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Autumn Show - fruit and vegetable competition

This fun, free event will be held on Saturday 15 September 2018 to celebrate horticultural excellence and all things blooming marvellous!

Autumn show

This year's competition will be held at The Great Barn, Manor Farm Complex, Bury Street, Ruislip HA4 7SU.

Hillingdon Council holds this competition to encourage residents to exhibit their locally grown produce. We are particularly keen to get younger residents involved. We have a dedicated children's section for those under 16 years.

There are competition classes for fruit and vegetable - so plenty of opportunity to win a garden centre gift voucher. 

The deadline for applications is 7 September at 5pm.

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Below is a selection of images from the 2017 competition.

Created with flickr embed.


Fruit and vegetable competition (adults only)

Enter your best fruit and vegetables. 

Fruit description


Apples, cooking, distinct cultivar (optimum size)

of 4

Apples, dessert, distinct cultivar (optimum size)

of 4

Blackberries or hybrid berries, distinct cultivarDish
of 8
Raspberries, distinct cultivarDish
of 8
Strawberries, with calyces and having stalks, distinct cultivarDish
of 6
Heaviest appleDish
of 1

Pears, dessert, distinct cultivar

of 4

Any other fruit (not included in above)
You will be contacted by the show secretary to advise what quantity needs to be met for the fruit you have indicated.

Vegetable description


Beetroots, Globe

1 dish
of 4

Carrots, No discoloration at top. Trim foliage approx 75mm. Long tap root

long 3

Carrots, other than long, prepare as above


Cucumber grown under glass,

1 dish
of 2

Cucumber grown outdoors1 dish
of 2
Marrow, matching not exceeding 350mm in length1 dish
of 2
Marrow, heaviest1 dish
of 1
Prepared onions, under 250g1 dish
of 3
Exhibition onions, over 250g1 dish
of 3
Peppers sweet, matching1 dish
of 3
Peppers hot (chilli)1 dish
of 6
Potatoes, white, clean few eyes4 medium
Potatoes, other than white, prepared as above4
Pumpkin, heaviest1 dish
of 1
Shallots, under 30mm diameter6

Shallots, over 30mm diameter


Sweetcorn, matching1 dish
of 2
Tomatoes, small fruited, plum or cherry cultivars, not more than 35mm with calyces8
Tomatoes, large size, not less than 75mm in diameter with calyces4
Trug or basket of vegetables arranged for effect.min. 4
Any other vegetable (not included above). You will be contacted by the show secretary to advise what quantity need to be met for the vegetable you have indicated.TBA
Herbs (adults only)                                                                                                                                
Herbs, three different kinds in water and named3 bunches
Herb growing in a pot 

Art competition (adults only)

Vegetable art - exhibit painted, drawn, sculpted or photographed with a vegetable theme. Open to all those with an artistic flair!

  • Drawn or painted: maximum paper/canvass size should be A4.
  • Sculpture: to fit within 45cm x 45cm x 45cm space.
  • Photographic: maximum size 15 x 20cm (approx 8" x 6"). All photographs to be un-mounted.


All children's entries must be arranged without assistance from an adult.

Under 9 years

  • Piece of art with one of the following themes:
    • Clouds
    • Trees
    • Insects
  • Item of handicraft with an autumnal theme

9 to 16 years

  • Piece of art with one of the following themes:
    • Clouds
    • Trees
    • Insects
  • Item of handicraft with an autumnal theme

Home produce description

Jar of  jam made with any locally grown soft fruit1
Jar of  jam made with any locally grown stoned fruit1
Jar of chutney, pickle or piccalilli made with locally grown produce1
Cupcakes decorated with an autumnal theme4

Entries should be presented in an unopened plain clear glass jar with a sealed lid and be clearly labelled with the contents and day, month and year of making.
No other information is to be included which would identify the maker of the product.
Jars should be filled to within 1.25 cms (half inch) of the top of the jar , thoroughly cleaned and sterilised. If a twist top or pliable press-on cover is used it must be new. Jars and lids must not bear commercial names.

Chrysanthemum cut blooms (all)

Large exhibition, one vase1
Decorative, reflexed or intermediate, one or more cultivars, medium and/or small, one vase3
Singles - One cultivar, medium or small, one vase5

All exhibits will be judged to the National Chrysanthemum Society rules and regulations.

Dahlias (all)
Vases will be supplied

Seven new classes for this year.

Container of dahlias, blooms arranged for frontal effect (foliage other than dahlia may be used)6 to 12
One bloom giant decorative1 vase
One bloom giant cactus and/or semi cactus1 vase
Five blooms pompon1 vase
Three blooms bi-coloured1 vase

Dahlias should be so arranged that all the blooms face in the same direction, are clear of each other and a pleasant and balanced effect is achieved. Bloom should be staged with some dahlia foliage, preferably on the stem. The foliage should be clean, healthy and undamaged. The names of all cultivars in an exhibit should be clearly stated.

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