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Leading the way with Dianthus

British National Carnation Society

Welcome to the BNCS website

The website will be your view into the BNCS along with the Yearbook and Newsletters.  We hope you find your visits to the website interesting and informative.  If you would like to join the society we have a membership page with full details scroll down the menu on the left for the link

Electrical Safety First

We are always looking for ways to help protect ourselves from accidents in the garden.  Electrical Safety First formely the Electrical Safety Council have introduced a website which may be of some help in preventing accidents in the garden and the home



Still a good reference on what is being shown


Harrogate 2019 Autumn Show

We had a new team erecting the stand for the Autumn show, Peter and Kathy Booker decided to try a full Floral Display and I am delighted to say they won a prestigious Gold Medal they were ably assisted by Peter Lax and Hazel Hare with thanks to Tony Booker for artwork and draft design.  The theme was a Rainbow to show the beautiful colours Carnations have achieved over the Seventy years of the BNCS.  It was decided to help a very worthy cause in the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity over the period of the show.

Site created & maintained by Dennis Price


NEWS update

Taking into account the situation with the pandemic it is with regret the BNCS has had to cancel the following events.

2020 AGM which was rescheduled for March 2021

There will be no display or stand at Harrogate Spring Show 2021

The early show at RHS Harlow Carr

The BNCS championship classes with the Lancs & Cheshire Carnation Soc., Yorkshire Carnation Soc. & The Great North Carnation Soc.

Old Varieties

Due to the growing number of requests to find cultivars and the limited space on the home page and the Faq's page The cultivar search has a page of it's own Please check regularly

Thank You


Go to the new International page for an in depth insight into Pinks in Japan from our member Mr. Munenori Hosoya.

NEW! 5th August 2018: We have now received a second article from Mr Hosoya regarding production of Carnations through history in Japan available to view on International Page 1


International Page 2 has an article from Mr. Al Maas from Michigan USA

A list of topics members may be interested in


Photo  Gallery

The editors are building a comprehensive gallery of dianthus cultivars small at the moment but plans are for it to be an extensive feature.



News from our affiliate societies



Keith Mastaglio will be trying out methods of growing our favourite blooms then passing on his findings to you


Keiths Articles

Detailed information on carnations and pinks


Members Articles

From some of the best known growers and exhibitors in the UK


Floral Art

We now have a section devoted to this subject you can access the pages from the link below the menu


Latest News

Check the NEWS page for latest developments



The BNCS is in the process of updating their classification lists to assist exhibitors in placing their blooms at the BNCS shows.  This will always be a work in progress

New classification booklet now on Classifications page

This booklet is there to aid exhibitors and is not compulsory

Our publication GROWING and SHOWING with the EXPERTS

is now back in stock

Details on the SALES page

Photos from 2019 Supreme championship classes held at the area show along with some other excellent blooms and stems

!BNCS Emergency Newsletter!

Please use this link to view newsletter

Important information to all BNCS members

and those wishing to join the society.


A gentle reminder that your membership is due to be renewed at the end of December. The membership form can be found in the membership section

If you wish to become a member of the society, please find the application form in the membership section

For the society to continue to function and improve,  members are requested to consider joining the BNCS Council. At the present time all meetings are online. If you are interested please contact the secretary on

Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement.

Ivor Mace Living Diary


Extensive article from Ivor a must to read if you wish to know more about how Ivor operates and his views

Reference Files

These files are information for reference to the BNCS and growing Dianthus