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2017 Show a Great Success!

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Exhibitors, judges and visitors all commented how much they enjoyed our show this year.  I know that it does take quite a bit of effort by many people to put on such a spectacular event.  It is appreciated and I would like say a big thank you to all involved.  The number and quality of exhibits was excellent and it attracted more visitors this year.  To all who won trophies and awards – congratulations.

But it is not all about competing.  First and foremost, it is a show and a great opportunity to share the results of whatever you have been doing or growing this year with others.  I was really pleased that so many exhibitors were willing to have a go and enter an exhibit to share with us this year.  I’m sure if you were a first-time exhibitor you have learnt that bringing an exhibit to show and share with us is not as daunting as you may have first thought.  I hope you found it informative, inspirational and fun. But most of all you have taken part and without exhibitors we wouldn’t be able to have a show at all.  So, a special thank you to all the exhibitors who ensure that our show is so spectacular for the visitors.

The Show Committee will now be planning for 2018. We would love to hear any suggestions you have before we publish the schedule next year.


HiL Guide to Showing

Digging In, Summer newsletter


2017 Show Results



Founded 1939 it is situated on the Newton Park West site alongside the park in Rayners Lane. Pedestrian entrance is by 321 Alexandra Ave just downhill of the Drake Road junction. Loading access for bulky items/large orders is via the access road by 1 Drake Road.

Open two hours every Sunday morning from 10.30 am to 12.30pm it stocks a wide selection of all the consumables any gardener usually requires sold at very competitive prices. Whether you want seeds, pots, composts, foods or poisons, netting, ground cover, hose adaptors or a whole host of many other items, it is always worth checking us out first.

In season we also stock bulbs and tubers such as daffodils, tulips, crocii, hyacinths, gladiolas, potatoes, onions (main and Autumn/japanese) etc..

Gardening advice of course is always freely available (and sometimes too freely available!).

Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover

Chit potato tubers

 Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches

 Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off

 Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering

 Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green'

Prune Wisteria

 Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges

 Prune conservatory climbers such as bougainvillea