Fordingbridge and District Horticultural Society

A very friendly group with a shared interest in plants and gardens

The Society’s next meets at Avonway on Monday 30th May in the West Room as usual.

As announced on our website earlier in the month, sadly the advertised speaker, Rosina Brandham, is not able to fulfil that engagement.

Our Speaker’s secretary has been fortunate in securing a replacement speaker for us; we shall welcome a return visit from Andrew Hunt from the National Trust at Kingston Lacy who will tell us about the ongoing works to recreate the Kitchen Garden at that property.

There will be two table shows; a pot plant, and 3 stems of perennials.

Booking forms for our summer outing on 24th June to Holmes for Gardens at Wareham, and Athelhampton Gardens will continue to be available. Please tell your friends; they will be very welcome to join us.

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Fordingbridge and District Horticultural Society are back with their Plant Sale in Fordingbridge adjoining the Library/Car Park from 9am until noon with a variety of perennial plants, bedding plants and a limited suppy of vegetable plants available all at competitive prices.

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The Society was delighted to hold its first Show since 2019 at its meeting on 28th March at Avonway.

Congratulations to Chrissie Owen on winning The Doreen James Memorial Trophy with her exhibit in Class 1 of 3 Daffodils – Trumpet (Div 1).

Entries were good in the daffodil and flower classes, but sadly the number of entrants in other classes suffered a decline in numbers.

However, members attending the meeting reached the highest number since meetings resumed at Avonway last September and bodes well for the future.

The full results of the Show can be found by clicking the link below:

2022 Spring Show results

Our Spring Show takes place at Avonway in the North Room in a week’s time on 28th March. The room will be open from 6.30pm to receive your exhibits which wil be judged by Sarah Gurr and David Manston during our monthly meeting in the West Room at 7.30pm with Kelvin Mason on Herbs.

If there are queries on any of the Classes set out in the Show Schedule please contact Tracy Netherway Netherway on 01425 652983.

Tracy’s nursery, Bleak Hill Plants at Harbridge, has reopened for the spring and summer seasons and she hopes you will pay her a visit soon.

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  ANNUAL OUTING – FRIDAY 24th JUNE 2022

COST: £27.00 P.P. INCLUDES ENTRANCE FEE TO BOTH GARDENS AND THE COST OF THE COACH.

THE FULL ITINERARY WITH TIMINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER

HOLMES FOR GARDENS near WAREHAM

From the Rose Borders to the Hot Borders Holmes is designed as a series of “rooms”  and is a delight for any garden lover.  If you love plants you’ll love Holmes. Our visit will also include a talk given by Simon Goldsack, Manager & Garden Designer.  We shall stay for lunch  in the  Orchard Cafe which serves a wide range of food to suit all tastes.

ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE GARDENS

The Grade 1 Listed garden, dating from c1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and the River Piddle flowing through.  The walled gardens include the world-famous topiary pyramids and collections of roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies.   Lots to wander through and admire.  For those with weary feet  there will be a welcome in the cafe; even afternoon tea if you so wish.