February news and events

Sarah Broom, local floral designer, created two stunning floral arrangements from scratch for members  at our January meeting, one for the spring season and one for winter. The winter one (right) used a clay tile as a base to interpret “The Potting Shed”, one of the categories for this year’s Horticultural Society summer show. Sarah used a mix of purchased flowers and those foraged from the hedgerow to create arrangements with a range of height, texture and colour.

Sarah Broom with her floral creations

Our next regular talk is expected to be very popular, but before we tell you about that, please read this:

SUMMER SHOW CUPS. We have several cups that are awarded at the Summer Show each year about which we know nothing other than their name. If you have any information about the history of the cups or who presented them, we’d love to hear from you.  The cups in question are:

  • Thompson Cup
  • Bullock Cup
  • Cakemakers’ Cup
  • Diamond Jubilee Cup
  • Junior Photo Cup
  • Winemakers’ Cup

Please contact Robin Britton, either at the next meeting or on 01297 442794 / britton424@btinternet.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Is there anyone with a bit of spare time who would like to help with Facebook, Instragram or Twitter publicity for the society? We currently share events on Facebook and Twitter a few day before they happen, but any extra help or shares we can get will be very helpful. In particular, if anyone’s a member of Facebook Uplyme group or Facebook Lyme Regis Noticeboard, it would be really helpful if you’d be prepared to join a rota to post information to one or both of the groups about forthcoming meetings and events. Wording would be supplied – you’d just need to post it. If you can help, please contact Tricia Boyd (tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk; 07767 261444).

On Wednesday February 27th 7.30pm, we have a TALK by Graham Roberts ‘The Otters return to Southern Britain’. Find out about the ecology of these much-loved creatures from an ecologist and former wildlife officer.

The container and tuber for the sponsored potato competition show class will also be on sale for £2.50.

Our first outing is in March: on Tuesday March 12th leaving the Village Hall at 9.15am, we have a COACH TRIP to NT Saltram House Lovely spring garden with folly and orangery, magnificent Georgian country house, cafés and shop. Cost NT members £14, Non NT £21. Bookings: Annie Kobus 01297 443346. Find out more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/saltram


Welcome to the 2019 Programme

We emailed you before Christmas with the first of 2019’s events, but in case they got forgotten over the festive period, here they are again:
  • Wednesday January 23rd 7.30pm DEMONSTRATION by Sarah Broom ‘Seasonal Flower Arranging’: East Devon florist Sarah will make two floral arrangements and give tips for taking part in the Summer Show Floral section.
  • Wednesday February 27th 7.30pm TALK by Graham Roberts ‘The Otters return to Southern Britain’. Find out about the ecology of these much-loved creatures from an ecologist and former wildlife officer. The container and tuber for the sponsored potato competition show class will also be on sale for £2.50.

We’ve also been asked by Kilmington Garden Club to invite you to a talk: An Evening with Toby Buckland

The BBC Gardeners’ World Presenter talks about ‘Plants for Plenty’, on Friday 11th January 7.30pm, at Kilmington Village Hall – tickets are £10 from Lesley Rew on 07900 827689.


The first outing is in March:

  • Tuesday March 12th 9.15am NT Saltram COACH TRIP Lovely spring garden with folly and orangery, magnificent Georgian country house, cafés  and shop. Cost NT members £14, Non NT £21. Bookings: Annie Kobus 01297 443346.

Last events of 2018

November’s regular event is the Society’s AGM, followed by a Talk – ‘Foraging from the Garden’ by Anne Swithinbank on November 28th 2018 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm

Well-known local horticulturalist, writer and broadcaster Anne will be talking about how to turn your plot, however small, into a miniature forest garden with soft fruit, rhubarb, herbs, edible flowers and a few veg. Edibles are as ornamental as any other plant, especially purple-flowered and podded peas, rainbow chard and coloured kales. Anne will also talk on what she grows in her garden for culinary use and explain how this creates more relaxed planting which is wildlife friendly.

You can download the revised constitution that will be discussed at the AGM here: Draft Revised Constitution, and the Agenda (PDF files).

This will be shortly followed by our last event of the year: on December 5th 2018 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm

We will be holding a Christmas Social with a bring and share supper at the village hall. To entertain us, a Quiz/Seed Swap and Sweet Pea planting.

Next year, our first event will be on January 23rd 2019 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm. Demonstration  ‘Seasonal Flower Arranging’ by Sarah Broom – with hints and tips for the floral classes at the Summer Show.

October and November events

There were some wonderful entries in the Autumn Show last month – here are some of them:

2018 Autumn Show

We were pleased to present David Smith with £450 for HospiceCare and Barbara Kidson £450 for the Village Hall – both proceeds from the Summer Show.

This month’s regular event is a Talk – ‘Japanese Gardens’ – we are fortunate to be joined by distinguished speaker Nick Wray, on October 24th 2018 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm

Over a thousand years of gardening traditions have created a unique garden style that is far removed from to our western tastes in garden design and the choice of plants. This lecture looks at the history and evolution of Japanese gardening styles and highlights some of the key features and links between gardens and Japanese culture. The lecture focuses on gardens in Tokyo, Nara and the cultural capital city of Kyoto.

Nicholas Wray MHort. RHS, F.I.CHort. is a professional horticulturist and educator who has worked at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden for thirty-two years. He has travelled widely studying plants in the wild, in particular the flora of South Africa. In 1992 he became a co-presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World working for three years alongside Geoff Hamilton. In 1998 he was appointed South African plant consultant to the Eden Project and in 2002 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture. He is currently responsible for developing and curating the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, the first new university botanic garden in Britain for over forty years. In 2016 he was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for services to horticulture and education.

Our next Coach Trip is to the NT’s beautiful manor house at Cotehele
Departing at 9 am from the village hall on November 14th (Wednesday) 

Every year in November, gardeners and volunteers from Cotehele come together to create the most beautiful Christmas garland, handmade using thousands of flowers grown throughout the estate. A tradition since 1956, the giant ‘swag’ is 60ft long and hangs in the Great Tudor Hall during the festive season. Restaurant and shop. Find out more and see a picture here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/creating-coteheles-christmas-garland

Cost NT members £12.50  Non NT £18.50 Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 or 445618 to book – still a few places available.

A date for your diary later in Autumn:

November 28th 2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Society AGM followed by Talk ‘ Foraging  from the Garden’ by Anne Swithinbank, well-known local horticulturalist, writer and broadcaster.

Coming up in September and early October

This month’s regular event is our Autumn Show and Harvest Supper

September 26th 2018 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm, Uplyme Village Hall

Enjoy our Bring and Share buffet supper: please contribute a plateful of food for the supper table. Take part in show classes that celebrate the autumn harvest – produce, flowers, preserves and baking.  You can download the schedule here (PDF) – just bring your entries along at 7pm.

A previous Autumn Show exhibit
A previous Autumn Show exhibit


Our next Coach Trip is to The Eden Project in Cornwall

Departing at 7.45 am from the village hall on October 9th (Tuesday) 

The Eden Project nr St Austell is a Living Theatre of Plants and People — an educational charity that explores how people can work together and with nature to change things for the better. Trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest, take in the sights and smells of the Mediterranean Biome, and explore the huge outdoor gardens.

Cost £25 total for coach & admission.  Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 34733 to book.

(Image copyright The Eden Project)


Autumn events coming up

This month’s regular event is a talk entitled ‘From Plant to Plate’ by Sue Applegate of Hurstbrook Plants

August 22nd 2018 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm, Uplyme Village Hall

‘From Plant to Plate’ is an illustrated talk of the work within the UK Fresh Produce Industry to supply Farm Assured food to Farmers Markets and Supermarkets. Challenges of the future such as Food Security to provide for a huge increase in World Population Growth, Climate Change and Efficient Management of Water are also identified. A selection of seasonal, UK grown produce will be available for sale following the talk.

Our next Coach Trip is to Special Plants and Iford Manor

Departing at 9.00 from the village hall on September 12th (Wednesday)   

  • Special Plants nr Bath. On a steep hill at the top of an idyllic valley, the garden (designed by Derry Watkins’ architect husband Peter Clegg) is built on several levels with graceful flowing curves, and filled with Derry’s favourite plants.  Although the garden is on heavy clay, D’s love for Mediterranean plants meant that two gravel gardens were also created to satisfy her passion.  Along with ponds with trickling water between and a bog garden, there is a vegetable garden, orchard and woodland walk with a magic carpet bridge that ripples over a tiny stream. Guided tour included.
  • Iford Manor nr Bath is a Grade I garden designed by Harold Peto, who trained as an architect and had Edwin Lutyens as an assistant. After several visits to Italy, Peto became fascinated by Italianate gardens and combined his knowledge of practical gardening with an architect’s eye. In 1899 he bought Iford Manor (an 18th century house) where he transformed its grounds into his Italian ideal, where flowers occupy a secondary place amongst the cypresses, broad walks, statues, arcades and pools.

Cost £25 total includes guided tour from Derry Watkins.  Please ring Jenny Harding 01297 444034 or 33049 to book – there are just a few seats left so don’t delay!


The Great Terrace; image copyright Iford Manor

Dates for your diary for later in the Autumn:

  • September 26th 2018 (Wednesday) 7.30pm, Autumn Show and Harvest Supper
    Bring and Share buffet supper. Show schedule (PDF)
  • Coach Trip  October 9th (Tuesday) 7.45am, The Eden Project
    Cost £25 for coach & admission.  Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 34733 to book.

More details: Events and Outings

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.

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.

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

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