YORKSHIRE PELARGONIUM & GERANIUM SOCIETY
The meetings are held on the last Sunday in the month 2pm - 4pm, at the Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall, Seamer. Membership at the moment is £6 Joint - £4 single.
The Annual Show for 2017 is on Sunday 18th June at Hunmanby Community Centre.
May Rushbrook Trophy
Nomination for May Rushbrook Trophy 2012/2013
Mr Ron Ward, Secretary & Show Secretary of the Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society
Ron Ward, a former transport worker, was born in Pickering in North Yorkshire and moved to Scarborough in 1980 with his late wife Maureen. Ron has been a keen plantsman for many years and was previously secretary of the Scarborough & District Fuchsia Society (16 years). Wishing for a new challenge his wife suggested he formed a club for those interested in Geraniums & Pelargoniums.
The inaugural meeting for the Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society was held in January 2001 at Ganton Village Hall with 30 attendees and 11 apologies. Fired up by Ron's enthusiasm they had a show in the first year which was held in July with 165 entries and 18 exhibitors.
In 2008 Ron took on the task as Show Manager for the final BEGS National Show which was staged at The Spa Pavilion in Scarborough. This was attended by exhibitors from all over the UK and was a show of the highest quality. I have been a member of the Yorkshire Society for 4 years and can honestly say that he has the position of Show Secretary sorted. I can remember the first show I did there, phoned in my entries, next day got a call from Ron, 'Ken I am struggling for entries, bring anything that is in flower to help me out.' This I did willingly only to find that when staging he had said this to every exhibitor, there were plants everywhere resulting in the biggest display of Pelargoniums that I had ever seen at a show.
Since then the Society under the guidance of Ron and other committee members, has flourished into the best stand-alone Pelargonium Society Show in the UK and one of the friendliest, as this is the way Ron likes things to be. They have had to move premises for meetings and shows a number of times due to the continually increasing number of members. Ron works tirelessly to raise funds for the society, so they can afford to have quality speakers on Pelargoniums. They presently hold their monthly meetings at Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall and the annual show at Hunmanby Community Centre.
The Yorkshire Annual Show has grown in stature over the years, thanks very much to Ron's continued hard work and input. These days he is ably supported by his present wife Joan, another stalwart member of the society. Today exhibitors travel from all corners of the UK to attend and exhibit at the Yorkshire Annual Show. This summer there were well over 300 exhibits staged at the show making it an outstanding success, and I am sure that the round of applause for Ron at the end could be heard all over Yorkshire.
TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2016
Yorkshire Pelargonium Trophy - Winner of Class 8 (1 Plant Regal) - Ken Abel
Yorkshire Pelargonium Trophy - Winner of Class 10 (Dwarf Angel) - Ken Abel
Yorkshire Pelargonium Trophy - Winner of Class 11 (1 Plant Angel) - Mick Collins
R & J Ward Trophy - Winner of Class 19 (Dwarf Stellar) - Mick Collins
Victoria Farm Trophy - Winner of Class 20 (1 Plant stellar ) - Peter Gardner
Roanne Nurseries Trophy - Winner of Class 21 (Best Standard) - Mr. & Mrs.Bevington
David Edmond Trophy - Winner of Class 22 (Scented Leaf Variety) - Peter Gardner
Parker Trophy - Winner of Class 23 (Three Bears) - Peter Gardner
Ray & June Harland Trophy - Winner of Class 24 (Best Regal) - Ken Abel
Ron Ward Trophy - Winner of Class 29 (1 Plant Golden Angel) - Ken Abel
Ken Pybus Trophy - Winner of Class 34 (1 Plant Specie) - Ken Abel
Joan Wood Trophy - Winner of Class 36 (2 Pots Zonal) - N/A
Yorkshire Pelargonium Trophy - Winner of Class 38(1 Plant Ivy Leaf) - Ken Abel
Joyce Strickland Memorial Trophy - Winner Class 39 (1 Plant Bronze Leaf) - N/A
Fir Trees Nursery Trophy - Winner of Class 45 (Hanging Pot) - Peter Bendall
Ruth Parker Trophy - Winner of Class 48 (Hardy Geranium) - Peter Gardner
Ron & Maureen Ward Trophy - Best Miniature in Show - Mick Collins
Dennis Waines Trophy - Best Stellar in Show - Mick Collins
The Boro' Cup - Most Points by a Local Resident - Ray Harland
YPGS Trophy - Best Exhibit in Beginners Classes - Jim & Doreen Lawson
YPGS Trophy - Best Exhibit in Members Classes - Mick Collins
The Fifties Trophy - Best Exhibit in Fifties Classes - Mr & Mrs Bevington
YPGS Trophy - Best Exhibit in Open Classes - Ken Abel
The President's Cup - Most Points in Show - Ken Abel
YPGS Shield - Best Exhibit in Show - Mick Collins
Norman Wood Memorial Trophy (Winner of Class 40) Pyramid or Fan - Fred Ward
The People's Trophy - Most Popular Plant as Voted by the Public - Ken Abel with his plant of Oriental Delight.
Sunday, January 29th- A.G.M. Meeting plus a small buffet tea.
Sunday, February 26th- Sara Hopps - Slides of Gardens of Britain and around the World
Sunday, March 26th - Chris Smail - Propagation of Plants
Sunday, April 23rd - John Armitage - Growing Bonsai
Sunday, May 21st - Tony Featherston from Swanland - Growing Plants & Vegetables in Small Places
Sunday, June 18th - Annual Show at Hunmanby Community Centre.
Sunday, July 23rd - Gill Tompkinson from Broomfleet - Growing Lavender, Pinks & Carnations
Sunday, August 20th - Alistair Taylor from Boroughbridge - Making the Most of Perennials & Gardening with Nature for Nature
Sunday, September 24th - Ken Abel- Cutting back your Pelargoniums for Winter plus Growing & Caring for Hostas
Sunday, October 22nd - Roger Burnett & Sheila Johnson from Manor Road Nurseries - Problem Plants - Advice and Care
Sunday, November 5th - Society Annual Dinner - venue to be decided at AGM