AGS Shows: Plants at the shows, B&C sections.
Started by: Mel Linney
This page is for plants in the B &C sections to encourage new comers to the delights of exhibiting.Go to latest contribution by Mel Linney, 19 April 2009, 20:50. Go to bottom of this page.
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I hope thisthread attracts interest because, after all, everyone started at this point. I will begin with one of my exhibits that gained a first in 2007 (forgot which show so, like Brian & Shelagh Smethhurst) I must keep a record of what I enter and at which show.
This is the first show of the season for us northerners and what a feast for the eyes. Here are a few plants from the B section to whet the appetite of new exhibitors.
The previous plant is Fritillaria 'Carice' entered by Neil Hubbard who lifted the Outwood Trophy for most points in the B section. This Frit is also from the Hubbard stable. Congratulations Neil.
Nice pot of "Daffs" from John Savage.
This lovely Saxifraga was one of Peter Summers excellent exhibits.
Here's another of Peter's.
Rosina Abbis Won the Outwood Trophy last year and gave Neil a run for his money this time. Here are a couple of her Primulas.
Last but not least this one from Paul Street.
Congratulations to Peter Taggart For winning the Beacon Trophy. Sorry about no pictures I'm still coming to terms with digital photography.
Sorry about the delay but here goes. First up is a couple of exhibits from Jack Green.
Next is an entry from Barry Richardson, winner of the Crosthwaite Cup for best plant in section'c'.
Three very nice Primulas from Margaret Pickering which helped her win the Ryan Cup for most points in section'B'.
A small selection of other plants from the 'B & C' SECTIONS.
Entry from Joyce Scott
Saunders Salver; Jack Green. Ryan Trophy; Margaret Pickering. Crosthwaite Cup; Brian Richardson. R.A. Hodgson Trophy; Robin Pickering. North Riding Trophy; Robin Pickering. Apologies Robin for not having any pictures of your fine plants but I'm still on a steep learning curve with digital photography. Mel.
Mel, Well done for featuring the competitors' plants from B and C Sections. It is good to know someone is putting these sections in public view, so that others know what good plants are displayed there. Keep up the good work
I will be covering this and future shows on individual pages so that images posted can be accessed more easily. Thanks Elizabeth for the words of encouragement, I hope there will be contributions from other correspondents. I will be posting the North Midland pictures in a few days time.
Not sure from Mel's last post if it was his intention to wind-up this thread but I feel it is well worth keeping going. I speak as a first time exhibitor in Section C at this years South West Show held in Exeter on 28 March. It was not before a great deal of 'soul searching' that I took my first exhibiting steps. Were my plants good enough? Which of them should I take or should I take any at all? What should I do on arriving at the Show venue, would I be overawed by it all? What would the Judges be looking for? All of these questions and many more ran through my mind in the days before The Day as I cleaned my pots and re-newed top dressings. I nearly backed out a number of times, after all this was the first time I was in a position of trying to look at my plants in someone else's eyes rather than in my own. Suffice it to say that I turned up and was given every help by seasoned exhibitors who showed where to go and who to see in order to get my plants on the table. When judging was concluded no one was more 'gobsmacked' than I to find I had 3 Firsts, 1 Second and 1 Third and, as a bonus, had also won a trophy for most points in Section 3. I spent the rest of that afternoon in total euphoria to the extent that my tour around the show benches, camera in hands, was a total abject failure! The first few pictures I took consisted of very poor shots of my camera neck strap and the next few some gigantic finger over the camera lens with something that looked rather like a plant poking out at the sides. I even took some extemely poor pictures of my own plants to the extent that I re-photographed the lot of them at home the following day. Will I Show again? You bet I will! I had intended to add the pics of my plants but, at this moment in time would you believe it, I can't find the file I put them in!! If you are thinking of having a go in Section C-DO IT, YOU'LL ENJOY IT TREMENDOUSLY. I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had come away with no prizes. Beware Section B I'll be back!
I'm very pleased to hear that my humble attempts to cover the B & C Sections at the shows I visit has encouraged you to exhibit your plants, it makes all my efforts worthwhile. I started posting my reports with the other contributors thinking it would reach a wider audience but if the consensus is that I, along with other correspondents, put B & C Section items on this page then I will be more than happy to do that. Perhaps you would like to cover the shows you visit then we can encourage new exhibitors together. Perhaps then we can start another thread for new and improving growers with contributions from the more experienced exhibitors to help us all gain more knowledge about the plants we grow.