CROWDS flocked to Kilmacolm Flower Show as the 2023 edition was hailed a great success by growers and spectators alike.

Greenock Telegraph: Experts and families descended on the community centre to enjoy the sights and smells of the beautiful displays.

Greenock Telegraph:

The popular annual event was well attended and boasted a wide range of entries from pot plants to vegetables, plus jams and chutneys and even children's artwork.

As well as veteran exhibitors, there were newcomers who were welcomed along by the organisers from the historic Kilmacolm Horticultural Society to the show.

Greenock Telegraph:

Jill Russell, show secretary, told the Telegraph: "This year's Kilmacolm Flower Show attracted many entries in cut flowers, vegetables and pot plants, with floral art and homebaking sections too.

Greenock Telegraph:

"The judges were impressed with the quality of the exhibits, after a summer of mixed weather conditions.

"Gardeners love a challenge and we truly hope that novice gardeners have been encouraged by the numerous varieties of flowers and vegetables on display and will enter the Novice section next year to win the Millennium Cup.

"We also need to encourage all children to plant and grow a flower or a vegetable, in the garden or in flowerpots.

"There is such satisfaction from watching a seed or bulb grow into beautiful flowers and they can win the Gladys Reid trophy with entries to the young gardeners' section.

"Huge thanks go the Kilmacolm Primary School and St Columba's School for entering their colourful drawings which filled the walls at the show, with pictures given a 'highly commended' by the judges.

"Our thanks go to all our loyal members, and the many visitors, who enabled us to hold a successful, happy, rewarding show."

Greenock Telegraph:

George Irvine, one of the judges, was also swift to heap praise on the event.

He said: "The standard was very good. The highlight for me was it was a very balanced show, whether it was cut flowers, pot plants or vegetables.

"There were paintings and drawings from kids.

"There was a good turnout and one of the things I noticed was new exhibitors.

"There was a good response from gardeners. It was a good community event."

Greenock Telegraph:

Show results:

Andy Aitken - Best exhibit in dahlias

Peter McKerrell - Best exhibit in KHS top vase

Lynda McFie - Best exhibit in sweet peas, most points in annuals,most points in floral art

Susan McArthur - Best exhibit in fuchsias

Jill Russell - Best exhibit in hanging baskets

Pamela Wilson - Best exhibit in herbaceous

Ian Morrice - Best exhibit in pot plants and most points in section 2 pot plants

Margaret Houston - Best exhibit in onions

Jenny O’Rourke - Most points in section 5 homebaking

Richard Mussenden - Most points in dahlias

Derrick Russell - Best exhibit in annuals, best exhibit in gladioli, best exhibit in chrysanthemum, best exhibit in tomatoes, most points in section 1 cut flowers, most points in section 3 vegetables, award of the John Tainsh Memorial Quaich for the most meritorious exhibit in Kilmacolm Flower Show.

Greenock Telegraph:

The children of Kilmacolm Primary School and St Columba’s School junior school were awarded ‘highly commended’ for their numerous entries in ‘class 110 for colourful drawings of flowers.