Beechgrove’s Jim presents Rothesay horticultural prizes

Bill Cameron, Margaret McCombe and Douglas McCombe were among those enjoying the exhibits at Rothesay Horticultural Society's annual show.

Bill Cameron, Margaret McCombe and Douglas McCombe were among those enjoying the exhibits at Rothesay Horticultural Society's annual show.

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Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl handed over the trophies to the top performers in Rothesay Horticultural Society’s annual show on Saturday.

Jim’s Beechgrove Garden colleague Carole Baxter was also present on Saturday, as were members of the camera crew who have been filming for a special Bute episode of the popular TV programme, to be broadcast on September 10.

“It’s a delight for us to be here,” Jim said. “We’ve had a super four days. We’re chuffed to bits with the reception we’ve had - we’ve had a wonderful time, seen some wonderful views and met some wonderful people.”

Despite the, erm, challenging summer weather, the quality of exhibits at the show was as high as ever, with dahlias, sweet peas, pot plants, hanging baskets, fruit, vegetables, floral art, photography, handicrafts, food and drink making for a riot of colour at Rothesay Pavilion.

The event’s top award, the Royal Burgh of Rothesay Challenge Cup for the most first prizes in the show, was won by the society’s own secretary, Mark McCormack.

The show’s exhibits will remain on display on Sunday, August 30, between 12 noon and 4pm. After 4pm there’s the traditional end-of-show auction of produce, with the auction lots this year also including a prized black truffle donated by island resident Dr Paul Thomas, who made history earlier this year by growing the first truffle ever cultivated on British soil.

* Full show coverage to come in the next issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, September 3. We’ll also have full details of the class results from this year’s show on this site soon.