Powburn gardener strikes gold at Ponteland alpine show

PUBLISHED: 00:16 29 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Powburn gardener strikes gold at Ponteland alpine show

Powburn gardener strikes gold at Ponteland alpine show

Alpine gardeners hit the heights at their annual show in Ponteland Words and pictures by Linda Viney



The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of North East Life

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If at first you dont succeed then try, try again. This was certainly the case for David Boyd who took home top prize at the North East Alpine Garden Society Show after ten years of trying.


I had always been the bridesmaid but never the bride until this year, David said beaming from ear to ear.

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t this years event, held in the Memorial Hall at Ponteland, Davids Nerine humilis was awarded Best in Show and the coveted Forrest Medal which is only awarded when the judges feel there is an outstanding plant.

He has quite a few South African bulbs in a large outdoor collection at his home in Powburn and more in a small frost free greenhouse. The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of his plants and all six he brought to the show for other classes gained a first.

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he last show in the AGS calendar, it was first held in 1999 when there were only two autumn shows, both held in the south. Member Alan Newton agreed to launch this one in the north and it has gone from strength to strength with 50 more entries this year, in spite of the weather making growing


If at first you dont succeed then try, try again. This was certainly the case for David Boyd who took home top prize at the North East Alpine Garden Society Show after ten years of trying.

I had always been the bridesmaid but never the bride until this year, David said beaming from ear to ear.At this years event, held in the Memorial Hall at Ponteland, Davids Nerine humilis was awarded Best in Show and the coveted Forrest Medal which is only awarded when the judges feel there is an outstanding plant.He has quite a few South African bulbs in a large outdoor collection at his home in Powburn and more in a small frost free greenhouse.

The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of his plants and all six he brought to the show for other classes gained a first. The last show in the AGS calendar, it was first held in 1999 when there were only two autumn shows, both held in the south.

Member Alan Newton agreed to launch this one in the north and it has gone from strength to strength with 50 more entries this year, in spite of the weather making growingconditions difficult. The weather has had a particularly devastating effect on crocus and cyclamen and judges noted that exhibitors who brought specimens in flower had done really well.

lan Furness, whose garden has been listed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the finest Alpine gardens in the country, was one of the exhibitors who managed to produce a crocus in flower. His crocus vallicola, were grown outside all year in his back garden at Hexham, earned him a first.

lpines are cultivated varieties of wild flowers that originate from the high mountainous regions of the world, even growing above the treeline. Although usually small, they are often considered some of the most beautiful plants.

heir hardiness makes them fairly easy to care for and most of us will have at least one or two growing in a pot or trough. The Alpine Garden Society aims to educate the public by promoting the cultivation and conservation of these plants.

he North East Group was set up in 1949 by Maud Kelly who chaired meetings at The Bluebell Hotel in Belford and at her home in Bellshill until her death in 1956. The society is thriving and now has 70 members of which at least a two thirds attend regular meetings held from September to May. Their Spring Show next year will be held on March 31st in the Leisure Centre at Hexham.

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