Forrest Medal Reports

The 'George Forrest Memorial' Medal is named after George Forrest, one of Scotland's foremost plant explorers collectors.

A bronze medal was instituted in the very early days of the club with the agreement of George Forrest's widow.  

A single silver medal was struck and gifted to Mrs Forrest to commemorate the institution of the award. 

The picture on the right shows a magnificent pan of Pleione  'Tongariro' which was awarded the Forrest medal at the 2019 Perth Show. The proud growers of this plant, Francis and Margaret Higgins from Berridale are also shown holding their Award card.

A Medal and Award Card are given to those producing an "outstanding exhibit" at each show.

The fact that a plant has to be outstanding is emphasised by the fact that an award need not be made at every show if no exhibit is outstanding enough to merit such an award.

The Medal is usually bronze, but an exhibitor is awarded a Silver Forrest Medal on the occasion of their 10th award.

As at 2019, only seven awards of Silver medals have been made.

However, in 2019 Cyril Lafong gained the magnificent achievement of winning 50 Forrest Medals, and in honour of this the Club decided to strike a Gold Medal, which was awarded to Cyril at the 2019 Early Bulb Show held in Dunblane.  

You can read a report of the award to Cyril which includes the award of a Dr Patrick Neill Medal for outstanding services to horticulture by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Some shows are run jointly by the Alpine Garden Society and the SRGC, and these are run under the rules of each society in alternate years. It has been agreed that the Alpine Garden Society equivalent medal (a Farrer Medal) is awarded rather than a Forrest Medal in the years when the AGS rules apply. These shows are marked with a "#" in the table below.

We are pleased that we have reports available which highlight the plants which have won the Forrest Medals for most of the Shows in recent years. These have been prepared in the main by Sandy Leven.  The club is most grateful for this permanent record of some wonderful plants.

Click on a bold date in the table below to open a pdf file of the relevant Medal Report.

2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Kendal/Blackpool (joint AGS) . Canc 14 Mar# 16 Mar 17 Mar# 18 Mar 12 Mar# 14 Mar15 Mar#16 Mar17 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 Mar
"Stirling" (at various locations)
     Professional Medal
14 May Canc Canc 23 Mar 24 Mar 25 Mar
25 Mar
19 Mar 21 Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 21 Mar
Hexham/Newcastle (joint AGS) 26 Mar Canc Canc 30 Mar# 14 Apr 1 Apr# 2 Apr 28 Mar# 29 Mar 13 Apr# 31 Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 28 Mar
Edinburgh & the Lothians9 Apr Canc Canc 13 Apr 7 Apr 8 Apr9 Apr@11 Apr 12 Apr 6 Apr14 Apr 2 Apr10 Apr4 Apr
Perth 16 Apr Canc Canc 20 Apr 21 Apr 15 Apr16 Apr 18 Apr19 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 9 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr
Highland (Nairn)No ShowCancCancNo Report28 Apr29 Apr30 Apr25 Apr26 Apr27 Apr28 AprNo ShowNo ShowNo Show
Glasgow6 MayCancCanc4 May5 May6 May7 May2 May3 May4 May5 May7 May1 May2 May
Aberdeen 21 May Canc Canc 18 May 19 May 20 May 14 May 16 May No Show No Show ?? May ??May 15 May16 May
Hexham/Newcastle (joint AGS)
.Canc5 Oct6 Oct#7 Oct8 Oct#10 Oct11 Oct#12 Oct13 Oct8 Oct9 Oct10 Oct
Discussion w/end (various locations)
Canc Canc 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 29 Sept 23 Sept 1 Oct 3 Oct
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Notes: @ denotes a show where the plant did not gain a Forrest Medal because the rules state that a plant can only win once per year.  This plant thus gained a "Best in Show" instead.
            # denotes a Farrer Medal awarded at joint shows, rather than a Forrest Medal.
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