Gardeners grow for it at Cardwell Garden Centre

A bumper batch of prize vegetables went on display at Cardwell Garden Centre last weekend.

Families from all over the area, and further afield, flocked to Strathclyde Leek and Onion Society Annual Show, which has been running for more than 25 years.

Growers from all over the country headed to Gourock to showcase their produce.

Tele gardening expert George Irvine hailed the event a great success.

He said: ?There was a good response over the weekend and a lot of visitors coming to marvel at the size of the onions and leeks.

?There were exhibitors from as far north as Brechin down to Gatehouse of Fleet, East Lothian to Oban and lots of local exhibitors, including from Bute.?

George says the show is one of the highlights in the gardening calendar because the quality is always so high.

He said: ?It is particularly popular because it is the ?creme de la creme? of produce grown by dedicated gardeners.

?It?s quite a specialised field ? judges are looking for uniformity as well as quality.

?In a class of six onions they all have to be identical. It?s quite a job.?

George quipped: ?The onion classes were excellent ? there was an array of onions, big onions, displays of six and three, heavy weights to shallots ? in the one family ? it was like the Broons.?

A craft fayre, entertainment from live bands, an owl display for youngsters and stalls also attracted the crowds.

George said: ?It was a good atmosphere with a lot of regulars there with their families.?

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