robertson Trophy) was won by Madge Kennedy. "Lianne" - a tuberous rooted begonia won the best exhibit in pot plants for show convenor Grant Farquharson. Local exhibitor David Houston won the Battison Cup for most points in the section.

Thornhill grower Norman McBean received four trophies in a very large entry in the Vegetables and Fruit section. Norman's display board of vegetables won best exhibit in section, then went on to win the Quinloch decanter for the best exhibit in Horticulture.

The budding artists from Killearn primary school and nursery showed their skills with a lovely display of paintings, which decorated the walls of the village hall.

Across in the Church hall Kim McLaren from Arnprior exhibited a lovely selection of baking to gain most points in the section and win the Cuthbert family slaver. Erin Parsons won the McIntosh Cup for most points in the Youth classes.

A jar of Honey won best exhibit for Ben Somerville in the preserves, with Elizabeth Hay from Drymen receiving the McFarlanes (Balfron) voucher for most points. Quince Gin was the chosen flavour to win the best exhibit in the wine, beer & cordials section for Sara Rawlingst.

In the craft section it was the Killearn residents who came out on top with Heather Wright winning the Millenium Quaich for most points. An embroidered picture, which won best exhibit was displayed by Gill Smith with the most amusing craft being won by Jenny Wilks and James Wright (Youth). A selection of miniature gardens saw Tilda and James Pope along with Amy Wright win their respective age groups with Zoe Laughlin showing the most amusing craft entry and receiving the Society prize for points in the section.

A good exhibit of photographs saw Di Davies from Killearn winning the best exhibit with David McKay receiving the prize for most points. The best exhibit in the art classes was painting from Anne McKay with Karen Kerr receiving a voucher for the most points in section. A fuller list of results can be seen below and more photos of the day will be added shortly.

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 152nd Show will take place in the Village Hall, the Church and Church Halls on Saturday 25th August 2018.

Section A - Cut Flowers

Photograph of Dahlia  Class winner
Winning Dahlias

Sir George Wilson Rose Bowl - Best Exhibit in Roses
D. McIlroy (Buchlyvie)
Tom Robbie Trophy - Most Points in Dahlias
J. Phillips
The Blair Trophy - Most Points in Section A
J. Phillips
Best Exhibit:
  • Herbaceous
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)
  • Sweet Peas
    D. Watson (Kirkintilloch)
  • Annuals
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)
  • Spray Chrysanths
    Mrs S. McIntyre (Kippen)
  • Section A
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)

Section B - Floral Art

Photograph of the Floral Cup Winner
The Floral Cup Winner

Floral Cup - Best Exhibit in Section B
Mrs P. Gillroy (Balfron)
Robertson Trophy - Best exhibit class B3
M. Kennedy
Murray Cup - Most Points in Section
Mrs H. Wright

Section C - Pot Plants

Special Prize, best pot plant
G. W. Farquharson
Special Prize, best Exhibit in Fuchsias classes
B. Stewart (Balfron)
Battison Cup - Most Points in Section
D. Houston

Section D - Vegetables & Fruit

Photograph of prize winning onions
First Class onions helped Norman McBean win McGowan Trowel

MacGowan Trowel - Most points Sections D8-D15
N. McBean (Thornhill)
Dunkyan Trophy - Best exhibit Section D38
N. McBean
Gordon Trophy - Basket of Plenty
Mrs G. Pain
Society Trowel - Most points in Section
B. Stewart
Glengoyne Cup - Best Exhibit in Section
N. McBean
Quinloch Decanter - Best Exhibit in Horticulture
N. McBean
Mega Marrow - Heaviest Marrow
W. McGowan

Section E - Baking

Photograph of entries in the baking
Meringues contributed to winning the Cuthbert Family Salver

Cuthbert Family Salver - Most Points in Classes E1-E18
K. McLaren (Arnprior)
The Baking Quaich Best Exhibit - Classes E1-E18
Mrs G. Farquharson
Convener's Gift Special Prize Class E7 (Given Recipe)
K. McLaren
McIntosh Cup - Most Points E21-E33 (Youth)
E. Parsons

Section F - Preserves

MacFarlanes, voucher - Most Points in Section
Mrs E. Hay (Drymen)
Preserves Clock - Best Exhibit
B. Sommerville

Section G - Wine, Beer & Cordials

WBC Cup, Best Exhibit in Section G
S. Rawlingt

Section H - Craft

Photograph of a craft collage
One of the Craft Section Winners

Millennium Quaich - Most Points Classes H1-H19
Mrs H. Wright
Best Exhibit Classes H1-H19
Mrs G. Smith
J. Wright Cup - Most Amusing Craft Entry
Mrs J. Wilks
Most Amusing Youth Craft Entry (youth)
J. Wright
Best Exhibit Class H36
T. Pope
Best Exhibit Class H37
J. Pope
Most Points - Classes H31-H50
Z. Loughlin

Section J - Photographic

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

Section K - Art

Best Exhibit
A. McKay
Most Points in Section K
K. Kerr

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 & Mrs J. Sims.
2nd - Mr & Mrs K. Hamilton
3rd - Mrs S. Hillman.
1st (Mrs Ewen Cameron Cup) - Mrs D. Snadden.
2nd - Mr & Mrs D. Arthur.
3rd - Mr & Mrs R. Kidd.
1st (Leonora Murray Trophy) - Mr & Mrs G. Knox.
2nd - Mrs L. Murray
3rd - Mr & Mrs Pain.

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