Our second South Wales
was held at Wyevale Garden Centre
Swansea once again, on August Bank Holiday 2010.
In the absence of our Show Secretary Cliff Parker, due to illness,
Dorothy volunteered to step in and take responsibility as Show
Unbeknown to us, much of the paper work had previously been
completed by Cliff prior to his illness. However, we needed to ensure
that the paper work was in place. Jeff Rhodes, supplied much of what
was needed and even offered to travel down from the North to assist
Dorothy on the morning of the Show, for which we were most grateful.
However, Dorothy was confident that she would be able to cope.
Mike Avis also sent copies of what he had available. Dorothy
adapted her own techniques and set about, with quiet confidence, to
ensure everything would be right on the day.
After finally completing what was required, it emerged that there
was a box at Cliff's home, full of the necessary documentation
needed for the forthcoming Show.
It soon became obvious that the space which was allocated to us
the previous year by Wyevale, was going to be grossly insufficient,
as entries became to arrive .
Another eight tables were requested and Wyevale Staff fell over
backwards to accommodate our growing needs. Steve, the Wyevale
Assistant Manager, Mike the Horticulture Manager and especially Alan Ottesol, worked tirelessly to accommodate our every need.
The Show it seemed, was going to be much bigger and even better
than the previous year!!
On Sunday morning of the first day of the Show it was evident that
the quality and amount of exhibits were to exceed the previous
Show. The hanging baskets were superb and the Species were a
pleasure to see. The Double tuberous pot plants were exceptional and
the cut blooms were breathtaking.
Once again the public were spellbound by the magnificence of the
spectacle set before them. So much so, that another seventeen
members in total joined our growing ranks at the Show. At the height
of the Show there were no available spaces in the large Wyevale car
The Novice and Intermediate Classes also showed a tremendous
improvement in the standard and number of entries from last year.
Lorraine Rudd and Danny Davies entered several entries of Cliff
Parker's, on his behalf, which gained a first and a third. Derek
Bonner took best exhibit in the Novice and Intermediate Classes.
The novices in particular, have come a long way since last year.
The winners of the Three Pot Class, Chris and Sandra Davies,
exhibited three super pots, which were equal, if not better than any
that I have seen this year at any Show - such was their quality.
Ralph Trinder staged two six boards, which were the best that I
have seen for a long time. Alan Harris and other exhibitors were of
the same opinion. Well done Ralph what a splendid two - six boards.
Another, fantastic exhibit on display was a pot of Benochoma,
exhibited by Chris and Sandra Davies - wonderously enchanting.
Also exhibited by Chris and Sandra was a pot of Begonia Rex, Iron
Stone, which was adjudicated Best Exhibit in Show. Alan Harris
commented that it was the best example that he'd seen in many
years, such was it's splendour.
Many thanks to all those who once again supported our Area Show.
Arthur and Joyce James were kind enough to lend their Hanging Basket
Stands and to those who travelled from afar, including Terry Carr,
Harry Bird, Gary Dando, Mike Avis and John Chiswell.
A special thank you to our local members too, who worked extremely
hard, especially Denise Gregory, accompanied by Martyn Jons, who
seemed to have known most of the extra three and a half thousand
visitors who came to see our magnificent Show.
A big thank you to Danny Davies, who made the stands for our two
Welsh Champion display boards and all those who ensured that our
Show was once again a resounding success.
And of course, a big thank you to our two Judges, Alan Harris and
Andrew MacDougall for being so helpful and informative, to the
exhibitors and public alike.
Lastly, my special thanks go to Cliff our Area and Show Secretary
for preparing the Show material and to Dorothy for stepping in at
the last minute to take on the role of Show Secretary. We all wish
Cliff a speedy recovery.