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This weekend I was initiated into the world of the Village Horticultural Show.  I’ve never really lived in a village, well apart from 3 years when I was a child, and in fact I still don’t.  However, I am a member of the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society which is just over the Malvern Hills from me and always has a good selection of speakers each year.  Back at the beginning of… Read More

Some regular readers will recall that back in May I plucked up the courage to enter some plants into the Malvern Spring Show Open Garden competition and I won a second prize.  The experience gave me some much needed confidence and so it didn’t take much to persuade me to have a go at entering an Alpine Garden Society show today. I had been dithering as usual and the Erodium I was… Read More

I have been wooed through the garden clubs I attend to enter the world of competitive plant shows.  My curiosity was raised last summer when I visited my first AGS show and this Easter I made the decision to compete in my AGS group’s show next Easter and ordered some miniature bulbs in readiness.  It was during a conversation at that show that I learnt about the ‘open garden’ competition at the… Read More

On Easter Monday I popped along to the local Alpine Garden Society’s plant show.  This was an annual show organised by the group I go to and not part of the national circuit but the standard of entries were still very high and I think many are entered into the national shows.  Above is Dionysia ‘Tess’, this is a plant I have only discovered since I joined the Alpine Garden Society and… Read More