Picture-perfect produce?

Judge for yourself at Merton Horticultural Show 2004.

Champion carnations, fantastic fuchsias, dazzling dahlias and voluminous vegetables will be among a host of prize produce on display at the annual Merton Horticultural Show later this month.

The highly popular event will take place at Morden Park, London Road, Morden on Monday 30 August from 12 midday. Admission is free and the show is indoors.

Visitors will be able to browse an array of colourful exhibits from midday, after judging has taken place in the morning. As well as the customary flower and vegetable classes, there will be some slightly more unusual categories.

For those that enjoy concocting their own tipples, there will be a homemade brew class, alongside preserve and cake classes. Novelty classes with categories such as ugliest root vegetable and longest runner bean should provide some comic entertainment, and a junior section will offer a chance for budding horticulturists to show off their talents. Categories for youngsters include miniature garden, fairy cakes, and decorated flowerpot for the arty types.

This year’s show will also have an emphasis on environmentally friendly gardening, as The Gardens and Allotments Habitat Action Group will be giving advice on composting and organic gardening, and 2004 sees the introduction of a brand new class dedicated to organic vegetable gardeners.

There will be plenty of stalls to look at in between all this, but if it’s star quality produce you’re after, many of the exhibits themselves will be auctioned off at 5.15pm. At the same time, between 11am and 5pm, the Lions Club of Merton will be holding their Family Fun Day in the park.

For those that are interested in entering any of the Horticultural Show classes, entry forms must be completed by 25 August. These can be obtained by calling 020 8545 3665. Royal Horticultural Society certificates will be awarded to each class winner, as well as cups and plaques in each section.