April Meeting

Our April meeting will be on the 18th as the school is closed for Easter holidays.

We will begin with a short A.G.M. when we hope to welcome a few new committee members. New ideas are always needed.

The A.G.M. will be followed by a talk from our Chairman, Shaun Vallard, entitled ‘My Trip to the Galapagos Islands’. 

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, at a small charge of £2. Members free of course.

25th April ; Members’ visit to Poundbury Garden Centre for a talk followed by discounted shopping. Please arrive in time for a 6pm start. 

From our members’ gardens;

Magnolia, Yellow River

Spring Show Report 2024

Tulips straight and tall

Our Spring Show was held on Saturday 16th March at the Memorial Hall. There were 209 exhibits filling the hall with Spring colour, always a cheerful sight. There were plenty of daffodils this year with 88 exhibits in this section.

 Trophy Winners

 Junior Cup   Highest points, Children’s Classes, Evie-May Warne  Downer Cup  Best Photographic Print, Adrian Rea   Nottington Cup Best Exhibit, Handicrafts, David Greenhalf   Prospect Cup  Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery, Neil Coad               Ridgeway Cup  Highest Points, Propagation, Bill Howarth   Society Rose Bowl  Best Exhibit, Floral Art, Sara Warren  Grandshaw Cup  Highest Points, Pot Plants, Bill Howarth  Silver Salver  Best Exhibit, Pot Plants (excl. bulbs,)  Ros Gant                    Golds Shield   Best Exhibit, Bulbs in Pots, Bill Howarth  Spring Show Cup  Runner -up to Highest Points 1-6, Neal Hatch  Benson Cup   Highest Points 1-6, Bill Howarth      Silver Cup  Best Exhibit, Class 23, John Morris  Silver Trophy   Best Exhibit , Other Cut Flowers, Evelyn Morris  Diploma   Best Vase, Daffodils      Pink Silk    Bill Howarth  Diploma    Awarded at Judge’s discretion  Angel’s Breath    Ray Hayward    Best Bloom in Daffodils    Countdown   Eric Salt  Medal for Best Daffodil Exhibit,  Bill Howarth   Championship Salver          Bill Howarth 

Images from our show


Early exhibitor, Friday evening

Saturday morning decisions


The preserves and cookery classes were well supported including 8 ginger cakes and 5 coffee and walnut.




Thanks to all who helped in any way and to all the exhibitors without whom there would be no show.


March Reminder

Our next meeting is on Thursday 7th March when Bryan Madders will give us a talk on growing dahlias for pleasure. The school is open from 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm.

Our Spring Show takes place on 16th March at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. Full details can be found on the ‘Shows’ link. Have a look at the schedule and see if there is something you can enter. Entries close on Wednesday 13th.

This is our treasurer’s camellia, it has had the most flowers ever this year.

Sad News

We are very sad to announce that Sheila Seal has passed away. Sheila was a long time member of the society and, with her husband, Colin, served on the committee until last year. She ran the raffles at our monthly meetings with Colin and helped at the shows.

Her funeral will take place on Friday 1st March at 4pm at Weymouth Crematorium. Our sincere sympathies go to Colin and his family.

Sheila and Colin had been married for 63 years.

February News and March events

A good number of members and visitors attended the February meeting when local historian, Sue Virgin, spoke about Upwey as it used to be. Upwey was an almost self-sufficient village with all the shops needed for everyday life. We were shown photographs of ‘then and now’ buildings with most commercial premises now converted to housing.

Our next meeting will be on March 7th when Bryan Madders will speak about ‘Dahlias for Pleasure’.

Our Spring Show takes place on March 16th in the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey. There are classes in horticulture, cookery, flower arranging, handicrafts and photography. There is also a children’s section. All classes open to all. Full details can be found via the ‘shows’ link.

Daffodils in last year’s show

2024 Activities

A new year and time to think of what to grow in the coming seasons. Remember to sow a few more seeds or take a few extra cuttings to grow on for our plant sale in May.

Our first meeting of the year takes place on February 1st at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence school at 7.30pm. This will be an illustrated talk by local historian, Sue Virgin, entitled “Upwey – A Walk Down Memory Lane”.

This promises to be very interesting, showing Upwey past and present. There have been many changes over the years with new housing and the loss of several shops and businesses.

Open to all, visitors pay £2 while members are free as usual.

We hope you have planted your bulbs in readiness for our Spring Show on March 16th.


November Report

Our November meeting was a real treat. The members who braved the weather were very well rewarded. Steve Groves, the Swanherd at Abbotsbury, gave us a really interesting talk on the swannery. He explained all about the swans and how they are looked after. Having worked at the swannery since 1989, he had a vast amount of knowledge. His talk was enhanced by some wonderful slides, including the birds, some rare, who have visited over the years. The whole talk was delivered without any notes, clearly a man who loves his job.

Our next event is the Christmas meal and quiz on December 7th. Members who wish to attend should book a place by ringing 813942 or emailing join@budhs.org.uk

Trophies won at the DFHS Show

Talks at other societies that are open to our members.

November 8th at 7pm Wyke Regis H.S. Rylands Lane. A history of Athelhampton House by the estates manager and the head gardener. £10 entry

Stourton Caundle H.S. 7pm at the Village Hall Trees for the Small Garden by Andy McIndoe, formerly of Hilliers Nurseries. £5 entry.

November 25th at 2.30pm at Colehill Village Hall. Dorset Hardy Plant Society Celebrity Speaker Developing the World Garden by Tom Hart-Dyke. Ring 07468 853009 to book a ticket.£10

December 2nd  2pm at Morden Village Hall. Nerines in the Garden by Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers. £5 entry.


Autumn Activities

Upcoming Events;

15th October  P&M Read, the local florists are celebrating 40 years in business. To mark the event there will be a Charity Bake-Off at the Memorial Hall, Upwey, including stalls run by local craftspeople. Refreshments, comprising teas and home-made cake, will be provided by our Society. Entry forms for the Bake-Off are still available from Read’s shop. The event is open to the public from 2pm.

All profits will go to ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ in memory of Peter Read.

2nd November  Steve Groves will give us a talk entitled ‘All About Abbotsbury Swannery’. This promises to be a very interesting insight into the management of the swannery as Steve has been involved for many years. 7.30pm at St. Nicholas at St. Laurence School. 

Our A.G.M. with Harvest Supper was held on 5th October.                                           The current officers were all re-elected. Colin and Sheila Seal stood down as Committee members due to ill health after many years of valuable service. All present signed a thank you card and a bouquet was taken to them the next day.

Those present enjoyed their ploughman’s supper followed by home-made apple cake.

On September 17th The Dorset Federation held their inter-society show.  A few members travelled up to Tarrant Keynestone with exhibits representing our Society. We did very well, winning four trophies. Best Vegetable Exhibit, Best Cactus, Best Home-made Spirit and Best Exhibit in the Domestic Classes.

There will be a display of the trophies at the November meeting.

Mark Read’s French Beans

Cactus Collection



Gardener’s Lunch Box

Ros and Terry’s Sloe Gin


September Successes

Our first meeting of the Autumn was held on 7th September. Mark Read gave us an excellent talk on growing daffodils. We learnt when to plant the bulbs and the best compost to use. Mark also covered growing bulbs for show. He then answered the many questions. Hopefully a few members will follow his advice and enter our Spring Show in March.

Last Spring the Gardens Group Gold Club supplied us with geranium and fuchsia plants to grow on to be judged at the September meeting. The best geranium was grown by Sheila Snuggs and the best fuchsia by Shaun Vallard.

Members were also successful at the Dorset County Show, notably Shaun Vallard and Mark Read. Shaun won the Begonia class and was awarded the Peter Read Trophy and Best Floral Exhibit. Congratulations to them both. Shaun brought his trophies to our meeting.

The Society are entering the Dorset Federation Show on Sunday 17th September at Tarrant Keynestone Village Hall, open to the public from 12.45pm. It is always interesting to compete against other societies and meet up with their members.

Preparations under way.

Our next meeting will be the A.G.M. and Harvest Supper on 5th October.  Please contact us if you are interested in joining the committee. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Hall committee room. Any member who has not yet put their name down for the supper, please ring 814887 or 813942 to book your place. The cost this year will be £8, payable on the night.

P.& M. Read, our local florists, are celebrating 40 years in business in October. To mark the occasion, they are holding a Charity Bake-Off on October 15th at the Memorial Hall. There will also be a variety of stalls and refreshments. Entry forms for the cake competition are available from Read’s shop. This promises to be an enjoyable event, open to the public from 2pm. All profits will go to the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ charity in memory of Peter Read who sadly passed away last year.


Summer Show Report and September Meeting Details

The Summer Show on Saturday 19th August was very well supported with 330 Exhibits from 42 exhibitors. This is the highest number of exhibits since 2017.

The dahlias were superb and our new Peter Read Memorial Award for dahlias was won by Karen Forrester for her three vases in the Championship class.

Championship winning entry with Peter Read Award

The judges were impressed with the standard of the exhibits. Visitors enjoyed the displays and also the tea and cakes. Lots of positive comments. Thank you to all who exhibited and helped to create a wonderful show.

Our Autumn season of talks begins on September 7th when Mark Read will speak about daffodils. His talks are always very informative.



National Vegetable Society Medal, Best Vegetable Exhibit – Potatoes – Mark Read

National Vegetable Society Runner-up to Best Vegetable Award – Runner Beans – Jean Wyman

Silver Challenge Cup, Best Vegetable Collection – Mark Read

Charles Read Memorial Cup, Highest Points, Vegetable Classes – John Morris

The Tomato Trophy, Best Exhibit, Tomato Classes – P. Sheffield

Upwey and Broadwey Produce Challenge Cup  – Best Mixed Collection – P. Sheffield

Springfield Cup, Best Exhibit, Fruit Classes – Neal Hatch

National Dahlia Society Silver Medal, Class 29 – Karen Forrester

Peter Read Memorial Award – Dahlia Championship  Karen Forrester

The Beaton Challenge Cup, Highest Points Flower Classes – Neal Hatch

Bincombe Cup, Best Exhibit, Cut Flower Classes – Shaun Vallard

Coronation Silver Challenge Cup, Best Exhibit, Pot Plants Shaun Vallard

Gladioli Award Best exhibit, Gladioli Classes – Neal Hatch

Begonia Award Best exhibit Begonia Classes – Shaun Vallard

Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Amateur Produce Challenge Cup Highest points, Novice Classes – No entries

Pridham Rose Bowl Highest Points Floral Decoration- Not Awarded

Sackville Hamilton Challenge Cup Best Exhibit Floral Decoration- Ruth Howarth

Novice Floral Award Best Exhibit, Class 80-  No entries

The Howard Cup Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery – P. Sheffield

The Richard’s Trophy Best Exhibit, Preserves and Cookery –   Jane Hambleton

Westbrook Cup Best Exhibit Handicrafts – Roger Hanger

Redlands Cup Highest Points, Photography in Spring and Summer Shows – Adrian Read

Cup for the Highest Points in Group 1, Children’s Classes –  Evie-May Warner

The Virgin Challenge Cup Highest Points in Group 2, Children’s Classes – No entries

The Banksian Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society – Neal Hatch

The efco Trophy Highest Points gained in Show – Bill Howarth


Preparing for the show

Early exhibitors

Ready for the judges

Onion classes