A New Venture for the Highland Rock Garden Club!
Announcing the first Scottish Rock Garden Club Show in the Highlands
Saturday 28 April will see the Highland Rock Garden Club has been holding its 44th annual Spring Flower Show and its first under the banner of the Scottish Rock Garden Club.
David Shaw, Show Secretary, explained “Up until now our Spring Flower Show has just had exhibitors from the Highland & Moray Rock Garden Clubs, this year visitors to the Show will have the opportunity to see plants exhibited by some of the top growers and showers in Scotland and Northern England. We already know that exhibitors are coming from Perth, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh to compete for the trophies and awards.”
John Owen, the Convener of the Highland Club, said “I am delighted that the HRGC is now going to be hosting a full Scottish Rock Garden Club Show; this is definitely a prestige event for us and the area”; whilst Show Secretary, Carol Shaw, stated that “I’m looking forward to seeing lots of superb exhibits at the Show, this is a real opportunity for gardeners from across the north of Scotland to come and see some stunning examples of rock garden and alpine plants”.
At the Show in 2011 Carol & David Shaw won the trophy for best plant in Show with an extremely floriferous Rupicapnos Africana but will they be able to beat the quality of some of the top Scottish growers? Only time will tell…
Jim Sutherland, the honorary president of the Highland Rock Garden Club, is in no doubt that this is a feather in the Club's cap as it proves that they have the ability to run a Show as good as those seen in the Central Belt.
As well as the actual Show there will be trade stalls offering plants that are not available from most nurseries. Kevock Garden Plants, the winner of a silver gilt medal at their first Chelsea Show last year and gold medal winners at Gardening Scotland, will be present offering the gardening public a rare opportunity to buy their plants. Ardfearn Nursery known in the local area as the best alpine nursery will also have a trade stand.
The doors will open at 10:30 when the plant sales, along with a display of floral paintings by the Nairn Arts Society, a stall of botanical books and a video showing a Chinese travelogue of plants recorded by Harry Janis, a Dutch grower and explorer, ensure there will be plenty to do prior to the opening of the actual Show at noon, once judging has finished.
The Scottish Rock Garden Club was founded in 1933 by a small group of enthusiasts who were interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants. There are now over 4500 enthusiastic members in 38 countries. The SRGC is the largest horticultural society in Scotland and considered by many to be the friendliest and most accessible in the World. The Club holds eleven flower shows in the North of England and Scotland, mostly in the spring.