Our new programme is now available

The Committee has been working hard to devise an excellent programme of talks, events and coach outings to suit all tastes.

Highlights of 2020 include:

  • January 12th (Sunday) 3pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
    Film – Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
    Piet Oudolf is one of the most influential garden designers of the last 50 years. This documentary follows him over five seasons as he designed gardens from New York’s High Line and Hauser & Wirth’s prairie garden in Somerset to his own private garden at Hummelo in Holland.
  • March 25th (Wednesday) 7.30pm, Uplyme Village Hall
    Talk ‘Star Plants for Small Gardens’ by well-known broadcaster and GQT panellist Matthew Wilson
    Matthew will be looking at great plants to create the biggest impact in even the smallest of spaces.

as well as our regular favourites including the Plant Sale & Coffee Morning on May 16th (Saturday) 9.30am -11.30am, and the lavender-themed Summer Flower and Produce Fayre on July 11th (Saturday) 1pm – 5pm , both at Uplyme Village Hall.

Outings to Colesbourne Park to see the snowdrops, Lanhydrock, The Cardiff RHS show, Mottisfont Abbey and a safari at Longleat are some of the treats on offer.

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Find out more on our Events and Outings pages, including details of how to book.

 

 

 

An invitation to the Town Mill

This November the Town Mill in Lyme Regis has offered us the opportunity to showcase the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society’s activities.

Please join us for a special members’ preview of our exhibition ‘Celebrating 90 Years’ to be held at The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis on Wednesday 13 November between 7 and 8.30pm.

We’ll be launching our 2020-21 programme of talks and trips at the preview evening and you can see the display which celebrates our collective love of gardening and the wide range of activities that the Society is involved in. Drinks and nibbles will be served.

If you can’t make the preview, the free exhibition will be open to the public Thursday 14 November to Tuesday 19 November 11am-3.30pm (2pm on final day) and we’d be pleased to see you then.

 MORE ABOUT THE TOWN MILL EXHIBITION

The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society will be showcasing their range of activities at The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU from Thursday 14 November to Tuesday 19 November.

The exhibition is free and will be open from 11am to 3.30pm each day (2pm on final day).

On Saturday 16 November, the society’s president, Pam Corbin, will be signing copies of her latest book “Pam the Jam: the Book of Preserves” between 12 noon and 1.30pm.

Copies of the society’s 2020-21 programme of talks and trips will be available and there will be a wide-ranging display of the society’s activities, community involvement and exhibits from the Autumn Show. Guests and new members are welcomed and members of the society will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the exhibition.

We hope to see you there!

November and December events

The regular monthly event is our Autumn Show and Harvest Supper, next Wednesday October 23rd at 7.30pm in the Uplyme Village Hall

We won’t apologise for the second reminder – this is a lovely village event and well worth attending.

There are 16 classes of entry, covering flowers, floral art, fruit, vegetables, cookery, preserves and a fun category.  The Autumn Show is a light-hearted affair with judging in most classes by popular vote and not by Royal Horticultural Society rules.

Fruit baskets – autumn show 2018

There will also be a bring and share supper for everyone to enjoy; please bring a plate of finger food for the shared buffet table.

Guests are welcome to enter and full details of the classes and judging can be found by downloading the  2019 Autumn Show Schedule here (PDF file). Exhibits should be brought to the hall at 7pm, with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Our last outing of 2019 is a Coach Trip on November 12th (Tuesday) leaving the village hall at 9.15am, to the City of Bath

Enjoy the City of Bath with its Roman Baths, the Abbey, Museums, shops and restaurants/cafés.

Cost £10.00 total for coach. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

Dates for your diary: 

  • The Society at the Town Mill – look out for a separate post in a few days!
  • November 27th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall AGM followed by Talk ‘Natural Gardening’ by Brian Tomsett – the history and application of “no-dig” and other non-traditional cultivation techniques for flowers, fruit and vegetables.
  • December 4th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall ‘Social & Christmas Supper’ (bring and share)
    Pre Christmas social. Find out what the society is up to for the coming year. Enjoy a fun quiz and bring and share supper. Bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members.

October news and events

Firstly, technical problems mean that I was unable to send out the regular newsletter in time, for which my apologies. Here are our next 3 offerings:

Our next talk:

September 25th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Living Jigsaw Explained’ – the nitty gritty of eco-friendly gardening by Val Bourne

Val Bourne is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild. Val is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, among others, and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic and she manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all – something she has always believed in. Her newest book, ‘The Living Jigsaw’ published by Kew, explains how it all works. Val is an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society.

Our next show:

October 23rd (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Autumn Show and Harvest Supper

There are 16 classes of entry, covering flowers, floral art, fruit, vegetables, cookery, preserves and a fun category.  The Autumn Show is a light-hearted affair with judging in most classes by popular vote and not by Royal Horticultural Society rules.

There will also be a bring and share supper for everyone to enjoy; please bring a plate of finger food for the shared buffet table.

Guests are welcome to enter and full details of the classes and judging can be found by downloading the 2019 Autumn Show Schedule here (PDF file). Exhibits should be brought to the hall at 7pm, with the show starting at 7.30pm.

2018 Autumn Show barrow
2018 Autumn Show veg barrow

Our next outing:

Coach Trip October 8th (Tuesday) Depart by coach UVH 9.30am Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. 30 acre Capability Brown English Landscape Garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous borders and majestic trees. Delightful walks to Raleigh’s Seat, the Cascade, Courtyard Gardens and Orangery. Tea Room.

Cost £17.50 total for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

What’s on next, and can you help?

Show report

The Summer Show page has been updated with some details of our very successful 2019 Show.

Can you help?

Would you be interested in taking over as Society Treasurer? John Routley, our current Treasurer, will be very happy to help the new person to learn the ropes, and he or she could perhaps bring more technology to bear on the job! John can give you an idea of the work involved – please call 01297 445257 or talk to him at one of our events.

Also, members please keep your eye out for a posted form asking about the future of the Summer Show – please take the time to fill it in and drop off to a Committee member or post back using the enclosed label. Non-members can download the form here: Member Questionnaire – August 2019 (PDF file). The more answers the better, so don’t be shy!

On next

The next regular monthly event is on August 28th (Wednesday) at 7.30pm at Uplyme Village Hall – Talk ‘Plants of the Dolomites’ by Paul Cumbleton

A travelogue about a visit to the Dolomite Mountains in Italy made in 2016 and showing a selection of the plants and scenery encountered. Wherever possible Paul tries to link the plants shown in the wild with details about their cultivation in the garden so people can see how “growable” or not the plants are.

Our next outing is a Coach Trip on September 11th (Wednesday) leaving the village hall at 7.45am to The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds rediscovered thirty years ago. The Lost Gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes, flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area called “The Jungle”.
Cost £25 to include a guided tour. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book – there are still a few places left, so don’t delay!

Dates for your diary: 

  • September 25th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Living Jigsaw Explained’ – the nitty gritty of eco-friendly gardening by celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer Val Bourne.
  • September 24th (Tuesday) Coach trip to Highgrove Royal Gardens nr Tetbury. If you’d like to go on the waiting list for this very popular trip, please contact Jenny Harding. Tel 01297 444034. Email jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk. Details here: Extra trip to Highgrove
  • October 8th (Tuesday) Coach Trip departing 9.30am to Sherborne Castle and Gardens – Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. 30 acre Capability Brown English Landscape Garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous borders and majestic trees. Tea Room.
    Cost £17.50 total for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

Time to get ready for the Show!

Closing date Approaches for entries for 90th Horticultural Society Summer Show!

Exhibitors for the 90th Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Summer Show at Uplyme Village Hall are invited to submit their entry form by 8pm on Wednesday 10th July. Entry forms are available here, or on page 42 of the printed Summer Show Schedule.

People can choose from 148 categories to enter, including flowers, fruit and veg, floral art, preserves, cookery, wine, craft, photography, junior and fun classes.  Twelve classes are solely for those aged 16 and under and there are ten classes including the potato – the theme of this year’s show.

Animals, birds and craft demonstrations

Outside the horticultural marquee on the King George V Playing Fields there are plenty of attractions. Owls ‘R’ Us are new to the Summer Show with a static display of 6 different types of owl plus a hawk and a falcon. People will be able to touch the birds and take their photographs with them.

There will also be llamas, alpacas, a farrier shoeing horses, wildlife and butterfly conservation. A circus skills workshop will be available for all ages, while woodturners, spinners and quilters will also be running demonstrations.

Musical feasts

Mrs Ethelston’s School Choir will open the show and the Lyme Regis Town Band and HiDDeN will provide music throughout the afternoon. Free train rides, a family dog show, bouncy castle and stalls from local groups, charities and businesses will all add to the occasion. And of course there will be excellent refreshments including cream teas, a bar and ice creams.

The Show runs from 1-5pm. Entry is £2.50 for adults and free for accompanied under-16s.

The Show programme and schedule is available free from Uplyme Post Office, Raymonds Hill Post Office and Ginger Beer in Lyme Regis.

All set for the Summer Show

From Potatoes to Persian Love Cake at the Horticultural Society 90th Summer Show

From the everyday to the exotic, the 90th Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Summer Show on Saturday 13 July at Uplyme Village Hall has something for everyone.

This year’s theme is Celebrating the Potato, with ten classes that feature potatoes spread across Fruit and Vegetables, Fun, Cookery, Floral Art, Craft, Photography and the Junior Section, plus a record number of entries in the ever-popular Potato in a Bucket competition.

hs spuds

The exotic is covered in the Cookery section, where entrants bake a Persian Love Cake to a standard recipe. With ingredients including cardamom, almonds, rose water and pistachios it sounds delicious.

New trophies and public voting

The Show this year has several new trophies: two for best exhibits from junior entrants who enter an adult class and two for newcomers who have never won a points-based trophy before.

Another new introduction is the judging of two classes by public vote, rather than the show judges, following a successful trial last year. Members of the public get to choose who should win the prize for a rose with the best fragrance and for ‘Natural Magic’, an arrangement of flowers and foliage in a jam jar.

Circus skills and entertainments

As well as a packed schedule in the horticultural marquee, there’s plenty of action out on The King George V Playing Fields. Mrs Ethelston’s School Choir will give an opening performance and then the music continues throughout the afternoon with sessions by HiDDeN, a blues, folk and popular soft-rock band, and by the Lyme Regis Town Band.

Anyone inspired by the film The Greatest Showman should love the circus skills workshop by Higher Beings – from toddlers on the balance track to 80-year olds who want to master the unicycle, there’s something for all ages.

The Weymouth & District Model Engineers will be providing free train rides throughout the afternoon and there will be a family dog show to try out games and fun competitions such as ‘dog most like its owner’, ‘Uplyme’s got talent’, and ‘catch the sausage’.

There are demonstrations with llamas, a farrier, woodturners, spinning and quilting, and wildlife and butterfly conservation. Refreshments are available all afternoon with cream teas and light snacks in the Village Hall, the Cricket Club bar in the pavilion and ice creams on the playing field. A bouncy castle and diverse range of stalls by local groups, charities and businesses complete the picture.

The Show runs from 1-5pm. Entry is £2.50 for adults and free for accompanied under-16s.

Further details are in the Show Schedule, available from Uplyme Village Stores, Raymonds Hill Post Office or Ginger Beer in Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Entry forms for exhibitors are in the back of the Schedule or can be downloaded. Anyone wishing to take a stall at the Show should contact Brian Tomsett on 01297 444962, arthurbriantomsett@btinternet.com

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.

May news and events

Plant Sale Success Raises £500 for Air Ambulance Night Landing Facility at Uplyme

We donated £500 to The King George V Playing Fields for its night landing facility for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, from funds raised by the Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on 11th.

Here’s Horticultural Society Chair Robin Britton, pictured right, presenting the cheque to Jim Thomas, left, Chair of The King George V Playing Fields, at the end of the sale.

A crowded two-hour sale saw a wide range of veg plants, herbs, perennials and bedding sold to eager purchasers.  The sale of donated cakes, jams and produce also contributed to the fund raising. In total, the morning raised around £800. The King George V Playing Fields is one of several charities supported by the Horticultural Society, with the summer show in July also raising funds for good causes.

Our next regular event is on May 22nd 2019 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm: Talk ‘Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels’ by Sally Gregson of Mill Cottage Plants

Suggestions for planting in those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas-includes some epimediums and hydrangeas. Plants for sale.

Our next Coach Trip is on June 12th (Wednesday) to Lytes Cary Manor and Midney Gardens and Nursery. Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall at 9.15am

Lytes Cary is an intimate manor house featuring a 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall. Its Arts & Crafts-style garden is an inspiring combination of outdoor rooms, topiary, statues and herbaceous borders. Small tea room and shop. Also home to Midney: 1.4 acre plantsman’s garden and nursery. Cost NT members £18 Non NT members £22. Includes tea/cake at Midney. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.

Dates for your diary: 

  • June 26th (Wednesday) 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Dutch Flower Painters and Landscape Painting – how it evolves’ by Pam Simpson. For art lovers and gardeners alike, Pam will talk about the Dutch flower painters and show how landscape painting evolves.
  • Coach Trip July 3rd (Wednesday) leaving the Village Hall at 9.15 to Cothay Manor near Wellington. Please ring Jane Hadley 01297 444147 to book. 36 seats max!
  • Don’t forget – our first trip to Highgrove was a complete sell-out, so we are organising a second visit. See  details of how to book – but don’t leave it too long if you missed out the first time!
  • And it’s probably time to start thinking about your entries for the Summer Show on July 13th (Saturday). You can download a schedule and programme here (PDF file).

Easter and beyond

chocobunnies

Time to get out into the garden and work off all those extra calories!

Our next regular event is on April 24th 2019 (Wednesday) at 7.30pm: Demonstration ‘Hanging baskets’ by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery

A practical demonstration of how to plant up four hanging baskets by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery.

Competition: Also at the April meeting will be the Chairman’s spring-flowering bulb competition. There are two classes:

  • Pot or container of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in the pot/container
  • Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.

Bring along your entries on the night from 7pm. Plug plants will be available to grow on for the Summer Show at the meeting.

Next, we have our popular Plant Sale & Coffee morning on May 11th (Saturday) 9.30am -11.30am at Uplyme Village Hall

Raising funds to support our events. Entry £1. Please bring your donations along at 8.30 on the day so we can price and display them.

Looking further into the future – our first trip to Highgrove was a complete sell-out, so we are organising a second visit. See this page for details of how to book – but don’t leave it too long if you missed out the first time!

Gardening, social events, shows, and visits in East Devon and West Dorset