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Friday, 9 March 2012

First place

Last Saturday I took a beautiful pot of Galanthus ‘E. A. Bowles’ to the Harlow Alpine Society Early Spring Flower Show held at Mark Hall School, Harlow.

We left Myddelton just before 8am, driving gingerly with our prized possession in the passenger footwell, with me holding it firmly over every bump in the road.  Upon arrival it was lovely to have the number of other exhibitors stopping us, to look at the snowdrop.

Galanthus ‘E. A. Bowles’
This was the first time I had attended this show and was most impressed with the wider range of vendors and exhibitors. The show was held within the main gymnasium of the school.  This was also the first time I've entered a plant at a Alpine Society show. Although nervous, I was made to feel most welcome and assisted in entering the show.  

We settled on class 70: a bulbous pan under 19 cm diameter. Once staged we left the plant for judging. When I returned I was completely blinkered to all the other displays. I was trying to see from a distance if we had been placed within the class. There were a number of people gathered in front of the table. So upon tip toes I peered over to see that we had won first place!

Myddelton House Gardens worked alongside Joe Sharman from Monksilver Nursery to display this marvellous pot. We used one of the hand-thrown terracotta pots which have been made for the garden by West Meon Pottery, Hampshire, and has 'E. A Bowles' embossed on the side of the pot.

Galanthus ‘E. A. Bowles’


  1. WEll done Boss!!! So proud of you, your team and E.A. Bowles.
    Lots, lots, lots of love.

    The grasshopper.

  2. Congratulations Andrew. We were also at the Harlow Show and couldn't get near to photograph G 'E A Bowles'. Must say your pic doesn't do justice to the actual display. There were many oohs and aahs - quite unusual for AGS members. Overhead comments such as 'that's the £360 bulb' and other amounts up to £725!