Monthly Meetings

Our Next Meeting

“100 Great Plants for your Garden”
Tom Brown
Wednesday 11th March  7.30 pm
Preceded by the Spring Flower Competition

Tom Brown became Head Gardener of West Dean Gardens last year – prior to that he was Head Gardener at Parham House and worked for 10 years at RHS Wisley.

Whatever plants he has chosen, he will surely have plenty of worthwhile things to say; also there should be ample opportunity for some Q&As about West Dean Gardens.


“Dahlias”Nick Gilbert

Nick gave an excellent talk – he knows dahlias very well from his own  experience & communicates this very effectively.
He has appeared on Gardeners’ World, in the national press and on Gardeners’ Question Time.
Together with his wife he runs  Gilberts Nursery, near Romsey, that specialises in dahlias.

He showed examples of the various dahlia classifications and explained all aspects of growing dahlias successfully.
They grow over 400 varieties of dahlia on the production field next to the nursery, which can be viewed from July to October, and also hybridise to get their own new dahlia varieties.
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“Fuchsias”Derek Dexter
2019 ended on a high note – members who braved a miserable December night were rewarded with an excellent talk, their attention held by Derek’s knowledge and love of fuchsias and his sense of humour.
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He gave detailed, clear advice on growing good fuchsias proven from his own experience and certainly transferred some of his enthusiasm for fuchsias to his audience.

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Derek has made his back garden & greenhouse into a mini-nursery where he can indulge his passion for fuchsias, even creating his own hybrids. In spring 30,000 cuttings fill the Tardis-like poly-tunnel he erects inside his greenhouse to maximise heat conservation. From this very small area he produces show dahlias to compete with success against the “big boys” at national shows, his many prizes including silver-gilt at RHS Hampden Court.

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‘Why Do Foxgloves Have No Smell’
Alan Edmondson of Bowercot Garden Design

Alan’s very informative talk, covered the reasons why flowers have fragrance (or not).
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Basically flowers use fragrance to ensure they are pollinated, to produce seed needed for reproduction, the plant’s overriding objective

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Foxgloves attract bumble bees with the shape & colour of their flowers without needing smell. Alan used his background in chemistry to explain how fragrance is produced.
His very good presentation was complemented by excellent visuals.

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“A Sub-tropical Garden in Fareham”Jayne McBride
Jayne gave an inspired talk on her garden with its 4 climatic zones packed full of exotic looking plants, many from New Zealand and Australia; it is amazing that a garden of its size can contain quite so much;

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the dense planting certainly helps convey the sub-tropical feel. She is always fine-tuning plant combinations in the different “climatic zones” to give the best effect. Her knowledge and passion have clearly been accompanied by a great deal of hard work. The results are truly remarkable.

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“Steps to make your Garden less Work”Roger Hirons

Rather than using slides, he showed the actual plants he recommended, a vast range, circulating large photos of them, with the names helpfully written on the back.

He stressed that the most important thing is to decide what we want from our garden, reducing our input to what we enjoy or find therapeutic and getting help for the heavy work.
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Visit to
Leonardslee Gardens
Wednesday 6th May

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Enjoy the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, with their outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.

Since 2017, the present owner has restored, maintained and further improved the gardens and buildings. Once again the public can experience their beauty and special qualities.
The first of our 2020 garden visits:
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Wednesday 6th May

The coach will leave Lavant Memorial Hall
at 10am and return by 6pm.

Prices:l (coach & entry to garden)
members: £20 each; guests: £22 each.
Ticketslwill be on sale at the Buffet Supper and the March & April meetings (unless the coach is full by then);
otherwise, please contact Lesley West
(phone number on Membership Card) or email:
A wide selectionlof refreshments is available from the new restaurants and tea rooms:
- high-end dining and afternoon teas are served in Leonardslee House;
- more casual fare is served in the Clock Tower Café, Courtyard Café and other food stations throughout the gardens.
The gardenslare set within a steep valley - coming back from the lower part of the gardens to the cafés and reception centre is uphill. There are benches for anyone needing a rest - or just wanting to sit and enjoy the views. (More info on Leonardslee website).
NOTE:lFor security reasons, Leonardslee is a cash-free zone that accepts payment only by card.
PARKING:lPlease park in Sheepwash Lane, not the Hall Car Park, unless you need a disabled spot, in which case please let Lesley know (see above).

Sunday 12th May 2019

As soon as the doors opened visitors poured into the Hall and with the wide variety of plants on offer, sales exceeded all previous levels. The refreshments were also…

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very popular, with many clearly enjoying the home-made scones and cakes. A very successful & enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks to all who donated plants and to our partner for this event, East Ashling Nurseries.

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Saturday 15th June 2019

The Plant Stall, run by LHS, was overflowing with more plants than ever before – a great variety with lots of colour. In spite of the rain, gradually the visitors came and in the end we even surpassed last year’s record sales figure.
Many thanks to all who donated plants, particularly for the help of Mick Bleach of Bleach of Lavant.

Lavant Christmas Fayre
Saturday 23rd November

Lavant Memorial Hall was resplendent in its festive decorations; the LHS stand, with its Christmas plants, added another splash of colour to this community event.

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