The Wakefield Florists Society held shows for Auriculas (with Polyanthus), Tulips, Pinks, Carnations and Dahlias and many of the members showed at all five. It wasn’t until 1874 that it changed it’s name to include Tulip uniquely, as interest in the other flowers waned. It is the intention to publish details of shows for all these flowers, though because of the work involved the initial emphasis will be on the Tulip. It is not known whether the change in emphasis in any way influenced the formation of the Wakefield Paxton Society in 1877.
Note – when looking at shows individually and sequentially it is usually possible to move backwards and forwards by one year by clicking on the appropriate year displayed on a show post on the left and on the right, immediately below the heading “Home Context…..”. This avoids having to return to this page each time.
Wakefield Florists’ Society
The type of show is shown in brackets after the date. (A) is Auricula, (C) Carnation, (D) Dahlia, (P) Pinks and (T) Tulips.
A great detail of research over almost 100 years has taken place to trace the progress of the Society from its foundation until the present day.
In the 1840s, in addition to reports of the Wakefield Florists’ Society reports can be found of shows held by the Wakefield Floral and Horticultural Society where tulips were exhibited along with vegetables etc. The ‘leading light’ of this society was Mr Barrett, a nurseryman from St Johns. Professional exhibitors were allowed at these shows which were usually held at the Music Salon in Wood Street.
To further complicate the research, in the same period in a single year tulip shows by the Wakefield Florists Society and Wakefield Central Florists Society can be found.
In 1852 the Eastmoor Floral Society was formed, holding a tulip show each year. From 1865 until 1973 it is only reports from this Society which have been located.
It is difficult to determine from some show reports which Society is involved but all the shows identified in this period have been included.
29 May 1871 (T)
From 1874 all the tulip shows held were by the Wakefield Amateur Tulip Society.
Wakefield (and District) Amateur Tulip Society
All the following shows are Tulip Shows and were held at the Brunswick Hotel