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The Midlands Dahlia Society


54th Annual Show 25th, 26th August 12

Considering the season this year with everything being late, the Midlands Dahlia Society Annual Show was excellent. The quality of exhibits, especially the Giants, was outstanding. Prizes were spread around exhibitors and the number of visitors was higher than last year. There were more exhibitors than last year and the number of entries was higher.

Midlands 54th Annual Show

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Ron Guest is Midlands Champion.

Ron Guest - Midlands Champion for 2012The winning entry used: Kenora Challenger, Oakwood / Cherwell Goldcrest, Hillcrest Candy and Mary's Jomanda.  Ron also won the NDS Bronze medal and for the 2nd best exhibit in show and the S & E Braddock Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best vase of Small / min Ball in show (Mary's Jomanda ). 

Ron also won The Lady Godiva Trophy, showing Hillcrest Candy, Andrea Clarke, Ruskin Diane and Trelyn Kiwi. See photo right:Lady Godiva Trophy winning entry from Ron Guest
Frank wins the Elaine Fenton TrophyFrank Bolsover came second in the championshipFrank Bolsover was second in the championship - photo left.  His vase of Kiwi Gloria  gained him the  Eddie Durrant Memorial Trophy for the best vase in show.

Frank also won the The Elaine Fenton Trophy showing: Gateshead Festival, Oakwood Goldcrest and Scar Tango. 
See photo on the right.

Judges briefing

Ron briefs the judges, our thanks go to them for their efforts.
Tom Bebbinghton wins the Philp Damp Trophy for 6 Giants Tom Bebbington repeated his winning form from last year to win the Philip Damp Trophy for  6 Giant Decs.  He showed Sir Alf Ramsey (x2),  Bonaventure and Alvas Supreme (x3).

The NDS Silver medal was won by Dave Gillam with a vase of Gurtla Twilight. This vase ( photo below right) showed magnificent form, uniformity of blooms and attracted the attention of all the judges. This also won the Violet Davies Premier Award for best vase in the show, the H. Dunkley Trophy for best vase of poms in the show. The vase of poms, together with a vase of Barbarry Pip, which had terrific form, won Dave the Stella Trophy. Even though Dave only had 4 vases of Poms and vase of min decs, he travelled the 350 miles to enter the show because he considers the Midlands to be a very friendly society. A vase of Willo’s Violet and two more vases of Gurtla Twilight saw Dave win the George Irvine Perpetual Challenge Cup

Photo of Stella Trophy entries (Class 15):

Class 15 entry for the Stella Trophy

Frank Taylor came second in this class, winning the The Decorative Cup for his vase of Ruskin Diane along side a vase of  Marston George.

Dave Gillam's NDS Silver medal winning entry

Paul Jee won the The Gordon Steel Trophy in a strong class of entries, showing Charlie Two and White Charlie Two.Paul wins the Gordon Steel Trophy