June Garden Visit

On a beautiful evening, thirty members gathered at Immy and Bob Turner’s garden in Broadwey. We visited two years ago when the garden was newly planted and it was lovely to see how the plants had flourished.                                                                  The borders looked spectacular with well planned colour schemes and a wide range of plants, all complementing each other.

Everyone enjoyed a perfect evening looking around the garden and having a good chat. Drinks and a light buffet were provided to complete an excellent occasion.







Our next event is the Summer Show on August 18th at the Memorial Hall. Click on the ‘Shows’ link for details.

May Reports

On the weekend of 28th/29th April, our Society history was displayed as part of the Local History Exhibition at the Memorial Hall. Visitors were able to look back at past events with newspaper clippings, old minute books and Flower Show results, dating back to when the Society was formed. This resulted in two new members signing up.

Our May Meeting was very well attended for the talk by Martin Young on Climbing Plants. 

Martin gave an excellent talk, supported by slides, covering a wide range of climbers. He gave us plenty of information on the growing and care of such plants and answered members’ questions at the end.

The Plant Sale, held on 12th May, was a very busy event. Plenty of buyers queued up for bargains and quickly cleared the stalls.

Perennials neatly displayed.

Plenty of Hostas, lovely healthy plants.

A good range of plants were on offer.

When the buyers had completed their purchases, they enjoyed a cup of tea and slice of cake, making it a very sociable afternoon.

£220 profit was made, a valuable addition to Society funds. Many thanks to all who helped on the day, made cakes or supplied plants, and of course, those who made purchases.

We look forward to seeing everyone at The Dairy House, Watery Lane from 6 pm on the 21st June. (See previous post).



May and June Events

On May 3rd at St.Nicholas and St. Laurence School, Martin Young will be speaking about Climbing Plants. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm with refreshments available.

Martin, who runs a nursery on Dorchester Road at Upwey, is very knowledgeable and always gives us an excellent  talk.

May 12th sees our Plant Sale at the Memorial Hall at 2pm. There will be a Society stall where members can donate plants or, if desired, members can have a stall of their own. In this case, the table will be free but 20% of takings will go to the Society.

On June 21st, at 6 pm (please note, not 7th) we have again been invited to Immy Turner’s garden at the Dairy House, Watery Lane.

We went 2 years ago, when the garden was newly landscaped, so it will be very interesting to see how it has matured.

Plenty of chat in 2016

This will be a very pleasant evening spent by the river with drinks and nibbles provided.

A.G.M. Report

The A.G.M., held at the Memorial Hall, was well attended. The Annual Reports were presented and the Treasurer’ Report showed that we have a healthy bank balance.

It was agreed that subscriptions should remain at £6 per annum and become due in September to avoid any confusion. Anyone joining in February or March should pay £3 to take them over to September.

Unfortunately, no new committee members were elected. If anyone feels that they could serve on the committee, please let Ros Gant know. We meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month.

The Members’ Mini-Show was well supported with 40 entries. This was judged by Mark Read. He chose Ros Gant’s beautiful pot of tulips as Best Exhibit.

Ros Gant presented the Mary Middlemass trophy to Kay Graham. This trophy is awarded to the person gaining most points during the year in our Flower and Plant of the Month competitions. Members can bring any flower or plant (or both) to the monthly meetings and these are judged by the speaker.

Pelargoniums supplied by Island Gardens Nursery were given to members to grow on for the Summer Show and fuchsias and petunias, supplied by The Gold Club, were given out to bring back for judging at the September meeting

Don’t forget the visit to Poundbury Garden Centre on 26th April when we will have a talk followed by shopping with a 25% discount. Arrive by 6.45 pm please.


Spring Show Results 2018

The Spring Show took place on a very cold Saturday 17th March. Exhibitors and Judges came from as far as Bath, Ferndown, Blandford and Christchurch as well as locally and all returned home safely despite the snow.

Almost two hundred entries were staged by thirty-nine exhibitors. The hall looked lovely with all the Spring flowers on show.

The Daffodil classes were a delight as always with visitors in awe at the variety and perfection of the blooms.  Mark Read, well known for his growing and showing skills, has now expanded his expertise to daffodils, winning the major awards in this category.

Bill Howarth again did well in the cut flower and pot plant classes.His wife, Ruth, won the award for Best Exhibit in Floral Art with her stunning interpretation of ‘In Triplicate’.

The Photography, Cookery and Handicraft sections were well supported. John Restorick won the Best Handicraft award with his wonderful doll’s house.It had automated mice characters inside and tiny garden tools outside. It proved to be a great attraction.

Special Awards

Junior Cup; Tilly Gant, Downer Cup (photography); Dave Rolfe, Nottington Cup (handicrafts); John Restorick, Prospect Cup (preserves and cookery); Jean Wyman, Ridgway Cup, Grandshaw Cup, Golds Shield, Benson Cup, (highest points in various horticulture sections) Bill Howarth, Silver Trophy (best exhibit cut flowers); Bill Howarth, Ladies’ Spring Cup; Darlene Hayward, Spring Show Cup; Shaun Vallard, Silver Salver ( best pot plant); Mark Read, 2 Diplomas (daffodil classes); Eric Pickard and Mark Read, Best Daffodil Bloom, Best Daffodil Exhibit and Daffodil Championship; Mark Read.

Our thanks go to all exhibitors and visitors who came to our show.

Spring Show 17th March

The snow has disappeared so we can now concentrate on our show. It is always worth a visit with lovely spring flowers and pot plants, not forgetting floral art and handicrafts, cookery and children’s classes. Come along and enjoy the exhibits and a cup of tea and slice of home-made cake. Even better, why not enter a few classes. Click on the ‘Shows’ link to view the schedule.


The A.G.M. will be held at the Memorial Hall this year as the school is closed for Easter holidays on April 5th.


Our meeting on 1st March has been cancelled due to adverse weather coming our way.

The Spring Show is on the 17th, enquiries to the show secretary, 01305 813942 or see the ‘Shows’ link.


The AGM and members’ Mini-Show on 5th April will be held at the Memorial Hall and not at the school.

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.