Gibraltar flower show winners
Despite the variable and extraordinary windy weather recently the members of the Horticultural Society pulled together to produce their 57th annual show. The Deputy Governor Mrs Lesley Pallett came along to present the prizes on Thursday evening.
Group F Junior Section (212 entries for the posters and 40 in the other classes).
The Poster competition was judged during the Easter holidays by Mrs Vin Mifsud. The rest of the section was judged by Mrs Anne Stagnetto on Wednesday. Thank you to the judges for their time. It is very difficult to decide sometimes!
In the 5 - 8 age group
Posters 1st Nathan Pereira, 2nd Ryan Candeas 3rd Matthew Codali
Highly Commended Certificates were given to Christina Ochello, Makenzie Lea Allen, Rhys Byrne, Jordana Bensaquen and Podesta.
Commended Certificates go to Corianne Garcia, Evan Ruiz, Tiana de Haro.
Minature Gardens 1st were the 1st pack of Beavers consisting of Evan Holland, Karim Ashaki and Kiranne Piris and 2nd prize for Matthew Salmon, 3rd Julian Alvez.
An Animal, Insect made from Veg or Fruit 1st James Salmon, 2nd Adam Sacistan, 3rd Nathan Parody
Floral Design made with pressed flowers First and second Matthew Codali
In the 9 – 12 age group
Posters 1st Sean Bensadon 2nd KatieNorton 3rd Naomi Gerada
Highly Commended Certificates were given to Mehwish Salmon, Emma Rose Ocana, Stella Stych, Emma Cruz, Kayanne Walker
Commended Certificates Louise Davies, Ela Gonzalez, Nicola Bensadon, Katie Azopardi.
Minature Gardens 1st Made jointly by Maria Requena and Isabela Lombard 2nd Leon Alvez, 3rd Tiffany Viagas
A Flower grown in a Pot 1st, 2nd and 3rd Maria Martinez
A Floral Design on a plate 1st Tiffany Viagas and Maria Martinez took the 2nd & 3rd
Maria Martinez also takes the cup for the Best Junior Entry.
Group G Balconies, Patios, Corridors and Schools
Judge, Mrs Jill Wilson from Kent, accompanied by Mrs Suzanne Gache, made the rounds earlier to visit the gardens, balconies, patios etc., entered for this year’s Flower Show. The judge commented encouragingly on the enthusiasm shown by the exhibitors and hoped that more will be prepared to show off their green fingers in the future. The wind and dry weather was telling and everybody commented on it.
For the balcony there was no outright winner Mrs Gigi Sene takes a 3rd
As predicted last year the newcomer to watch out for, Mrs Elka Salmon, takes the Mollie Imossi cup for her garden Very colourful with in a lawn in a lovely condition. Mr & Mrs Eric Tilbury came a very close 2nd for their beautiful display. Sir Alfred Vasquez suffering as a result of major recent tree pruning came in 3rd.
The cup for Patios was a difficult decision for the judge. Sir Alfred Vasquez takes the Abraham Serfaty trophy piping Mrs Carmen Capurro and Mrs Elka Salmon into joint 2nd place
In the Corridor or Indoor Feature section Mrs Cathy wins the Gib Horticultural Society Challenge cup again.
It was good to see Schools taking an interest in gardening and engendering enthusiasm in the pupils. The overall winner was St. Mary’s First school, where they have a gardening club after school run by Mrs Martinez and Mrs Devine. Well done, a beautiful display.
Group A, B & C, Pots, Cut Flowers, Vegetables (124 actual entries). These sections were judged by Mr Freddy Gomez, a local expert who enjoys his gardening with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm.
This year the run away victor is Mrs Rose Tilbury who gained a total of 71 points made up of 12 firsts, 14 seconds and 7 thirds. This secured her the Saccone & Speed cup for most points. She also wins the Lady Davis Cup, the Roger Bacon Cup , Lathbury Cup, Mrs Imossi cup. Mrs Byrne cup.
Mrs Carmen Capurro next in with 42 points made up of 7 firsts, 6 seconds and 8 thirds. She wins the Lady Cottrell, John Donnithorn and the Biwin cup as the runner up with most points.
Mrs Suzanne Gache next with 38 points made up of 5 firsts, 10 seconds, and 3 thirds. She takes the Lady Anderson and the Prince Ataulfo cup for the Best Exhibit, a Japanese Acer tree.
Mrs Maruchi Martinez 11 points made up of 3 firsts, 1 second.
Mrs Elka Salmon follows with 2 firsts, 1 second and 1 third. She takes the Gib. Horti Challenge Cup.
Mrs Madge Bishop gained a first, second and third for the different classes Mrs Laurie Canessa did the same and Mrs Mollie Imossi was entered and took 2 firsts. All three totalling 6 points each.
St Mary’s School entered some fruit and veg which won them a first and a second prize. Labelled up nicely but would have benefited with a wash. They take the Lady Grandy challenge Bowl, well done.
Mrs Vin Mifsud next with 4 points a second and 2 thirds, what a shame her beautiful amaryllis broke off on the way to the hall.
Mrs Emily Borge, Mrs Pat Pinero, Mrs Doris Gafan and Angela Rodriguez all gained 3 points for a first in all different classes. But Pat takes the Jackson cup and Doris the Sally Lamb cup for her violets.
Group E Decoratives, Flower Arranging Section ( 50 entries )
Joint winners this year with 13 points each, Mrs Laurie Canessa gained 2 firsts, 2 seconds and 3 third winning the Anuska Bowl, the Canessa cup and the Mrs Hunt cup for the most points in the section.
Mrs Suzanne Gache takes the GB Airways and the Sol Seruya cup and the Prince Ataulfo cup for Best Exhibit for the dried arrangement made up from seed pods collected in the jungle.
Next Mrs Pat Pinero gained 3 firsts and a third. She takes the Sam Chambers cup, Gibunco cup and the Alameda cup.
On a joint 10 points Emily Borg gained a first, 2 seconds and 3 thirds winning the David Davis cup.
Mrs Maureen Allard obtained 2 firsts winning the Paul Makins cup and the Gerald Savage bowl. Joining her on 6 points was Mrs Carmen Capurro with a first, second and a third and the Graham Robson cup.
Mrs Maruchi Martinez gained 2 seconds and a third.
Mrs Rose Tilbury obtained a second for her basket of fruit.
The Committee would like to thank all who made the Show successful event. To the judges who gave of their time freely. Mrs Pallett who presented the prizes, the Ministry of Culture for their sponsorship, all the parents for their enthusiasm. The Gibraltar Chronicle and the Panorama for their promotions in their newspapers and also Gibraltar Radio. Also friends and family who put up with us, and last but not least, Diana and rest of the John Mackinstosh Hall staff whose unfailing help makes this show possible.