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.


May Meeting and June Visit

On 4th May Jan Willment of Island Gardens Nursery will be talking about and demonstrating hanging baskets. This is always enjoyable and fascinating to see how many plants she manages to squeeze in. Tea and coffee will be available from 7.15 pm prior to Jan’s talk.

1st June sees our visit to The Walled Garden at Little Bredy. Our visit is timed for 3pm and cream teas are available. We need to know numbers so please let us know if you wish to come and also if you would like to book a cream tea. The cost will be £4 for entry and another £4 for a cream tea.

The easiest way to get there is via Portesham. Take the coast road to Portesham and turn right at the King’s Arms. Proceed through the village and up the hill. Over the top of the hill Little Bredy is signposted to the left. There will be an A-board on the road to the village showing us to turn left past the village green. There is ample parking outside the garden.

If anyone needs a lift we will try to arrange one.

April Activities

Our Annual General Meeting held on 6th April was very well attended and the number of entries in  the Members’ Mini Show  was the highest for several years. Mark Read was the judge and awarded prizes to Ros Gant for a wonderful pot of tulips and Jean Wyman for best single bloom, coincidentally, also a tulip.

Officers remain the same but Jean Fairbrother said she would have to give up the post of Treasurer at the end of the financial year (December 31st). If anyone is able to take  this over, please let Ros Gant know. One new committee member was appointed which is very good news.

On April 20th members will be visiting Poundbury Garden Centre. Meet in the restaurant at 6.45 pm for coffee followed by a talk. Then browse around the garden centre and any purchases will attract a 25% discount. This is always a very enjoyable evening.

Our Next Meeting is on 4th May when Jan Willment of Island Gardens Nursery will be demonstrating Hanging Baskets. 

The Plant Sale on the 13th May will soon be here. The Memorial Hall will be open from 1 pm to receive plants with the sale starting at 2 pm.

Spring Show Results 2017

Another successful Spring Show, the 35th, was held on Saturday 18th March at Upwey Memorial Hall.

Almost 200 entries, up 20% on last year, produced a wonderful display of colour and scent. The daffodil and hyacinth displays were spectacular.  Other areas to do well included cookery with a surprising surge in gentlemen’s cake-making. The Floral Art classes produced some wonderful exhibits as always.

The judges commented on the high standard of entries across all sections.

Awards were well spread out this year and new exhibitors shone in the daffodil and novice sections.

Well done to all who contributed to a very good show.


Junior Cup, Highest Points, Children’s Classes           Erica Pickard

Downer Cup. Best Photographic Print                          Ron Warner

Nottington Cup. Best Exhibit, Handicrafts                    Anna Banks

Littlemead Cup. Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery, excluding Class 68             Anna Banks

Ridgeway Cup. Highest Points, Propagation                       Bill Howarth

Shield. Highest Points, Novice Section                                Erica Pickard

Best Exhibit, Floral Art                                                        Brenda Woodsford

Grandshaw Cup. Highest Points, Pot Plants                       Bill Howarth

Golds Candelabra. Best Exhibit, Pot Plants, excluding bulbs  Adrian Read

Golds Shield. Best Exhibit, Bulbs in Pots                                 Bill Howarth

Ladies’ Spring Cup. Highest Points, Sections 1 to 6                Mary Edgell

Spring Show Cup. Runner up to Highest Points, Sections 1 to 6  Mark Read

Benson Cup. Highest Points, Sections 1 to 6                               Bill Howarth

Shield. Best Exhibit, Class 23                                                                  ”

Silver Trophy. Best Exhibit, Other Cut Flowers, excluding Class 23      ”

Daffodil Diploma for Best Vase                                             Mark Read

Daffodil Diploma awarded at Judge’s discretion                   Eric Pickard

Best Bloom in Daffodils                                                         Ray Hayward 

Medal for Best Exhibit in Daffodil Classes                          Darlene Hayward                

Broadwey and Upwey Daffodil Championship Salver     Mark Read


Daffodils, Mr D Phillips
Horticulture, Mr. D. Luther
Floral Art, Mrs S Bendall
Cookery, Handicrafts, and Children’s Classes, Natalie Green   Photography, Mr. J. Downer



Brenda Woodsford’s interpretation of

A touch of Magic’














March Meeting Report

On March 2nd members old and new gathered to hear a talk on vegetable gardening in containers.

Vice-Chairman, Ros Gant welcomed everyone and, after reminding us of the Spring Show on 18th and the A.G.M. in April, introduced our speaker, Mark Read.

Mark is a very knowledgeable horticulturist and National exhibitor. He gave us an excellent talk covering suitable containers, vegetables that thrive in containers, the best compost to use, combatting pests and diseases and which feeds to use. He grows a lot of his own vegetables in containers so had first-hand experiences to share.

Members enjoyed his easy, friendly style and the amusing anecdotes included. Mark answered a variety of questions from the floor before the meeting closed.

Our A.G.M. is on 6th April which includes the Member’s Only Mini-Show. Entries can be staged from 7 pm.

Please click on the Shows link for details of our Annual Spring Show on 18th March to be held in The Memorial Hall.

The Dorset County Show committee are holding their Spring Show on April 2nd and 3rd at Sunninghill School in Dorchester. More classes have been added this year so it should be well worth a visit, open to the public between 2 and 4 pm.

For further details go to www.dorset-county-show-competitors.co.uk/page/schedules



March Meeting

Our February meeting attracted a large audience with several potential new members. Sally Fielding gave a fascinating talk on Dry-stone Walling illustrated with slides. She explained how the walls are constructed and that different parts of the country have different styles of building. It was a very enjoyable evening.

On March 2nd, Mark Read will be talking about vegetable growing.  This is sure to be very informative as Mark is a renowned grower and exhibitor.

The talk will include growing veg. in containers so that everyone can have a go regardless of garden size.

Veg. Collection

Don’t forget our Spring Show  on 18th March, details on the ‘Shows’ link.