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 12th June

Lavant Memorial Hall  7.30 pm

Steps to Make your

Garden Less Work

Roger Hirons

Those present at our June 2017 meeting will certainly remember Roger's talk about the Rosaceae family of plants, in particular his insights into the real causes behind problems and practical, down-to-earth advice.

Roger (alias "the Plant Doctor") will now apply the same wealth of knowledge to demonstrate how to "make our gardens work for us, rather than the other way round".

Surely, everyone will be interested in this!


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 clearly 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.

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

Many thanks to all those who donated plants


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 "mummy peas", supposedly from peas found in tombs,, which in fact could never have germinated.

Martyn recommended beetroot 'Chioggia'  with red and white concentric circles, and the best basil for making pesto, 'Tigullio',  from pesto's home region of Liguria.

This meeting was preceded by the

Spring Flower Competition


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,

which will be opening for NGS on 10thJune.

Patricia gave an impressive presentation of

many plants that enhance the garden in autumn.

Click below for notes on some of


Saturday 15th June

Lavant Village Green

As usual, the Plant Stall will be run by LHS.

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There will be a wide variety of plants on sale at

extremely reasonable prices

Any donations of plants will be most welcome.

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Lavant Christmas Fayre

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All the stalls & decorations in the Hall created a really festive atmosphere.

The LHS stand was more colourful and attractive than ever and sales went well


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.


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.

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

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.


Wednesday 3rd July

The Savill Garden

35 acres of beautifully themed landscaped gardens in the heart of Windsor Great Park .

Click above to learn more about The Savill Garden

Depart from Lavant Memorial Hall   10.00am

Arrive back at Lavant Memorial Hall   6.00pm

Price: £23 each for members (£25 for guests);

this covers return travel by coach and

entrance to The Savill Garden

Seats have sold quickly, but there are still a couple of

places available, so download the order form now!

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