Show Reports

Essex Young Farmers’ Show, May 19, 2019.

Essex Dahlia Society’s stand at the Essex Young Farmers’ Show attracted several visitors. We would like to thank those people who visited us and bought plants from our considerable selection, and those who provided the plants and helped out on the day.


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.

Very special thanks to Alan Taylor, who generously contributed all the prize money for the main championship classes, and to John Cullen and Paul Schramm, for providing the trophies to pass to our worthy winners.

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.

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

Hamari accord
Daves choice
Polventon Kristobel
Ryecroft Zoe

Second place went to Dave Spencer with

Kenora challenger
Polventon Kristobel
Rycroft raven
Gurtla twilight

Third place went to Alan Taylor with

Rycroft Helen
Sherval megan
Polventon Kristobel
Ryecroft Bella

The three vase B class was won by Paul Schramm with

Hamari accord
Oakwood goldcrest
Mary’s Jomanda

Second place went to Alan Ripley with

Avoca Amanda
Grenidor pastell

Third place went to Malcolm Deakin with

Hamari accord
Oakwood goldcrest
Mary’s jomanda


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.

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.


Paul Schramm