Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


13th December 2017

 Apples Don't

 Grow on Trees

 Peter Barwick

Peter has a wealth of experience from decades

in commercial fruit growing. Judging from his talk on soft fruits in December 2014, the evening

should be enjoyable as well as informative.


Wednesday 10th January

Lavant Memorial Hall  2.30 pm

Please note this is an afternoon meeting

How to Grow

Better Sweet Peas

Roger Parsons

Roger, a professional horticulturist based at Sidlesham, has been growing Sweet Peas since 1985 and holds the National Collection of Sweet Pea cultivars.

He has won coveted Gold Awards at National Sweet Pea Society exhibitions and was awarded the prestigious Henry Eckford Gold Memorial Medal. Roger is a Trustee & Chairman of the National Sweet Pea Society.

Find out more at

Annual Buffet Supper

Wednesday 14th February 7.30 pm

This will follow the usual 'bring & share' format,

Tickets (£5 incl. free glass of wine/soft drink) on sale at the December & January meetings when you can also agree what dish you will bring.

If you will not be at these meetings, please contact

Liz Hewitt by phone or at

Lavant Christmas Fayre

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On 25th November the Hall was packed with festive


'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 and 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.

Garden Visit 12th July

The weather was perfect and the expectations raised  by Garden Director Wolfgang Bopp's introduction

at the January meeting were not disappointed.

The highlight was the Centenary Border - the longest in the country, but equally impressive for the quality and depth of its planting, set off by the trees.behind.

However, there was much more of interest in these multi-facetted gardens, full of promise for any season.

stalls with a good turn-out throughout the afternoon.

The LHS stall made a splash of colour & good sales


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:


Sunday 14th May

Total sales beat the record set 2 years ago.

There was a high turn-out for this community event. Sales of the wide selection of plants, from members & from East Ashling Nurseries, went very quickly. Many stayed to enjoy a cream tea and catch up with friends.

The members' plants' section was particularly well stocked - many thanks to everyone who donated plants.


'Roses with a Twist'

Roger Hirons

Click on the rose

(Mme Alfred Carrière)

to read the notes

on Roger Hiron's talk

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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

Lavant Village Fete

Saturday 17th June

The Plant Stall run by Lavant Horticultural Society had a very busy afternoon, raising well over £500, used with  the other Fete takings to support various local causes.

This was due to the excellent range of plants that were on offer - many thanks to everyone who donated plants.

Special thanks to Mick Bleach of  Bleach of Lavant - the plants he sourced were key to the stall's success.