Our Online Flower Show 2020 had nearly 700 entries! See the winners and many of our favourites below.
To replace some of our in-person shows this year, we decided to run an Online Flower Show that mimicked the set up of our UK shows.
Members took photographs of their plants and entered them into 293 different classes, with everything from Lewisia to cushion plants to Saxifraga represented.
As is usual with in person shows, members entered plants into the novice, intermediate or open (i.e. advanced) section, depending on their level of experience, so judges could mark plants accordingly.
When the closing date passed on 5th June, our 9 judges leapt into action to review all 690 entries! They scored each plant individually and added up the points to choose a first, second and third place in each class.
Plants have to be incredible to be awarded 3rd place, spectacular to be awarded 2nd place, and mind-boggingly fantastic to win first place. So all are marvellous achievements!
Here are some beautiful 2nd & 3rd place winners this year (click on the photo to find out more)…
We had so many brain-shakingly fabulous 1st place plants!
Feast your eyes on these… (click on the photo for more info)
Members also vote for their favourites in each class. Sometimes they disagree with the judges!
Here are some plants that captured their hearts:
Some exhibitors win first place across many classes, showing mastery in multiple areas.
Whoever wins the most first place prizes in their section wins the ‘aggregate’ award. As you can imagine, this is no small feat!
So, it is with great delight that we announce that, this year’s Online Flower Show Aggregate Awards go to:
Kathy presented the judges with a fine selection of fabulous plants across many novice classes. Her show-stopping entries included (left to right above):
Congratulations Kathy! You take home £20 in Alpine Garden Society e-vouchers to spend on alpine goodies in our online shop. Fabulous!
Congratulations Tony! Your plants were so admired across the many different intermediate classes by the judges that you have won the section aggregate. Well done!
Above are some of Tony’s beautiful plants. From left to right they are:
Tony also takes away £20 in AGS vouchers. Whoop!
What a show Ian Instone put on for us! This is just a small selection of his many first place prize winners across the open section. They are (left to right):
Ian also receives £20 in AGS vouchers for his stellar effort!
In addition to the aggregate awards, our judges also sifted through the hundreds of entries to find the very best plant entered in each section.
Huge congratulations to Stephen Clarke whose plant Muscari armeniacum ‘Siberian Tiger’ was declared the best entry in the entire novice section!
The judges were very impressed by the colour and form of this plant. Beautiful!
Stephen also wins £20 in AGS vouchers to spend in our shop. Well done, Stephen!
The prize for best entry in the intermediate section goes to Tony Hollingworth, the winner of the Intermediate Aggregate Award!
The judges felt that his plant, Roscoea ‘Snowy Owl’ stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Tony adds his winnings of another £20 in vouchers to his £20 for the aggregate, making a total of £40. Go Tony!
With this cracking Iris, Peter Hood fought off the competition to win not only the prize for the Best Entry in the Open Section, but also…
…and can’t you see why? Beautiful, perfectly formed flowers boast deep colour that really caught the judges’ attention.
Peter takes home £20 in digital vouchers for each win, making a grand total of £40. He also wins the Frank Badrick trophy for the latter win. Wonderful!
Last, but by no means least, comes Ian Instone again with his incredible Draba ‘John Saxton.’
Absolutely covered in glorious flowers, this plant is a real show-stopper. Ian adds another £20 in vouchers to his Open Aggregate win (totalling £40), as well as the Glebelands trophy. Marvellous work!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the many marvellous plants that were entered into our Online Flower Show 2020. Winners will be receiving their vouchers via email next week – well done all!
A huge thank you goes out to the behind-the-scenes team who made the Online Flower Show possible. This includes judges Rannveig Wallis, John Richards, Robert Rolfe, Dave Mountfort, Bob Wallis, Martin Rogerson, Jim Almond, Jim McGregor and Ray Drew, as well as Rob Amos, Jon Evans and David Charlton who were our stewards.
Ray Drew also managed the Online Flower Show with support from Jim McGregor. Without them, it would not have been possible. Thank you both!
Maybe next year, you’ll have a go too? We’d love to see what you’re growing and welcome you into our thriving community of alpine enthusiasts.
If you want more where that came from, view all the Online Flower Show entries here.