• Welcome to the Petersham Horticultural Society

    Petersham Horticultural Society was founded at the turn of the 20th Century. It is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage and enthuse the families living in Petersham to enjoy their gardens. The Annual Flower Show is our biggest event of the year, drawing crowds from far and wide. Why not enter your roses in the show this year?

Entry Classes – Adult

Entries are invited in the classes listed – there is something for everyone. For children there are special classes they can enter.

The entrance fee is 50p per entry for all classes, Junior classes are now free, as of 2022

Please get your entry in early to help the organisers.

You can download the Show Schedule here which includes the entry form: Schedule & Entry Form.pdf but please note you can enter online at https://entries.horti.org.uk


Except where specifically shown as otherwise, prizes in all classes are £1.00 for the first, 50p for the second, and 30p for the third prize. Rosettes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Class.  See ‘Challenge Cups and Special Prizes’.

All cups are awarded to the winner with the greatest number of points in the relevant section unless otherwise stated (note Regulation 12) along with an RHS certificate. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class along with Best in Show and Best Artwork.

Section 1 – Novices

1. One single bloom
2. One vase of flowers, mixed kinds
3. One dish of vegetables, one or more kinds
4. One house plant (floral or foliage)

Section 2 – Flowers

5. One rose (any colour) with own foliage
6. Four roses, one or more varieties
7. One vase of miniature roses, three sprays
8. One spike of flowers, one stem only
9. One vase of pinks
10. Two vases of flowers, any two distinct kinds
11. One vase of herbaceous flowers
12. One vase of liliums, 3 spikes
13. One vase of ornamental grass(es) Max height 80 cm
14. One vase of mixed sweet peas, 12 stems
15. One vase of annuals
16. A spray of a shrub (other than roses) bearing fruit, flowers and/or foliage
17. One vase of mixed garden flowers
18. The most uncommon flower, named if possible
19. One hanging basket or one garden container planted for summer Not exceeding 38cm (15”) diameter
20. A floral pot plant Pot not to exceed 30cm (12”) diameter
21. Two pots of cacti or succulents Pots not to exceed 15cm (6”) in diameter. Note regulation 2
22. One zonal or regal pelargonium/ geranium grown in a pot Not to exceed 15cm (6”) in diameter
23. The Petersham Top Vase sponsored by Petersham Nursery

Section 3 – Fruit

24. Dish of red or white currants, 5 strigs
25. Dish of blackcurrants, 5 strigs
26. Dish of gooseberries, of one variety, 10 fruits, with stalks
27. Dish of strawberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
28. Dish of raspberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
29. Dish of loganberries, 10 fruits, with stalks
30. One dish of fruit, any one kind not specified in this section

Section 4 – Vegetables & Produce

31. Dish of five potatoes, white of any shape
32. Dish of five potatoes, other than white, of any shape
33. Six pods of peas with stalks
34. Six pods of broad beans with stalks
35. Six pods of dwarf beans with stalks
36. Three onions with full green tops As grown, no weight limit
37. Three beetroots, globe variety
38. Three carrots, long pointed
39. Two cabbages
40. Nine shallots pickling Must be able to go through a 30mm ring
41. Nine shallots, exhibition no size limit
42. Three courgettes Any length/ diameter
43. Two cabbage lettuces
44. Two cos lettuces
45. Three sticks of rhubarb
46. A collection of herbs, three kinds in one container
47. 3 clean hens’ eggs
48. Small glass jar of home-produced compost
49. One dish of vegetables of a distinct kind not specified in this section
50. Garlic, three bulbs, no tops
51. A collection of salading or salad vegetables, any 3 distinct kinds Mustard and cress count as one kind
52. A collection of mixed vegetables, one each of six different kinds.
53. The Petersham Top Tray Class. Sponsored by Petersham Nursery

Section 5 – Floral Arrangement

54. A Platinum Jubilee hand-tied posy
55. A celebration table centre
56. A floral head-piece
57. A foliage posy in a recycled container

Section 6 – Cookery

58. A battenburg cake
59. A fruit tart
60. Two fruit scones
61. Three shrewsbury biscuits
62. An individual goat’s cheese tart
63. A lemon drizzle cake
64. A small handmade loaf Handmade, not with a bread machine, can be any type of bread
65. Five pieces of fudge
66. Three chocolate-flavour american muffins
67. A bottle of any non-alcoholic drink
68. A bottle of any alcoholic drink
69. One jar of jam
70. One jar of marmalade
71. One jar of jelly
72. One jar of chutney or pickle
73 . One jar of lemon curd

Section 7 – Arts & Crafts

74. A sewn article
75. An example of needlecraft e.g. embroidery, tapestry
76. A knitted article
77. A crocheted article
78. An original painting, drawing or collage
79. A piece of pottery
80. A piece of woodwork
81. A photographic print of a creature
82. A photographic print of a local view
83. A photographic print of a celebration
84. An example of papercraft e.g. a handmade card; collage
85. Any other example of handicraft not covered by other Section 7 classes


  1. Hello,

    I see that the categories for Arts and Crafts are as diverse as ever. Where is the Napier Cup, presented by Trudy Napier for this category? Maybe you have never heard of this cup. Someone who was around in the 1950’s by remember it. My Mother presented it.

    • Thank you for this comment Mrs Corbett

      We are not aware of the history of this cup but we will try and search through archives to see if we can discover what has become of it.

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