Leeds Flower, Vegetable & Craft Show 2012 was held on Saturday 4th /Sunday 5th August at The Grammar School at Leeds. After 12 months of planning, Friday 3rd August (setting up day) was here – the weather forecast was ‘cloudy with occasional showers ~ bright periods in the north’~ so once again we were thankful for our choice of venue – we are 90% under cover and the facilities at the school are excellent.
The three large halls – assembly, junior, gym and reception area were empty at 8.00am. Volunteers were arriving and the tables were being delivered all 280 of them + 35 more for outside. Within an hour or so these were covered and draped and looking uniformly like an ‘army standing to attention ready for action’.
After our mandatory ‘health & safety talk’ we were ready to receive the entries. The flower arrangers arrived carrying buckets, boxes, containers – arrangements have to be done on site NAFAS rules, unless otherwise stated. The Societies were there : Leeds & District Gardeners Federation Allotments, Yorkshire Fuchsia Society, The Northern Fruit Group, The National Vegetable Society, The Yorkshire Rosarians, Delphinium Society. These stalls are all manned by experts on hand to answer any questions. Joe Maiden with Tim Crowther did the Weekend in the Garden – Radio Leeds show live from the school theatre – this was well attended and fascinating to see how they organise the show and handle questions fired at them no time for looking up answers on google.
The Craft, Art & Photography room was magnificent. How many chances do you get to see a spinning wheel in action, lace workers creating expert work before your eyes, or Quilters ready to demonstrate their skills. Wood carving – amazing results from a piece of recycled wood. The photography had many entries – 4 classes plus a junior class attracted lots of people.
The Beekeepers were there with live bees and jars of light, medium, dark and soft set honey along with dry and sweet mead and honey cakes . Maybe home baking is your thing – there were plenty of classes to choose from including, bread, scones, pies, sponge and fruit cakes, not forgetting homemade jams, marmalade and lemon curd. Mustn’t forget the wine and beer section for the potential brewers amongst you – it was all there white or red wine – sweet or dry. Beers, lager and stout.
Inside and outside were lots of different Traders selling plants, garden accessories, and jewellery for the ladies. What an attractive inviting site this was on entering. More details of these can be seen on our website www.leedshs.org.uk
Feeling hungry and ready for a sit down. The school refectory were serving mouth watering food including cooked breakfasts, hot/cold lunches, cream teas – all at very reasonable prices,
Accompanied by music each day from the Concert Bands. A gamble on theTombola maybe on the way in to eat – lots of prizes 5 tickets for £1.Don’t go away without a Dales ice cream ! What a great day out. We plan to be back again in 2013. – The Chelsea of the North.
Hon. Gen Secretary