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National Viola and Pansy Society
Journal 2001

Southport Flower Show

What was once the premier show for violas and pansies, and has been through some very lean times in these classes, has made something of a comeback. It really started a couple of years ago with the interest of John Stringer and this year we saw three society members exhibiting. Messrs Roskell and Linley put up some fine exhibits, the latter taking the best in show with a delightful basket. I hope that these two will be able to come and put exhibits on the bench at next year's society show. Tim Grace was the judge and he was pleasantly surprised to see so many proper exhibition varieties, among which were several relatively new seedlings. I must admit to a little glow of pleasure in watching another grower put varieties onto the bench that I have raised. There were two new classes, or rather one new and one reintroduction. A six board for Show Pansies, in the hope of starting a little revival, and the basket class, once the real hightlight of the exhibits. Only two this year but if this has raised a little interest then I am sure there will be more in the future. I do not think that the days of large displays will ever return, but it is comforting to see some progress in the quantity and quality of blooms on show.

Journal 2001

Editorial Annual Show News from Scotland Census results
Green Goddess Notes from a Novice International Register Awkward Beasts
Naming Nursery News Ray Frost Tailpiece