19th Sep, 2020

Bromsgrove-based Chrysanthemum Society hoping for new home and more members in 2020

A GROUP dedicated to growing beautiful chrysanthemums is in danger of wilting due to a dearth of new members and losing its home.

The Shirley Chrysanthemum Society long ago moved away from Solihull and has in recent years been based at Burcot Garden Centre in Bromsgrove.

However, the garden centre is set to be bulldozed and replaced with houses, leaving the society with nowhere to go.

Treasurer John Rogers from Redditch said: “We want to thank Burcot for all the support they have given us over the years – they have always looked after us so well.”

And he appealed to other venues which could accommodate the society which specialises in growing the stunning flowers.

He added this year’s late flowering show produced ‘some absolute beauties from some high quality growers’.

The organisers said they were in two minds beforehand whether to go ahead with it as they did not know if they would get enough blooms for a good competition.

John said: “We were pleasantly surprised. We were 20 blooms short on last year but we had some close competition from the five growers.”

The trophies were pretty evenly distributed with Dennis Barron and Chris Amphlett each winning two and there was one each for John, George Proverbs and Jack Gilbert.

The overall winner was Chris Amphlett who amassed the most points in the contest.

Jack won best muti-vase and best vase and George Proverbs came second in the latter category.

Anyone interested in joining the group, or who could offer them a home, can call John on 01527 544220.

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