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Gary

Members & their Greenhouses

Gary Dando
South West Area Representative

Part 1


Joy

Gary's magnificent display of begonias at the Shepton Mallet Show in September

                             
Pictures by Dave Coates

   Gary, the Area Representative for the South West, has been growing begonias for some twelve years. Before this he was a well known chrysanthemum grower and although not growing them any more is still Chairman of the North Somerset Society and an accredited and active judge.
   He is renowned in the South West for his magnificent begonia exhibits at major shows. Gary commenced showing at the Bristol Flower show, now discontinued, and then transferred to the National Amateur Garden Show held at the Bath and West Show Ground at Shepton Mallet and the Taunton Flower Show on one occasion. Over this time he has been awarded numerous gold and best in show awards.
   All this would not be possible but for the support of his wife, Joy, who oversees the display of the stand, sometimes up to 20’in length, and his many friends who assist with the loading and unloading.
   2008 saw a dramatic overhaul of his growing facilities. After many years, out went the two decrepit cedar wood greenhouses of many years standing (just about!) to be replaced by two new aluminium greenhouses. Additionally, the shade houses were completely rebuilt using Keeder plastic as covers. This has given height and light conditions that all the plants thrive on, particularly the Rex’s. All this would not have been possible but for the work put in by fellow begonia grower, John Chiswell, from nearby Midsomer Norton.
   We visited the day before the plants were loaded to go the Shepton Mallet Show held over the first weekend of September. This was a very difficult event as it coincided with torrential rain which caused the closure of the floral marquee on one occasion due to flooding. All the exhibitors had a torrid time but again, Gary was awarded large gold.
   These pictures show the range and quality of the plants, some 300, that Gary selects his display from. It was a truly wonderful sight this year.


Greenhouse complex


Benches


Benches


General view


Mist propagation area


Helen Jessica


Isabel Keenan


Rex house


General view


Falstaff


Fantasia


Springtime


"Reds"


Ruby Young


Mrs E. McClauchlan


Falstaff


David Blaise


Fireworks


Sals Moondust


Silver Lace

Part 2           Part 3           Part 4
Pictures and text by Basil Billinger   2008

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