Alpine Garden Society Show

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.

Iris displays

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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.

Snowdrop displays

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Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg’

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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!

Crocus displays

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Cyclamen display

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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.

Dionysia displays

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Dionysia tapetodes

Dionysia tapetodes

One of our work colleagues exhibited a Narcissus and won first prize – nice one Carl!

Carl’s winning display

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Other favourite displays

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Primula allionii ‘Peter Burrow’

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. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Alpine Garden Society Show

  1. Wonderful Becka! I do understand the metaphor. My kids always teased that mom wasn’t to be allowed in bookstores or art supply shops. 😉 xx

    Once again, those snowdrops blow me away. Someday, I hope to see more than a photo of those.

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  2. I love alpines and you feature one of my favourite of all flowers, the miniature iris. What a wonderful opportunity to be at a show and learn what the judges look for in a winning display! A lovely post! Thank-you, Becka 🙂

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    • Thank you! The displays were just sensational, every plant was pristine – it was a joy to see. There are hundreds and hundreds of different types of snowdrops out there, “galanthophiles” is the term used to refer to people who are really nerdy about them. I’m not quite that obsessed. . . yet! 😉 x

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