Spring Show

Our very first Spring Show was in 1996. We had been talking about the possibility of running a Spring show for some time; the Summer Show being a very long established event on our horticultural calendar. At that time we had a well respected member of our committee, Violet Rolfe, who had for some time been urging us to consider establishing this second show to take place at the beginning of April. She had a great love of Spring flowers and with her enthusiastic support we went ahead with the plan. Violet gave us our first trophy which was awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in the daffodil classes. It is ‘The Violet Rolfe Daffodil Shield’ and is still awarded to this day.

For the first few years the show was quite small and it took place in the Anthony Hall. As its reputation grew as a fine daffodil show it attracted a few skilled exhibitors from far and wide. In the meantime we ran workshops to help our members to develop their skills when growing and staging their daffodils and our local talent increased.   Soon it had to be moved to the Aston Clinton School as exhibitors increased in number and it became a popular event for the families in the villages to attend.

As always, the weather leading up to the event plays a big part in the success of the Spring Show. With very cold weather, it is a real challenge to bring the daffodil flowers to exhibition quality, and when the weather is mild it is difficult to hold them back!! Thank goodness there are other really enjoyable aspects of the Show such as the popular plant sale, refreshments and of course the domestic, handicraft, floral art and children’s sections to enjoy.




A copy of the 2017 schedule and entry form can be found below.


Spring Show Schedule 2017

Spring Show Entry Form 2017


Daffodil Classiffication & Growing Tips





Daffodil Section

Grow for show won by Philip Bailey with a pot of Hawera

The Pre-Junior Daffodil Shield won by Oscar Bradley

The Junior Daffodil Shield age 6 to 13 Won by Charles Wallis

The Doug Warr Novice Trophy Won by Francis Farley

The Martin Johnston Daffodil Shield best in Div 11 Won by Sue Lipscomb

The Violet Rolfe Daffodil Shield (most points in show section one) Won by Ralph Weston

The Pink Daffodil Trophy Won by Dave Wallis (village trophy)

Six Daffodils the Village Six Won by Ken Halls (village trophy|)

The Pauline Rust Trophy Won by Sue Lipscomb Div 5, 6, 7 & 8

The Society Bloom Won by Graham Thirkettle

Single Daffodil in a Pot (Voucher) Won by Philip Bailey

The White Daffodil Cup Won by Graham Thirkettle

The Frank Pullin Cup Won by Graham Thirkettle (div 3)

The Penrice Cup Won by Sue Lipscomb

The Masters Trophy Won by Graham Thirkettle

The Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for Best Bloom in Show won by Graham Thirkettle with Jump Start 1y/y

Spring Flower Section

The Spring Cup for Flowers Won by Elizabeth Weston

The John Seaton Tulip Cup Won by Jacqueline Connell & Sue Lipscomb

The Village Tulip Won by Tom Allen

The Stewkley Cup (for hellebores) Won by John Seaton

Floral Art Section

The George White Floral Art Shield awarded to Francis Farley

Domestic Section

The Lorna Price Domestic Challenge Plate awarded to Elizabeth Weston

Children Section

The Lorna Price Children’s under 5 trophy Won by Oscar Bradley

The Lorna Price Children’s 6 to 8 trophy Won by Phoebe Bax

The Savigar Cup Children 9 to 13 Won by Megan Bax

Handicraft Section

The Park Farm Handicraft Challenge Plate awarded to Rosalind Nicholls