Something to Cheer Us

One of our members, Steve, sent us this lovely picture of freesias from his garden in Preston. He says they smell as good as they look.

He has also found out that Dorset Seaweeds is based at 56, Putton Lane, Chickerell. Seaweed extract was mentioned by the panel at our March meeting as being good for roses. Not far to go when things return to normal.

Let’s hope this weather lasts and we can use this extra time at home to enjoy our gardens


Spring Show Cancelled

We have decided today to cancel the Spring Show due to the virus.  We think it is the sensible course of action to take in order to safeguard any vulnerable members, exhibitors and visitors.

Hopefully things will have settled down by August when we can look forward to our Summer Show.

March 5th Meeting

Our meeting on March 5th took the form of a Gardeners’ Question Time. It proved to be a great success with a very good attendance and some interesting questions. The panel, Peter Read, Sarah Studley and Steve Jeffries, each answered every question, with some differing opinions. Lots of information was given in a light-hearted and humorous way Another very enjoyable evening.

Ros Gant introduced the panel and gave the notices but then had to return home as Nottington village was on high flood alert.

View from window

Our Spring Show is the next event on 21st March. Please try to enter, schedules are available from P.&M.Read, Broadwey Village Stores or by ringing 813942. They can also be down-loaded from the ‘Shows’ link. Entries close on Wednesday, 18th and can be e-mailed, if more convenient, to

The A.G.M. will be held on 2nd April at 7.30 pm, this includes the Members Mini Show. Entries on the night.





Owermoigne and District Horticultural Society have invited us to join them on Wednesday August 5th at Owermoigne Cricket Club at 6.30 pm. There will be a talk followed by a barbeque with hot dogs, burgers and a veggie option. This promises to be a pleasant social event and a chance to meet other gardeners. Bockhampton and District Horticultural Society have also been invited.

Julia’s House Hospice have asked if any of our members would like to open their garden this year to support their valuable work. Full details from or call 01202 644220.

Wyke Regis Horticultural Society have seats available on their trip to Powderham Castle on Friday 1st May. Toby’s Garden Festival will be in full swing with Toby .Buckland in attendance. Call 01305 759668 or e-mail






Springtime News

There are signs of Spring already with snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils appearing all around us.

Our February meeting was very well attended when Clive Groves came to talk about violets. It was very interesting to hear about his family’s involvement with violets, going back to his grandfather. Clive holds the national collection and it was surprising to hear that there are many different colours. He has bred several new varieties and named them after his family members. A fascinating talk.

Our March meeting, on the 5th, will take the form of a Gardener’s Question Time. 

We have three local horticulturalists on the panel. If you have a question, please write it on the form provided on the night and pop it in the pot. Questions will be picked from the pot and answered by each panelist in turn.

The Spring Show takes place on 21st March at the Memorial Hall. Full details on the ‘Shows’ link.

The A.G.M. is on 2nd April. We would be very pleased to welcome new committee members. We especially need a minute secretary and someone willing to organise the tombolas at the shows. It would help for us to know if you are interested by 21st March. Contact any committee member or see us at the show, if you need more information.

Next Meeting, February 6th

Our first meeting of 2020 will be on February 6th at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence School. Clive Groves will give us a talk entitled The Secret World of Violets.

There will be the usual Raffle and Refreshments. Spring Show schedules will also be available. We look forward to seeing you then.


Christmas Quiz and Meal.

Members met on 5th December for our final meeting of 2019. The evening began with a Quiz compiled by Shaun Vallard, while the meal was being prepared. Everyone then tucked in to a turkey supper followed by a mincemeat slice with clotted cream.

A festive raffle completed a very enjoyable evening.

There will  be no members’ meeting in January but the committee will meet to decide on speakers for next year (September onwards). If there is a subject that you are especially interested in, please let us know before 14th January.

Happy Christmas and New Year to all and we look forward to seeing you on February 6th, when Clive Groves will be speaking about The Secret World of Violets. 



November Meeting

The speaker at our meeting on November 7th was Mr. Brian Madders, who gave us a very interesting talk on Chrysanthemums and Dahlias.

He covered all aspects of the cultivation of both species, from taking cuttings to planting out and aftercare. His talk was complemented by some lovely slides taken during his many years of growing, showing and judging dahlias and chrysanths.

He hoped that his talk would encourage more people to grow chrysanthemums as there has been a decline in recent years. We hope more of our members will do so.

During the evening, a display was on show of the trophies won at the  Dorset Federation Show in September.


Some of the members who were involved with the show. Brian Madders is at the back. He was one of the judges at the show.

Our next meeting will be on 5th December when there will be a short Quiz followed by a Christmas supper. Please ring 814887 to book your place. The cost will be £6 payable on the night.

We are sad to report that Eric Manton passed away in October. Eric was a Vice President of our society and a valued member for very many years. He had taken care of all our printing, including posters and show schedules. He was also a member of the team who put together our 125th Anniversary Exhibition at Brewer’s Quay in 2003.


October Meeting Report

On October 3rd the evening began with an excellent talk by Steve Jeffries on Autumn Colour. His long career in horticulture was evident as he delivered easy to understand information, giving clear answers to questions as they arose. He also brought examples of plants to use for best effect..

Following the talk, members enjoyed the Harvest Supper. We again served a cheese and home-cooked ham ploughman’s followed by home-made apple cake with clotted cream.

Ready to enjoy

Our next meeting will be on November 7th when Brian Madders will give a talk on Dahlias and Chrysanthemums. There will also be a display of the trophies etc., won at the recent Dorset Federation Show.

We are always pleased to see new people, either just visiting or prospective members. Meetings start at 7.30 pm with tea or coffee available from 7.15 pm.

Dorset Federation Show

Our Society entered the Inter-Society Show on Sunday 22nd September. The weather was atrocious with heavy downpours while transferring exhibits from cars to hall. However, the difficulties were forgotten when we saw the results, eighteen first prizes, including five Best Exhibits, eight seconds and nine thirds.

Classes one and two with all the trophies.

Best Mixed Collection

Best Vegetable Exhibit

Three Pot Plants 1st Prize

Best Cactus Collection

Our Collective Class exhibit entitled ‘Reflections’, using an empty picture frame and placing items to depict a mirror image. It scored ten out of ten for presentation!

The full results will be displayed with the trophies at our November meeting as our next meeting is the Harvest Supper. There is still time to book a place, just ring 814887.