Tuesday July 07, 2020

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 2020 - click here for full schedule or see below for dates.  

Individual show schedules for the events  can be found  here

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.


The SRGC full 2020 Show Schedules - HERE

and individual schedules are available - HERE


22 February: Early bulb, Dunblane
14 March: Kendal joint AGS/SRGC show
21 March: Dunblane show
28 March: Hexham Spring joint AGS/SRGC show
4 April:  Edinburgh & the Lothians show
18 April:  Perth show
25 April:  Highland (Nairn) show
2 May:  Glasgow show
16th -18th May David  Boyd  Event   in Mull - corrected date.
23 May:  Aberdeen show
29th -31st  May Gardening  Scotland  Show 
15 August: Dunblane Summer event
19th September Late  Bulb Display, Aberdeen
26 September: Hexham Autumn joint AGS/SRGC show -
9-11 October: Discussion Weekend, Grantown on Spey
14 November  AGM

   Only dates are given here - the Show Schedules, linked above, 

   contain all details of venues and times of the shows    



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