A very good show by members of the Scottish Rock Garden Club was held in the Community Centre of Saturday 30th of last month. As well as local members exhibitors came up from the Central Belt and Lothians to make the centre seem even brighter than the sun outside. Whilst the exhibitors from south of the Grampians included some of the clubs most experienced growers, local members managed to hold on to all but two of the trophies available for competion. The most prestigious award is the Forrest Medal and awarded to the best plant in the show. For the second year running this was collected by ‘local’ Margie and Francis Higgins from Berridale who showed a beautiful example of Benthamalia patagonica, a very difficult plant to grow, let alone flower, from the mountains of Patagnia. Small but absolutely delightful could describe Tina Finch’s, Nairn, Primula scotica being judged the best plant in Section II. A Certificate of Merit indicates that a plant is of high quality but not quite up to the standard of the Forrest Medal plant; Tina was awarded two such certificates, one for the Primula and a second for a Ranunculus amplexicaulis.
As well as a colourful display of plants in the show hall there were plant of plants to buy in the sales area and visitors were seen leaving with large bags full after enjoying the teas and bakes provided by the sports club. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the show, from Nairn, Aberdeen, Perth and Alaska. Yes, I did mean Alaska; an SRGC member over in Scotland for business/pleasure made the trip. Altogether a satisfying day for the local club who ran the show. Many thanks to all our helpers and visitors and also to The Community Centre and the Gurn for publicising the event.
Some pictures from David below.