“100 Great Plants for your Garden”
Wednesday 11th March
Preceded by the Spring Flower Competition
Tom’s talk was centred on his choice of plants to enhance the garden for each month of the year. Illustrated by superb photographs, they were based on his time at Parham, before he moved last year to become Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens.
Tom then outlined some of the projects that are planned, or already under way, at West Dean Gardens and rounded off an inspiring evening by handling members’ questions with aplomb.
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100 Great Plants for your Garden
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.
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. Read more Show less
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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.
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.
Alan’s very informative talk, covered the reasons why flowers have fragrance (or not). Read more Show less
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Basically flowers use fragrance to ensure they are pollinated, to produce seed needed for reproduction, the plant’s overriding objective.
His very good presentation was complemented by excellent visuals.
Lavant Christmas Fayre
Saturday 23rd November 2019
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.