First Evening Mini Show, Saturday, August 18, 2018.
On Saturday, August 18, Essex Dahlia Society staged the first evening Mini Show. Owing to the very hot weather that we had been having prior to the event, many growers, who had been trying to time their blooms for the day, struggled as the weather took a turn and cooled down a little. Most of us were a bit short of blooms on the day, but nevertheless there was a good show and Alan Ripley topped the show with some stunning Avoca Amanda which won him the NDS Silver Medal for Best in Show.
50th Anniversary Show, Saturday, August 26, 2018.
On Sunday, August 26, Essex Dahlia Society held their 50th anniversary show at Writtle College, Chelmsford. There was a fantastic turnout of exhibitors with nearly 220 vases being shown.
There were two championship classes on the day, one four vase class, and one three vase class.
The four vase A class was won by John Cullen with
Second place went to Dave Spencer with
Third place went to Alan Taylor with
The three vase B class was won by Paul Schramm with
Second place went to Alan Ripley with
Third place went to Malcolm Deakin with
Dave Spencer went on to win Best Vase in Show and picked up the NDS Silver Medal.
Paul Schramm received the NDS Bronze Medal for Best Single Bloom in show.
The Novice Class was shared by William Witney and Chris Whiting.
The Intermediate Class was won by William Witney.
It was nice to see Chris Whiting back at the show bench after an 18 year absence from showing; well done, Chris.
Our thanks to all the exhibitors, many of whom would have travelled a long distance.
Our thanks also go to all the visitors and guests who turned out on a horrible wet Sunday afternoon to view a beautiful display.
Second Evening Mini Show, September 15, 2018.
To end this anniversary season, Essex Dahlia Society held their second evening show on Saturday September 15, and what a show it was. Everybody had plenty of blooms, and people come from far afield with 205 vases in show. It was a spectacular evening and probably one of the best evening shows Essex Dahlia Society has seen for many years. Dave Spencer, once again, won Best Vase in Show with his Polventon Kristobel and collected another NDS Silver Medal.
The NDS Bronze Medal was awarded to Kevin Moores with his vase of Jomanda. Kevin also went home with a bottle of wine for Best Single Bloom in show, Kenora challenger.
An excellent turnout considering that we had one of the hottest summers since 1976.
Thank you to all exhibitors, visitors and guests who came to see the exhibits.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and I’m sure you’re already planning what to grow, and what not to grow, in your plots.