Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultural Society


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 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. Botanical names often had roots in ancient Greek mythology.


Wednesday 13th June

Mottisfont Abbey

44 members and guests enjoyed an excellent day

out at Mottisfont. The blooming of its world-renowned collection of old-fashioned roses was at its peak.

Masses of different varieties and colours

blended into magnificent displays.

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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Wednesday 12th September

7.30 pm Lavant Memorial Hall

How to Design a

Winning Garden

Barry Chambers

A professional garden designer based in Bognor Regis, Barry has won Gold at RHS Hampton Court,

as well as other prestigious awards.

His talk has been created especially for our society.

Click above for an up-to-date overview

of local gardens that are opening.


The Tuppenny Barn Project

Maggie Haynes

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

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

& materials was an interesting story in its own right.


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, which are used to support a range of village causes.

Many thanks to all who donated plants, particularly those organised by Mick Bleach ofBleach of Lavant


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



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


 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.

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