Winners of the Camellia competition at  Chiswick House

On Saturday 23rd March we held the International Camellia Society Chiswick House Camellia Show. Local people, and London gardeners entered their blooms in eight categories. There were over a hundred blooms on display and the prize winners were:

1. Semi-Double Flowered cultivar one bloom – Kate Jennick Head Gardener at Middle Temple
2. Anemone or Peony flowered cultivar one bloom – Cllr John Todd – Trustee Chiswick House and Gardens Trust
3. Any 3, Anemone or Peony flowered cultivars 1 bloom – Kate Jennick Head Gardener at Middle Temple
4. Any Rose Form or formal double 1 bloom – Jonathan Green – Lives locally and is also a Goosefoot Volunteer
5. Any Rose Form or formal double 3 blooms – Ruth Todd – Who lives locally and is a Garden Guide at Chiswick House and Gardens
6. Three of a kind – 3 blooms of any one Camellia Cultivar – Sarah Syborn Head Gardner at Warwick Square
7. Any Camellia bloom less than 2 inches – Mary Walker – local resident and volunteer at the Camellia Show and Kitchen Garden
8. Any 3 Camellia blooms less than 2 inches – Sarah Syborn Head Gardener at Warwick Square

The best bloom across the competition and Winner of the ICS Chiswick House Plate was Sarah Syborn, Head Gardener Warwick Square. Everyone who enters received a certificate. The judges were Herb Short ICS UK Committee Member and Fiona Crumley ICS Member. The prizes were presented by Pat Short Secretary of the ICS UK Committee.

The competition is a fantastic way to encourage local residents and gardeners to share their blooms and promote Camellias. Well done to all who entered and a massive thank you to Pat and Herb Short and Fiona Crumley for the support that the International Camellia Society provided for the competition.

Photographs below L to R: Mary Walker with her award, Cllr John Todd & Pat Short, Jonathan Green and Marion Morris with the Estate Gardens Manager Geraldine King (in the middle) and Sarah Syborn being presented the ICS Chiswick Plate from Pat Short.