Spring is Coming

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society Spring Show

Our gardens are showing signs that Spring is around the corner with snowdrops, primroses, hellebores and even the odd early daffodil and crocus cheering the gloomiest of days.

February Meeting

Our first meeting of 2018 was entitled Preparing for the Show Bench with Peter and Mark Read.  Peter was unavoidably delayed so Mark proceeded with the talk.

His obvious passion for growing and showing vegetables shone through as he shared his knowledge with us. His talk covered which varieties to grow, times from sowing to maturity and how to prepare specimens for the show. He went through each vegetable one by one, answering questions as they arose.

Peter arrived in time to judge the Flower of the Month competition. The winner was Kay Graham’s camellia with Jean Wyman’s double hellebore second and Immy Turner’s snowdrop third.

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening. Several members took notes so we hope for a good number of exhibits at our upcoming shows !

Our March Meeting, on 1st, will be a talk on photography with Douglas Pratt. Douglas was a professional photographer working all over the world, including with Royalty, so will have lots of interesting stories to share with us. He will also give tips and answer members’ questions.

Our Spring Show takes place on March 17th at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. Click on the Shows link for details.

Looking ahead to the A.G.M. on April 5th, we need a few more committee members. If you or anyone you know would be interested, please let us know, preferably by 13th March. Please feel free to discuss what is involved with any of the present committee, either at the March meeting or by phone or email.


Happy Christmas

The Society celebrated Christmas on 7th December with a lovely Christmas Supper. With Derek Luther making an entertaining quiz-master and festive raffle prizes, a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by our members.

We now have a break until February 1st when Peter and Mark Read will talk on ‘Preparing for the Show Bench’. They are very popular speakers so this promises to be a very good meeting.

As we have a break, it is a very good time to sit in the warm and plan next year’s planting. Time to look at the seed catalogues and of course study the Spring Show schedule to see what you could enter. If you don’t already have a schedule, please contact the Show Secretary or download one from this web-site. Click on Shows.

Finally, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

November Meeting Report

On November 2nd, Clive Russell gave a very good talk entitled Iris Through the Year. His passion for irises was evident as he showed slides of all the different varieties, explaining the differences and origins of each type. His knowledge of the subject was amazing and all delivered without notes !

The results of the D.F.H.S. show were on display with the trophies for members to admire.

Our next meeting is on the 7th December and will include a Christmas Supper and Fun Quiz. We need to know numbers for catering so please ring 814887 to book your meal.

Next Meeting – November 2nd

Our next meeting on November 2nd will be a talk by Clive Russell entitled Iris Through the Year. This promises to be a very interesting and informative talk. We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Harvest Supper, held on October 5th, was a very enjoyable occasion attended by over 40 members. Bob Ayres gave an excellent talk on the Rivers of Dorset and answered members’ questions before we all sat down to a delicious supper.

Dorset Federation Show Results.

On Sunday 17th September the Society entered the show at Tarrant Keyneston. We were very pleased with our 18 first prizes, 8 seconds, 8 thirds and 3 fourths.

We also won three trophies, the Arthur Sheppard Cup, awarded for the Best Exhibit in Vegetable and Fruit Dishes; The Harry Dawes Trophy, for Best Exhibit in Pot Plants and the Arthur Sheppard Shield for Best Small Vegetable Collection.

It became apparent this year that our Members are very good at growing orchids.      We took three to the show. Stella Knight’s beautiful white one took 1st prize in the orchid class, Kay Graham’s, which was smothered in lovely pink and white blooms took 1st prize in the small pot plant class and the Caves family’s large pink plant scored a valuable 8 points in the Collective class.

Kay’s pretty plant

As usual, Mark Read’s vegetables did very well, his potatoes won all categories that he entered.

Mark’s collection of 3 kinds of potato, on the right.

Thank you to all who provided produce or who baked cakes. A full display of all the results will be on show at our November meeting as October 5th is our Harvest Supper.


More pictures of first prize winners.


October Meeting/Harvest Supper

Our Autumn programme started on September 7th with a very interesting and informative talk entitled Success with Rockeries. We were given lots of ideas and tips on suitable plants and materials. The talk was followed by the speaker answering members’ questions.

On October 5th Bob Ayres will give us a talk on Rivers of Dorset.

The evening will include our Harvest Supper. If you wish to attend and have not put your name down, please phone 814887 so that we can cater for the correct numbers.

This is usually a very enjoyable event, not to be missed.

September Meeting

We begin our Autumn season of talks on 7th September at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence School with a talk by The Gold Club entitled Success with Rockeries.

Would members please remember to bring the Pepper and Fuchsia plants supplied by The Gold Club earlier this year ? They will be judged by the speaker.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 7.15pm.

Later in the month, 17th September, we will be entering the Dorset Federation inter-Society Show. You may be asked if you can supply items for this, especially if you were successful at our own show. These results are now published in the Latest News column on the Home Page.

Summer Show Results 2017

Our Summer Show this year was again very successful.  Held on 19th August, it attracted 330 exhibits from 47 exhibitors.  Both figures are higher than last year and it is very encouraging that they include several new exhibitors.

The judges were kept busy and here we see Dennis Hewitson inspecting the vegetables with Mike Rawlins in the background starting on the dahlias.

The cookery judge won’t need any lunch after sampling all this.

All the judges commented on the high standard of exhibits across the show so well done to all who entered.

The many visitors enjoyed looking around during the afternoon, having a go on the tombola and finishing off with tea and home-made cake.

More photos for your interest.



These pelargoniums were kindly supplied by Island Gardens Nursery in the Spring and grown on by our members. Eve Morris, Gill Wilkinson and Mary Edgell won first, second and third prizes.


Colin Giles judged the flowers and pot plants.We are sad that he has decided to retire from judging.

Plenty of photographs.


N.V.S. Medal. Best Vegetable Exhibit  (Runner Beans), Jean Wyman    N.V.S. Runner-up to Best Vegetable, Mark Read   Silver Challenge Cup. Best Vegetable Collection, Mark Read    Charles Read Memorial Cup. Highest Points in Vegetable Classes, Mark Read    The Tomato Trophy, Ray Hayward    Upwey and Broadwey Produce Challenge Cup. Mixed Collection, John Morris    Garden News Shield. Lady with Highest Points in Vegetables, Diane Norris    Springfield Cup. Best Exhibit, Fruit Classes, John Morris    National Dahlia Society Silver Medal, Frank Newbery National Dahlia Society Bronze Medal, Frank Newbery    Beaton Challenge Cup. Highest Points, Flower Classes, Bill Howarth     Bincombe Cup. Best Exhibit, Cut Flowers, Bill Howarth    Gladioli Award. Best Exhibit, Evelyn Morris     Coronation Silver Challenge Cup. Best Exhibit, Pot Plants, Mark Read     Pelargonium Shield. Best Exhibit, Mark Read     Begonia Award,  Mark Read    Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Amateur Produce Challenge Cup.  Novice Classes, Chris Warner and Neil Coad    Pridham Rose Bowl. Highest Points, Floral Decoration, Doris Flack   Sackville Hamilton Challenge Cup. best Exhibit, Floral Decoration, Brenda Woodsford   Howard Cup. Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery,Neil Coad    The Richards Trophy. Best Exhibit, Preserves and Cookery, Ron Warner    Westbrook Cup. Best Exhibit, Handicraft Classes, Roger Hanger    Redlands Cup. Highest points in Photography, Spring and Summer Show, Adrian Read    Junior Cup for Highest Points,Children’s Classes Group 1, Dylan Virgin and Matilda Stock    Virgin Challenge Cup. Highest Points,Children’s Classes Group 2, Isla Brown    R.H.S. Banksian Medal. Mark Read   The Efco Trophy. Highest Points gained in Show, Bill Howarth


On With the Show

Preparations are well in hand for our Summer Show on 19th August with judges booked and stewards at the ready. All we need now are plenty of entries so now is the time to walk around your garden and decide what you can enter. Take a look at the subjects for the photography, floral dec. and handicrafts. If you enjoy cooking, try out the recipes and have a go.  We will also need cakes for the afternoon teas so any donations will be most welcome.

If you don’t have a schedule, click on the Shows link and you will find a downloadable copy.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.


Spring Roundup

Our May Meeting was very well attended when Jan Willment gave an excellent talk and demonstration on hanging baskets. She suggested which plants thrive best and what compost to use. While talking, she filled three kinds of basket, all beautiful. She kindly donated one to the raffle with the winner choosing from the three.

Next was our Plant Sale at the Memorial Hall on May 13th. There were plenty of customers so hopefully our funds will be boosted.


June 1st was a beautiful day for our visit to The Walled Garden at little Bredy. We began with a lovely cream tea before exploring the garden.

The scones were home-made served with delicious strawberry jam and clotted cream.



We then proceeded to the garden which didn’t disappoint.The borders were filled with perennials with butterflies and bees being very busy.


It was soon time for a sit down and Colin and Sheila found the perfect spot.

We now look forward to enjoying our own gardens through the summer and preparing for the Summer Show on August 19th.