Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


Wednesday 10th October

The Garden in Autumn

Patricia Elkington

Patricia gave an impressive presentation of many plants that enhance the garden in autumn.

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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 above for more on Patricia's garden


Wednesday 12th December


Nick Gilbert

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Nick runs his specialist dahlia nursery and production field near Romsey so we can

expect some expert advice on growing

these very rewarding flowers.

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Lavant Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24th November 2-4pm

Lavant Memorial Hall

Visit us on the Lavant Horticultural Society

stand for your Christmas plants, wreaths etc.

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Wednesday 13th June

Mottisfont Abbey

44 members and guests enjoyed an excellent day

out at Mottisfont. Its world-renowned collection of old-fashioned roses was at its best, with magnificent

displays of numerous varieties and colours.

Many shrubs & herbaceous perennials were also in

full flower and their combination with the roses played

an important role in the overall effect of the gardens.

There were magnificent trees in the grounds

and shady walks along the flint clear River Test.

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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.

The theme was English poems; he chose John Keats' "To the Sea", with childhood memories of playing on

the shore underpinning his commitment to the garden.

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.


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


Saturday 16th June

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.

Sales went well throughout the afternoon and

exceeded the previous record by a wide margin.

making 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 those organised by Mick Bleach of

Bleach of Lavant


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 (, medecine) and the folklore surrounding it.


The Tuppenny Barn Project

Maggie Haynes

Click above for Tuppenny Barn's own website.

Maggie gave an inspirational talk on Tuppenny Barn, the result of her vision to promote sustainable

organic growing and nutrition, particularly to children.

There is year-round vegetable production, an orchard & plenty of soft fruit. Produce sold at the shop, open on Thursdays and Fridays, provides some income to help finance Tuppenny Barn's educational activities.

Years of hard work & indefatigable enthusiasm have transformed an overgrown field into a thriving centre delivering on these aims and still being developped.

The building of the iconic round barn, beautifully combining unusual, ecologically sound methods

& materials was an interesting story in its own right.


Sunday 13th May

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