Following such a successful show the previous week at Loughborough, Blackpool might have struggled to deliver the goods, but the momentum of what many believes is the result of an extremely cold winter was there for all to see and the quality and quantity of exhibits was outstanding.
Too often displays by local members are relegated to the latter stages of a report, but Syd Cumbus’s (Lancaster) Photographic display of Yunnan Alpines received a well deserved Gold Award and deserves prime spot. The public seemed particularly taken with the display that lit up the hall.
Continuing his winning streak from last week David Hoare (Lyminge) took the AGS Medal in Class 1 with a stunning 6 pans of Saxifraga. He had travelled all the way from Kent, what dedication! David keeps his Saxifragas in his Alpine House all year round, but no trace of drawn foliage was evident.
Besides winning the Premier Award Geoff Rollinson (Holmfirth) also had a splendid Saxifraga Coolock Kate in class 23 that had intense coloured pink flowers in complete contrast to its stable mate the white flowered Coolock Gem.
3 Certificates of Merit were awarded to Robin Pickering (Goole) for Cyclamen coum, Robert Rolfe (Nottingham) for Saxifraga x dinninaris and to Derek Pickard (Stockton-on-Tees) for Dionysia bryoides. All needless to say, supreme examples of skilled cultivation and presentation.
The 80th Anniversary Award (best plant in a 19cms pot)was won by Alan Furness (Hexham) with a deep coloured Fritillaria gibbosa with several flowering stems. It also gained Alan the Duncan Lowe Award.