• Welcome to the Petersham Horticultural Society

    Petersham Horticultural Society was founded 113 years ago. It is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage and enthuse the families living in Petersham to enjoy their gardens. The Annual Flower Show is our biggest event of the year, drawing crowds from far and wide. Why not enter your roses in the show this year?

Entry Classes – Adult

Schedule of Entry Classes 2019 – General

Previous winners at the annual showEntries are invited in the classes listed – there is something for everyone. For children there are special classes they can enter.

The entrance fee is 20p per entry for all classes except Classes 29, 57 to 61 which are 50p, and Junior Classes 82 to 97 which are 10p.

Please get your entry in early to help the organisers. All adult entries received after Wednesday 5th July will be charged at 50p.

You can download the Show Schedule here which includes the entry form: 2018 Schedule & Entry Form.pdf


Except where specifically shown as otherwise, prizes in all classes are £1.00 for the first, 50p for the second, and 30p for the third prize. Rosettes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Class.  See ‘Challenge Cups and Special Prizes’.

All cups are awarded to the winner with the greatest number of points in the relevant section unless otherwise stated (note Regulation 12) along with an RHS certificate. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class along with Best in Show and Best Artwork.

Schedule of Entry Classes – General

Section 1 – Novices
Judges: Mr R. Bailey & Mrs P. Edwards

Entry to this novice class is open to members who have not won a prize in any previous Petersham Flower Show
  • 1. One single bloom
  • 2. One vase of flowers, mixed kinds
  • 3. One dish of vegetables, one or more kinds
  • 4. One house plant (floral or foliage)

Section 2 – Flowers
Judges: Mr R. Bailey

A winning rose in our Flowers section

  • 5. One red rose with own foliage
  • 6. One pink rose with own foliage
  • 7. One yellow or orange rose with own foliage
  • 8. One white rose, with own foliage
  • 9. Four roses, one or more varieties
  • 10. One vase of miniature roses, 3 sprays
  • 11. One vase of climbing roses, 3 sprays
  • 12. One spike of flowers, one stem only
  • 13. One vase of pinks
  • 14. Two vases of flowers, any two distinct kinds
  • 15. One vase of herbaceous flowers
  • 16. One vase of liliums, 3 spikes
  • 17. One vase of ornamental grass(es) (Max height 80 cm)
  • 18. One vase of mixed sweet peas, 12 stems
  • 19. One vase of annuals
  • 20. A spray of a shrub (other than roses) bearing fruit, flowers and/or foliage
  • 21. One bowl of pansies, 6 blooms
  • 22. The most uncommon flower, named if possible
  • 23. An indoor orchid, in flower
  • 24. One hanging basket
  • 25. A floral pot plant
  • 26. Two pots of cacti or succulents (pots not to exceed 6 inches in diameter)
  • 27. One zonal or regal pelargonium/ geranium grown in a pot not exceeding 6 inches in diameter
  • 28. One vase of mixed garden flowers
  • 29. The The PHS Top Vase sponsored by Petersham Nursery

Section 3 – Fruit
Judges: Mrs P. Edwards

  • 30. Dish of red or white currants, 5 strigs
  • 31. Dish of blackcurrants, 5 strigs
  • 32. Dish of gooseberries, of one variety, 10 fruits, with stalks
  • 33. Dish of strawberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
  • 34. Dish of raspberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
  • 35. Dish of loganberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
  • 36. One dish of fruit, any one kind not specified in this section

Section 4 – Vegetables & Produce
Judges: Mrs P. Edwards

Image of Mr Studman judging vegetables

  • 37. Dish of five potatoes, white of any shape
  • 38. Dish of five potatoes, other than white, of any shape
  • 39. Six pods of peas with stalks
  • 40. Six pods of broad beans with stalks
  • 41. Six pods of dwarf beans with stalks
  • 42. Three onions with full green tops (as grown, no weight limit)
  • 43. Three beetroots, globe variety
  • 44. Three carrots, long pointed
  • 45. Two cabbages
  • 46. Nine shallots (pickling; must be able to go through a 30mm ring)
  • 47. Nine shallots (exhibition, no size limit)
  • 48. Three courgettes of any length/ diameter
  • 49. Two cabbage lettuces
  • 50. Two cos lettuces
  • 51. Three sticks of rhubarb
  • 52. A collection of herbs, three kinds in one container
  • 53 (a). 3 hens’ eggs
  • 53 (b). Small margarine tub of home produced compost
  • 54. One dish of vegetables of a distinct kind not specified in this section
  • 55. Garlic, three bulbs, no tops
  • 56. A collection of salading or salad vegetables, any 3 distinct kinds (mustard and cress count as one)
  • 57 (a). A collection of mixed vegetables, one each of six different kinds.
  • 57 (b). The PHS Top Tray Class. Sponsored by Petersham Nursery

Section 5 – Floral Arrangement
Judges: Mr R. Bailey

  • 58. A posy to celebrate The Royal Baby
  • 59. A headdress for a bridesmaid
  • 60. A yellow floral table arrangement
  • 61. A lady’s corsage featuring a found feather

Section 6 – Cookery
Judges: Mr J. Rounce

Some cakes waiting to be judged

  • 62. A wedding or other celebration cake single tier not more than 23cm across (decoration judged)
  • 63. A treacle Tart
  • 64. 2 Fruit Scones
  • 65. 3 Chocolate flavoured biscuits (not cookies)
  • 66. A vegan pasty
  • 67. A coffee and walnut cake
  • 68. A small loaf (handmade, not with a bread machine, can be any type of bread)
  • 69a. A bottle of any (a) non-alcoholic drink
  • 69 (b). A bottle of any alcoholic drink
  • 70. One jar of chutney or pickle
  • 71. 3 slices of Shortbread (any flavour) (men only)
  • 72 (a). One jar of jam
  • 72 (b). One jar of marmalade
  • 72 (c). One jar of jelly
  • 73 . One jar of lemon curd

Section 7 – Arts & Crafts
Judges: Mrs C. Tudway & Mr C Bayne

A prize-winning cushion

  • 74 (a). A sewn article
  • 74 (b). An example of needlecraft, e.g. embroidery, tapestry
  • 75 (a). A knitted article
  • 75 (b). A crocheted article
  • 76. An original painting, drawing or collage
  • 77. A piece of pottery
  • 78. A piece of woodwork
  • 79. Any other example of handicraft not covered by other Section 7 classes
  • 80 (a). A photographic print: A portrait
  • 80 (b). A photographic print: A local view
  • 80 (c). A photographic print: A skyline
  • 81. An example of papercraft (e.g. a handmade card; paper jewellery; quilling)

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