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


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!

Extra trip to Highgrove!

We have already filled one coach for June 20th, so are offering a second in September.

Highgrove Royal Gardens nr Tetbury, on Tuesday September 24th

The price for ULRHS members will be a non-refundable total of £30 for entry and coach per person – the Society is subsidising the coach as the entry to Highgrove is £26.  We shall have a 2-hour guided tour with time for coffee and lunch or tea.

We will not be able to refund anyone who cancels on this trip as we have to pay up front for the Group booking and the coach. We would of course offer the place to anyone on the waiting list if you could not find someone yourself.

We shall be leaving early at 7.45/8am. Further details of the day will follow.

Due to security regulations you will need a form of photographic ID on the day – passport/driving licence or bus pass.

Also as Highgrove is The Prince of Wales’ private home the use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is prohibited. Please leave all such items at home, on the coach or switched off inside your bag.

If you would like to go on this trip please phone or email Jenny Harding asap as spaces are limited.  Priority will be given to ULRHS members.

Tel 01297 444034. Email jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk

Early Spring events round-up

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 7.30pm immediately prior to the normal monthly meeting.  Members will have heard that planning permission has now been given for a Night-time Landing Site on the King George V Playing Fields, and so landing lights need to be installed which can be activated by the pilots of the Air Ambulance.  There is an appeal to raise £5000.  Since this is a facility that could be needed by any of us who live in the Uplyme / Lyme Regis area, the committee would like ULRHS to make a donation to support this.  Normally, we raise the money first, and then donate, but given that this facility may be needed to save someone’s life, it seems appropriate to donate the money from our reserves, and then raise the money.  For this we need permission from you the members, and so we ask that you attend the EGM and vote on the following proposal:

‘We propose that ULRHS financially support the Air Ambulance Night-time Landing Site on the King George V Fields to the sum of £500, to be raised from the Plant Sale, our stall at the Uplyme Village Fete, and the Raffles at our monthly meetings.  In the event that these sums do not raise the full £500, the remainder will come from any profit at the Summer Show.’

Upcoming events:

On Wednesday March 27th (Wednesday) at 7.30pm, we present ‘Designing a Border’ – a Planting Workshop with Garden Designer Sally Leaney

Sally won best in show for her garden at Taunton Flower Show last year.  She will run a designing/planting workshop where we will discuss planting schedules, growing conditions, planting numbers etc and ‘have a go’ yourself at planning a border.  Please bring a favourite reference book to use.

Our next outing is a Coach Trip on April 10th (Wednesday) leaving the village hall at 9.30am to ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’ Dorchester

Nestling in 26 acres, visitors will find an impressive range of outdoor sculptures in the setting of beautiful gardens, hailed as a modern arcadia. The garden’s design has been inspired by ideas from all over the world and wildlife is also an important element. The sculptures are placed in simple, effective settings that are all the more dramatic for that and several emerge from the water. There are 30 of Simon Gudgeon’s works on display including Isis, which is also in London’s Hyde Park, and there is a gallery where some of his smaller pieces can be seen and purchased. Gallery Café for light lunches. Cost £16.00 total. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book. More info here.

Dates for your diary:

  • April 24th 2019 (Wednesday) 7.30pm Demonstration ‘Hanging baskets’ by Mark Bugler from Groves Nursery
  • Coach Trip May 3rd (Friday) 9.15am from the village hall Garden Festival at Powderham Castle

We need your green fingers!

Wanted – plants and produce for the Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on May 11th

Our spring Plant Sale and Coffee Morning is a great fund raiser for the Society. We need your help with donations of plants and produce to make it a success please.

Plants that sell well include:

  • veg plants such as peppers, chillies, courgettes, beans (runner, French and broad)
  • bedding
  • perennials.

Please keep a note of the plant variety, and if you can, please provide a picture of the mature plant/veg. It helps sales and fund raising enormously. Any questions please contact Robin Britton (01297 442794 or Brian Tomsett (01297 444962).

Home produce that we would welcome include:

  • eggs
  • jams, jellies, marmalades
  • cakes, traybakes, flapjacks, buns, scones
  • any surplus produce from gardens e.g. fresh rhubarb.

Any questions please contact Pam Corbin (01297 442378) or Annie Kobus (01297 443346).

The first £500 of funds raised at the plant sale will go to the Society’s donation for the night time landing light mast at the King George V playing fields for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Any funds raised in excess of that will support Horticultural Society events.

Please bring your contributions to the hall at 8.30 if possible, so we can price and display them before the same starts.

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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

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