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Autumn Show - fruit and vegetable competition

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

Autumn show

This year's competition was held at The Great Barn, Manor Farm Complex, Bury Street, Ruislip HA4 7SU. The exhibits were viewed by the public from 1.30pm.

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

There were also competition classes for fruit and vegetable.

2018 Competition images   

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 See a list of all the 2018 winners   


Fruit and vegetable competition (adults only)

Enter your best fruit and vegetables. 

Fruit descriptionQuantity
Apples, cooking, distinct cultivar (optimum size)Dish of 4
Apples, dessert, distinct cultivar (optimum size)Dish 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 cultivarDish 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 descriptionQuantity
Beetroots, Globe1 dish of 4
Carrots, No discoloration at top. Trim foliage approx 75mm. Long tap rootLong 3
Carrots, other than long, prepare as above3
Cucumber grown under glass1 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 size
Potatoes, other than white, prepared as above4
Pumpkin, heaviest1 dish of 1
Shallots, under 30mm diameter6
Shallots, over 30mm diameter6
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 5 varieties

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.

Herbs (adults only)Quantity
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!Art competition (adults only)

  • 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.

Children up to the age of 16

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

  • Piece of art with one of the following themes:
    • Clouds
    • Trees
    • Insects
  • Item of handicraft with an autumnal theme
Home produce descriptionQuantity
Jar of  jam made with any locally grown soft fruitOne
Jar of  jam made with any locally grown stoned fruitOne
Jar of chutney, pickle or piccalilli made with locally grown produceOne 
Cupcakes decorated with an autumnal themeFour

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)Quantity
Large exhibition, one vaseOne
Decorative, reflexed or intermediate, one or more cultivars, medium and/or small, one vaseThree
Singles - One cultivar, medium or small, one vaseFive

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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