I spent today helping out at the Alpine Garden Society South Wales show. It was a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day, surrounded by plants and plant lovers.
Me and my flatmate/work colleague/fellow horticultural student Becky(!) met Bob and Rannveig Wallis last week when we visited their alpine nursery. They gave us a fantastic tour of their glasshouses and polytunnels, they specialise in bulbs – the glasshouse of Galanthus, aka snowdrops, was particularly impressive. They mentioned the upcoming AGS show and invited us to help out on the day which we accepted of course.
Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg’
We met so many like-minded, enthusiastic people, exhibitors who were taking part in the competition side as well as various nurseries who were selling a fabulous variety of plants. I came away with two plants, Becky wasn’t quite as restrained and ended up buying seven! We were like kids in a sweet shop!
We spent the morning stewarding the judges, which basically involved recording the results of the show and labelling the exhibitors cards with 1st, 2nd and 3rd stickers. It was interesting to hear what sort of things the judges were looking for, some of the minute details they were discussing was unbelievable – yet those were the factors which were the difference between a 1st and a 2nd.
One of our work colleagues exhibited a Narcissus and won first prize – nice one Carl!
Carl’s winning display
Other favourite displays
Primula allionii ‘Peter Burrow’
We were given a free lunch for helping out, all in all it was a great day. I took photos of my favourite displays from the competition which I’ve included throughout this post – hope you enjoyed them. 🙂