The power of flowers and vegetables in Horley 1973

Horley flower show 1973 SUS-151102-144417001
Horley flower show 1973 SUS-151102-144417001

Flower shows have been the staple of community life since the first gardener chucked a seed in the ground to see what would happen.

Forget who has the best car or the snazziest phone, kudos used to go to the person who bloomed the most brilliant roses or grew the firmest marrow.

In August 1973, Horley residents packed into a church hall to admire the efforts of the town’s green-fingered wizards.

The Crawley & District Observer reported:

“An exhibition of flowers, fruit and vegetables was held at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Horley.

“Crawley Urban Council’s chief parks officer, Mr PH Barnes, was there to give tips on the finer points of flower showing to more than 100 Horley residents.

“A demonstration of floral art was given by Mrs G Baker, of Horley Floral Art Group, and Mr P Beasley, of Reigate, gave tips on bee-keeping.

“The picture shows Mr Barnes giving some hints to flower enthusiasts at the show.”

Do you recognise anyone in this picture?