to the website of our Society, and a tradition which we and fellow enthusiasts have been
following for more than four hundred years. We would like to share with you that same fascination for Auriculas,
Gold-laced Polyanthus and other Primulas which led to our Society’s creation in 1876, and perhaps we might
even encourage you to join us!
As you will discover on this site, our Society (and those in other parts of the country) is committed to keeping
alive part of our plant heritage. Auriculas and gold-laced polyanthus are some of the last surviving old-fashioned
‘Florists’ flowers, tended down the centuries by men and women whose aim was to promote, raise and exhibit new
and improved cultivars.
In the 1700s contests known as ‘Florists’ Feasts’ were held in public houses and halls around the country. Folk
would often travel many miles to these affairs carrying with them their latest seedlings for examination by their
peers. The prize at that time would often be a copper kettle or other utensil, or a good sum of money. Afterwards
there would be the eating and drinking – generally with some gusto - before the trek home.
These days our Society shows (with plant sales) take place three times every year and
the beautiful displays are always open to the public. There’s also an annual seminar and the occasional workshop
Elsewhere on this site you will find much more information including the dates of our shows and events, where
to find us, show schedules etc. Just get in touch
– you are assured of a warm welcome.
Last updated October 3rd 2015