National Viola and Pansy Society Newsletter Spring 1997

My First Flower Show - Ever !

Although being a relatively new member of the Society, I was encouraged to enter the Annual Show last July. Never having exhibited before, in any Flower Show. 1 was more than a little apprehensive. However, I proceeded to read up all I could on display techniques and find out what equipment would be necessary.

I experimented with a few boxes for single, treble and six exhibits, using guidance from a fellow member and details from Rodney Fuller's book. I also managed to track down some glass tubing for single displays.

I felt out of my depth on how actually to display the Violas and Pansies I had grown. However, on the day I benefited from tips and encouragement from experienced members.

On reflection though, I feel that I would benefit from a practical demonstration and talk on the ways to display exhibits to their best advantage. Comments overheard at the Show reinforced this, as I heard people say that even if a bloom was less than perfect, if it was well presented then this would enhance the effect and perhaps make a difference to the points given by the judge.

I feel sure that there are other members of the Society who would be interested in a demonstration and ultimately this would encourage more people to enter the Annual Show. To this end, with the help of the Secretary, I hope to be able to produce a short video demonstrating the techniques of grooming and showing flowers to best advantage. This should then be available on loan.

John Warmer.

Spring 1997

Secretary's Notes Nursery News Cultural Notes Society News
Bits and Pieces Plant Profiles New Varieties Pansy, Viola and Violetta
My First Show! Thinking of Showing?

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