British National Carnation Society

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Shows / Events 2013

The British National Carnation Society Northern National Show Harrogate Autumn Show 2013

This most popular show which ran from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th September 2013 continues to be a favourite venue for many of our exhibitors as 23 attended and staged between them a total of 496 flowers. Whilst this number was well down on those staged over the preceding 2 years, this was not to be unexpected in light of the long cold winter and the cold spring. Unfortunately this long cold spell has impacted adversely on the quality of our flowers and the numbers available for all of our shows. Notwithstanding this, the majority of our exhibitors were able to produce flowers of excellent quality on the day and we once again enjoyed a show of the very highest standards.

Whilst the BNCS stage a Society display at the Harrogate Spring Show each year, this was the first time that we entered a display at the Autumn Show and I am delighted to say we were awarded the coveted ‘Premier Gold Medal’. Special thanks must go to Keith Mastaglio and Dennis Price who masterminded and designed the display and to Fay Seagrave and Joy Hayward for arranging the floral displays and to John and Carol Lusby for their support over the whole 4 days of the show.

This year we enjoyed a new winner of the prestigious Daily Mail Gold Cup in Bill Bonas from the North East who staged some cracking vases; in fact his 4 vases in classes A to D in the Gold Cup were each awarded first prize such was the quality of his flowers. Bill has previously entered this class and he has at last achieved his ambition to win it and win it in style I must say. Well done Bill, your perseverance and dedication to your growing methods has paid dividends and your win was well deserved.
Bill also won the Lockwood Cup for the best vase in Carnation classes 1 to 18 with a cracking set of ‘Claras Choice’ AND the Lady Hudson Cup for gaining most points in the same section.

Ivor Mace from the Rhondda who has won the Gold Cup over the preceding 6 years in succession was in second place with a very good set of blooms and no doubt Ivor will be back next year with his eye once again on the top spot.

The Pink classes were very much dominated by Jeff Sloan from Filey who won ten 1st prizes out of the available 19 on offer, a fantastic feat in itself but even more so when considering the difficult growing season we have had to endure. Jeff also won the Harrogate Trophy for most points in the show AND the Will Drake Memorial Cup for most points in the pinks section.

'The photographic competition was held once again and received 7 entries which must contain some reference to 'Dianthus'.
The competition was judged this year by Peter Taylor from Ilkeston and special thanks are extended to him for his support and enthusiasm for the competition.
Gordon Dowson from Bishop Auckland was able to repeat his win of 2012 and was awarded the 'J.S Brunton Trophy' and was also awarded 2nd prize for his entry depicting the composer Schubert alongside the carnation named 'Unfinished Symphony'
Fay Seagrave from County Durham was awarded third prize.'

Harrogate Show should be visited by all garden lovers as the needs and requirements of the small grower through to the serious and professional growers are well catered for and there is something for everyone.

A series of photographs of the Carnations show follow and a more detailed report will appear in the BNCS 2014 Year Book

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Some of Billy Bonas’s winning vases including his vase of 9 Clara’s Choice which won the Lockwood Cup.
Left, Billy receiving the prestigious Gold Cup and Lockwood Cup from the Societies President Ray Ingram.



Jeff Sloan won the Harrogate Trophy for most points in the show AND the Will Drake Memorial Cup for most points in the pinks section.
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Just one of Jeff's many winning vases.
Gordon Dowson being presented with his trophy for winning the photo competition, this is the second time Gordon has won this trophy.


Fay being presented with her prize and her wonderful exhibit