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Shows National and Local

Part of open section The Alpine Garden Society South West Show was held at West Exe Technology College on Saturday29th March. This was a new venue but considered by many to be an improvement as it was all on one floor and parking was better. The show attracted fewer entries than usual with some regular exhibitors absent but, as can be seen from the picture, the quality of entries was still excellent.

Local successes
Fritillaria graeca thessala As the local group Spring Show had been held on March 20th there were a number of plants that appeared on both occasions. Some had improved during the intervening period with Cyril Dart's Fritillaria graeca thessala (left) being in contention for the Farrer Medal, once again just losing out to another exhibit. Cyril also achieved firsts with Saxifraga "Bridget" and Primula "Tony". These are pictured below.

Cassiope Barry Starling had won the best plant in show in the group show with a superb Cassiope "Muirhead" (right) that he had lifted from the garden. It shows his considerable skill that he was able to show the same plant at the South West Show and win the award for best ericaceous plant. On both occasions he also showed his artistic side with his attractive and successful cut flower displays; one of these is shown below.

Benthamiella nordenskjoldii Your author once again demonstrated that in the local group show consistent and plentiful entries can outscore the owners of the star performers mentioned above (and Val Lee's Cyclamen pseudibericum) by winning the trophy for most points. Several of the plants reappeared and this time the cushion plant Benthamiella nordenskjoldii (left) at least had to beat some competition to achieve its first in the intermediate section.

Saxifraga cochlearis minor In the novice section of the South West Show Nicki Bitschi was successful with two foliage plants, Sedum spathulifolium purpureum and Saxifraga cochlearis minor. The latter, which is shown here, had also won the foliage class in the open section of the local show. The other notable achievement in the local group show was by Roger Clark who won the novice section and showed two plants of Fritillaria pinardii that he had raised from seed. One of these was awarded best plant in the novice section.

needlework There were also some very good artistic displays in the show; some excellent photographs and the wonderful displays of needlework by Jean Morris (left).

Both shows were well organised by Jon and Kana Webster who have managed the difficult task of taking over from Bob and Di (who we were delighted to see in attendance) with great success. Many thanks also to the members of the local groups who give their time both on the day and before the event to help make it a success. Thanks also to the members who bring plants for sale and the nursery owners whose support is so crucial to our success.

More pictures from the show are shown below.

The Plant Sales Area
Plant sales area

More of Cyril's plants
Saxifraga Cyril's Saxifraga X edithae "Bridget"

Primula Primula "Tony" shown by Cyril Dart.

One of Barry Starling's cut flower displays.
Cut flower display

Richard Horswood
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