Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


IWednesdayI9th October

Why Do Foxgloves
HaveI No Smell?

IAlan EdmondsonI

of Bowercot Garden Design

IAlan'sIvery informative talk, covered the reasons why some flowers have fragrance (or not): basically flowers use fragrance to ensure they are pollinated, to produce seed needed for reproduction, the plant's overriding objective.
Foxgloves attract bumble bees with the shapeI
colour of their flowers without needing smell.

Alan'sIused his background in chemistry to explain how fragrance is produced. His very good presentation was complemented by excellent visuals. Click for more details


WednesdayI11th December

7.30 pm,I Lavant Memorial Hall


Derek Dexter

Derek has adapted hisIback garden to produce prize winning plants, competing successfully with the "big boys" of large shows who have more land and glasshouses much larger than his. He will be telling us his story.


Wednesday 3rd July

 The Savill Garden

The weather was exceptionally good when

some 50 members and guests visited 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 gardensIto explore. A really worthwhile day out


IA Sub-tropical GardenI

in Fareham

IJayne McBrideI

Jayne gave an inspired talk on her garden with its 4 climatic zones packed full of exotic looking plants, many from New Zealand and Australia; it is amazing that a garden of its size can contain quite so much; the dense planting certainly helps convey the sub-tropical feel. She is always fine-tuning plant combinations in the different "climatic zones" to give the best effect.

HerIknowledge and passion have clearly been accompanied by a great deal of hard work.
The results are truly remarkable.


ISteps to Make yourI

Garden Less Work

XRoger HironsX

 IRoger's depth of knowledge and engagingI presentation was again impressive.

IHe illustrated his talk not with slides, but byI showing the actual plants, a vast range of

them, and circulating large photos, with the

plant names helpfully written on the back.

IHe stressed that the most important thing isI

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.

IMulching should be used as a way of ...I

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Saturday 15th June

The Plant Stall, run by LHS, was overflowing with more plants than ever before - a great variety with lots of colour. In spite of the rain, gradually the visitorsIcame and the sales built up; in the end we even surpassed last year's record sales figure.

Many thanks to all who donated plants,Iand

particularly for the help of Mick Bleach of

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How to Make a Winning FlowerIArrangement

XLyn ConstableX

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 for flower arranging.

She stressed the creative use of colour, texture andX

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!


The Secret History of Vegetables


Martyn gave an interesting and entertaining review

of the history of a wide range of vegetables, from the garlic that has been cultivated for millennia to a Belgian farmer's chance discovery in the 19th Century of chicons growing from the animal fodder chicory stored in a dark barn.
Onions had been cultivated long before the
I Egyptians showed their high esteem by placing them in the mouths and eye-sockets of mummies.

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

Martyn recommended beetroot 'Chioggia' I

with its red & white concentric circles,Xand the

best basil for pesto,  from pesto's home region

of Liguria,I'Tigullio'


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; there was plenty of interest in the wide variety of plants

on offer, as plant sales exceeded all previous levels.

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

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

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

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