The best show yet

Linden House resident Nigel Bendell with his painting of a local scene.
Linden House resident Nigel Bendell with his painting of a local scene.

More than 200 of our residents went hands-on for a competition focused on gardening, horticulture and outdoor inspiration.

Our third annual Colten Village Produce Show was described as the ‘best yet’ by Head Gardener Charles Hubberstey.

First place went to Linden House in Lymington, followed closely by Abbotts Barton in Winchester with Braemar Lodge in Salisbury coming third.

Categories included flower arranging, vegetable growing, baking and preserve and condiment making using garden ingredients.

At the same time, residents got creative with garden-themed paintings, sketches, photography, creative writing and making decorative items from upcycled garden materials.

Charles said: “The results always amaze us. It’s humbling to see the skills our residents have and the effort and detail that goes into the entries. We have improved every year despite the impact of the pandemic. This show was the best yet and I believe next year will be even bigger and better.”

Homes competed to achieve a maximum of 224 points across ten categories. Linden House scored 192, just four points ahead of Abbotts Barton and six above Braemar Lodge.

Contributing to the score for Linden House was a painting of a local scene by resident Nigel Bendell who said: “Producing the painting has put me in the mood to pursue it as a hobby. I was very surprised we won first place as I had no idea how good our competitors would be. It was great to share my success with my family.”

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