Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


How to Make a Winning Flower Arrangement

Lyn Constable

Lyn has judged the flower arrangement section of our Annual Show for the past few years, writing comments and advice for every entry, not just the prize winners.

With a combination of information, demonstrations and discussion she was able to convey her knowledge and enthusiasm to the experienced and novices alike.

She stressed the creative use of colour, texture &

form, rather than adherance to any set formats, and encouraged everyone to try, particularly men - in fact many of the very best flower arrangers are men!

Jim Morrris pointed out that Show Rules had restricted entries to one per household - this has now been

amended, so that every individual can now enter

their own flower arrangements in the 2019 Show.


Wednesday 3rd July

The Savill Garden

The weather was exceptionally good for this visit of some 50 members and guests to these 35 acres

of gardens set in Windsor Great Park

The Golden Jubilee Garden was magnificent, with large swathes of planting in harmoneous colours. The herbaceous borders also made a tremendous impact.

There were many other areas of the gardens to explore.

A really worthwhile day out


Steps to Make your

Garden Less Work

Roger Hirons

Roger again impressed with the depth of his knowledge and his engaging way of presentation.

He illustrated his talk by showing the actual plants, a vast rangeof them, and circulating large photos, with the names of the plants helpfully written on the back.

He stressed that the most important thing is to decide what we want from our garden, reducing our input to what we enjoy or find therapeutic and reducing chores by getting help for the heavy work.

Mulching should be used as a way of more


The Secret History of Vegetables

Martyn Cox

Martyn gave an interesting and entertaining review of the history of a wide range of vegetables, from the garlic cultivated for millennia to a 19thC Belgian farmer's chance discovery of chicons growing from the animal fodder chicory stored in a dark barn.

Onions had been cultivated long before the Egyptians showed their high esteem by placing them in the mouths and eye-sockets of mummies.

Egyptomania helped Victorian charlatans sell "mummyI peas", supposedly from peas found in tombs,, which in fact could never have germinated.

Martyn recommended beetroot 'Chioggia'  with its red & white concentric circles,Xand the best basil for pesto,  from pesto's home region of Liguria,X'Tigullio'

This meeting was preceded by the

Spring Flower Competition


Saturday 15th June

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The Plant Stall, run by LHS, was overflowing with more plants than ever before - a great variety with lots of colour. However, rain arrived before the Fete opened and threatened to put a damper on things.

Gradually the visitorsIcame and the sales built

up; in the end we even surpassed last year's

record sales figure - in spite of the weather!

Many thanks to all who donated plants, and

particularly for the help of Mick Bleach of


Lordington Lavender

Andrew Elms

Andrew led us through his exit dairy farming, his

search for other crops, planting 50 ha of lavender

and the development of the lavender business.

Click above for Lordington Lavender website

With conservation of habitat & environment  key, the farm has become haven for wildlife: at least 12 red-listed birds including skylarks, barn owls & red kites.

With Bulgaria & China undermining wholesale prices

of lavender oil, Andrew developed his own range of products using lavender's antibacterial, antifungal & antiviral properties, as well as its fragrance & flavour.

The whole story was told in a very engaging way and the evening was rounded off with coffee & mince pies.


Wildlife of a Working Forest

Mike Read

Our 2019 programme started with an excellent talk.

Click above for Mike's own website

Mike began with the management of the New Forest, smallest of the UK's National Parks, developed over 900 years from its origins as a royal hunting forest, today's thriving timber production and, of course, the ponies.

He then presented the forest's rich wildlife through the four seasons - the amazing variety of birds, mammals, insects, plants and fungi. All brought to life by the superb quality of his photograhs. His knowledge & enhusiasm enlivened the talk and then his answers to questions.

So, not only an enjoyable afternoon, but also plenty of inspiration to go and see the New Forest in a new light.


Sunday 12th May

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As soon as the doors opened visitors poured into the Hall and it remained very busy throughout the afternoon; those who came found plenty to interest them in the

wide variety of plants on offer, as plant sales

exceeded all previous levels.

The refreshments were also very popular, with many clearly enjoying the home-made scones and cakes.

Many thanks to all those who donated plants and to our partner for this event, East Ashling Nurseries.

A very successful & enjoyable afternoon - we hope that the plants purchased will continue to give pleasure.


The Garden in Autumn

Patricia Elkington

She spoke with the authority from her first-hand

knowledge of from growing them in her 3 acre chalk garden near Winchester that she has been opening

for the National Gardens Scheme since 1984.

Click above for more on Patricia's garden.

Patricia gave an impressive presentation of

many plants that enhance the garden in autumn.

Click below for notes on some of

For information from previous talks and events, please go to the Archive