Produce Show: MANY A RELAXING HOUR

St Catherines View residents created a poster highlighting the flora and fauna around nearby River Itchen. Resident Nalini Bhagwat said: “It just looks so beautiful.”
St Catherines View residents created a poster highlighting the flora and fauna around nearby River Itchen. Resident Nalini Bhagwat said: “It just looks so beautiful.”

Gardening enthusiasts are going ‘hands-on’ amid the buzz of our fourth annual Colten Produce Show

Residents at all 21 homes have been taking part in the fun, planting and growing their entries since the winter.

As well as classes focused on plants and floral arrangements, there are once again many opportunities to recognise other creative ideas such as drawings, paintings, poems and cooking and baking with herbs from the garden.

Categories have been inspired by RSPB Bird Watch, World Wildlife Day, Bake Off, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and even Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This year’s show is split into quarters, taking us from preparations at the end of 2021 up to September 2022. Top of the leader board after judging in the first quarter was St Catherines View, with Wellington Grange second and Amberwood House third, but all could change when the final winners are announced in the autumn.

Charles Hubberstey, our Head Gardener, who came up with the idea of the annual show back in 2019, said: “This year we have ten categories. Demonstrating resident engagement continues to be an essential ingredient so we ask all homes to record details of their involvement in a scrapbook.

As in previous years, the show is a marvellous opportunity for residents to spend many a happy and relaxing hour embracing the outdoors to complete their entries, working closely with our home gardeners and Companionship teams.”

Baking tasty treats with vegetables and herbs grown in our gardens. Pictured, Kathleen Bonner, resident at The Aldbury, and Companionship Team member Cara Duroe.

Baking tasty treats with vegetables and herbs grown in our gardens. Pictured, Kathleen Bonner, resident at The Aldbury, and Companionship Team member Cara Duroe.

St Catherines View residents created a poster highlighting the flora and fauna around nearby River Itchen. Resident Nalini Bhagwat said: “It just looks so beautiful.”

Baking tasty treats with vegetables and herbs grown in our gardens. Pictured, Kathleen Bonner, resident at The Aldbury, and Companionship Team member Cara Duroe.

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