2000 members of the public attended Potato Day at Testbourne Community School. Organised by the Henry Doubleday Research Association for the sale of seed potatoes, hundreds of cultivars were on sale.
"I bought some Early Princesses, of which I have high hopes. It was useful to get professional advice on how to get the best out of them."
In conjunction with The Whitchurch Gardens Association, the two Potato days celebrated the launch of a special potato called "Smile". These were due to be handed out by the King and Queen of Potatoes, but a last minute ban on certain potato imports prevented the Smile Potato from entering Britain. When it does the children will receive one in addition to a special substitute handed out on the Potato Day. The Smile potato was bred in Holland.
"This cultivar has been imported from Germany and sports the most amazing smile."
A temporary maze was also built on the lawn of The Whitchurch Silk Mill. Inside the Mill, there was an historical display including an ancient herbal describing the earliest potatoes.
"Comparatively few types of potato are bought by the major supermarkets; Henry Doubleday keeps the smaller species going, and the Potato day brings them within reach of people in North West Hants at very favourable prices."
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