2023 Show Classes

The entry process for this year will be much easier.  You will no longer have to pre-register for classes, just bring along your entry before 9.45am on the day

SECTION A – FlowersSECTION B – Vegetables and Fruit
A1 – Roses – Vase of 3 stems B1 – Runner Beans – 6 pods
A2 – Sweet Peas, mixed vase, max 7 stems B2 – Courgettes, 3, approx 15cm long.
A3 – Perennials (excluding Roses and Dahlias), 9 stems, mixed kinds B3 – Tomatoes – 6 Large/Standard
A4 – Dahlias – Vase of 5 blooms B4 – Tomatoes – Cherry – a bunch of 4 or more Cherry Tomatoes, as grown.
A5 – Posy in a jam jarB5 – Rhubarb, 3 sticks, with 7.5cm of leaf
A6 – Hardy’s Plugs (donated by Hardy’s Nursery, grown and shown by you)
Section D – Photography
Section C – DomesticD1 – Print – Landscape scene
C1 – Victoria Sponge with Raspberry JamD2 – Print – Bird, Insect, Animal or Flower
C2 – Lemon Drizzle CakeD3 – Print – Amusing/comic photograph
C3 – Flapjacks – 6 pieces
C4 – Loaf of home-made bread – Any typeSection E – Children 
C5 – Jam, or Marmalade – Any typeE1 – Under 5s – Minature Garden
C6 – Chutney, Any typeE2 – Under 7s – Make a mini beast using recycled materials
C7 – Home Made Beer or WineE3 – 7-9 yrs – Floral Crowns
C8 – Sloe GinE4 – 10 – 12 yrs Use Vegetables to create art inspired by Arcimboldo
E5 – Open Class (under 16s) 6 x Flapjacks 2″x3″
Soil Health CompetitionE6 – In the Garden (ages 4-6)
– Holey Pants (bury cotton pants in your garden bring them to the show for judgement in July).E7 – Flower Power (ages 5-7)
E8 – Flower Power (ages 6-8)
 E9 – Architecture (ages 8-10)
 E10 – Architecture (ages 9-11)
 E11 – Tallest Sunflower (photo entries showing tape measure and height)

The prize money for both Adults and Children  will be £5 for 1st, £3 for 2nd and £2 for 3rd places.

The McClenaghan Salver: Master Gardener Competition

Donated by Mac and Betty McClenaghan, Elizabeth Maclay’s parents, during their time at Sladen Green, Binley (between 1948 and 1982).  Mac McClenaghan was High Sherriff of Hampshire.

Originally awarded to the best front garden in June Garden Competitions, from 2019 this prize has been reallocated to The Master Gardener Competition.  This class is for the best exhibit in Sextions A or B.

The Capt T H Hudson Challenge Cup

Captain Hudson lived at Dene House, Binley.  He grew an enormous quantity of fruit and vegetables in glasshouses and employed many locals.

The Stewart McCallum Memorial Cup

The Sir Geoffrey Watson Challenge Cup

Sir Geoffrey lived in Egbury

The Fuller Challenge Cup

Probably donated during the 1970’s by the Fullers of Wakeswood, St Mary Bourne.  The family ran Taskers Trailers in Andover (now known as Andover Trailers).  Mr Chudleigh was Head Gardener, John Capindale was Head Pigman and Ron Grunsell was a part time gardener.

The Rochford Challenge Cup

The Rochford family bought Dene House in Binley from Captain Hudson

The David Mitchell Rose Bowl

Donated by Sir David Mitchell, MP and councillor, in the 1970’s

The Mrs Swatton Memorial Cup

Donated in 2016 by Lesley Jeffrey in memory of her grandmother, Dorothy Swatton, who was an avid exhibitor at the Flower Show.

The St Quintin Challenge Bowl

Donated by Peter and Camilla St Quintin in 2015.  Both long-standing Committee members, Peter first joined in the 1970’s, has served as Chairman and, since 2004, has been our President.

The Burr Memorial Cup and Prize

Harry Burr of Priors Farm, Stone was Councillor and Chairman of the Parish Council for many years.  He named the local amateur dramatics society, Priors Players, after his farm in the 1980’s.

The Gray Family Cup

Donated in the late 1990’s by Maurice Gray, Chair of the stMB and Area Conservation Society, who lived with his family in Green Lodge, Gangbridge Lane.

To be awarded to the child with the best Miniature Garden

The Diana Smith Celebration Cake stand

An Ash wood cake stand was commissioned by the Hort Soc in 2007 to celebrate the Flower Shows Diamond Anniversary (70 years).  It was named after Di Smith in recognition of her long standing support for the Show and encouragement to Enham residents to enter the domestic classes in Section H.

A Bourne Valley Pick-your-Own Voucher

Donated by the Cully family in 1986 when the pick-Your-Own first began.

The Burlison Photography Prize

Dave & Janice Burlison who live in the High Street, StMB and run a local, award winning photography business, have donated a prize since 2009.

A Silver Photograph frame to be awarded to the overall best in the Photograph Section

How to Enter

Bring your entry to the Marquee between 8am and 9.45am on the showday. Pick up a card and write your name on one side. Place the card WRITING SIDE DOWN next to your exhibit on the table for the class you want to enter.

The Marquee will open at the following times to receive exhibits.

Friday 5.00 pm to 7.00 pmNon-perishable Sections
Saturday 8.00 am to 9.45 amAll Classes

All exhibits must be on their stands by 9.45 am on Saturday, and must remain there until 4.00 pm. At 9.45 am SHARP the Marquee will be closed to exhibitors for judging to take place.

Exhibits may be removed between 4.00pm and 4.15pm

Horticultural Show Entry Rules

Horticultural Show

The Show shall be called The St Mary Bourne Flower Show and Fête. It shall be held annually and conducted broadly in accordance with the Royal Horticultural Society Handbook. It shall be organised by the Committee of the St Mary Bourne Horticultural Society.  The Committee shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting and shall have power to co-opt. Only members of the Society resident in the Ecclesiastical Parishes of St Mary Bourne, Woodcott and Hurstbourne Priors shall be eligible to vote.


All Classes are open.


Exhibits of Flowers, fruit or vegetables shall have been grown in the exhibitor’s garden or allotment and shall have been in the exhibitor’s possession for two months prior to the Show. All vegetables should be free of soil.  It shall be open to anyone appointed by the Committee to inspect the exhibitor’s garden or allotment.


No person shall enter more than one exhibit in any one Class.


No exhibitor Names shall be attached to any exhibit until after the Judging.


Judges shall be appointed by the Committee and their decision shall be final.  They shall have the power to withhold prizes when these are not merited.  No person, unless officially appointed, shall be present in the show tent during the judging, which commences at 10am.  Classes will be judged under R.H.S. Rules.

Responsibility The Committee shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to any exhibit or property of any visitor to the show.

How to prepare your Exhibit

Match size of exhibits within each category and ensure weights conform where specified

Runner Beans – Clean. Cut from plant leaving a tiny bit of stem. Size should be uniform, Display on a paper plate.

Courgettes – Cut from plant leaving 4cm of stem. Leave flower on if possible. Clean. Size should be uniform. Display on a paper plate.

Tomatoes Standard – Clean. Leave plugs in. Display on a paper plate.

Tomatoes Cherry – Clean. Use whole bunch with the ripest tomatoes. Display on a paper plate.

Rhubarb – Pull from base of plant. Clean. Cut leaf leaving 7.5cm of leaf on.

Photographs – Prints no larger than 18cm x 13cm (7″ x 5″) mounted on white paper or thin card no more than 20cm x 15 cm (8″ x 6″)

Sunflower Competition – photos of any reasonable size and quality showing the flower being measured from its base to its highest point with a tape measure. Measurement clearly writen on the entry photo.

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