Auricula & Primula Show 2022

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On Sunday 1st May, we hosted a brand-new event for the Caley, the Auricula & Primula Show, which was held in the Mchattie Room at Saughton Park.  The origins of the Auricula & Primula Show go back to 2012 when these beautiful but underappreciated plants were given their place to shine. The Auricula & Primula Society held shows and they were relatively successful from a very small base of exhibitors, but the dreaded Covid put paid to the show in this guise and the society folded.

The Caley decided to use the facilities at Saughton to resurrect the Auricula & Primula Show. A schedule was put together using the old show schedule as a template but including more information for any new exhibitors. The Caley had no idea how successful this new venture would be but by contacting exhibitors who had exhibited at previous shows and making use of social media, we did not need to worry.

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Auricula & Primula growers came from all over Scotland as well as our own Caley members. The McHattie room looked a picture, and we all heaved a sigh of relief! Needless to say, the Caley will be doing it all again next year. Please tell all of your friends!

We also held a very successful plant sale, the proceeds of which will be put to the Caley Glasshouse Fund. A great selection of well grown plants were on display. The sale had to open early to cope with queues and carried on at a steady pace all through the afternoon. Thanks must made to all the Caley volunteers who gave their time to help at the plant sale. The amount of advice and help given to the public who were buying the plants was immeasurable and promoted the Caley in a very positive way. Sorry there aren’t any images of the plants sale – our photographer was too busy selling plants!

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Heartfelt thanks to all the Caley members who helped on the day by selling plants, giving advice and, of course, growing and donating the plants and stewarding at the Auricula & Primula Show.

If you entered the show and would like to find out how you did, click here to download the results. [Editor’s note – apologies for the spelling errors the previous list.  Hopefully all have been corrected now.  I will be having stern words with the author :)]


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