There's still time to sign up for Reading in BloomBy Linda Fort
June 22, 2012
Reading in Bloom has been out and about encouraging gardeners to take part in its annual garden competition.
The group has been helped in promoting its cause by retired signwriter Ivor Carter, who made a sign which the committee can use whenever it sets up stall.
So far the sign has been used at Beanpole Day in Caversham Court and the village fete at the Museum of English Rural Life.
Mr Carter, 70, of St Stephen’s Close in Caversham, is a keen allotment holder with a plot at the Chiltern Road site in Caversham.
He said: “I have been a sign writer all my life. At one time I had painted the signs on just about every commercial vehicle in Reading.”
Nowadays Mr Carter makes his decorative signs for friends and donated the Reading in Bloom sign free of charge.
He also counts painting among his hobbies.
There is still time to enter the annual Reading in Bloom competition before the closing date on Sunday, July 1.
There are categories for front gardens both large and small and for people who only have balconies or room for hanging baskets and window boxes. Residents can also join together for group and community entries and there is also a riverside garden category.
Businesses including pubs can also enter and there is a new category for floral displays in commercial reception areas.
Allotment holders can also take part in the competition,, which is designed to make Reading look blooming marvellous in time for the visit of the regional judges from the RHS Britain in Bloom competition on Friday, July 13.
Last year, Reading won a gold medal in regional awards.