Community brought together by gardening

A recent event in the gardening world has underlined how popular the pastime is becoming.

In a time where hobbies are generally expensive and require costly travelling, gardening is providing a fun activity for people of all ages – a fact highlighted by the recent surge in entries to the St Andrews Gardeners Club summer flower show.

Children as young as ten entered the show and even picked up prizes, with primary school pupil Catriona Dobie scooping the Babington-Smith Trophy for childrens art with her work entitled; I dreamt I saw in my garden.

Awards were presented by old hand Harry Anquetil, who has been a member of the club and its predecessor – the Horticultural Society – for over 60 years.

Prizes included the Hector Watt Cup for bakery and the Hall-Stewart Challenge Trophy for the overall winner.

The local scout group helped out at the event and will receive a donation of £500 but it is events like this that bring communities together that show the true power of gardening.