AGS Events: EAST LANCASHIRE AGS SHOW 21ST MARCH 2009
Started by: CLIFF BOOKER
EAST LANCASHIRE SHOW RETURNS TO IT'S ROOTSGo to latest contribution by Cliff Booker, 22 March 2009, 13:29. Go to bottom of this page.
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Alpine Flower Show returns to Whitworth About the town of Whitworth news Published: Monday 20th October 2008 FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE RIVERSIDE... After a break of twenty years, Whitworth will once again play host to a national horticultural event when the Alpine Garden Society stage a Spring Alpine Flower Show at the beautiful Riverside venue on Saturday 21 March 2009. This prestigious event is, in fact, simply returning to its roots, as the old Whitworth Civic Hall provided a superb setting for the very first East Lancashire National Alpine Flower Show staged way back in May 1991. This magnificent event proved such a success that subsequent annual shows were staged at the hall until the organisers were forced to find alternative venues across the county. The intervening years saw moves from Middleton to Bacup via Bolton and Tottington, but now the Society (the largest of its kind in the world) is to renew fond acquaintances with the township of Whitworth by staging an enormous alpine event once again. The show, which should attract exhibitors, judges, nurserymen and enthusiasts from the length and breadth of the country, will feature over one hundred and thirty individual classes ranging from rare alpine gems to bulbs, conifers, ferns and mini-gardens. Unusual plants from across the globe will vie for your attention with the stalls of nurserymen selling the very cream of alpine and rock garden plants, while the nation's leading exhibitors will be competing for a number of highly prestigious trophies. The shows held in the 1990s attracted remarkable attendances, and the organisers hope that many Whitworth folk will have long memories and will be tempted back by the promise of a huge raffle, superb tombola, free parking, seed, book and plant sales and excellent refreshments. Whitworth couple Cliff and Sue Booker from Tonacliffe founded the East Lancashire Local Group of the A.G.S. way back in December 1986, and while the group (which holds regular monthly meetings at the Civic Hall in Ramsbottom, near Bury) continues to thrive, new members are actively welcomed and encouraged. Group Chairman Cliff Booker can be contacted on 01706 356385. Please note the date of this hugely attractive show in your diaries (Saturday 21 March 2009, 11.30am to 4pm) and enjoy seeing the floral magic of the mountains transported to the foothills of the Pennines. Images: copyright C H Booker. Used with kind permission.
OK - But where are the pics?
Just returned from a good day at the East Lancs show. Lots of plants on show and a very good turn out. First pictures of the 4 show benches full with plants.
A picture of the Farrer winner Primula allionii 'Crusader' sorry I didn't get the exhibitors name.
Mike and Christine Brown where the winners of the Farrer.
Hearty congratulations to Carol and her magnificent team of helpers on a splendid show. Many images to follow, but I will start with a photo of the proud winners of the Farrer Medal for 2009. Mike and Christine Brown from West Kirby.