Shrewsbury Flower Show, August 2006
Shrewsbury Flower Show is the oldest, still thriving, flower show in Britain. It has a less formal feeling than an RHS Flower Show and includes classes for individual entrants. Our exhibit was the same design as at Tatton, with one or two changes of trees to make the best of the material available. An educational element is taken into account in the judging of the Societies, so that also had to be included within our stand.
Several members of the society travelled to Shrewsbury on the day before the show to set up the stand and then stayed nearby until the end of the show. Unfortunately, the base provided was too high and therefore the trees were seen from the wrong height, which was disappointing. Nevertheless, we were awarded 3rd place in the "Societies" judging - the Shropshire Bonsai Society came 1st, so we were pleased that bonsai had been so successful when being judged against dahlias, begonias, cacti, etc. at a flower show.
In the six individual classes, we achieved 4 firsts, 2 seconds and 1 third place, with Simon winning the "Jean Ruff" Trophy for the third year running.
Once again we enjoyed the interaction with the public, and included a couple of demonstrations which created further interest. There were plenty of interesting distractions to be had in "time off" periods, with a show-ring holding such events as international show jumping, motorcycle displays, sky diving, and events for children, and a myriad of tempting stalls. The show finished both nights with a magnificent firework display.