Midsummer musings

Uplyme Flower Festival

ScarecrowThe Horticultural Society was represented at the recent Uplyme Flower Festival in the church. Joanna Benke Smith, committee member, created our entry, which had to reflect autumn as its theme.

Joanna described her inspiration for the exhibit: “I remembered a scarecrow I saw at RHS Rosemoor a few years ago when my kids were younger and they really liked it. It made them see that gardening is fun and that vegetables look beautiful too. We don’t often see them in their ‘just dug up’ state as they are all trimmed and packaged in supermarkets. So I chose carrots and radishes with stalks on and potatoes with earth on and twisty beans. I wanted people to be able to take a selfie with the scarecrow and as its arms were in a different position each morning, I think it was a successful hands-on exhibit. ”

Did you get to see the festival? It was well worth visiting, and we think that Joanna’s exhibit was inspired!

Our next village hall talk is on June 26th (Wednesday) at 7.30pm 
‘The Dutch Flower Painters and Landscape Painting – how it evolves’ by Pam Simpson

One for both gardeners and art lovers, Pam will talk about the Dutch flower painters and /or show how landscape painting evolves. Pam is an Art and Design Historian, who has worked in London art schools for 30 years, including the Royal College of Art, 20 of those years at Middlesex University.
She lives in West Dorset now and is currently Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University in the art school and at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

And our big event of the year, on July 13th (Saturday) from 1-5pm it’s the Summer Show and Country Fayre
Potato themed classes in the Horticultural Show, games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, family dog show, food and craft stalls, Lyme Town Band and Circus skills, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games, and refreshments. All afternoon on Uplyme playing field, in the big marquee and in the village hall. You can download a schedule and programme here (PDF file), or for more information, call Robin Britton on 01297 442794. Part profits to be donated to 1st Lym Valley Scout Group and Marie Curie.

Our next Coach Trip is on July 3rd (Wednesday) to Cothay Manor nr Wellington.
Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am

A medieval manor house surrounded by 12 acres of magical gardens -different garden rooms are set off a 200 yard yew walk. In addition there is a bog garden, cottage garden and a river walk – a plantsmans’ paradise. Tea room and small nursery.
Cost £21 total includes house tour. Please ring Jane Hadley 01297 444147 to book. 36 seats maximum.

Dates for your diary: 

  • July 31st (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk & Display of Birds of Prey by Xtreme Falconry
    Real live owls, falcons, hawks and a magnificent eagle. All tickets £3.00 from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.
  • July 24th (Wednesday) 6.15pm Evening visit to Little Ash Bungalow Fenny Bridges.
    A wildlife friendly country garden packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennial, trees, shrubs and bamboos.
    Cost £5 to include refreshments. (Non members £8). Depart in shared cars from Uplyme Village Hall at 6.15pm. Please ring Jenny Harding 07773 604137 or email jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk by July 18th to confirm.

August 13th (Tuesday) Coach Trip to Keyneston Mill, Blandford Depart by coach UVH 9.30am
The largest private botanic gardens in the country dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants, with over 1,000 varieties in a 50-acre estate. Home of Parterre luxury perfumes. Bistro Style Cafe.
Cost £18.00 includes guided tour. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.