Summer is Here

July has come around so it is time to start thinking about our Summer Show on August 17th. We are always pleased to welcome new exhibitors as well as our ‘regulars’. See the ‘Shows’ link for full details.

We are enjoying glorious weather and our gardens are looking beautiful. Her are a few examples.

View of the summerhouse, Buckland Ripers.

Deutzia in full bloom

This orchid has flowered again after 4 years!


June Garden Visit and Plant Sale Report

The Plant Sale, held on May 11th at the Memorial Hall, was a huge success, raising valuable funds for the Society.

The Society stall being prepared for customers (left). In all there were ten stalls as members were invited to sell their own plants and donate twenty per-cent of takings to the Society. A good crowd quickly cleared the stalls of plants and garden essentials.




Our Gardens Visit to Elwell Street on June 6th was very well attended and members were clearly delighted with what they saw. We were blessed with a lovely sunny evening again. The garden at Batch Cottage was a delightful walled garden with beautiful roses and perennials as well as a greenhouse and small vegetable plot.





Across the road at No. 7, we found a large well established garden with expansive lawns and borders, also a greenhouse and vegetable plot. The terrace was set up with tables and chairs ready for drinks and food, a very pleasant evening indeed.

Our next event will be the Summer Show on August 17th at the Memorial Hall. Click on the ‘Shows’ link for full details.




May News

Our May meeting was very enjoyable. Mike Burke, form Castle Gardens gave us an excellent talk on houseplants. He covered all aspects of growing indoor plants in his own amusing yet informative way.

This was our last meeting at the school until September. On June 6th we will be visiting members’ gardens in Elwell Street, Upwey. The first garden will be Batch Cottage, behind no.18. We then cross the road to no.7 where there will be drinks and nibbles. Parking is scarce in Elwell Street so car sharing or walking would be a good idea, if possible.

One of our members recently visited the Old Rectory at Litton Cheney under the NGS open gardens scheme. She was very impressed and thoroughly recommends a visit. The garden will be open on Sunday 19th May from 2pm till 5pm in aid of Weldmar Hospice . Homemade teas will be available.

Reminder; Summer Show, August 17th. Full details on the Shows link.

From our Members’ Gardens

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  A member’s garden in Weymouth Bay Avenue

A.G.M. Report and May Activities

Our A.G.M. was very well attended and the business went smoothly. All Officers remain in their positions and we were very pleased to welcome Sara Warren on to the committee. It is good to have an injection of fresh ideas from time to time.

Hazel Street was presented with the Mary Middlemass Plate for gaining the highest number of points throughout the year in the Flower/Plant of the Month competitions. The Plate is beautifully hand-painted and was presented by the late Mary several years ago.

The Members’ Mini-Show added lovely Spring colour to proceedings and was judged by Mark Read. Winner of the best exhibit was a tub of tulips grown by Terry Gant. All out and of the same height! Quite an achievement.

On 25th April we are visiting Poundbury Garden Centre for a talk and shopping evening. All purchases will attract a 25% discount. Meet in the Engine Room for coffee/tea at 6.45pm prior to the talk. There will be free delivery for any bulky purchases.

Our meeting on May 2nd will be a talk on House Plants given by The Gardens Group Gold Club.

May 11th sees our annual Plant Sale at the Upwey Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. The sale starts at 2pm and we are setting up from 1.15pm. If you would like a table or have plants that need collecting, please ring Shaun on 812473 or Ros on 814887. Full details on the Plant Sale link on the home page.

If you enjoy outings, we have been invited to join the Plant Heritage Group on their trip to Wisley on September 14th. Details below.


From Our Members’ Gardens


Next Meeting – AGM and Members’ Mini-show

The AGM and Mini-show will take place on April 4th at St. Nicholas and St. Lawrence School. (Change of venue due to the Hall being double booked.)  The meeting starts at 7.30 pm but the school will be open from 7pm to stage exhibits. No need to enter in advance. If you need a schedule, please ring 813942.

We would welcome new committee members, so if you are interested please ring 814887 or just come along.

Members’ Gardens

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Blossom in Broadwey

New shoots in Nottington


Spring Show Results 2019

Special Awards

Daffodil Championship Salver and Medal for Best Daffodil Exhibit,  Ray Hayward.  Best Bloom in Daffodils (Cape Cornwall), Darlene Hayward.  Diploma for Best Vase, Daffodils, Mark Read.  Diploma (Judge’s discretion), Eric Pickard.

Silver Cup, Best Exhibit, Other Cut Flowers, Silver Trophy, Class 23 and the Benson Cup, Highest Points, Sections 1 – 6,  Bill Howarth. Spring Show Cup, Runner-up, Sections 1 – 6 and the Ladies’ Spring Cup, Darlene Hayward.                                                                                                                            Silver Salver, Best Exhibit Pot Plants, Mark Read.   Grandshaw Cup, Highest Points, Pot Plants and Golds Shield, Best Exhibit, Bulbs in Pots, Bill Howarth.      Society Rose Bowl, Best Exhibit Floral Art, Brenda Woodsford.                                Novice Shield, Highest Points, Novice Section, Dot Emblen.  Ridgeway Cup, Highest Points, Propogation, Bill Howarth.  Prospect Cup, Highest Points Cookery and Preserves, Christine Warner. Nottington Cup, Best Handicraft, John Restorick.

                                                              Downer Cup, Best Photographic Print, Meg Rolfe.  Junior Cup, Highest Points in Children’s Classes, shared by Lizzy and George Gant and Evie May Warner.

A Very Busy March

On March 7th, Mark Read gave us an excellent talk on growing vegetables. He covered all aspects including sowing, feeding and combating pests and diseases. He ended by answering members’ questions.

March  9th brought the D.F.H.S. A.G.M. at Kingston Maurward. Joy Everington stood down  as Secretary and Treasurer after many years and Ann Brown was elected in her place. Joy has given valuable service to the Federation and was presented with a bouquet and a beautiful glass vase in appreciation of her dedication.

Our Spring Show on the 16th was a great success attracting 220 entries from 40 exhibitors. There were plenty of visitors to see the excellent exhibits and to sample the tea and cake.

A few of the exhibits, more images on the results page.

Looking Ahead to March

Our February meeting was very well attended. The audience, including several new faces, enjoyed the talk on Wildlife in the Garden, given by Neil Lovesay of Picket Lane Nursery in South Perrott. He gave us a new perspective on garden wildlife with the help of some excellent slides. A superb talk delivered without a single note!

We now look forward to a busy March, with the meeting on the 7th and the Spring Show on the 16th.

The March speaker will be Peter Read talking about vegetables to grow for the coming season. This is sure to be a very enjoyable and informative evening.

Our Spring Show, on 16th March is always worth a visit with plenty of exhibits to see and delicious teas with home-made cakes. Do try to enter a few classes, the schedule can be found on the ‘shows’ link. Entries can be made by email to

February Meeting

Wildlife in the Garden

For our first meeting of 2019, Neil Lovesay will give a talk on how to attract wildlife into our gardens. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm with tea and biscuits available from 7.15 pm. There will also be the usual raffle.

New members will be very welcome.

Christmas Supper

On December 6th  our Christmas meeting went very well. The evening began with a quiz, followed by a lovely supper. There were festive prizes to be won in the raffle and the forty-three members attending had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

We have a break now until February 7th when Neil Lovesey will give a talk on Wildlife in the Garden.

We wish all of our members a Very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.