Around the 2016 Spring Show


Our COMBINED SPRING SHOW is an annual event showcasing the New Zealand Alpine Garden Society, Christchurch Daffodil Circle and Canterbury Rhododendron Society to a wider public. The competitive classes bring together both native plants and exotics from the four corners of the globe, many being rare and difficult and unlikely to be seen by the public anywhere else. Plant-associated photography is also on display, as well as increasingly popular classes for children and local primary schools.

The members’ plant stall and a number of specialist nurseries do a roaring trade during the Show, bringing along for sale a wide range of alpines, bulbs and woodland plants, most not usually available in garden centres, so it pays to arrive early!


This year we had taken extra space at the new venue so were able to accommodate displays by the Canterbury Bonsai Society, Cacti and Succulents Society, the Christchurch Community Gardens Association and some of the local Garden Clubs. This catered for a much wider range of interests among the visiting public than our regular displays of alpines, daffodils and rhododendrons.

  • Alpine Garden Society Trophy (Premier Plant)
  • Otago Alpine Garden Group NZAGS 25th Anniversary Salver (Champion Potted Plant)
  • Gala Plants Trophy (Best Bulbous Plant)

All three of these awards went to Ann and Joe Cartman's stunning Fritillaria recurva. It was interesting to compare this with another Fritillaria recurva, shown in a cut bloom class, of a much paler colour.

Ann and Joe also won the Ina Mumberson Trophy (Champion Cut Flower, Woody) with an unusual shrub, Protea nana. It took some conferring among the judges when comparing exhibits eligible for this award to decide that the drooping habit was normal for this species, and not the result of lack of water!

The Byllee and John Hannan Memorial Trophy (Most Points in Show) went to Ann and Joe Cartman once again, thanks to their wide range of beautifully presented exhibits.


The Tweedy Trophy (Champion Container-Grown Shrub)
was awarded to Jenni and Des Riach's Cassiope 'Beatrice Lilley'.
They also won the NZAGS Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Trophy (Best Potted Non-Bulbous Plant) for their pot of Primula clarkei.

The Cora Ault Memorial Trophy (Premier Native Plant)
was awarded to Louise Salmond's Leucogenes leontopodium.
This helped her win the Arthur Dixon Memorial Prize for
Most Points in Show for NZ Alpines.



The Dorothy Billcliff Trophy (Cut Flower, Bulbous)
went to Nedra Johnson's Arum hygrophilum.

The NZAGS Trophy (Champion Cut Flower, Non-Bulbous)
went to Hepatica angulosa exhibited by W Heyward.

The Harwood Trophy (Best Static/Trade Display) went to Christchurch Botanic Garden

whilst the Ian and Maggi Young Award (Best Novice) was won by
Denise Meadows for her Saxifraga 'Iris Pritchard'

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to all our exhibitors for providing us with such a wonderful display!




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