The DHA was formed in 1908 and has held an autumn show for chrysanthemums and vegetables every year since with the only interruptions being the war years. In it’s hey day the association boasted thousands of members with ca. 10,000 people including many dignitaries visiting the show with tradesmen from all over England putting up huge trade displays when it was held in the Kings Hall, Derby. The show was supported by many of the large country estates and companies in and around Derby represented today by some of the trophies awarded including The Sir Arthur Aiton Perpetual Challenge Cup, The Drury Lowe Perpetual Challenge Cup, The Midlands Co-op Perpetual Challenge Trophy and many more. This showed the popularity and eminence with which this show was held.


Our President today is The Duke of Devonshire KCVO, CBE, DL who has been very supportive of our Association and follows the trend set by his father.

The show has moved around many venues in the City over the years and until 2013 the show was held at the Royal School for the Deaf on Ashbourne Road, Derby but alas has dwindled in size not an uncommon occurrence amongst specialist shows. Whilst exhibitors have come and gone the standard of the show has been maintained by today’s stalwarts and is as good as ever. It is undoubtedly the best late autumn show in the East Midlands being supported by several national champions exhibiting in our 5 sections covering chrysanthemums, dahlias, pot plants, fruit & vegetables and floral art.
From October 2014 the show moved to Swarkestone Nursery at Lowes Lane, Swarkestone. A very successful first show at Swarkestone allowed many more members of the public to see the quality exhibits that were produced by all those exhibiting. 2015 and future shows will continue at Swarkestone.

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