Annual Lecture 10th March 2015

Medwyn Williams M B E

"Growing For Gold"

Around 60 people were treated to a humorous and entertaining evening with the annual lecture this year being given by Medwyn Williams M B E.
Medwyn commenced by giving us an insight into how his interest started.
Born on the Isle of Anglesey he was introduced to growing veg at the age of 7 by his father a very keen grower and exhibitor.
He was given a tiny piece of land about 1 yard square and from this he set radish, mustard & cress. These quick growing veg were harvested very soon & Medwyn quickly became hooked. From then on he would assist his dad in setting up his exhibits at the Anglesey County Show.
His first show success was at the Anglesey Show with a collection of 6 veg (he admits that his was the only entry in the class).
As his successes increased he looked at other shows that he wanted to exhibit at, one of which was Chelsea. To exhibit at Chelsea you have to prove your worth to the RHS. So Medwyn exhibited at the 1995 RHS Hampton Court Show were he not only won gold medal but also the Tudor Rose Award for best exhibit in show.
His first Chelsea exhibit was the following year but to compete here necessitated sourcing a larger growing area and the ability to produce veg for the show in May. Such a facility was provided by the University of Wales. His first gold medal subsequently arrived in 1996 at Chelsea and by 2005 he had obtained his 10th consecutive gold.
In 2006 he was invited to go to America where he broke his leg and had to return to the UK. His wife was left with the task of exhibiting at Hampton Court where she duly gained a gold medal.
Medwyn returned to Chelsea in 2010 following gold medals in the previous three years at Tatton Park, Harrogate and Malvern.
His return to Chelsea was successful achieving his11th gold medal and also the Presidents award for best exhibit in the show.
Concentrating since on his vegetable seed business "Medwyn's of Anglesey" he did win gold and best in show at Malvern last year.
Concluding his talk Medwyn took questions from the audience and remained available after the talk finished.

Medwyn with some of his prize winning exhibits.



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