Lavant Horticultural Society’s own
Gardeners’ Question Time
Wednesday 9th September
7.30 pm – Lavant Memorial Hall
The panel will include Tom Brown, Head Gardener of West Dean Gardens and Barry Chambers, Gold Medal winner at RHS Hampton Court.
So all we need are your questions, which must be submitted in advance of the meeting:
We hope that by the time September comes regulations will allow us to resume our programme with this meeting. We shall ensure the meeting is set up in a way that protects the safety of all those attending.
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 .
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.
Click for a list of plants from Tom’s talk:
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
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
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.