National Viola and Pansy Society Newsletter Autumn 1996

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter. I do hope that you have all had a good growing season, whether it be exhibiting or garden work. The Summer seems to have been rather more kind to the plants this year, and red spider mite appears to be less of a problem, certainly in my collection.

I have been busy propagating as many varieties as possible, and you will see later in the newsletter that a limited range of named varieties should be available next year. I am sure that all those of you who received plants this year are attempting to build up stock.

The Annual Show saw an increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors. It was very pleasant for me to meet so many members who live away from the Midlands.

I am glad to say that this edition is not all my own work. Malcolm Macgregor has sent a report on the Scottish Shows and Ian Pickup visited the 'Open Day' at the National Collection in Surrey. Should these inspire other members to put pen to paper, may I remind you that the Spring newsletter is due out in April, so may I have any articles by March please.

Finally, a big thank-you to Mr Mark Roberts of Bouts Cottage Nursery for his help in publicising the Society and a thoughtful quotation from Mr Morris May's catalogue supplement, "The pansies, violas and violettas of the world are not ours to dispose of as we please. We must make it our duty to hold them in trust for other generations to follow"

Autumn 1996

Editorial News Show Pansies Annual Show
Mr Jackson Scottish Shows National Collection King's Heath
Plant Distribution

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