There were 145 entries in Bentley’s Horticulture Show this year. Horticulture convener Dorothy Sherwood noted entries were back up again, probably due to better weather before the show this year.
The judge was Martha Krause of Bluffton, who Sherwood said, took lots of time to write comments and suggestions to help entrants.
Major winners in the horticulture section of the Bentley Fair included: Best Dressed Whole Town Yard Award, Dale and Pam Hansen; Best Town Front Yard, Ed Spycher; Best Town Back Yard, Martin Schneider.
The judge’s choice Best Flower(s) of Show was a spray of lilies entered by Dell Collins from Lacombe. Best Rose also belonged to Collins.
Marjorie Dubuc from Lacombe won many awards as well as earning the Grand Aggregate rosette. She won Floral Table Centrepiece (second was Britney Swanson from Eckville), Theme Floral Arrangement, Tribute to Farmer’s Market Basket Arrangement (second was Penny Seiling from Bentley), and Tribute to the Rodeo Basket Arrangement (Penny Seiling was second).
Ken Jensen from Lacombe had the Best Rhubarb.
Sherwood was disappointed there were no junior entries this year.
“We would like to try a juvenile section next year like some of the other (bench exhibits) have,” she noted, explaining anyone over the age of 12 has to compete in the open adult category the way it is right now.
“Maybe that would help,” she says as she already starts looking forward to next year.