Photo Competition 2021

Buxted Horticultural Society (‘BHS’) photographic competition- RESULTS!

Wow! Photographs ranged from spectacular wild garlic reflected in a water droplet, perfect kalmia flowers with buds like iced gem biscuits, and surprisingly…. a close-up image of a fly! These and many more masterpieces battled it out in this year’s Buxted gardening photography competition.

The winners of the competition were revealed at St Mary’s fair on Saturday 10 July. Prizes were handed out in three categories:

Class One- Blooming marvellous-flower category
  • First prize- Regina Manso de Zuniga with a professional close of Hellebore -Pink Frost.
  • Second prize- Vernon Clark -with a perfect rose covered in droplets of rain.
  • Third- Homer Cox with a contrasting image of a damsel fly on a water buttercup.
Class Two- Fruit and Veg category
  • First prize: Vivienne Blandford was crowned the winner of the fruit and veg category with a rich crop of homegrown fruit and veg.
  • Second prize: Sue Adams with Mediterranean looking figs
  • Third prize: Linda Mason and Richard Owen with their breathtakingly abundant tomatoes.
Class Three- Children’s category of an animal or plant that captured their imagination were:
  • First prize: Saxon Archbold aged 10 scooped the top prize with a surprising close up of a fly!
  • Second prize: Beauden Archbold aged 8 with a stunning painted lady butterfly.
  • Third prize: Emily Knapp aged 10 with a ladybird nestled in the centre of a daffodil.
  • With a very close runner up from Grace Walter aged 14 of a classic fairy tale toadstool- fly agaric.

Buxted’s own photography graduate and talented gardener Jill Mann judged the photographs anonymously, saying the diversity of images was astounding, with some very beautiful blooms and images entered. The children especially showed a keen eye for detail, and the range of photographs show just how varied gardening in Buxted and surrounding areas is.

The new committee would like to thank all those who entered the competition. Dozens of people expressed an interest in events planned in 2021/ 2022 including an autumnal talk on grapes, wine and viticulture from a local vineyard followed by wreath making at Christmas time.  There definitely seems to be an increased appreciation of nature and gardens during lockdown, from both new and experienced gardeners. Anyone else who wishes to beadded to the society’s mailing list or to become a member can email