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Shows And Information


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The SRGC runs thirteen 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 Dates  - click here     

SRGC Show Schedules for each show in 2017:  here


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

The Kendal, Northumberland and Newcastle 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.

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The SRGC full 2017 Show Schedules -HERE

and individual schedules are available here

 

 

 2017 show dates

Only dates are given here - the Show Schedules, linked above,  contain all details of venues and times of the shows  

 

SRGC Show Dates for 2017


Dunblane Early Bulb Display 18th February
Kendal 18th March

Stirling Show (Kincardine) 25th March

Hexham  1st April - new contact : Angus Thompson, The Old Garden House, Belsay Hall, Belsay, Northumberland NE20 0DX   
Telephone 01661 881240   Email: Angus.Thompson
@agsgroups.org

 Edinburgh  8th April
 Perth 15th April

 Highland Show (Nairn)  29th April
 Glasgow 6th  May
 Aberdeen 20th May
 Summer Event (Dunblane) 19th August

 Aberdeen Late Bulb Day 23rd September
 Newcastle (Ponteland) 7th  October
 Discussion Weekend 14 October

 SRGC AGM 11th November

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