This is the third year for the Society's show at it's new venue in The Scout Halls, South Avenue, Cults. Again, the halls proved to be well suited to our needs. Once again, most of our local chrysanthemum growers were able to support the show with blooms of high quality and in good numbers to ensure there were not too many empty spaces on the show bench.
The Aberdeen Championship for Large blooms requires three vases of five blooms in three cultivars. Four entries this year. Taking the red card was Tom Buchan with Chessington, Lynn Johnson and Primrose Chessington. This entry was judged best overall chrysanthemum exhibit, and the vase of Chessington was judged best vase in show and was awarded the NCS Silver Medal. In second spot was Jim Innes, Jim's entry consisted of Clapham Delight, Daisy May and Billy Bell. In third place was Ally Donald with William Florentine, Primrose Chessington and Jack Kendrick.
The Aberdeen Champion of Mediums class requires three vases of five blooms in 3 cultivars. Four entries this year - in first place was Paul Barlow (Aberdeen) with Pink John Wingfield, Woolley Globe and Yellow John Wingfield, also collecting the NCS Certificate of Merit. In second place Dave Macfarlane, (Fraserburgh), with vases of Woolley Pride, Darlington Jubilee and Pink John Wingfield. In third place Iain Gerrie (John Wingfield, Woolley Globe, Millennium) and in fourth spot and making good progress was last year's novice grower Jim Craigen (Aberdeen) with Woolley Globe, Clapham Snowflake and Millennium.
The Press and Journal Trophy class requires six vases of three blooms in at least four cultivars. Three entries this year with Paul Barlow taking the red card for his entry consisting of Pink John Wingfield, Yellow John Wingfield, Peach John Wingfield, Woolley Globe(2) and Cornetto. One of the vases of Woolley Globe was selected as Best vase of 3 blooms in show and picked up the NCS Bronze Medal. In second place, Ally Donald (Emily Peace (2), Jack Kendrick (2), Hayley Griffin, and Pink Dorridge Crystal). In third place Iain Gerrie (Yellow John Wingfield (2), Pink John Wingfield (2), Peach John Wingfield and John Wingfield).
The Class for two vases of five blooms, one vase a large variety and one vase a medium variety, had only one entry this year, Society Secretary Donald Buchan entered fine vases of John Wingfield and Primrose Chessington.
In the spray classes Arthur Fisher (Sandhaven) won the class for three vases of Exhibition Sprays, Arthur used Honey and Peach Enbee Wedding along with Enbee itself. In second spot Ally Donald used Ruby, Primrose and Peach Enbee Wedding. In third place Doug Stewart's entry included Pennine Cupid, Janet Elizabeth and Southway Sting.
The multivase class for natural sprays again attracted good entries. In first place Doug Stewart (Aberdeen) Primrose Enbee Wedding, Bronze Enbee Wedding and Rose Enbee Wedding. Donald Buchan (Aberdeen) with Ruby, Rose and Primrose Enbee Wedding.
In the local Growers class for three vases of three blooms Jim Craigen was successful with Woolley Globe, Yellow Gingernut and Cornetto. Frank Boyne was second with Oyster, Lilac and Salmon Chessington.
The Open class for three vases of three blooms was won by Werner Ley with Daisy May and Lilac and Cherry Chessington. Werner doing extremely well to find any blooms at all following a recent gale that all but destroyed his chrysanthemum shelter.
A selection of photographs from the show. Click on the thumbnail image to reveal a larger version of the picture
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Last updated on 27 December, 2001