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AGS Shows: Chesterfield AGS Show held on 11th April 2015

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Contribution from Cliff Booker 11 April 2015, 17:45top / bottom of page

Just back from another wonderful AGS Show at Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Hearty congratulations to Show Secretary; John Savage and his hard working team on another exemplary event.  The Farrer Medal for the 'Best Plant in the Show' went to a magnificent Scarlet Locoweed (Astragalus coccineus) exhibited by Peter Farkasch, that shone out like a beacon in the hall.  I would normally have captured an image of Peter with his superb exhibit, but he had to return home to attend to family matters and didn't return to the hall before we departed.

Contribution from Cliff Booker 11 April 2015, 20:01top / bottom of page

I'm indebted to John Dower for this shot of Peter Farkasch (reluctantly) posing with his magnificent Farrer Medal winning plant of Astragalus coccineus and one of Peter receiving the Farrer Medal card from John Richards.

Contribution from Ian Instone 11 April 2015, 21:46top / bottom of page

Below are a few pictures I took at the excellent Chesterfield show.

Contribution from Cliff Booker 12 April 2015, 05:04top / bottom of page

Super shots, Ian ... thanks for posting.

A non-competitive exhibit staged at Chesterfield Alpine Garden Society Show on 11th April 2015 by Robert Rolfe featuring beautifully flowered examples of the gorgeous Saxifraga x dinninaris 'Ray Woodliffe'.



Contribution from Tim Ingram 12 April 2015, 08:55top / bottom of page

Cliff - that is an amazing plant of Astragalus coccineus from Peter. Does he have any advice on how he grows it? Graham Nicholls says in his book on N. American Alpines that it is rather fasting growing (like utahensis) than many other Astragalus, but none are especially easy. He also describes Anne Speigel's experiences growing them outside in her rock garden in New York State, and the prospect of establishing plants in the garden is pretty exciting, if very hopeful! These alpine legumes are wonderful plants but so little seen in cultivation. They seem a little like the very choice smaller penstemons, eriogonums etc., potentially good plants for sand and gravel beds but very difficult to grow for any length of time. (The good thing is that they set seed well so there must be a chance to experiment more with different conditions in different places).

Contribution from Cliff Booker 12 April 2015, 13:19top / bottom of page

Hi Tim, this was truly a wonderful astragalus and one that Peter has been exhibiting for quite a while.  I'm pretty sure that he occasionally peruses these pages, so he may find the time to supply tips regarding acquisition, cultivation and such excellent flowering?


Contribution from Lawrence Peet 12 April 2015, 19:34top / bottom of page

A few more photographs of Chesterfield AGS  show here: Lawrencepeetalpines 

Contribution from Diane Clement 15 April 2015, 11:04top / bottom of page

Lots more pictures from the Chesterfield show here:

Chesterfield Show 2015

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