Show Time

August 20th sees our Summer Show at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey.

Open to the public at 2pm, there will be the usual display of flowers, vegetables, floral art, photography, cookery and handicrafts including children’s entries. All this plus a tombola, teas and home-made cakes. A good afternoon out!

Our Autumn programme starts on September 8th with the A.G.M. at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence School.

Membership is due on the night when the full year’s programme will be available.

Members’ Gardens Please send your pictures to

A colourful border

July Already

Here we are on the 2nd of July. Jubilee celebrations over and Wimbledon on the television. There is plenty to do in the garden, weeding, watering and, hopefully, harvesting early crops.

Our next event is the Summer Show on 20th August. Schedules available from the Show Sec. 813942 or download from the ‘Shows’ link. They will also be available from Read’s florist.

Our new programme can be found on the ‘Calendar of Events’ link.

Jubilee Picnic and other news.

First of all, we are sad to hear that Joy Everington passed away on Sunday, 5th June. Joy was President of the Federation following many years as Treasurer and Secretary. She was also a well respected judge and will be missed. The Federation Chairman, Derek Tarrant, has shared this tribute with us;

Joy.  My friend from Horticulture, a rather stern lady on the outside, but when you worked with her and talked of other things in life, it became a pleasure to know her.

The Dorset Federation of Horticultural Society would probably not be so well known, but for the tremendous amount of work Joy put in to it over many years.  Finally and quite rightly, as a reward for all the work, became the President.

Her work as a Judge was second to none and she gave advice and knowledge to many others.

The horticultural world in the South and West is now a poorer place without her.

Thank You Joy.

We will miss you.

                               Rest in peace.


On a happier note, The Jubilee Picnic was enjoyed by members on 2nd June,  a lovely sunny afternoon in Immy and Bob Turner’s garden. Many thanks to them.

We have a break now until the Summer Show on 20th August. Details and schedule can be found on the ‘shows’ link. Copies of the schedule are also available from the Show Secretary, 813942. You will see that we have continued the Jubilee theme in the Floral Decoration classes.

Platinum Jubilee Photos;

Latest News

Upcoming Events,

On Saturday 14th May we are holding our Plant Sale at Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue at 2pm.

There is still time to book a table to sell your own plants ( 20% of takings go to the Society), or plants can be donated to the Society stall. We set up from 1pm. Ring 813942 or 814887.

The members’ Jubilee Picnic Tea will be held on Thursday, 2nd June. Ring for details.

Saturday 20th August, Summer Show at the Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall. Click on the ‘shows’ link for details and to view or download the schedule.


For our May meeting, David Ennals gave a fascinating talk on Cacti. He brought along examples and showed us the difference between cacti and succulents. We were also told how to care for them correctly. Many questions from the room were answered in detail.  An interesting talk delivered with humour.

April Report and Diary Dates

Important Dates: April 28th – Members’ visit to Poundbury Garden Centre 6pm. A talk followed by discounted shopping.

May 5th – ‘Cacti and Succulents’ a talk by David Ennals. 7.30pm at the school.

May 14th – Plant Sale at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, 2pm.

June 2nd – Members’ Jubilee Picnic – details to follow.

Our April meeting was very interesting. Bob Turner gave us an excellent talk on the River Wey from its source to Weymouth harbour. He gave us a history of the river including the five working mills at Upwey, Broadwey, Nottington and two at Radipole. Two of them (Upwey and Radipole) now producing hydroelectricity. We were told about the past floods and the work done by the Environment Agency and the River Wey Society to alleviate future flooding.  It is now a healthy river.

Two of our members entered the Dorset County Spring Show held at the new Jubilee Hall in Poundbury. Mark Read did very well with his daffodils and Shaun Vallard with some pot plants.

March News and Spring Show Results

Our next Meeting will be on April 7th at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence School when Bob Turner will give us a talk entitled ‘A Walk Down the River Wey’, starting at 7.30pm.

Spring Show Report

Ready for Judging

Our Spring Show went ahead on Saturday the 18th. It was very well supported both by exhibitors and visitors. This was our first Spring Show since 2019 due to Covid so it was very pleasing to see that people still enjoy exhibiting.

The hall again looked lovely with all the beautiful Spring flowers and plants, floral arrangements, handicrafts and cookery items.

Early morning staging

Judging the Pot Plant

Trophy Winners:

Junior Cup   Highest Points, Children,  Lucy Polley;   Downer Cup   Best Photographic Print,  Meg Rolfe;  Nottington Cup  Best Exhibit, Handicrafts, SarahStudley;  Prospect Cup   Highest Points, Preserves & Cookery, Neil Coad; Ridgeway Cup  Highest Points, Propagation, Bill Howarth; Novice Shield Highest Points, Novice Classes, Fiona Penny;  Society Rose Bowl  Best Exhibit, Floral Art, Jill Hallett;  Grandshaw Cup,  Highest Points, Pot Plants, Bill Howarth;  Silver Salver  Best Exhibit, Pot Plants (excl. bulbs),  Adrian Read;  Golds Shield   Best Exhibit, Bulbs in Pots, Bill Howarth;  Ladies’ Spring Cup  Highest Points, Sections 1-6 (Lady), Darlene Hayward Spring Show Cup  Runner -up to Highest Points 1-6,  Charlie McCormick        Benson Cup   Highest Points 1-6,  Bill Howarth;  Silver Cup  Best Exhibit, Class 23, Bill Howarth;  Silver Trophy   Best Exhibit , Other Cut Flowers,  Charlie McCormick  Diploma    Best Vase, Daffodils, Bill Howarth;  Diploma  Awarded at Judge’s discretion  Frank Newbery; Best Bloom in Daffodils,  Mark Read; Medal for Best Daffodil Exhibit,  Bill Howarth; Championship Salver,  Bill Howarth.

We were pleased to welcome three new exhibitors who all did well. The overall standard of exhibits was high and the number of entries similar to 2019.

Regular exhibitor, Bill Howarth, was surprised and delighted to win the major awards in the daffodil section. He also did well with his beautiful pots of hyacinths and tulips.



Ready for the Spring Show

Arrangements are well in hand for the Spring Show on 19th March. Entries close on Wednesday 16th. They can be posted or phoned in to the Show Secretary or emailed to They can also be dropped off at Read’s Florist. Full details are in the schedule which can be downloaded from the ‘shows’ link. There will be the usual Tombola and teas will be served with delicious home-made cakes.

A few of the exhibits at the 2019 show

Meanwhile, the monthly meeting on Thursday 3rd March was very well attended. Steve Jeffries gave a very interesting and comprehensive talk on shrubs. The many questions from members added to the information given and the enjoyment of the evening.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 7th April, 7.30pm at the school. Bob Turner will give a talk entitled ‘A walk down the River Wey’. This promises to be very interesting.

February Report

Our February meeting took place on 3rd. Sara Harpley gave us an interesting and informative talk on photography. She gave us lots of useful tips on getting the best results from our cameras, including our mobile phones. She showed us examples of how to get the best composition, selecting the correct background and using the camera at the best angle. We should get some good photos in our Spring Show!

Our March meeting will be on 3rd March, 7.30pm at the school. Steve Jeffries will be telling us about shrubs and climbers. He is very knowledgeable so will be able to answer any questions members may have.

The Spring Show takes place on 19th March at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. The schedule can be downloaded from the ‘Shows’ link or copies are available from P.&M. Read’s florist on Dorchester Road and by emailing or ringing 01305 813942.

Sad News

We are deeply saddened at the news that our President, Peter Read, passed away on Monday. He has been involved with our society since childhood, following in the footsteps of his parents, Charles and Mary.

Peter and Mark at a D.F.H.S

Pete will be fondly remembered by all who knew him and his depth of horticultural knowledge and wise words will be sorely missed.

Our sincere condolences go to his family.

His funeral will take place on Friday 21st January at 11am at St. Laurence Church, Upwey. Peter will be taken by horse-drawn carriage from his Florist shop, down Stottingway Street and along Church Street. Friends and family are invited to walk behind the carriage to the church if they wish.

A New Year To Look Forward To

Happy New Year to all, time to browse through the seed catalogues and plan our summer displays. Something to cheer us on dismal days.

No meeting this month but we hope to see you on 3rd February when Sara Harpley will give us a talk on how to get the best from our cameras.Our Spring Show will be held on 19th March. The schedule can be viewed and downloaded from our ‘Shows’ link or you can email for a copy. We are hoping for plenty of entries to make a good display.

We have been contacted by The Cottage Garden Society (Dorset Group) inviting our society to a talk at Puddletown in March, details below.

You are warmly welcome to join us on Sunday 6th March at Puddletown Village Hall.
We are so pleased that Tamsin Westhorpe will be our guest speaker whose talk is entitled ‘Giving your garden a new lease of life’ (with planting and design ideas).
Tamsin Westhorpe is a horticultural journalist and RHS Chelsea Flower Judge. Formerly
Deputy Editor of Gardening Magazine and currently Co-Chair of the Garden Media Guild.
Tamsin gardens at Stockton Bury Gardens in Leominster, a family garden of several acres with
beautiful planting.
Time: Doors open at 2.00pm for 2.30pm start.
Admission: £5 – cash only at the door
For further information and to secure a place please contact Jenny Daultrey at or 01747 851300
Please note:
This event is subject to Government guidelines applicable at the time.