Shows & Exhibits

During James’s lifetime he exhibited and judged at various shows across England.

The table below lists some of the recorded information on the shows he attended as a judge and the details of his exhibits (fuchsias as well as other plants and vegetables) either under his name or that of his employer the Hon. Mrs. Louisa Hay.

If you are aware of any reports of James’s show activities which are not listed below, please contact us with the details.

Association to ShowYearMonthShowExhibit(s)PrizesNotes From SourceSources
Exhibitor1875SeptemberThe International Potatoe Exhbition (Alexandra Palace)Potato: 'Bresee's Peerless'3rd"Bresee's Peerless, from Mr. James Lye, gn, Cliffe Hall, Market Lavington, 3rd"The Gardeners Chronicle (2 October 1875). pp. 434-435
Judge1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral Society"The Judges were: Nurseryman. Mr J. Lye, Market Lavington"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyAmateurs or their Gardeners - Fuchsias, 6 Varieties1st"Fuchsias 6 Varieties - 1st, J. Lye. Gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay, Market Lavington"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyAmateurs or their Gardeners - Fuchsias, 41st"Fuchsias 4 - 1st, J. Lye"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyAmateurs or their Gardeners - Geraniums, Tricolour 63rd"Geraniums, Tricolour 6 - 3rd, J. Lye"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyAmateurs or their Gardeners - Petunias, 61st"Petunias, 6 - 1st J. Lye"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyOpen to all - Geraniums, Bronze and Silver, 41st"Geraniums, Bronze and Silver, 4 - 1st, Mr. J. Lye."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyVegetable - Potatoes, Kidney2nd"Potatoes, Kidney - 2nd, James Lye."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyVegetable - Potatoes, Round1st"Potatoes, Round - 1st, James Lye."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Exhibitor1878AugustTrowbridge Horticultural and Floral SocietyVegetable - PeasCommended"Peas - Commended, J. Lye."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (22 August 1878). Horticultural Fete at Trowbridge. p.3.
Judge1880JulyDevizes Horticultural Show"The Judges were was follows: … Fruit - Mr Lye, gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay, of Market Lavington."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (31 July 1880). Devizes Horticultural Show. p.5.
Exhibitor1880JulyDevizes Horticultural ShowOpen to All England - Nine Fuchsias, Distinct 1st"Nine Fuchsias, Distinct - 1st, Jas. Lye, gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (31 July 1880). Devizes Horticultural Show. p.5.
Exhibitor1880JulyDevizes Horticultural ShowOpen to All England - Six Geraniums, Variegated, Distinct1st"Six geraniums, Varigated, Distinct - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (31 July 1880). Devizes Horticultural Show. p.5.
Exhibitor1880JulyDevizes Horticultural ShowOpen to all England - Petunias, Distinct1st"Petunias, Distinct - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (31 July 1880). Devizes Horticultural Show. p.5.
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowPot Flowers - Fuchsias, 61st"Fuchsias, 6 - 1st, Jas. Lye (gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay, Market Lavington)."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowPot Flowers - Fuchsias, 41st"Fuchsias, 4 Varieties - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowPot Flowers - Geraniums, Variegated, 6 Varieties1st"Geraniums, variegated, 6 Varieties - 1st, James Lye."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowPot Flowers - Petunias, 6 Varieties1st"Petunias, 6 Varieties - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowFruit - Apples, culinary2nd"Apples, culinary … ;2nd, James Lye"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowVegetables - Potatoes, Kidney1st"Potatoes, Kidney - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowVegetables - Potatoes, Round1st"Potatoes, Round - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1880AugustKeevil Flower ShowVegetables - Onions, Winter1st"Onions, Winter - 1st, James Lye;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (13 August 1880). Keevil Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1884AugustCalne Flower Show, Held at Bowood ParkOpen to All England - Plants - Fuchsias1st"Fuchsias, 6 - 1st, Hon. Mrs Hay, Market Lavington (gardener, James Lye);"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (27 August 1884). Calne Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1884AugustCalne Flower Show, Held at Bowood ParkOpen to All England - Plants - Geraniums, Gold, Silver, and Bronze 61stGeraniumns, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, 6 - 1st, Hon. Mrs Hay;'The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (27 August 1884). Calne Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1884AugustCalne Flower Show, Held at Bowood ParkOpen to All England - Plants - Petunias, 61st"Petunias, 6 - 1st, Hon. Mrs Hay;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (27 August 1884). Calne Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1884AugustCalne Flower Show, Held at Bowood ParkOpen to All England - Plants - Specimen1st"Specimen Plant - 1st, the Hon. Mrs Hay;"The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (27 August 1884). Calne Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1884AugustCalne Flower Show, Held at Bowood Park"The "Open to all England" tent was of course the great attraction. The first things on entering this tent that struct the eye was the magnificent fuchsias brought by Mr. Lye, gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay, of Market Lavington."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (27 August 1884). Calne Flower Show. p.3
Exhibitor1886DecemberThe Potato Tercentenary, Royal Aquarium, WestminsterPotatoesSilver Medal"A special silver medal has also been awarded to Mr. James Lye, of Market Lavington, for the best variety of potatoe produced within the last two years and not now in the market."Times (2 December 1886). The Potato Tercentenary. p.7
Exhibitor1888DecemberThe Birmingham Cattle and Poultry ShowCarrots"While in both the carrot classes Mr. James Lye, of Market Lavington , and the Duke of Portland Share the honours."Birmingham Daily Post (3 December 1888). p.4
Exhibitor1890DecemberThe Birmingham Cattle and Poultry ShowMangolds & Swedes"Class 2 - Messrs James Carter and Co's prize, value £5. 5s., for collection of eighteen mangolds (nine globe and nine mammoth long red) and twelve elephant swedes: Mr James Lye, Market Lavington, Wilts (Carter's Seeds)."Birmingham Daily Post (1 December 1890). p.10
Exhibitor1892NovemberBirmingham Cattle and Poultry ShowPotatoes"Class 16 - Eight Varieties Distinct.3rd, £1, Mr James Lye, Market Lavington, Wilts"Brimingham Daily Post (28 November 1892). p.10
Exhibitor1892NovemberBirmingham Cattle and Poultry ShowPotatoes"Class 20 - Two Varieties Distinct, Long or Kidney shaped: 2nd, 15s, Mr James Lye, Market Lavington"Brimingham Daily Post (28 November 1892). p.10
Exhibitor1893NovemberBirmingham Cattle Show, Bingley HallPotatoes"There is a fine display of potatoes, whch are shown in 11 classes. The 1st prize winners included Mr. James Lye, of Market Lavington, Wilts;"The Morning Post (28 November 1893). p.3
Judge1894JulyBromham, Chittoe, and Sandridge Horticultural and Cottagers' Improvement Society, Battle House"The judges were Mr James Lye (Market Lavington, gardener to the Hon Mrs Hay)…."The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (28 July 1894). p.3