Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society


Photograph of Chairman Heather Wright welcoming all to the 2019 show
Chairman Heather Wright welcomes visitors to the 153rd Show.

In the week prior to our Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society annual show we had everything from rain showers to downpours along with strong winds, on show day we had all of these in the morning but it turned out to be a nice afternoon.

Fortunately the weather did not stall our exhibitors from entering their produce, crafts and baking along with the many other items they can enter. This resulted in our entries (917, which did not include the boards of children's paintings) being the second highest in the last fifteen years - a great effort from all. A selection of pictures of the day can be seen on the photos page

Chairman Heather Wright welcomed all those in attendance, in particular Killearn resident Joyce Begg who shared her experiences of past shows with the audience before she declared the Show officially open. This year's exhibitors not only came from Killearn and surrounding villages of west Stirlingshire but as far as field as Kirkintilloch, Milngavie and Grangemouth to name but a few, these far travelled exhibitors brought a wide and varied selection of exhibits for all to see.

The cut flower section saw a magnificent display of dahlias from both local growers and the Turner family from Grangemouth, the winner of the Tom Robbie trophy for most points in dahlias was Sheila McIntyre from Kippen. In this section the wonderful show of roses resulted in Grant Farquharson winning the Sir George Wilson rosebowl for the best exhibit in roses. The amount of gladioli in the show had not been seen for many years and a lovely vase of three from Maxwell Drummond won him best exhibit .A beautiful vase of mixed annual rewarded Janice McLaren with a voucher for best exhibit in annuals.

Thornhill grower Norman McBean was again exhibiting quality vegetables in several classes in the vegetable and fruit section, which gave him best exhibit for a plate of potatoes. Graham Gourlay won the society trowel for most points in this section. The Gordon trophy for basket of plenty was won by John Phillips. The winner of heaviest marrow class was Ronnie MacDonald.

Pot plants this year were moved into the Church to allow more space for the cut flower and vegetable sections. David Houston won the Battison Cup - most points in the pot plant section with some brilliant pot plants from his collection. This year the Quinloch decanter for best exhibit in Horticulture was given to Drew Watson for his fantastic fuchsia hanging basket that had won best exhibit in the pot plant section.

Outside our association with other clubs and groups allowed visitors to meet representatives from Colourful Killearn, the RSPB, Lomond Bees, Hub G63 and Froglife, whilst inside Strathendrick Embroiders Guild showed off their work and allowed young and old to try stitching.

In the Church the crafts and floral art sections were well supported. The Millennium Quaich for most points in the craft section was awarded to Elizabeth Hay with Marjorie Thomson displaying an embroidered picture to win best exhibit. The most amusing youth entry in this section went to Eve Loughrey.

A light filled foyer displayed the photographs to their best with Gwyneth Bell winning both the Jubilee Quaich for best exhibit ant the most points in the section.

The Jubilee salver for most points in the baking section was won by Jacky Young with the baking Quaich for best exhibit in section going to Cathy North. The prize for the given recipe - sponge parkin - was won by Glenda Asquith and the McIntosh cup in the youth classes was won by Erin Parsons, Zoe and Eve Loughrey who all had the same amount of points. Gladys Farquharson had a clean sweep in the preserves section winning both best exhibit - Chilli jam and most points (McFarlanes, Balfron voucher) in this section. A bottle of elderflower cordial won Kathleen Wright the Wine & Cordial cup.

In Art the Sandra Burt Quaich was won by Ann Beatty with a surprised and delighted Janet McLachlan receiving a voucher for most points.

The children from both Killearn primary and nursery had a colourful selection of paintings on display in the village hall which were admired by all who looked at them - the thistles were brilliant!

A massive thank you to everyone who helped set up (and clear up) the show this year. It takes a lot of hours and a lot of energy over two days to have everything ready to show off your entries. With particular thanks to our new helpers this year who made such a difference. More grateful thanks go to all our tea room helpers new and old who baked, served and washed hundreds of dishes! Also to everyone who came for tea, we hope you enjoyed it. The money raised in the tea room makes a very significant contribution towards the costs of putting on the show.

The 154th Show will take place in the Village Hall, the Church and Church Halls on Saturday 29th August 2020.

The Gardens of Killearn

Photograph of pesentation of award for best hidden garden
Diana Jackson collects her award for her hidden 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 - Mr Sim, Lampson Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs McGuffie, Birch Road.
3rd - Mrs A Chambers, Drumore Road.
Summer (Mrs Ewen Cameron Cup)
1st - Mrs D Gourlay, Buchanan Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs white, Lampson Road.
3rd - Mrs Muir, Napier Road.
Hidden (Leonora Murray Trophy)
1st - Mr & Mrs Jackson, Lampson Road.
2nd - Mr & Mrs Duncan, Graham Road.
3rd - Mr & Mrs Crombie, Graham Road.

Section A - Cut Flowers

Photograph of Dahlia  Class winner
Best exhibit in Roses

Sir George Wilson Rose Bowl - Best Exhibit in Roses
G. W.Farquharson
Tom Robbie Trophy - Most Points in Dahlias
Sheila McIntyre
The Blair Trophy - Most Points in Section A
G. W.Farquharson

Section B - Floral Art

Floral Cup - Best Exhibit in Section B
Mrs H. Wright
Robertson Trophy - Best exhibit class B3
Jackie Pope
Murray Cup - Most Points in Section
Mrs H. Wright

Section C - Pot Plants

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
Glengoyne Cup - Best Exhibit in Section
N. McBean
Quinloch Decanter - Best Exhibit in Horticulture
Drew Watson

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-E21
Jacky Young
The Baking Quaich Best Exhibit - Classes E1-E21
Cathy North
McIntosh Cup - Most Points E21-E33 (Youth)
Erin Parsons, Zoe Loughrey and Eve Loughrey

Section F - Preserves

Preserves Clock - Best Exhibit
Gladys Farquharson

Section G - Wine, Beer & Cordials

WBC Cup, Best Exhibit in Section G
Kathleen Wright

Section H - Craft

Photograph of a craft collage
Ann Beatty's winning picture in Class K1

Millennium Cup - Most Points Classes H1-H17
Elizabeth Hay
J. Wright Cup - Most Amusing Craft Entry
Heather Wright
Best Exhibit Class H34
James Wright

Section J - Photographic

Society Jubilee Quaich - Best Exhibit
Gwyneth Bell

Section K - Art

Sandra Burt Quaich - Best Exhibit
Ann Beatty

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