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Geoff Hodge Web Editor Peterborough

I've been a horticultural journalist for 20 years, a gardener for longer than I want to think about and a veg grower for 25 years.

  • Date Joined: 21 Nov 2006

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Stenner line

Posted by Geoff Hodge on 04 Jun 2008 at 10:11 AM

Last night I gave a talk to the Kimble & Ellesborough Horticultural Society. Like most gardening club evenings they had a raffle and, unusually, always give the guest speaker a strip of tickets too. To my delight I won a prize! To my further delight one of the prizes still sitting on the table was a tray with six pots of Stenner runner beans. These are the ultimate showing runner bean - selected by Brython Stenner - or 'Taffy' Stenner as he was known.

I've never grown these before - and I've certainly never eaten them, so I'm looking forward to planting them out this week. If they don't match my taste expectations I can always put them into a show! 


sue1002 said:

Well done for winning a prize Geoff, Digger grows the Stenner runner beans for the showbench, he sent me some of the seeds which I grew last year and they grew to a fair old size and tasted good too.  I saved some seed off them myself and am growing them again this year along with my trusted favourite 'Lady Di' which have a very good taste and are stringless.

on 04 Jun 2008 at 12:42 PM

Geoff Hodge said:


I was 'over the moon, David' when I won - I'm also pleased that the selection of prizes left on the table weren't just the four prizes I'd donated to the raffle!

That's great news that they taste good too. Mind you my girlfriend, who is Gardening Editor of Garden News, is planning on entering some shows this year, so I just hope she doesn't snaffle them all before I get a chance to eat some.

on 04 Jun 2008 at 03:42 PM

Dai Dibber said:

The Stenner Bean is known as ENORMA in the catalogues. Brython Stenner - now sadly passed away - only lived a few miles away from me, and I am friendly with his son, who would you believe it, knows nothing at all about gardening - that's sad!!!

on 15 Jun 2008 at 08:05 PM