September News

Our September meeting was very well attended. The Gold Club were unable to supply a speaker as scheduled but fortunately, Martin Young kindly stepped in at short notice.

Instead of a talk on houseplants, we were treated to a very interesting illustrated  account of Martin’s time spent on Ascension Island whilst serving in the RAF. He clearly enjoyed his time there which is not surprising as the scenery looked breath-taking.

On Sunday 16th we took part in the Dorset Federation Inter-Society Show at Tarrant Keynstone, near Blandford.

Exhibits ready for judging

We did extremely well, winning five trophies and then we were surprised and delighted to win the RHS Banksian Medal for the highest points in Horticulture.

This  large collection of vegetables was supplied by Mark Read

This mixed collection, also staged by Mark, won the Hambro Cup

Three vases of annuals, Best Floral Exhibit (Ashton Cup) , sweet peas, zinnias and marigolds.

We were very pleased to win the Dorset Produce Association Cup for this Collective class. Five exhibits are awarded points out of ten with ten more available for presentation. Our theme was Tea for Two. We gained fifty-one points (three nines and three eights), six more than the second placed exhibit!

The Harry Dawes Trophy was won for the Best Pot Plant and the Bob Jones Salver for the highest points in flowers.

A very good day indeed. A huge thank you to all those members who supplied exhibits.

Important Information

On October 4th our Harvest Supper will take place at the School as last year. There will be a ham and cheese ploughman’s supper followed by Dorset apple cake with clotted cream. The cost is £5 and members should ring 814887 or 813942 to book a place if they haven’t already done so.

The evening will begin with a floral demonstration by Mark Read entitled Autumn Colour followed by the meal. We hope to see you there.



Summer Show Report 2018

This year’s show, held on Saturday August 18th, was again very successful. The standards of vegetable, flower and pot plant exhibits were very high despite the very dry weather recently. In fact, standards were high across the show with wonderful floral arrangements and handicrafts. Our photography and cookery entries continue to increase as do the children’s entries. There were 300 entries in total. Judges commented on the excellent exhibits.

The hall is ready for exhibitors.

exhibits begin to arrive

More exhibits

children’s decorated flower pots

the Trophies are set up

some lovely orchids

Special Awards

N.V.S. Medal. Best Vegetable Exhibit  (Leeks)  Mark Read, N.V.S. Runner – Up to Best Vegetable  (Onions)  Mark Read, Silver Challenge Cup. Best Vegetable Collection  Mark Read,  Charles Read Memorial Cup. Highest points in Vegetable Classes  Bill Howarth, Tomato Trophy. Best Exhibit  Mark Read, Produce Challenge Cup. Best Mixed Collection John Morris,  Garden News Shield. Lady with the Highest Points in Vegetable Calsses  Jean Wyman and Dot Emblen, Springfield Cup. Best Exhibit, Fruit Classes  Bill Howarth, National Dahlia Society Silver Medal and Bronze Medal  Frank Newbery, The Beaton Challenge Cup. Highest Points, Flower Classes  Bill Howarth, Bincombe Cup. Best Exhibit, Cut Flowers  Peter Read,  The Gladioli Award. Best Exhibit  John Morris,  Pelargonium Shield. Best Exhibit  Mark Read,  Begonia Award. Best Exhibit  Peter Read,  Amateur Produce Challenge Cup. Highest Points, Novice Classes  Sharon Power,  Pridham Rose Bowl. Highest Points, Floral Decoration and Sackville Hamilton Cup for Best Exhibit  Brenda Woodsford,  Howard Cup. Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery and Richards Trophy. Best Exhibit  Chris Warner,  Westbrook Cup. Best Exhibit, Handicrafts  Jane Hambleton, Redlands Cup. Highest Points, Photography in Spring and Summer Shows Adrian Read,  Cup for Highest Points, Group 1 Children’s classes  George Gant,  Virgin Challenge Cup. Highest Points, Group 2 Children’s Classes  Isla Brown,  The R.H.S  Banksian Medal. Highest Points in Horticulture Classes  John Morris,  The EFCO Trophy. Highest Points in Show  Bill Howarth

plenty for the cookery judge to taste!

It was a wonderful show and plenty of visitors came to  enjoy the colourful display. The hall is ideal for this sort of event as there was still room for tea tables. These were soon taken up by people enjoying tea and home-made cakes. Awards were presented by our President, Mr Peter Read.

A huge thank you to all who exhibited and all who helped in any way to make the show the success that it was.

The Society meet on September 6th at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence school at 7.30 pm for a talk on House Plants.

Members should bring the plants supplied by the Gold Club for judging.




Summer Show 2018

Our Summer Show is drawing near and preparations are well under way. It takes place on 18th August at Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall.

We are hoping for plenty of entries for members of the public to enjoy. Schedules can be downloaded from the website, click on the ‘Shows’ link. You will see that there are classes in many categories, so why not have a go ?

The Show is open to the public from 2pm with tea and home-made cake served throughout the afternoon.

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.