Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society



Martin Jarvis

click above for the Culberry Nursery website

Martin drew on over 20 years' experince of growing herbs at the family-run Culberry Nursery near Angmering, to review of a wide range of herbs.

He defined herbs as plants with a use and divided them  into four categories: culinary, medicinal, fragrant (pot pourri) and for dying (cloth etc.).

He concentrated on culninary herbs, from the widely familiar to the not so common, mentioning their origins and uses as well as how to grow them.


Wednesday 14th March  7.30 pm

The Tuppenny Barn Project

Maggie Haynes

Maggie is the director of the Tuppenny Barn Project, located off the A295 at Southbourne.

Tuppenny Barn is a registered charity whose mission

is to provide learning experiences for children as well

as adults, to promote organic growing, healthy cooking

& eating and sustainable horticultural practices.

Their experience with 'no-dig' gardening will surely

be of particular interest to some members.

Click above for Tuppenny Barn's own website.


Wednesday 13th June

Mottisfont Abbey

click above to find out more about Mottisfont Abbey.

 Mottisfont is world-renowned for its roses.

It is home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses that show the full glory of their blooms in June.

This is a full day’s outing by good quality coach, departing Lavant 10.00 am, returning at about 6 pm.

Link to schedulke and ticket prices

Ticket sales are going well, but there are still places available; to buy your tickets, please contact Robert Newman by phone, at the April meeting or email:

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'Secret Corner of France'

Mike Read

Mike gave us an excellent presentation on the Vercors region, a natural park situated south of Grenoble.

The remarkable quality of his photography showed stunning vistas of this area to wonderful effect.

He presented its flora & fauna with top quality images:

        alpine pastures with masses of wild flowers;

        an unbelievably wide variety of wild orchids;

        many species of birds not to be seen in the UK,

        including eagles, vultures & other birds of prey;

        a wide range of mammals from marmots to ibex.

Find out more from Mike's own website

by clicking on the picture above.


How to Grow

Better Sweet Peas

Roger Parsons

There was a very good turn-out at our one afternoon meeting of the year to hear an excellent talk.

Roger is Chairman of the National Sweet Pea Society

& holds the National Collection of Sweet Pea cultivars.

He gave a brief history of the cultivation of the sweet pea, describing the different types of varieties.

With more than 30 years' experience of growing sweet peas, winning top awards at major national exhibitions and producing top quality seed, Roger gave reliable advice on growing sweet peas. He also answered many questions from an attentive audience

You can also find out more from Roger's own website


Sunday 13th May

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Lavant Memorial Hall

Our popular community event is back

Everyone is welcome - admission is free.

As usual, a wide variety of good quality plants will be

on offer - bedding, vegetables, perennials, shrubs - provided by our members and East Ashling Nurseries.

Come and buy all those plants you need and browse the wide selection for others that may take your fancy.

Then relax over a cream tea or coffee and cake.

If you have plants to donate to the Plant Sale,
please bring them to the Hall before the Sale, from mid-day, contact any Committee member, or email:

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 Apples Don't  Grow on Trees

 Peter Barwick

Peter gave an insight into today's commercial apple growing, which must meet supermarkets' extreme demands for uniformity & shelf appeal to be viable.

He also gave some useful advice for growing apples

in the garden: the risk of carry-over of scab to the next season can be reduced by collecting the fallen leaves and burning them - do not compost.

[Fungicides against scab are no longer available to the amateur gardener].

Thinning is important to size and quality - in a bunch of apples, remove the central one and leave just 2 or 3.


'Roses with a Twist'

Roger Hirons

Click on the rose

(Mme Alfred Carrière)

to read the notes

on Roger Hiron's talk

Link to not on Roger Hiron's talk

Roger's talk was packed full of useful information.

The "Twist" was that the "roses" in the title meant

the whole botanical rose family, Rosaceae.

For information from previous talks and

events, please go to the Archive


Aster amellus,

its Friends & Family

Monica Lucas

Monica showed many varieties of Aster amellus & several other powdery mildew resistant Michaelmas daisies with both images and plants in flower.

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She highlighted their advantage in bringing late colour to the garden, showed how they could fit in with other plants & gave tips on growing them successfully.

For more details of Monica's talk, click here: