Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


Wednesday 9th January

Wildlife of a Working Forest

Mike Read

Click above for Mike's own website

Our 2019 programme started with an excellent talk.

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.


Wednesday 13th March

7.30 pm - Lavant Memorial Hall

The Secret History of Vegetables

Martyn Cox

Martyn has been around gardens and gardening all his life, at home, in commercial nurseries and now as a freelance journalist.

He writes a column in the Mail on Sunday and has filed hundreds of features for gardening, lifestyle and customer magazines. He has written ten books, edited one-shot titles and written for many websites.

This meeting will be preceded by the

Spring Flower Competition


Wednesday 3rd July

The Savill Garden

Windsor Great Park

Click above to learn more about The Savill Garden

This year our visit is to this hidden gem in the

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

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

Find full details on ticket order form.


Lordington Lavender

Andrew Elms

Andrew led us through his decision to exit dairy farming and his search for other crops, the planting of 50 ha of lavender and the development of the lavender business.

Click above for Lordington Lavender website

Conservation of habitat and the environment is key and the farm has become haven for wildlife with 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 and flavour.

The whole story was told in such an engaging way and the evening was rounded off with coffee and mince pies.

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The Garden in Autumn

Patricia Elkington

Click above for more on Patricia's garden,

which is opening for NGS this February

Patricia gave an impressive presentation of

many plants that enhance the garden in autumn.

She spoke with the authority of first-hand knowledge, from growing them in her 3 acre chalk garden near Winchester that she has been opening for the

National Gardens Scheme since 1984.

Click below for notes on some of

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Lavant Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24th November

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The LHS stand was more colourful & attractive than ever, with quality plants from East Ashling Nurseries, and sales went well

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

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Saturday 16th June 2018

The Plant Stall, run by LHS, was overflowing with colourful plants and attracted a lot of custom, in

spite of the grey skies and the odd shower.

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How to Design a

Winning Garden

Barry Chambers

Barry, a professional designer of gardens both large & small based in Bognor Regis, gave an insight into the creation of show gardens for major RHS events.

Following a silver-gilt at the Malvern Spring Show, he set about designing a garden for RHS

Hampton Court, where the theme was English poems; he chose John Keats' "To the Sea",

harking back to his memories of a childhood

playing on the seashore.

He regarded this personal involvement in the concept

as key to the winning of the coveted Gold Medal.

Click above for Barry's own website.


A Year of Wild Flowers in Chichester Harbour AONB

John Arnott

John had used his in-depth knowledge of the flora of Chichester Harbour to put together a really excellent presentation for us. Fortunately, in spite of the World Cup Semi-Final, there was a turn-out to do it justice.

He divided the AONB into 5 types of environment: Woodland, Paths & roadsides, Vegetated shingle

(a nationally rare habitat), Saltmarsh (threatened

by coastal squeeze, as rising sea levels push up against sea defences) and Sand dunes,

showing typical plants for each.

John gave a good description of each plant and its ecological role, as well as its traditional uses (e.g. food, medecine) and the folklore surrounding it.

Sales greatly exceeded the previous record and

made a substantial contribution to the proceeds of

the Fete, used to support a range of village causes.

Many thanks to all who donated plants, particularly

for the help of Mick Bleach of Bleach of Lavant


May 2018

The good weather helped ensure an excellent
turn-out of visitors from the local community

Sales went very well, both of the plants from East

Ashling Nursery and from the members' plant stall.

The café was bustling all afternoon, many catching up with friends over a cream tea or home-made cake, some enjoying the sunshine on the Village Green .

Many thanks to all who donated plants for sale

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