Shrewsbury Flower Show, August 2007
Several members of the Society travelled down to Shrewsbury on the 9th, taking trees and materials for the stand, relieved that it wasn't raining! Our stand wasn't quite as we had hoped, but with the very co-operative members of the marquee staff, we were able to sort it out.
The main part of the exhibit was to be much the same as the RHS Show at Tatton Park in July, but we knew we had to improve on the educational part of our display to stand a chance of winning a prize. So a lot of time was spent putting up information sheets about all aspects of bonsai: growing and re-potting through to accent plants and scrolls. Examples of each aspect were shown - including the chicken manure pellets that many of us use for fertilizing our trees!
Once finished, we thought we had a good selection of different styles and species of trees in the main display, some with the 'wow' factor of age and size, and some which we hoped people would feel they could more realistically achieve, and also an interesting and informative educational section.
Various members of the Society were also entering trees in the six classes for individual entrants so these also had to be prepared and displayed before we left that evening.
On Friday morning we were delighted to find that between us we had achieved four firsts, two seconds and three third places in the individual classes, but the judges were still looking at the Society stands so we had to wait. Eventually we learnt that it had been a close run but the Cottage Gardens display had won and we were placed 2nd. We were disappointed not to win, but glad that bonsai had once again been in the winning three.
The two days of the Flower Show were once again enjoyable, the bonus for all being no rain!!