The 32nd Annual Open Show of the Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society takes place this weekend on Saturday, September 15, at Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Walton, Stone.
The show is held under the rules of the National Chrysanthemum Society and the National Dahlia Society. Judging the chrysanthemums will be Mr Arthur Wright, an NCS judge from the West Midlands, while NDS judge Mr Barry Smith from Cheshire will examine the dahlias. Details of the awards to be won are given in the show schedule but mention should be made of the H. Summerfield Trophy, awarded to the chrysanthemum exhibitor with the most points, which was hand-carved by Harold Summerfield himself. Another notable trophy is the Banksian Medal, awarded to the society by the Royal Horticultural Society – this will be won by the exhibitor with the highest number of points across all classes in the show. The President’s trophy will be awarded for the best bloom in the show by current Society President Mr David Forrester.
Anyone may enter the show and details of classes and regulations are in the schedule, copies of which can be downloaded from the website or obtained by sending a stamped addressed A5 envelope to the Show Secretary, Mr Neil Hammersley, Mews Cottage, Chase Lane, Tittensor. ST12 9HH.
Even if you have just one bloom you can still enter – and if you have the misfortune to snap a dahlia flower off its stem, you could enter for the ‘single floating dahlia bloom’ (the glass containers are provided).
The show opens to the public at 2pm –many of the blooms are for sale and can be collected when the show closes at 4pm. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at 3pm by the Stone Town Mayor.
Full details and an entry form are available to download from the website https://stonecanddgardenclub.wordpress. com/events