The National Society was formed at Stoke Newington, England in 1846. In 1996 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the society the Scottish Group marked the occasion with the publication of 'Chrysanthemum Celebration'. In this publication many of our growers describe the methods they use for their particular favourites.
Welcome to Chrysanthemum Celebration.
At a time when I hear so many gloomy predictions concerning the future growing of exhibition chrysanthemums in Scotland I find myself reassured, not so much by the contents of this splendid book, but by the enthusiasm of the exhibitors who have contributed to its success. Some of them have been in the hobby long enough to remember the George MacLeods and Bronze Early Buttercups of the late 50s, others who joined in the 60s were immediately mesmerised by the sheer beauty of the Ermines and Evelyn Bushes of that time.
Those who became involved in more recent times have been greatly influenced by the large Intermediates and by the wide range of modern Spray varieties. As you read this book you will identify some variations in the cultural techniques employed by each contributor, but I suggest that this is somewhat cosmetic. Their strength lies not in their methods but in their tremendous enthusiasm. They write about the growing and exhibiting of their favourite flower but make no mention of the distances that are travelled to the shows, and sometimes during the same weekend to other venues to assist in the judging.
They serve on local and national committees and are always in demand as lecturers. They are the backbone of the Chrysanthemum movement in Scotland and the Scottish Group and it's associated societies are indebted to them and others like them who for one reason or another have been unable to contribute on this occasion.
W. D. MacConnachie (dec'd)
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Last updated on 20 December, 2001