Time for some flower recognition(EXHIBITION VIOLAS) for any potential exhibitors out there.
Please remember that this is only one of six different classes, the others being A. Show , B .Fancy, and C. and D. bedding pansy /violas, plus E species-i.e. Cornuta.BUT SEE BELOW.
Not a lot of gardeners know that ALL pansies and Violas are ALL botanically classified as VIOLAS- so Pansies are Violas are Pansies if you see what I mean.
I am not going down the path of “what’s the difference between them” as botanically there is NOT ANY AT ALL, this has been covered at great length by many people, but you would need to read the long history regarding how they became SEPARATED by GROWERS OF THE DAY not BOTANISTS, in the past to have an inkling.
ANYWAY THESE ARE CLASSIFIED AS EXHIBITION VIOLAS BY THE NPVS.
IN AN EARLIER POST ON THIS SITE APPEARS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST-SHOWING WHICH WERE IN CULTIVATION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
1=Sarah Binnie- Unusual but very rare- as reputedly difficult to get cuttings to root, believed to still be in existence? I have never been able to obtain stock.
2=Betty Dale.- available within the National Society for Pansy and Violas
3=Conner Glendinning. Available as above. Raised by John Snocken
4=Gillian.common. Available as above.
5=Mima or Mina Walker.common.Most novice exhibitors start off with this one as I did, and the only exhibition viola for sale from a commercial outlet in the uk as far as I am aware. Probably the easiest to grow and show.