National Viola and Pansy Society Newsletter Autumn 1995

This is the first newsletter for many years, a humble offering which I hope will become a regular feature for members. As a small society with a widespread membership, it is important that those members furthest away from the Midlands feel that they can remain in touch with events. I would like to produce two newsletters each year, but this will depend on the level of response to the first, which is all my own work! I would like to think, as most editors do, that members will be inspired to write their own thoughts and ideas and forward them for printing.

The newsletter is just one of several things that the Society is doing to increase its service to members. Some of you may already know that the Society has begun a collection of exhibition violas and pansies. New members will receive three plants, existing members will be able to purchase plants at 1 each plus postage. A list of available varieties will be sent out by me in the early Spring of next year, together with membership renewals!

We hope that with plants more readily available, more members will feel that they can exhibit at the Society's shows. I would like to see some new names on the results sheets next year.

I doubt that we shall ever be as popular as other florist societies, such as the Auriculas and Tulips, but it would be heartening to see an upturn in the Society's fortunes. Both our President, Mr Tom Pitt, and our Chairman, Mr Tom Mantle, have done a great deal just to keep the Society alive, I think that they deserve the reward of seeing the status of the Viola and Pansy raised from the level of "just bedding plants" back to their standing as respected florists flowers.

I hope that you enjoy the following pages. Ideas and comments are most welcome, please feel free to write, let the Society know what you would like.

John Snocken
Hon. Secretary.

Autumn 1995

Editorial Annual Show Show Results Lost varieties
King's Heath Show King's Heath Results

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