The RHS Awards Ceremony held yesterday in the Lindley Hall rewarded several horticulturists associated with Plant Heritage. James Alexander Sinclair, almost unrecognisable without his hat, compered with great aplomb and humour. Here he stumbles over the word Rhodohypoxis and asks for advice on the pronunciation.
David Stone, head gardener at Mottisfont, NCH of Platanus and Rosa, was made an Associate of Honour and invited the audience to visit in June when the roses are at their best, as I found when I visited last year.
Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries and NCH of Lewisia, and Martin Gardner of RBGE, holders of many National Collections, the Veitch Memorial Medal.
The event was also an opportunity to see the Botanical Art show. I had a long chat with Sharon Tingey who was later awarded a gold medal for her Sunflowers (Helianthus), depicted warts and all as they age. She had come down from Edinburgh for the show but has students all over the country who she teaches via Skype.
Sharon suggested I take a close look at the work of Isik Guner, also resident in Edinburgh, but originally from Turkey. The fine detail on her display of Chilean plants was breathtaking and as well as a gold medal she was awarded Best Botanical Painting for her Gunnera tinctoria part of which is just visible on the right of this photo.
Exhibitors were putting final touches to their displays in the Orchid Show. Writhlington School had won the RHS Orchid trophy for the most finely grown orchid seen by the Orchid committee. Their stand in the show was full of information on orchid conservation and was manned by the students who had earlier received their award.
The show closes tomorrow, Saturday April 12th.