The Pat Miller Cup
“A host of Golden Daffodils” should have appeared on the show bench at the Spring Show at the end of March, all competing to be awarded the Pat Miller Cup. However, despite there being no show again, the daffodils, bought last year from the society and potted up in 10′′ pots, bloomed as usual. The variety was “Jersey Star”, with layers of vibrant yellow and orange ruffles in the centre surrounded by broad flat yellow petals, a real winner with strong stems flowering up to 45 cm tall. A challenge was sent to members via the newsletter to send in photos of their exhibits, and overall the ten bulbs had flowered well for everyone. Unfortunately, there was no judge to award a prize, so once again the cup was not presented.
Pat Miller was a member of the Society for many years, joining in the mid- 1970s when, after her husband Philip retired from the army, they both returned to Headley. They were both very active in exhibiting at the shows, Philip with vegetables and home-made wine, Pat favouring flowers and the domestic classes together with the photography section. Pat later joined the committee, and she was the Membership Secretary for ten years. She continued to serve on the committee until about 2005 when she decided it was time to step down and felt very honoured when she was made a life Vice-president. She continued to help with the shows and attended all the lectures. Gardening was Pat’s passion and she loved being a member of the Society, and her family wanted to recognise this and her service to the Society by awarding a cup in her name.