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 Vol 80, Issue No. 3 (Summer 2022)

Summer Quarterly 2022 (Vol 80 No. 3) read here


The View from the President
National Show: Experience of a Newcomer by Sarah Snow Haskell
APS 2022 National Show Winners
New England 2022 Show by Elizabeth Lawson
VIRAGS Spring Show, Victoria, BC 2022 by Maedythe Martin
APS National Show 2022: Sakonnet Gardens by Susan Haddock
Cowslips and Nature’s Calendar by Anne Elizabeth Hogue
Minutes February 20, 2022
New Members
Officers of the Chapters



April of this year I assumed the mantle of APS President following in imprints of our society’s great Primula role models who have led our organization since 1941. Our webpage banner says, “The American Primrose Society Bringing Primula Enthusiasts Together since 1941.” Not only does our society bring Primula enthusiasts together, but our horizons are expanded through friendships, photos, and knowledge that share the common interest of the Primulaceae family throughout the world!

This Spring I had the opportunity to attend the American Primrose Society National Show held this year in Bristol, Rhode Island, hosted by the New England Chapter of the APS. Amy Olmsted did an excellent job of Chairing the event along with help from others of the New England chapter. It was very heartwarming to see old friends, meet new acquaintances and connect in person with members in attendance that I have spent hours online with but never would have recognized without meeting them in person. Hopefully, we will continue to have more shows throughout our association as our membership grows and we have more groups and chapters, both local and regional, who are willing to host these events either in person or through visual media. President Elizabeth Lawson said during the National Meeting that she liked to give a digital membership to fellow garden enthusiasts to introduce them to our society. Those of us present thought this was a great idea and I hope to follow in her imprints on helping build the APS membership through gift memberships of my own.

It was an immense pleasure to meet Paul Held who was the guest speaker for the event and gave an exceptional presentation on the Sakuraso Primula or Primula sieboldii. Paul tasked those attending his presentation with a math lesson, multiplying the variations and forms that the Sakuraso can generate through cultivation until the overwhelming number of 25,000 resulted. The attendees also learned that those growing P. seiboldii can do so in a condensed area that occupies extraordinarily little prime real estate space. Paul drove from his home in Connecticut with over fifty pots in assorted sizes for his presentation display. His vehicle filled with Sakuraso was a florist’s delight, filled with fragrance and visual enjoyment.

Other highlights of the show were the lovely garden tours, member meet & greet, National Meeting, plant vendors, Primula display show and judging. In future postings you can find pictures on both the APS website, Facebook, and Instagram pages. One of my favorites is the new Miniature Gardens that are popping up here and abroad at events that show case miniature plants in which Primula have the perfect opportunity to inspire and shine. Miniature gardens are near and dear to me since it was an introduction to Primula juliae that first brought me to my addiction of Primula. I had to buy one or two small P. juliae to plant on my Garden Railroad, which now has an assortment of various Primula species and cultivars growing amongst the other plant inhabitants of bonsai trees, sedums, and alpines. I always keep my eyes out for offerings of my first acquired Primula in the hopes of expanding my collection of P. juliae.

Whatever your interest in plants, I do believe that there is indeed a Primula for everyone out there, novice grower or an expert in all things Primula, regardless of color interest or growing location. The APS is here to help expand all our views and knowledge be it the annual Seed Exchange, shows both National and local, online chats and questions or researching our wonderful references and history in our online Quarterlies. The APS truly does bring enthusiasts together and inspires me to help make acquaintances around the globe through a common love for Primula.