All meetings and events from April through October had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation.
However, meetings started again with the AGM on 11th November held online on Zoom.
All meetings will be held on Zoom for the time being.
Any member unsure about using Zoom should contact either:
who will be only too glad to help.

Monthly Meetings

“Creating a Garden for every Season”
Adam Pasco
TODAY Wednesday 2nd December 7.30pm on Zoom

Members can look forward to a well informed talk by an experienced Zoom presenter.

Adam has been a leading gardening journalist in the UK for over 30 years, including 22 years as Editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

He now works as a consultant to the gardening industry and as a broadcaster on TV and radio.

Details of how to join this session have now been sent to all members.
If you have not received them , please contact Margaret Rhodes:


Wednesday 25th November on Zoom.

This was something quite new – no speaker, but a forum for members to get together and discuss anything horticultural.

Mike started us off with a short Christmas quiz. One answer  had everyone stumped: “pohutukawa” (New Zealand Christmas tree).
Everyone then joined in discussions, from dahlias to hibiscus and bluebells to wisteria.

At the end of this enjoyable session it was agreed that we should continue with more ‘Hortitalks’ and the date next one was set for Wednesday 27th January.

Previous Monthly Meetings


“100 Great Plants for your Garden”
Tom Brown
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.
Click for a list of plants from Tom’s talk:
100 Great Plants for your Garden


“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.

Nick and his wife run  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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Leonardslee Gardens
Cancelled visit 6th May 2020

Click above for a brief tour of part of the gardens as they were when we should have visited, had coronavirus not intervened.

had to be cancelled this year

We had hoped to welcome you to the Plant Stall to emulate last year’s record sales in support of Lavant community organisations.
We’ll see you there in 2021!

We regret that it could not be held this year due to the coronavirus situation.

We look forward to seeing you all there again in May next year.

Lavant Christmas Fayre
had to be cancelled this year

Last year, as usual, the LHS stand, with its Christmas plants, added another splash of colour to this festive community event.

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