PAGS 5th AGM
The 5th AGM of PAGS was held at the Campanile Hotel, Northampton on 9th March, 2013. The day commenced with a presentation from Chairman, Steve Pollard on ‘Zonartics & Cliff Blackman’. For those who are unaware ‘Zonartics’ are a recently recognised group of pelargoniums originally produced by Cliff Blackman by crossing the specie pelargonium ‘Articulatum’ with Zonals – hence the name Zonartic.
In conjunction with Cliff, Steve has also done a lot of work on this group and has gained some spectacular results and we were lucky enough to be given an insight into the work and results, finished off with a lovely sequence of photos titled ‘A Beautiful Day’ to music of the same name by U2. Following the presentation a buffet lunch was attended by members prior to the AGM in the afternoon. I will not go into the full details of the meeting as the minutes will be published in the Members area at a later date, other than to say that the meeting was closed by the Chairman, Steve Pollard who gave another interesting and informative presentation on the Society’s new website.
During the meeting two awards were made, being the Lady Astor President’s Cup and the May Rushbrook Cup. The Lady Astor President’s Cup, which is in the gift of the Committee, was awarded this year to Mary Spink who has been involved with Pelargoniums most of her life. She is not only a respected grower, speaker and Judge but was instrumental in the work undertaken to produce the International Register of Pelargoniums and Addendum as the official International Registrar. Mary and her team at Swanland Nursery have won numerous Gold Medals at shows around the country and she has also used her artistic skills to produce pictures of her favourite cultivar on greetings cards. The award was presented by Derek Lusby the Vice President of the Society.
The May Rushbrook Cup which is nominated by members was awarded to Ron Ward of the Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society. Ron has been a keen plantsman for many years specialising in fuchsias for 16 years until 2001 when he transferred his affections to the Pelargonium. Under Ron’s steady hand the Yorkshire Society has grown and prospered having to move its meeting room and show venue several times to accommodate the growing numbers of members and exhibitors. Ron works tirelessly througout the year raising sponsorship for the society and arranging a varied programme of speakers for their regular monthly meetings. Under the guidance of Ron and his willing band of helpers this Society now runs the best stand alone pelargonium show in the UK.
The day was completed by those members staying at the Campanile, enjoying dinner in the company of old friends and colleagues.