National Viola and Pansy Society

Summer Newsletter 2001

The Annual Show

A full report of the show will appear in the Journal. However, having taken the risk of holding the show a month early we were well rewarded by one of the best displays seen in recent years. There were a number of new exhibitors, and the novice classes were closely contested by John Towning and George Soesan. George came out the winner by just a point, but both exhibitors staged blooms that could have taken their place in the open classes. Ian Pickup won his first Society medal for his fine exhibits of bedding varieties, he also staged a number of good exhibits of Florists pansies and violas as well as putting up a large number of his own seedlings; a number of which I am sure we shall see again as the stock is built up. It was once again our Chairman Fred Owen who took the George Robb trophy as the overall winner of the show. Each year regardless of the conditions Fred manages to stage exhibits in almost every class, and this is a most important contribution to the show.

The success of the show does not depend on any individual and it is thanks to those members who contribute to the team effort that our shows continue to grow and improve. Janette Warmer provided admirable refreshments for visitors and exhibitors, Ruth Barber looked after the sales, many of the plants were provided by Su Pickup, and Gerald Barber took care of the raffle. Tim Grace travelled down from Yorkshire to give us the benefit of his judging experience, and we are most grateful to him, and trust that he was impressed enough to want to return next year.

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