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Potter, photographer and technical author living in Devon, England. A bit of a geek too.

Upcoming events and talks for Summer

Late July and August are a busy time for the society, with a number of outings, events and talks for you!

Our next Coach Trip is to Taunton Flower Show
Departing at 9.15 from the village hall on August 3rd (Friday)   

The Taunton Flower Show has been running since 1831, and has all the elements one would expect – show gardens, competitive classes for plants, produce and crafts, a floral marquee, trade stands and events in the arena through the day. We are going on the Friday, the first of the two days, to see the displays at their best.

Cost £19 for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 33049 to book. Still a few places available – please book now!


There are also a few spaces left for this month’s evening meeting: please let us know soon if you’d like to come:
July 25th 2018 (Wednesday) 6.45pm Evening Garden Visit  to ‘Prospect House’  Axminster

Peter Wadely and Jo Fox will give a short Q and A on Salvias for which the garden is famous. Cost £5 to include refreshments. (Non members £8)
Depart in shared cars from Uplyme Village Hall at 6.45pm. Please ring Jenny Harding 444034 or email jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk ASAP to confirm.


snakes

Chris with “Kellogg” the corn snake

Next month’s first event is ‘Snakes Alive’ – Not photographs but the real thing!

August 1st  2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm at the Village Hall

Take a close up look with this talk and display of snakes and exotic reptiles by Chris Johnson of Animal Encounters.  All tickets £3.00  from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.


Dates for your diary later in August:

  • Friday 17th August – ULRHS Members BBQ by kind invitation of Bob and Shelagh Mercer From 5.30 with food served at 6.30pm, at Yawl Farm, Lyme Road, Uplyme. Plenty of parking in field adjacent Cost £5. Tickets and information from Pam Corbin, tel 01297 442378 or email ozonepam@icloud.com.
    Please bring your own drinks – glasses available. Limited numbers. Please book by August 10th.
  • Coach Trip on August 19th (Sunday) 9.30am – NT Castle Drogo
    Cost NT members £12.50, Non NT £18.50. Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 444034 to book. 36 seats max still a few places available
  • Talk on August 22nd 2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm – ‘From Plant to Plate’ by Sue Applegate of Hurstbrook Plants, an illustrated talk of the work within the UK Fresh Produce Industry to supply Farm Assured food to Farmers Markets and Supermarkets. Seasonal, UK grown produce will be available for sale.
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Summer show 2018 results

The rose-themed 89th Summer Show of the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society was held on a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon.

rose classes

Although entries in the competition classes were slightly down this year (which the committee ascribes to a difficult growing season), the marquee was still full of exhibits.

vegetable and flower classes in the marquee

Local horticulturalist Anne Swithinbank from BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time opened the show, and hosted a question and answer session on the hall patio, before presenting trophies at the end of the afternoon.

cup winners 2018 with Anne Swithinbank

These are the prizewinners:

Best exhibit awards

  • Seamark Cup for flowers/foliage: Rose Mock
  • WCG Diploma for flowering plant: Bill Howarth
  • J & FJ Baker Cup for fruit/vegetables: Bob Mercer
  • McLeod Innes Cup for specimen rose: Pauline Croxford
  • Thompson Tankard for wine: Rob Harvey
  • Cakemaker’s Cup for set recipe: Pauline McCarter
  • Diamond Jubilee Cup for crafts: John Ombler
  • Llewellyn White Shield for novice floral: Rose Mock
  • Diana Bridges Cup for floral exhibit: Ruth Howarth
  • Junior Photo Cup for photography: Rose Trafford
  • Leslie Bretherick Cup for photography: Max Trafford
  • Tony Cook Tankard for sweet peas: Bill Howarth.

Most points awards

  • Woodroffe Challenge Cup for flowers/foliage: Bill Howarth
  • Williams Challenge Cup for fruit/vegetables: Bill Howarth
  • Wine Cup for wine: Rob Harvey
  • Morris Challenge Cup for home produce: Alan Finch
  • Cartwright Challenge Cup for crafts: Anita Routley
  • Mrs Rex Woodroffe Challenge Cup for floral exhibit: Ruth Howarth
  • Wilson Cup for junior classes up to Year 2: Horatio Lawrence
  • Shilton Cup for photography: Anita Routley and Max Trafford
  • Mary Brings Challenge Cup for preserves: Alan Finch
  • Lindsey Jenkin-Carter Cup for junior classes Years 3 to 6: Isabelle Wiscombe

Special awards

  • Westcrete Prize for plant from young specimen: Rosemary Britton
  • Groves Nursery Prize for blackcurrants: Neil Croton
  • Talbot Arms Prize for tomatoes: Jane Mansergh
  • River Cottage Prize for potato in a bucket: John Ombler and Amy McLean
  • Beviss & Beckingsale Prize for potato in a bucket (junior): Billy Fowler
  • Uplyme Post Office Prize for mixed flowers: Valerie Maddison
  • Mole Avon Prize for onions: Mrs Ethelston’s School Garden Club
  • Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Prize for Young Gardener: Look What I’ve Grown: School Pot 9 (Aurora)
  • Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Prize for insect-friendly flowers: Rosemary Bowler
  • De La Mare Cup for most points in dog show: Sophie Broom and Bramble
  • Raff Bint Cup for best trick: Emma Broom and Archie

Ready, steady, go!

Only 22 hours to go til your entry forms for the 2018 summer show need to be in!

Download the schedule of classes and entry form here, then you can print the form, decide which classes you want to enter if you haven’t already done so, and take them along to Westley in Lyme Road, Uplyme, by 8pm on Wednesday. See the schedule for the timetable on the day.

On Saturday, you can see if you’ve won any prizes, admire the entries, enjoy the stalls and entertainments, and meet Harry the Llama and his friends!

Time to think about getting ready for the Show!

Our major event of the year – time to start thinking about your entries!

Have you remembered the 2018 Summer Show and Country Fayre?

On Saturday July 14th from 1pm-5pm 

To be opened by well-known local gardener, broadcaster and writer Anne Swithinbank. Rose themed classes in the Horticultural Show, an audience with Anne Swithinbank (questions and answers), games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, ponies and llamas, food and craft stalls, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games, and refreshments.

All afternoon on Uplyme playing field, in the big marquee and in the village hall.

Download the schedule here (PDF file) or visit the show page for more information

Part Profits to Uplyme Village Hall and Hospice Care.

summer show poster 2017

Upottery Open Gardens, 1 July 2018

Open Gardens Upottery Sunday 1st July 2pm to 6pm.

Entry to 6 gardens £5 per person.  Plant sale, teas, ice creams.

Tickets and maps and parking at The Manor Room (Upottery Village Hall EX14 9PL).

Free taxi service between gardens.

Proceeds to Manor Room Building and Improvement Fund.

Cerne Abbas Open Gardens, 16-17 June 2018

An invitation to members:

“On the afternoons of 16th and 17th June we will be opening about 25 private gardens to raise money for our local Cerne Valley Scout Group and for Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal. Gardens will be open from 2-6pm.

There is good free parking (DT2 7GD) open from 11am, excellent plant stall and teas available in the church and from village businesses. Adult tickets (allowing entry to all gardens) are £7 and accompanied children are free. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our historic village and we hope you will be able to attend this quintessential English Event.”

Find out more: http://www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk/

Garden Competition, May 2018

The Dorset Wildife Trust says:

Currently our 2018 WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN COMPETITION is open for entries until the END OF MAY 2018 and I wondered if members would like to enter?

The competition is FREE to enter and  the application form can be found online here: https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife_gardening_competition-2018.html

All you have to do is tell us about your garden or community space and if you can, send us some pictures too!

There are several categories available to enter: Large, Medium, Small, Rented or Community. We are also looking out for new, innovative ways to do things in the garden!

Once you enter we will get in touch  to give you a date when our judges will visit you to score your garden. We give feedback to all gardens once the competition is finished.

The competition is sponsored by the GARDENS GROUP and will culminate in an AWARDS EVENING AT CASTLE GARDENS, SHERBORNE IN JULY which every competition applicant is invited to. Winners of each category will receive a wooden winner’s plaque and a bag of goodies from the Gardens Group.

This year our speaker at the awards evening is  NEIL LUCAS from KNOLL GARDENS talking about his experience of wildlife friendly or ‘naturalistic’ gardening at Knoll Gardens. Neil is the leading expert in grasses in the UK and has been on the committee for the RHS for a number of years and is sure to give an entertaining talk!

A special garden open in Musbury, 12-13 May

The garden at Musbury  Barton, near Axminster, EX13 8BB will be open on Saturday and Sunday, May 12th. and 13th., from 2.p.m to 5.p.m. in aid of Send a Cow.   (www.sendacow.org)   The garden was started in 1947 and has been developed ever since. Trees and shrubs are well established – some of them rare and unusual.  The garden has never been professionally designed. It has grown and changed  to suit the owners’ tastes.  It aims to provide colour and interest all the year.

There will be Teas on the Terrace and plants for sale.  This is a glorious, five acre garden in a wooded valley complete with stream.   Due to its steep paths and steps, wheelchair access is limited to the terrace from which there are fine views of much of the garden.

3 miles S of Axminster off A358. Turn E into village, follow yellow arrows. Garden next to church, parking for 12 cars, otherwise park on road in village.   Entry £5 – under 14s Free.   Dogs on leads welcome.

HELP SEND A COW TO CELEBRATE THEIR 30th BIRTHDAY IN 2018 AND ENABLE FAMILIES IN AFRICA TO GROW THEIR WAY OUT OF POVERTY.

 It is 30 years since the first load of 25 pregnant cows were put on an aircraft and sent to Uganda where they began what has become the massive transformation of the lives of over 1 million people.   The charity has changed and developed over the years but the core value of giving a Hand Up – not a Hand Out has never changed.   As part of our celebrations of this anniversary we have several fund raising events arranged here, in Devon, where it all began in a Lapford farmhouse.

We don’t ask communities what they need – we ask what they’ve got. We help them identify and value resources they already have: their land, their families, their communities and capacities. Together, communities build a vision of a better future. Then, through training in farming, and by tackling social issues such as gender inequality, we enable them to acquire both the hope and the skills to get there. We are well known for delivering distinctive programmes that blend gender equality and social development training, alongside farming systems and business development.

For more information about Send a Cow visit www.sendacow.org

Meet the Plant Doctor, 12 May

Roger Hirons will be talking about

‘Steps to make the garden easier, giving you more time to enjoy it’

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Roger Hirons

Roger Hirons is The Plant Doctor.  Dorset born and bred, he has over 35 years’ experience in the horticultural industry and is a popular and enthusiastic speaker and broadcaster on all things plant-related.  Originally qualified at Pershore College of Horticulture, he spent many years running plant centres.

As well as practical and labour-saving ideas he will bring plants that will help you achieve good results with minimum effort. Some plants will be for sale after his talk.

At Chideock Village Hall, Saturday 12th May, 7.15 for 7.30 start

All welcome – members £4.00, non-members £6.00

A joint event by Chideock Society and Chideock Village Hall. We advise that cars are parked in the village car park next to the village shop and pedestrian crossing, or in North Road by the church, as there is no car park at the Village Hall.