Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


The Tuppenny Barn Project

Maggie Haynes

Maggie gave an inspirational talk on Tuppenny Barn, the result of her vision for a sustainable project to promote organic growing and nutrition, particularly to children.

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

Click above for Tuppenny Barn's own website.

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.

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

and materials was an interesting story in its own right.


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 have gone well, but there are still

some places available; to buy your tickets,

please contact Robert Newman by phone or email:

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Wednesday 11th July

7.30 pm  Lavant Memorial Hall

A Year of Wild Flowers

in Chichester Harbour AONB

John Arnott

John is a well-known local naturalist who regularly

leads walks on flora and wildlife, organised by the Harbour Conservancy.

Pink flowers of Wild Sea Aster © Chichester Harbour Conservancy

He has taken on the challenge to produce

this talk, especially for us, which will

have been a year in the making.



Martin Jarvis

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.

click above for the Culberry Nursery website

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 & uses as well as how to grow them.


Sunday 13th May

The good weather helped ensure an excellent turn-out.

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 made a bee-line there to catch up with friends

over a cream tea or home-made cake, some enjoying the sunshine on the terrace overlooking the Green

Many thanks to everyone who donated plants for sale


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


 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.

This up-to-date overview of local gardens that are opening is back!

Just click the link above (or elsewhere on the website)


Saturday 16th June  2 pm

LHS will again be running the Plant Stall on the Village Green. So please come - there will be a wide range of plants for sale, plus the fun of all the rest of the Fete.

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Any plants you have to donate to the stall will be most welcome. Just bring them on the Saturday morning.


'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 showed its marvellous variety of flora & fauna with top quality images. Click on the picture for more from Mike's own website.

Sunday 24 June 2 - 4 pm

Afternoon Tea &Talk by Martin Duncan

Head Gardener of Arundel Castle

Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour

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