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 SHOW SECRETARY'S REPORT

Show News from the South West.

   Once again its good to report that 2013 was a very good show season down here in North Devon. There were good exhibits in Tuberous, non-tuberous and Foliage Begonias at most of the main local shows.

   The Bideford Cacti & Pot Plant Club Show was moved to the 3rd. Sunday in August to avoid other shows, and that really proved a good move. Entries were good in pot classes for Begonias with an average of 4 per class, and only the novice class not achieving any entries, a total of 80 pots and 4 baskets, however Cut Blooms were a bit down with just 44 blooms staged. The recent extremes of temperature have destroyed the chances of many would be exhibitors, including some well known growers, such as John Chiswell, Dave Payne and Wally Lloyd

   We were however delighted to see continued support of exhibitors from South Wales, Wiltshire and North Somerset who made the long trip to exhibit. Some faced 5 hour journeys both ways with motorway problems. Itís great to see top class exhibits travelling to our show and we welcome the competition. There were some very good exhibits in both pot and cut blooms and the NBS rosettes went to very worthy winners. The best pot rosette and bronze medal went to Ian Rhys Williams our new NBS Chairman with a pot of Rocheart in the class for 3 Begonia Rex, he was also awarded the best exhibit in the South West NBS Show for the 1st prize exhibit in the same class. In the cut blooms, it was a return to show by Derek Bonner with a Falstaff in his 6 bloom entry,

   I have to thank all those who staged for their support, with Ken Davis coming to us for the first time with cut blooms and taking the single bloom first prize as well as staging some very good exhibits in the other classes.

   Thanks to Andrew McDougall for judging the NBS Begonia section for us. It was good to welcome him back to our show again and as always his judging was excellent.

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