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Spring Bulb Show

The Caley holds an annual Spring Bulb Show that is open to all. This is a fun event with a variety of categories to enter. So, if you are an experienced exhibitor, are just starting out in your competition career or simply want to look at some beautiful blooms, join us for an interesting weekend. From 2019, the Show will be housed at The Caley’s new home within Saughton Park, Edinburgh.  So if you have been thinking about entering, why not make your first entry in our first show at Saughton Park.

The Caley is keen to encourage growers of all ages.  To encourage young gardeners, we have a junior section in the Spring Bulb Show open to those under 16. We also hold a separate competition that is open to schools and youth groups, called the Junior Groups Competition.

If you have any questions about either the Spring Bulb Show or the Junior Groups Competition, please contact us at

To see images from last year’s shows, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Spring Bulb Show Schedule 2019

Caley Young Gardeners 2019

Entry form

Volunteer form
2019 (members only)

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About the show

The Caley Spring Bulb Show is a fun event that is open to all, from the novice to the more experienced, with a range of categories to enter. Whilst daffodils  do feature prominently, there are opportunities to enter with other spring bulbs, including tulips, hyacinths and fritillaria. Don’t worry if you have never shown before, we are always happy to help, and it is great fun!

We are keen to encourage young gardeners to enter the show.  In 2019, we are introducing a couple of new trophies to be awarded to winners in the Junior Groups Competition and Show.

The Caley is fortunate to have the support of specialist daffodil growers Quality Daffodils (R A Scamp) in Cornwall and Esker Farm Daffodils from Northern Ireland, both of whom sponsor a special class in the schedule.

Members of the Caley can help support the show in different ways. If you don’t want to enter the show, why not visit the show or spend a couple of hours volunteering?  If you would like to volunteer, contact Caley Administrator Julie Muir:

Junior Groups Competition

Whilst we have Junior Section in the Spring Bulb Show for individual exhibitors, The Caley also has a special competition aimed at schools and youth groups.  This competition is fun and light-hearted and the children all enjoy taking part.  As well as pots of daffodils, the groups can also enter a competition for their artwork.

The Junior Groups competition is held in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and is open for the public to view all the entries.  We also have other fun things to do such as face-painting, seed sowing and craft activities. In 2019, event will take place on the 23rd and 24th March (see our Events page for further details).

If you would like your school or group to take part in the competition in 2020, please email Paula at:

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Jim Davidson trophy

The Caley Spring Bulb Show forms part of the Jim Davidson Trophy. This competition commemorates the late Jim Davidson from Banff.  Its aim is to encourage people to grow daffodils from Divisions 1-4 and show them in as many of the five participating Scottish Shows as they can. A description of the different divisions of daffodil can be found within the Show Schedule which you can download from this page.

The dates for the participating Scottish Shows in 2019 are:

  • Royal Hort. Soc. Aberdeen     23rd – 24th March
  • RCHS (Caley), Edinburgh       31st March – 1st April
  • Dundee Daffodil Group          6th – 7th April
  • Keith Hort. Soc.                       20th April
  • Banff Daffodil Group              27th-28th April

If you would like to know more about the Jim Davidson Trophy, please contact

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The following website links are suppliers of daffodils and other spring bulbs:

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Daffodil Society Restricted and Miniature lists

Restricted List

Miniatures List

Spring Bulb Show Images

Spring Show 2018

Spring Show 2018

Click on the photo to see a selection of images from the 2018 Spring Show.

Junior Groups Competition Images

Junior Groups competition 2018

Junior Groups competition 2018

Click on the photo to see images from the 2018 Childrens Show.