Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society


Photograph of Iain Dickie opening the 1918 show
Iain Dickie opens the 152nd 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 152nd Annual Show was held on Saturday 25th August 2018.

From beetroot to turnips, from baby wear to patchwork, dahlias to sweet peas and chocolate cake to scones the 2018 Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society show had everything amongst the 886 entries on show across the benches.

The wet weather during the week previous had not dampened the spirit of the exhibitors who pulled out all the stops to guarantee another successful show with the dry weather and our young piper - Murray O'May - bringing in the public to the 152nd show. A selection of pictures of the day can be seen on the photos page.

Our continued association with other clubs and groups allowed visitors to see a beautiful display from the Scottish Rock Garden club, Colourful Killearn with their plants, the RSPB and Strathendrick Embroiders Guild where young and old enjoyed stencilling and stitching.

Chairman John Phillips welcomed all those present and introduced Ian Dickie - the editor of the Killearn Courier to open the show. Ian gave recollections of his time in Killearn and the involvement of his children and now his grandchildren in the garden. John went on to thank all his committee, and helpers for their hard work and gave a big thank you to everyone who entered be it two exhibits or even twenty.

The prize giving followed with the results announced seeing trophies heading to Balfron, Buchlyve, Thornhill and other villages in the area, Killearn residents received a share of the trophies with Heather Wright receiving no fewer than three trophies for her work in the floral art and craft sections.

Photograph of pesentation of new quaich for best exhibit in art
Des Burt presenting the quaich to the first winner, Audrey Wallace

A new trophy this year was in the art section for best exhibit, this lovely inscribed Quaich was given by Des Burt & friends in memory of his late wife Sandra who was a KCHS committee member. (Photo attached) The winner of this lovely trophy was first time exhibitor Audrey Wallace from Balfron, seen here being presented with the Quaich from Des. Most points in section went to Heather Wright.

In a vegetables and fruit section that saw several new exhibitors receiving prize tickets experienced grower Norman McBean from Thornhill not only won three trophies for his high standard of vegetables shown but also received best exhibit for the gladioli that he had displayed. However the moment of the day was when some of the children from Strathblane Primary School realised that their misshapen carrot had won a prize - a special moment indeed and one that they will hopefully remember for years. (Photo attached) The other trophy in this section - The Gordon trophy for basket of plenty was won by John Phillips.

This year the Quinloch decanter for best exhibit in Horticulture was given to the beautiful exhibit of sweet peas displayed by Drew Watson from Kirkintilloch. Other winners in the Cut Flower section were John Phillips who received the Tom Robbie trophy for the most points in the very competitive dahlia classes. The George Wilson Cup for best exhibit in roses went to David McIlroy, the Blair Trophy (most points in cut flowers) went to Janice McLaren. Killearn exhibitor David Houston won best exhibit and most points - Battison Cup - in the pot plant section.

Across in the Church and adjoining hall several sections were contested. In the baking section the Cuthbert family salver for most points was Alison Copeland with the baking Quaich for best exhibit in section - a chocolate cake - given to Glenda Asquith. A prize for the given recipe of a yoghurt loaf was won by Kay Pollock and the McIntosh cup for most points in the youth classes was won by Zoe Loughrey. For the second year the preserves clock was won by Ben Somerville for his good looking and obviously lovely tasting honey. The McFarlanes voucher for most points in preserves was won by Gladys Farquharson. A bottle of elderflower cordial won Kevin Borland the Wine, Beer & Cordials cup.

In a well-supported craft section the Millenium Quaich for most points was awarded to Heather wright with best exhibit being won by Elizabeth Hay. The J Wright cup for the most amusing craft entry was won by Gail McReath. The most amusing youth entry in this section went to Eve Loughrey. A wide range of photographs to admire resulted in Glenda Asquith winning the Jubilee Quaich for best exhibit with Gwyneth Bell having most points in the section.

Ending on a funny note, the heaviest marrow in this mini competition was off our weight scale, how our Chairman John Phillips managed to carry his winning marrow, we do not know.

The 153rd Show will take place in the Village Hall, the Church and Church Halls on Saturday 31st August 2019.

The Gardens of Killearn

Photograph of pesentation of award for best spring garden
Ann Chambers collects her award for the best spring garden

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 - Mrs A Chambers, Drumore Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs G Fraser, Lampson Road.
3rd - Mr & Mrs J Leaning, Napier Road.
Summer (Mrs Ewen Cameron Cup)
1st - Mrs D Gourlay, Buchanan Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs D. Arthur, New Endrick Road.
3rd - Mr & Mrs R. Kidd, Buchanan Road.
Hidden (Leonora Murray Trophy)
1st - Mr & Mrs A Crombie, Graham Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs M Jackson, Lampson Road.
3rd - Mr & Mrs F Murray, Graham Road.

Section A - Cut Flowers

Photograph of Dahlia  Class winner
Winning Dahlias by John Phillips

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
Mrs J.McLaren (Balfron)
Best Exhibit:
  • Herbaceous
    Mrs J. McLaren (Balfron)
  • Sweet Peas
    D. Watson
  • Annuals
    D. Watson
  • Gladioli
    N. McBean
  • Spray Chrysanths
    J. Phillips
  • Cut Flowers
    D. Watson (Sweet Peas)

Section B - Floral Art

Photograph of the Floral Cup Winner
The Floral Cup Winner, an arrangement on the theme "Golden Wedding"

Floral Cup - Best Exhibit in Section B
Mrs H Wright (Golden Wedding)
Robertson Trophy - Best exhibit class B3
Mrs H Wright
Murray Cup - Most Points in Section
Mrs H. Wright
Society Shield - Best Entry Class B21-22
E. Parsons

Section C - Pot Plants

Most points classes C7-C17
D. Houston
Special Prize, best pot plant
D. Houston
Special Prize, best Exhibit in Fuchsias classes
M. Knottenbelt
Battison Cup - Most Points in Section
D. Houston

Section D - Vegetables & Fruit

Photograph of prize winning onions
Norman McBean collects his numerous trophies for vegetables

MacGowan Trowel - Most points Sections D8-D15
N. McBean (Thornhill)
Dunkyan Trophy - Best exhibit Section D38
N. McBean
Gordon Trophy - Basket of Plenty
J. Phillips
Society Trowel - Most points in Section
G. Gourlay
Glengoyne Cup - Best Exhibit in Section
N. McBean
Quinloch Decanter - Best Exhibit in Horticulture
N. McBean
Mega Marrow - Heaviest Marrow
J. Phillips
Most Points Classes D1-D7
G. Gourlay
Most Points Classes D16-D20
Jo Patrick
Most Points Classes D21-D25
G. Gourlay
Best Exhibit Classes D28-D32
N. McBean

Section E - Baking

Photograph of entries in the baking
Part of Zoe Loughrey's entries for the McIntosh Cup

Cuthbert Family Salver - Most Points in Classes E1-E18
Mrs A. Copeland
The Baking Quaich Best Exhibit - Classes E1-E18
Mrs G. Asquith
Convener's Gift Special Prize Class E7 (Given Recipe)
K. Pollock
McIntosh Cup - Most Points E21-E33 (Youth)
Zoe Loughrey

Section F - Preserves

MacFarlanes, voucher - Most Points in Section
Mrs G. Farquharson
Preserves Clock - Best Exhibit
B. Sommerville

Section G - Wine, Beer & Cordials

WBC Cup, Best Exhibit in Section G
K. Borland (Elderflower Cordial)

Section H - Craft

Photograph of a craft collage
Winner in Class H9, Embroidery Picture

Millennium Quaich - Most Points Classes H1-H19
Mrs H. Wright
Best Exhibit Classes H1-H19
Mrs E. Hay
J. Wright Cup - Most Amusing Craft Entry
G. McReath
Most Amusing Youth Craft Entry (youth)
Eve Loughrey
Best Exhibit Class H36
Timothy Pope
Best Exhibit Class H37
A. Hotchkiss
Most Points - Classes H31-H50
Zoe Loughrey

Section J - Photographic

Society Jubilee Quaich - Best Exhibit
Mrs G. Asquith
Most Points in Section J
Gwyneth Bell

Section K - Art

Sandra Burt Quaich - Best Exhibit
Mrs A. Wallace
Most Points in Section K
Mrs H. Wright

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