Prepping produce for our annual show

Gardener Chris Marsh adds extra soil for the potatoes, working with residents at Linden House to help with an entry for the Colten Annual Village Produce Show.
Gardener Chris Marsh adds extra soil for the potatoes, working with residents at Linden House to help with an entry for the Colten Annual Village Produce Show.

A love of gardening, combined with a little gentle competition, once again brought fun and inspiration to residents participating in our annual Colten Village Produce Show.

Summer months were spent outdoors, planting and tending flowers, shrubs, fruit and veg as homes vied with each other for top marks.  This year they had to choose ten out of 15 categories for submitting entries, which were photographed and uploaded to an online image library ahead of judging in September.

Categories included ‘A Tussy-Mussy’ – arranging a posie of flowering annuals, herbs or perennials – and ‘Heave Ho!’, growing the largest beetroot possible. The show also embraced baking and preserve and condiment making using garden ingredients.

At the same time, residents got creative with garden-themed art, such as painting, sketching, photography and creative writing.

Further categories included making decorative items such as ornaments, birdbaths and windchimes from upcycled garden materials.

And there was a new class this year for children of residents, relatives and staff to enter. It featured a choice of ‘self-portrait’, ‘bake and decorate’, ‘make a miniature garden’ and ‘grow a vegetable’.

Charles Hubberstey, our Head Gardener, said: “The show is an ideal, hands-on opportunity for our residents, gardeners and Companions to come together in a celebration of garden-inspired creativity. The results never fail to amaze us.”

Last year our Poole dementia care home The Aldbury was overall winner, with Braemar Lodge in Salisbury and our Lymington dementia home Linden House both runners-up.

For a full report on this year’s results, look out for our winter edition of the Chronicle.

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