The April and June monthly meetings had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation,
together with the events scheduled for May & June and the Annual Show scheduled for 1st August.
We hope that we shall be able to get the programme underway again with the September meeting.

Monthly Meetings

NEXT MEETING

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.

The easiest way to send in your question:
  1. Click here to open up a ready-made email
    then just type in your question and send

  2. If this doesn't work with your email system
    just send an email with your question in the normal way to: questions@lavanthortsoc.org.uk

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

JANUARY

“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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DECEMBER 2019

“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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OCTOBER

‘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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Events

Leonardslee Gardens
Wednesday 6th May

Click above for a brief view of the gardens at the time of the visit that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation

LAVANT VILLAGE FETE
has 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!

ANNUAL PLANT SALE
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
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.

For report on the
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
go to the Membership page

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