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.
Summary of Spring Show Schedule Changes for 2019
Our Spring Show in 2019 will be on Saturday 6th April at Aston Clinton School. Here is a list of some of the amendments to the schedule
Section 1 (daffodils) –
Class 1 Grow for Show is Rapture division 6y/y plant as many bulbs in a pot measuring a maximum of 12 inches (30cms) in diameter. Judged for effect.
Single Bloom classes as Follows.7,8,9,13,14,15,19,21,29,31,34,38 exhibitors may enter
Two entries per class this will include all single bloom classes and the Village Pink,
Society bloom Sophie Girl Division 2 w/p
Also, the Penrice Cup this year Hungarian Rhapsody Division 11a w/p
The rules on the Novice Class Section one daffodils this has been change to state that you can exhibit in the Novice section provided that you have not won Two years in a row
Class 33 (The Pauline Rust Daffodil Trophy) is now restricted to those who live Aston Clinton, Buckland or Drayton Beauchamp
Class 34 (The Society's Bloom) is Sophie Girl 2 w/p (two entries allowed)
Class 35 New this year kindly donated by Ralph & family
The Elizabeth Cup. Three Daffodils Division 1 to 4 Exhibitors choice staged in one vaserestricted to those who live in the villages
Class 38 (Penrice Cup) is one bloom of Hungarian Rhapsody 11a w/p (two entries allowed
Section 2 (Spring Flowers) – N0 CHANGES
Section 3 (Floral Art) –
Class 52 the NOVICE class this year will read as follows – in a boot
Class 55 Floral Art - the theme is Spring time in Paris to fit the standard niche 24” x 24”
Class 56 an arrangement in Trug max width 24” x 30”
Section 4 (Domestic) –
Class 66 Simnel cake as per recipe
Section 5 (Children) –
Class 73 Children 9 to 14 years photo class entitled Pet or Pets Photo 6'' x 4''
Section 6 (Handicraft) please note Photography now has its own Section i.e. Section 7
Class 77. A Hand-Knitted article (class number change only)
Class 78. An item of embroidery or cross - stitch (class number change only)
Class 79. A Drawing or painting, any topic any medium (class number change only) Max 24”x 26”
Class 80. An item made of wood (class number change only) Not to exceed 24” x 24” x 24”
Classes 81 |& 82 Intentionally left blank for future use
Section 7 new section for photography
Class 83 Coloured photograph Any animal/s, bird/s, or insect/s, not to exceed 8” x 6”
mounted not framed
Class 84 Coloured photograph “Reflections”, Not to exceed 8” x 6”
Mounted not framed
Class 85 Mobile phone photograph “Capturing the moment”, Not to exceed 8” x 6”
Mounted not framed
Class 86 intentionally left blank
A copy of the 2019 schedule and entry form can be found below.
The report for the 2018 Spring Show held on Saturday 7th April can found below -
A guide on daffodil classifications and growing and showing tips can be found below -