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British National Carnation Society

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President Mr M Woodfield Vice President Mrs D Watson Chairman Mr Vic Wilkes Secretary Mrs A Attwood Treasurer Mr J Thurstan Show Secretary Mrs M Curzan

Birmingham and District Carnation Society - Show Reports 2012

By Margaret Curzon (Show Secretary)

13th Open Pink Show on 9th June 2012

This year was the 40th Anniversary of Erdington Methodist Church Centre where this show was held, and there was an exhibition about the history of Methodism in Erdington within the church, with the Pink Show being held in the large hall. All this activity brought a good number of visitors to the show but this year’s weather brought chaos to the plants so there were fewer flowers on display. Early sunshine gave hope to members but the cold wet weather which followed halted their development so that the buds did not open in time for the show. There were only 30 entries on the bench a valiant effort from 5 exhibitors. P. Mumford was the judge again this year.
The Silver Medal Card for the most points in classes 1 to 30 and the Silver Medal Card for the Best Bloom were awarded to Mr. N. A. Qureshi

53rd Annual Show on 15th July 2012

Members struggled against the weather determined not to be beaten by the wet and cold. The result was a much smaller show with 9 Exhibitors putting a total of 94entries on the bench.

Classes Entries
Borders 1--30 Non
Perpetuals 51--92 10
Pinks 93--136 75
Trophy 137--145 6
Miscellaneous 149--153 3

Birmingham Show Cup for most points in show M J Roberts
Neil Smythe Cup for the Premier Perpetual Bloom J Thurstan
Hope Challenge Cup for the highest total points in the
Perpetual section classes 51-78. J Thurstan
Donovan Cup for the highest total of points in the Pinks classes 93-122 – M J Roberts
Woodfield Salver for premier pink stem M J Roberts
Tickle Trophy for 2 vases of 5pinks M J Roberts
Westbourne Trophy for bowl of 25 pinks (max) M J Roberts

Birmingham Annual Garden Show 1st & 2nd September2012

Birmingham City Council offered a grant to the local amateur societies to organize this event. A committee was formed and all appeared to be going well, but three weeks before the show the committee was informed that the ground in King’s Heath Park was so soft that if the show went ahead as planned it would inevitably result in considerable damage estimated at £17,000 to £20,000. Not surprisingly, the Committee decided to cancel the show. Then Bordesley Green Allotments Association offered their site as an alternative venue. The Show was cut down to fit the smaller area. Local radio stations were contacted and representatives went on air to inform the public of the change, and the papers were informed. Sadly, in spite of all these efforts many went to King’s Heath Park unaware of the changes. If you were one of those disappointed visitors, please accept our sincere apologies.
Though it was too late to re-organize the Carnation show the Society did have a table with a display of flowers and plants. There were a good number of visitors who all seemed to enjoy the show.
Discussions are taking place in the hope of having a show in King’s Heath Park for 2013.