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A Silver at Chelsea 2017

Chelsea 2017
The DS stand wins a Silver in its first year in the Pavilion at Chelsea 2017. Well done Mark Lyman, and of course your hardworking team, the stand looks amazing in the much bigger space!
Carol Kleine visits the stand
Mark gets a well deserved celebrity endorsement from Carol Kleine, who visited the stand as part of the BBC coverage.

Members Cryptic Delphinium Quiz

Just how well do you know your delphinium varieties? Here is a quiz (members only) to test your knowledge and have a chance to win a cash prize.

Deadline for entries is 31 July 2016

Download in Word Delphinium Quiz 2016.doc

Top Prize at Chelsea 2016

Chelsea stand Chelsea award

Another fantastic stand at Chelsea this year gets the society a 4 Star Tradestand Award which is the best award available. Very well done to Mark and his team again this year, you are setting a very high standard and showcasing the Delphinium Society brilliantly.

Facebook Update

facebookWe now have 80 members to our facebook group and some lively conversations between those who love delphiniums, and those wanting to learn. The group is open to anyone but only the group can read posts. If you are on facebook and want to join the conversation please join us here.

Yearbook 2016 is here!

The latest Yearbook is hot off the press and you should be receiving this shortly if you haven't already. Well done Jean for stepping into the role at short notice and will anyone who would like to take on this role for 2017 please contact Jean asap.

Deadline for items for Yearbook 2016

Jean Woolley has taken on the role of Editor temporarily until a new Editor can be found. Please email Jean any articles and photos for inclusion in the 2016 Yearbook before the end of January 2016.

If anyone would like to take on the very interesting role of Editor please contact Jean.

Great Yorkshire Show Gold Medal 2015

Well done to Fred and Jenny for a wonderful stand and a well deserved Gold medal!

4 Star Award for DS Stand at Chelsea 2015

Chelsea 2015 was a successful one for the Society.  The stand turned out very well - in spite of a challenging spring delaying the plants flowering.  However the buds looked very good and attracted a lot of favourable comments.  The show goers seemed to appreciate seeing delphiniums in a 'garden' setting - and one lady even asked to buy the whole thing lock, stock and barrel, I think she was serious too!

Building a Chelsea stand of any sort takes a lot of effort; our 4 Star achievement this year - would not be possible without the support from several people. So, special thanks to Joan Taylor for growing most of the supporting plants (they were great) and the final build of the stand.  To Jackie Jack for helping build the stand.  Also to my wife, Anne, for too much to list - without her, there would be no stand!

Thanks to all of those members who worked on the stand during the week. Terry and Jean Woolley for putting together and delivering membership packs and related information. Also to Radio London star Rita Dyton, who was interviewed - live on radio!

During the week we sold a lot of our seeds - commercially the best Chelsea since 2011. Many thanks to David and Shirley Bassett for packing up 1,500 packets of seed, hopefully, there will be a lot more quality delphiniums growing in the years to come.

Mark Lyman

Gold Award for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire at Harrogate Spring Show April 2015

Well done to Gordon West and the hard working members of the Y&L Group who have once again put on a marvellous display of flowers, plants, seedlings as well as a wide range of educational material at the Harrogate Spring Show. Worthy winners of the Gold Award!

See the photos below (click to enlarge) and the latest video on You Tube

NEW AGM Delphinium Trials Proposed

The AGM awards by the Royal Horticultural Society have been confined to the results of trials at Wisley until they ended in 2013. The Delphinium Society has decided to put in place a scheme for the assessment of promising seedlings and named cultivars.

Please read the PDF documents below and pass on your thoughts by email to Clive Rowe.

1 General, 2 Selection, 3 Application Form, 4 Triallists, 5 Results, 6 AGM Plants 2014

Delphinium Show Information for 2015

The shows season will be coming up soon and we would like as many entries as possible as we have some lovely cups and shields to award our winning members. Please see the new Show Schedule for Wisley 2015 below and start planning for the summer shows now.

DS Wisley Summer Show Schedule 2015.pdf

Delphinium Register

We have not been able to find a supplier for the International Delphinium Register Cumulative Supplement 1970-1995 but we are delighted to report that the annual supplements from 1995 are now available on the RHS website as well as being printed in the Delphinium Society Yearbook each year. See link below:

RHS Delphinium Register Supplements from 1995

Thank you to our RHS Delphinium Registrar, Melanie Underwood, for all her assistance with this and we hope to have the full register available online soon.

Dates for 2015

Dates are now being added to the website so please keep checking for details of upcoming events.

Deadline for Yearbook Articles 17th January 2015

If anyone has any articles for the DS Yearbook can you please send them to Jan Waterhouse by 17th January 2015 please!

Email Jan

AGM at RHS Garden Wisley - November 2014

It was an enjoyable trip to Wisley for the AGM on the 15th November, if you haven't attended yet it is worth the effort to meet up with like minded people and find out more about the society. First we had the society business in the morning AGM with the presentation of the show trophies by Keith and then, after a delicious lunch, we had the talks. First a report from Kate West from the Yorkshire & Lincolnshire group and then a powerpoint talk from Howard Norton Chairman of the Eastern Group about attracting new members and the work they are doing. Later there were 2 talks from Clive about the new delphinium trial plans and the wide range of tender plants he manages to grow in his East Suffolk garden.
There was also the added bonus of seeing Wisley Garden in all it's Autumn glory.

Here are a few of the group after a good day out!

A Round Up of the 2014 Season Shows

All the videos from some of this years shows are now available on our You Tube Channel. Thanks to Gordon West for his great camera work which gives us a close up of events.
Wisley Spring Show Royal Norfolk Show Wisley Summer Show

Northern Show Date Changed to 21st-22nd June 2014

The date of the Northern Show has been moved forward by one week to the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of June due to the early season.

3 Star Award at Chelsea 2014

Well done Mark Lynam and his band of helpers which have once more delivered a brilliant stand at this year's Chelsea Flower Show and also got to meet Carol Klein! Mark was delighted that we improved on last year's Commendation Award and gained a Three Star Award this time. Seed sales were also very good through the week!

A big thank you also to all the wonderful volunteers who answered enquiries and flew the flag for the Society at the 101st Chelsea Flower Show. Well done to everyone who gave up their time to make this such a success!

2014 Delphinium Yearbook On It's Way - 11th May

This year's publication will be slightly late due to a printing delay but they will be with you shortly! Thank you to Jan Waterhouse for another great read about everything Delphinium! The new colour entries to the Delphinium Register are particularly welcome too.

Unfortunately the Show Schedule is not included but can be downloaded from here or our Facebook page.

Show Schedule for 2014.pdf

2014 Diary Dates & Delphinium Registration

The first of the Diary Dates are now on the website. These will be updated as we receive them from the regions.

The Delphinium Registration page on the RHS website has now been linked to our website for those of you who have plants to register.

The Summer's Show Videos are Now on You Tube - August 2013


Despite a late summer we still had good displays in the various shows the Delphinium Society attended during the season. Check out our You Tube channel to see all our news from this summer's shows and the RHS Wisley Garden Delphinium Trial.

If you have a You Tube account you can subscribe to us then you will be contacted as soon as we upload new videos.

Date Change for the Northern Show at Temple Newsam - June 2013


Owing to the unseasonally cold weather the Northern Show will be held on the weekend of the 29th-30th June.

The Delphinium Society Stand Gains a Certificate of Commendation at the Chelsea Show - May 2013


Mark Lyman's new stand has deservedly won a Certificate of Commendation from the RHS at the 100th Chelsea Show. Well done Mark!

Find out more on this story on Mark's own blog.

The Chelsea Show has a New Delphinium Society Stand - May 2013


For the 100th Chelsea Show Mark Lyman has not only redesigned and constructed the stand but has grown all the plants too. The new stand has been much admired and the Society is grateful for all Mark's hard work. Find out more on this story on Mark's own blog.

Jean and Terry Woolley are the first of many Delphinium Society members who staff the Delphinium Society Chelsea Show stand during the week, providing information on all things Delphinium and the Society.

New Delphinium Yearbook is Available - April 2013



The new Yearbook has now been released and all members should have received this as part of their subscription. This is 96 pages full of colour and all things delphinium! Join now and receive your free copy.

Kent & East Sussex Group Dates - April 2013



The dates for this group have now been added to the website. See the Kent & E Sussex Regional Group page for futher information.

Diary Dates for 2013 - February 2013



The dates for the year have been added to the website calendar, with a few exceptions waiting to be confirmed. They are also available on the Delphinium Society Facebook Group too.

Delphinium Website Links - December 2012

weblinksWe have been sourcing links to other websites that provide delphinium information that might be of interest to members. This is a work in progress and the Website Publisher would be pleased to receive details of any websites you find that would be useful to add here.

The Delphinium Society Facebook Group is Launched - December 2012

facebookThe Delphinium Society has now got a Facebook Group for members to share: information, ideas and tips. It is lonely in there at the moment so please join us soon!

The Scotland Group needs your help! - November 2012

scottishflagThe Scotland Group has closed due to the lack of a committee. If anyone would like to restart the group and become a focal point for the Delphinium Society members in this region please contact the Delphinium Society Secretary.

The Eastern England (East Anglia) Group - August 2012

The Eastern England Regional Group information has been added to the website. Members in the East Anglia Region can join this group.

The Delphinium Gallery is Added to Website - August 2012


The Delphinium Gallery is now on the website to showcase some of the award winning delphiniums trialled at the RHS Garden in Wisley. Find out what makes a good delphinium plant for the garden and a good candidate for showing too.

The Delphinium Suppliers List is Added to the Website - June 2012

We now have a list of known suppliers of named delphinium varieties which you can find on the Delphinium Suppliers webpage.

Our First Video is Uploaded to YouTube - May 2012

The Delphinium Society uploads it's first video to the popular YouTube site. This means we now have a platform to share information with other Delphinium Society members and Delphinium enthusiasts all over the world!

Website Relaunch - October 2011

The Delphinium Society launches its new website.

After many years of faithful service the website has been given a makeover. We hope this will attract more members to the society and enable us to spread the delight of delphinium growing more easily.

All comments or suggestions are gratefully received and can be emailed to the Website Publisher.



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