Sunday 8th May

This community event had lost none of its popularity, in spite of two years’ absence due to coronavirus restrictions. Indeed, it was busier than ever, with sales reaching record levels.

In addition to the wide selection of quality plants provided by East Ashling Nurseries, the members’ plants tables were overflowing with a remarkable number and variety of keenly priced plants – many thanks to all who donated plants for sale.

There was a strong demand for cream teas and home-made cake throughout the afternoon,  with many taking advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy it outside on the village green.

Garden Visit to Sedgwick Park
Thursday 28th April

The short notice meant that only a few were able to visit this property dating from the 18th C, set in grounds of some 80 acres: parkland, meadows, woodland and formal 19th C gardens designed by Harld Peto. (Click title above for NGS page).

The view of the ship-themed water garden, the White Sea, is taken from the bridge, planted with trailing rosemary, with the idea that when in flower it will look like a waterfall from below.

The trunk of a tree that had to be cut down was sculpted on the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (with Alice reading and the White Rabbit consulting his watch), as the girl who inspired Lewis Carrol, Alice Liddel, spent her honeymoon at Sedgwick Park.

Click to enlarge

Saturday 18th June

The Fete had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions in both of the last two years, but LHS looks forward to welcoming you to the plant stall again at this year’s Fete.

Wednesday 29th June – 6 pm

An evening visit for members only to the lovely garden of Jill Richardson and Jon Penn that borders the river Lavant in Sheepwash Lane.

Full details will be posted here soon.

Thursday 7th July
, near Haslemere

A self-drive visit to this large garden made up of many styles (the wildflower meadow should be at its best). Click the picture to see more details and how to get there. (Ignore the date and price quoted, which refer to an NGS open day).

  • arrive there by 2.00 pm;
  • cost, including tea/coffee & home-made cakes, £9.

We need to confirm the number who will take part in this visit (and pay) in advance.
So please contact Margaret Rhodes || by the end of June.

Click for details

Members’ visit to MitchmereiFarm

11th February 2022

The 20 places available were quickly taken up on a first come basis. We were lucky to have nice weather, with a hint of sunshine.

This large garden, nestling in the Downs near Stoughton, was resplendent with drifts of early spring bulbs flowering in naturalistic settings: many varieties of snowdrops, winter aconites and crocus.
There was also the heady fragrance of daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ and mahonia and the large pond reflecting the vibrant coloured stems of the pollarded willows.

An excellent afternoon’s visit.

Whole Day Garden Visits

The Member Survey showed strong support for a whole-day outing by coach, as featured in previous years.

To avoid having to make potentially expensive commitments in a time of uncertainty, this is being planned for the 2023 programme.

Due to the Covid-19 situation at the time, last year’s planned visit to RHS Wisley had to be cancelled, as did the 2020 visit to Leonardslee.

Saturday 27th November 2021
Lavant Memorial Hall

The Lavant Horticultural Society stand added another splash of colour to the festive ambiance of the Hall.
Although the number of visitors seemed somewhat down on previous levels, sales of Christmas plants, provided as usual by East Ashling Nurseries, and also of alstroemeria went very well, surpassing the sales achieved in 2018 and 2019.