Friday September 17, 2021

Shows And Information

Written by SRGC


The SRGC runs various Shows a year both competitive and non-competitive. The majority of the shows take place from late March through to the middle of May this coincides with the peak flowering time for most Rock Garden and Alpine Plants which form the bulk of the exhibits.

SRGC Show and Events 2021 - all "face to face" 2021 events have  been cancelled  because  of the  corona virus pandemic. 


19th February: Early Bulb, Dunblane

19th March: Kendal Joint AGS/SRGC Show

26th March: Stirling (Dunblane) Show

2nd April: Hexham Spring joint AGS/SRGC Show

9th April: Edinburgh & the Lothians Show

16th April: Perth Show

30th April: Highland (Nairn) Show

7th May: Glasgow Show

21st May: Aberdeen Show

20th August: Dunblane Summer Event

8th October: Hexham Autumn joint AGS/SRGC Show

14th - 16th October: Discussion Weekend (Grantown-on-Spey at The Grant Arms)

As can be seen from the list the Shows are held at various locations around the country.

The Kendal, and Newcastle/Hexham (spring and autumn) Shows are jointly organised with the AGS and the Rules alternate between SRGC rules one year and AGS the next.

Many exhibitors travel around the country, often leaving home at ridiculous times, in order to exhibit their plants at the Shows - it must be fun!

Once at the Show Venue the plants are staged, in the various classes set out in the Show Schedule. The Show Schedules vary from Show to Show but their aim is to divide the plants into types groups or families in an attempt to make Judging easier with similar groups exhibited together.

There are also different sections for beginners and the more experienced to make things easy for the new exhibitors.

When all plants are exhibited by the deadline everyone except the Officials and the Judges must leave the Show Hall to allow the Judges to go to work.

Judges normally go round in groups of three and award First, Second and Third places in each class. Some classes are easily Judged but some particularly the multi-pan Classes can take some time to sort out. Once the Classes have all been Judged the Major Awards are decided the principal being the GEORGE FORREST MEDAL for the most meritorious plant in the Show. At around mid-day the Show is opened to the Members and Public alike the difference being that members get in free.

The Shows provide a real opportunity to see a wide range of Plants including many that are very rare or newly introduced to cultivation along with the old favourites. As well as being able to see the plants there is the chance to purchase a very wide range of unusual and rarely offered plants from the Club sales table and the specialist Nursery Stands that feature at all the Shows.

Art exhibits are also a feature of many of the Shows and the works are sometimes available for sale. Perhaps one of the best opportunities of the Shows is a chance to meet and talk with other growers and enthusiasts and a great deal can be learnt by both novice and expert.


Quick Links

The SRGC web site and forum is a large and valuable resource. Here are a few quick links to features you may find interesting!

Seedexchange: We list seeds of over 5000 species annually.

Journal: One of the world's best publications for rock gardeners.

Shows: Every year we hold shows in Scotland and in northern England.

Events: What's happening?

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