Our Friends in the North

I must begin with a thankyou to Malcolm McGregor for taking the trouble to inform me of what has happened in Scotland this year.

Things were not looking well, with no Ayr Flower Show, the Scottish Society were deprived of their major showcase. Then came the sad news of the passing of John Johnston. An outstanding grower and exhibitor, you could pick out his blooms and plants from the far end of the show hail, he was always a source of encouragement and sage advice. His blooms were shown posthumously at the Glasgow Evergreen Show, and of course there were red cards

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I was pleased to hear that William Wallace put up the best exhibit with 12 Show Pansies, including a seedling of distinct colour break. Good news indeed, as there is a great need for more distinct varieties in this class.

I am told that the Scottish Society is now very short of members, showing and otherwise. We must hope that this decline is not terminal and in fact less than ten years ago our own society was in a similar position

Therefore, seeing what is possible, there must be a good reason for optimism, and to that end we as a society offer whatever help and support we can.

To finish on a brighter note, a big 'Thank You' is due to Su Floyd. Along with Dave Wilson she is working away at nursery work in Helensburgh. However, she is a computer wizard and is responsible for setting up and maintaining this, our society website, which is -


This has been responsible for much publicity for the Society, and has led to a wealth of new contacts, sources of information and membership. Su gives freely of her time and expertise, an important contribution to the running of this Society.

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