RHODODENDRON growers from all over Scotland gathered in Garelochhead on Saturday to put the fruits – or, rather, flowers – of their year’s labour on public display.

The Scottish Rhododendron Society once again chose the Gibson Hall in the village as the venue for their annual show – and after seeing a big turnout in previous years, their faith in a return visit was well rewarded as another bumper crop of exhibitors and visitors came along to the event.

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And the quality of ‘rhoddies’ to be found in Helensburgh and Lomond itself was underlined when Mike and Sue Thornley, of Glenarn in Rhu, lifted the ‘best in show’ prize.

Laura Cameron from the Gibson Hall – who was also among the winners after being presented with the Harry Fairbairn Cup – told the Advertiser afterwards: “The society were thrilled with the turn out – more than 350 entries across the classes, from around 30 exhibitors.

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“The plant classes’ entries numbered around 300, with 15 entries in the novice section and 40 pictures in the photography section.

“They also had a number of new members joining the society on the day.”