Annual Giant Vegetable Competition
Aberglasney Gardens is looking forward to its fifth annual Giant Vegetable Growing Competition – the only one in Wales.
The event which takes place on Sunday October the 15th has grown in popularity every year and the team at Aberglasney is looking forward to welcoming both experienced gardeners and novices to the extravaganza which will be judged by gardening guru Medwyn Williams MBE. Medwyn will once again travel from his home in Anglesey for the extravaganza, having been blown away by the standard of entries every year - and no one knows their vegetables like the 11-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner!
Aberglasney’s Head Gardener Joseph Atkin is looking forward to the event tremendously but says that logistically it’s not an easy one to hold: “We’re borrowing special custom-made scales from West Wales Weighing in Haverfordwest, we then usually need some serious man power to get the entries onto the scales! Last year we had to resort to a tractor to move one pumpkin. It is however a wonderful day and our competitors put on an incredible display. I’d encourage anyone growing their own vegetables to enter. It’s free to do so and all competitors are also admitted to Aberglasney free of charge on the day of the competition.”
From mammoth sized marrows to colossal cabbages and titanic sized tomatoes, amongst last years most impressive entries was a Marrow weighing 36kg (79.58lb) grown by Kevin and Gareth Fortey from Cwmbran. Kevin and Gareth also won the class for the heaviest leek weighing in at 4.3kg (9.48lb). The pumpkin class was won by Jenny Jones of Kidwelly with a weight of 30.6kg (66.50lbs.) Ian Neale of Langstone in Gwent grew a cucumber measuring 80.4cm and a parsnip which was 186.2cm long.
Ten-year-old Jamie Courtney-Fortey who is Kevin’s son is obviously following in his father’s footsteps having won the class for the largest sunflower head with his entry which had a diameter of 41cm.
Aberglasney’s Joseph Atkin and one of Wales’ most successful growers of Giant Vegetables, Kevin Fortey, along with Medwyn Williams will also host a special ‘Gardeners Question Time’ at 2.00pm on the day of the competition in the Mansion House.
The prizes in each category are well worth growers’ efforts thanks to the generosity of this year’s competition sponsors – Monddi Design Agency in Pembrokeshire, Redkite Solicitors and Myrddin Garden Machinery. 1st prize is £40 or a joint annual membership for Aberglasney worth £75; 2nd prize is £20 or a single annual membership for Aberglasney worth £55; and 3rd prize is a family day ticket for the Gardens (2 adults & 2 children.)
The full list of classes is as follows:
- Heaviest Individual Marrow
- Heaviest Individual Pumpkin or Squash
- Heaviest Individual Cabbage
- Heaviest Individual Leek
- Longest Carrot or Parsnip
- Longest Runner Bean
- Ugliest Vegetable in Show
- Largest Sunflower Head (diameter)
Special prizes will also be given to the best junior exhibit and the best Aberglasney Members Exhibit.
It will be free to enter the competition and each exhibitor will receive one free admission ticket for entry to Aberglasney on the day of judging. You are however required to complete an entry form for your exhibit(s). Entry forms are available by clicking: Giant Vegetable Entry Form 2017. Entry forms must be completed and returned to Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire. SA32 8QH or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
As exhibitors, we ask that you arrive with your entries between 9.00am and 9.30am. We would kindly ask that you leave your entries on display until 3.00pm so that they can be enjoyed by other visitors. The Gardens will be open to the public from 10.00am until 6.00pm (last entries 5.00pm) and normal garden admission charges will apply for all non-exhibitors.