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Leading the way with Dianthus

British National Carnation Society

Shows / Events 2013

Border Carnation - Baron Mystic

Phil Cross with 'Baron Mystic'.

More Borders from Phil Cross, namely Bofield Emily,

Spinfield Leslies's Scarlet and Emjay.

Perpetual  - Mary Ann Morgan.  

Shown by Ivor Mace

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

The British National Carnation Society

Harrogate Autumn Show 2013


Although exhibits were down on previous years, the standard of exhibit was still very high.

The stand won much admiration from the judges and the public and won the coveted Premier Gold Award

Above and Right

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.


Far Left

Ivor Mace’s super bowl of P/FS deservingly winning a Silver Medal Card


Ivor being awarded his Medal Card from Ray.

Left, Reg Willis winning Best Bloom with a very nice Joanne’s Highlight.

Reg being presented with a Silver Medal Card by Ray.

Right, a beautiful seedling by Barrie Gamble


An absolute stunning winning bloom of Kristina shown by Olive Peel and a deserved winner of the novice class.



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.  Just one of Jeff's many winning vases.

Above centre

Gordon Dowson being presented with his trophy for winning the photo competition, this is the second time Gordon has won this trophy.

Joint  Yorkshire Carnation Society AND British National Carnation Society

Annual General Meetings

Held on

Saturday 2nd March 2013

At the:

Glapwell Village Centre, Glapwell, Mansfield.

By Editor


As previously advertised, the above event took place as planned with a total of 48 members of the Yorkshire Carnation Society and the British National Carnation Society gathered for this joint A.G.M.  The day was a great success and the day commenced at 10.30am when YCS Chairman Chris Simkins called everyone to order and the day was underway. Upon conclusion of this particular event a buffet lunch was served courtesy of the Yorkshire members.

At 12.00pm in the absence of BNCS President Peter Booker, acting President Mr Hylton Oberst called order and the second AGM commenced, concluding at 1.30pm at which juncture guest speaker Mr Ivor Mace presented his new power point presentation which had been eagerly awaited.

Ivor, a retired College Head Gardener by profession and a distinguished college lecturer kept the audience enthralled throughout his 2 hour presentation during which time he answered numerous questions along the way.  Ivor remains one of the finest growers of perpetual flowering carnations in the Kingdom and currently holds the BNCS record for his 6 wins of the Daily Mail Gold Cup Trophy awarded annually at the Harrogate Autumn Show each September.  Following a lifetimes work employed within the Horticultural industry Ivor has a solid foundation of experience growing and showing Onions, Leeks, Large Flowered Late Exhibition Chrysanthemums, Roses and last but by no means least Perpetual Flowering Carnations.  His lectures or what can best be described as ‘Master classes’ are always in great demand with members from most of the above mentioned Societies prepared to travel extensively to hear him speak.

Today was no exception and his timing, delivery and humour were delivered to the high standards we have come to expect from one of the best amateur growers in the United Kingdom.  Sadly Ivor has intimated that he is tiring of extensive travel from South Wales and henceforth the majority of his lectures will be delivered in and around his home in Wales.

Both Societies wish to extend grateful thanks to Ivor for travelling from Wales to attend this joint function.

In addition to Ivor’s input, Dargem Carnations were present offering for sale some lovely plants of  pinks, border carnation and perpetual carnations which were disappearing from the tables at a rapid rate of knots.

The day concluded at 5pm, following a hot pie and pea dinner with fruit pie for desert and all this for the excellent value of £5 per member.

Sincere thanks to all members of both Societies for taking time out to attend and support both events.

Grateful thanks are also extended to Daryl Harris from Dargem Carnations for sourcing and preparing the food during the event and to Barry Hogg and Fay Seagrave for valuable assistance and support provided on the day.


The Society held its first show at the Derbyshire County Show on Sunday June 23rd. This show is both Agricultural and Horticultural and has a wide variety of entertainment ranging from the local Hunt, Vintage Cars, Dog shows and even a large fun fair spread over many acres of fields but what concerned the Society were the two marquees that were the Floral marquee and our own marquee for holding our show first BNCS show of the year.

By midmorning both marquees were the height of activity; in the floral marquee the ladies led by Joy were staging the BNCS stand and in the other tables were being set up in readiness for the exhibitor’s arrival. Word had already been spread that the majority of our exhibitors reporting their plants are anywhere from three to four weeks behind where they should be due to the cold period in early spring, so it was no real surprise to find only 6 exhibitors had Pinks to show. Special thanks to Tony Derrick, Mike Graves and Barrie Gamble who staged his own and Tony and Mike’s flowers as they themselves were unable to attend. Grateful thanks also to Marie Jane Roberts, Ray Ingram and Phil Cross for staging some wonderful flowers which collectively made for a very fine show indeed. Marie Jane won sections A and B and was presented with the Marquis Cup and the Lindabruce Cup by our President Ray Ingram( A full report will appear in the 2014 Year Book) and to both our show judges Roy Holden and Ray Knight who remain strong and loyal stalwarts of our Society, I send to each of you the grateful thanks of our members for having risen that morning at 4am and arriving at the show ground for 6am fully prepared for judging duties. It would also be remiss of me not to also mention that we also extend our most sincere thanks to Gary Hammerton, who not only managed the show but also stayed overnight on site so that the judges could be welcomed on their arrival for judging. I must also make reference to the wonderful new seedlings grown and sent by Tony Derrick, which were simply out of this world and will I am sure be on all pink growers ‘wanted lists’ in the near future. Several of which carried off Silver Medal Cards and I was particularly taken by one named Cultivar “Premier League” which I am sure will be a huge winner in the future. I also liked the vase of Anders Carnival, a superb example.

We also thank Joy and all of the Ladies who assisted in staging the BNCS stand in the Floral marquee entitled ‘Flowers for all Occasions’ which was awarded a Silver Gilt award. We also thank Fay Seagrave, Dennis Price and Nev Smith, for all their assistance in running the show. The Ladies did a fantastic job of creating baskets for sale during the day by using up spare blooms and they were all sold as quickly as they were made, together with our Silver Gilt Award and with the sale of plants and blooms this helped to swell the Society coffers and ensure that putting on such displays at both Harrogate and Derby remain ‘cost neutral’ for the Society.

I must make reference to a floral art exhibit staged by Fay Seagrave in the open floral art section of the show which was absolutely wonderful and was rightly awarded the runner up to Best in Show and earned Fay a lovely plate by way of reward.


The Society had the use of two Marquees, one for our floral stand and one for the Society show.

Mrs Roberts being awarded one of her Trophies by Ray Ingram BNCS President.

Right, just one of Marie's many winning vases.

Below, Anders Carnival.


Fay being presented with her prize and her wonderful exhibit