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About the Group

The group meets at St Boniface Church Hall, Hursley Rd, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 2FT. (map)

Helen Cleare
02380 783287

2018 Programme

All meetings commence at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

Friday 19th  January, 2018
'A Kaleidoscope of the Hampshire Group's Holidays since 2014'
Dawn Trenchard     
Hampshire Group member Dawn Trenchard has organized the holidays for our group for several years.  Her talk will take us down many memorable lanes to gardens great and small in the Cotswolds, Sussex and Somerset.
16th February, 2018
'Blackthorn Nursery – January to May – Snowdrops to Daphnes'
Jon Evans     
Jon’s talk is the first part of a trilogy on the now closed Blackthorn Nursery, Kilmeston, Hampshire owned by Robin and Sue White, which they have now converted into a private garden.
16th March, 2018 
Heather Godard-Key

Heather will present a brief history on Ferns and the cultivation of hardy ferns.
Heather will bring plants for sale
20th April, 2018 
'Herbaceous Clematis'
Everett Leeds 

Everett’s talk will cover various forms of herbaceous clematis, some sweetly scented, some which climb and some which like to scramble.
Everett will bring a few plants for sale
Friday 20th July, 2018
'Woolbeding Gardens'
Paul Gallivan

Paul will present a brief history of the garden which is situated near Midhurst, Sussex.  He will use photographs to give us a virtual tour of the gardens through the seasons. 

22nd July 2018 from 9-15 am to 4-00 pm

‘East to West’ – and something in between!
with Dan Hinkley, Timothy Walker and Diane Clement

The Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, Whitenap Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5SY
Open to the public
See Events Page for details

21st September, 2018
'Astounding Asteraceae'
Andrew Ward 

Andrew owns Norwell Nursery, near Newark and will be talking on Eupatoriums, Heleniums, Asters, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Gazinias and Erigerons to name a few.
Andrew will be bringing plants for sale.
19th October, 2018
'Seed Collecting in Japan'
Timothy Walker

Timothy takes us on the expedition which was arranged jointly by RBG Kew and the Alpine Garden Society to collect seeds from over 450 species.  On the way we will be treated to the unique aspects of Japanese life and looking at plant conservation in Japan.
16th November, 2018
AGM followed by 'Under the Apple Trees' - adventures with woodland plants
Tim Ingram

Tim explains how he has experimented with planting under dwarf apple trees in his garden and gives an insight into plants suitable for light shade over the seasons.

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

18th January, 2019
'More Special Snowdrops and how to keep them'
Jim Almond  

Jim will talk on ‘Special Snowdrops’ good ones to select and how to grow them, including propagation, labelling, record keeping plus tips on photography.
He will be bringing plants for sale.
15th February, 2019 
‘Apres ski – what happens when the snow melts’
Christine Skelmesdale

Christine is the owner of Broadleigh Gardens and Gold medal winner at Chelsea.  She will take to the Swiss Alps to see the spectacular spring and early summer flowers.
15th March 2019
‘Peonies and Irises’
Susannah Applegate
Susannah’s talk will include colourful photographs of Peonies and Irises in flower, description of flower types and practical ‘hands on’ demonstration of how to optimize the flowering potential of these lovely plants.
Susannah was formerly Production Manager for Kelways Nursery and since 2007 is Managing Director of her own commercial nursery
26th April, 2019 
‘Women and the National Trust’ - as gardeners, protectors, donors and builders of National Trust Properties’
Judith Plante-Cleall 

Judith will give us an insight into women’s contribution to the National Trust which includes wonderful slides to illustrate the topic.
19th July, 2019 
‘Two different approaches to creating gardens’
Andrew Humphris 

Andrew is the Head Gardener at Wollerton Old Hall and West Lodge.  His talk will cover Wollerton Old Hall and West Lodge, which are two very distinct gardens with very different owners, with both having a desire to create beautiful gardens. He also includes the trials and tribulations of this process from a Head Gardeners point of view.
20th September,2019
‘Making the most of your Bulbs’
John Gibson

John is a RHS Daffodil Society speaker and judge and a member of the RHS bulb committee.  He has been hybridizing daffodils for over thirty years and runs a mail order bulb business. His talk will cover Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and other bulbs including propagation, planting and growing conditions.
18th October, 2019
’51 Years of Ashwood Specialties’
Howard Dury

Howard is a lecturer, writer and runs garden holidays.  He also advises at Ashwoods Nurseries, where he  runs their winter lectures.  His talk will look at the many speciality plants such as cyclamen, Lewisias, Primulas, Salvias, Hydrangeas, Hepaticas and Anemones which Ashwood Nurseries have developed and how to grow them in your garden or greenhouse. 
15th November, 2019
AGM followed by
'The Hampshire Group’s Holidays 2018 and 2019'
Dawn Trenchard

Including bring and eat refreshments.

2020 Programme

18th January 2020 at 2.30 pm (Please note this is an afternoon meeting)
‘Growing Old Fashioned Flowers’
David Standing

David was the Head Gardener at the Gilbert White Garden for 38 years.  His talk will focus on uncommon garden plants, of which many were grown in the eighteenth century in the Naturalist Gilbert White’s garden.

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

20th January, 2017
'Sempervivums (Houseleeks) and other related plants'
Howard Wills

Illustrated talk of these beautiful, hardy succulents their cultivation and garden uses.

17th February, 2017
'Fifty Greys of Shade'
Colin Moat
Colin’s talk gives suggestions of plants that can be used to get the best from those wonderful shady areas.

17th March, 2017
'The Wonderful World of Violas'
Jack Willgoss
Jack will cover the history of Violas, ideas on how to use them in the garden, growing tips and his top 20 varieties.

21st April, 2017
'Life as a Gardening Editor'
Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin will explain how the ‘English Garden’ magazine is put together, finds the gardens for its articles and what makes a great gardening feature.

21st July, 2017
'Cow Parsley and their Relatives'
Marina Christopher
Marina’s talk will cover some botany, economic uses, their horticultural importance and ornamental value.

15th September, 2017
'Restoration of Hestercombe Gardens'
David Usher
David will present a historical background to the creation of the gardens and techniques that were used in its recreation.

20th October, 2017
'The Icing on the Cake'
Graham Gough
Graham has had a long gardening career and will present the plants that still continue to inspire him.

2016 Programme

15th January, 2016 
“Unusual and Long Blooming Garden Plants”
Derry Watkins
In 1993, Derry of Special Plants Nursery near Bath won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend 3 months in South Africa looking for new plants. Since then, she has introduced a number of new plants to horticulture, and is author of a couple of greenhouse gardening books.
Will be bringing plants for sale

19th February, 2016 
“Hepaticas - a growing obsession”
Diane Clement
Diane is currently Director of the Seed Exchange for the Alpine Garden Society which is the largest type in the world. She is a keen exhibitor and judge. She specialises in hepatica and cyclamen.
Will be bringing plants and seed for sale.

18th March, 2016 
“Primulas and Auriculas”
Alan Edmondson
Alan is an experienced horticulturalist, past President of the National Primula and Auricula Society and a regular gardening expert on BBC Radio Solent.

15th April, 2016 
“The Road to Chelsea”
Mark Lyman
Mark presents the preparations for creating a stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.

15th July, 2016 
“Fritillarias and other choice bulbs”
Jim Almond
Jim is an experienced bulb grower specialising in dwarf bulbs and has the National Collection of Juno Iris.
Will be bringing plants for sale.

16th September, 2016 
“Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels”
Sally Gregson
Sally has run Mill Cottage Plants for over 25 years and specialising in Hydrangeas, Epimediums and plants for shade.
Will be bringing plants for sale.

8th October, 2016 from 9.15 to 16.30
“Three Go Wild”
Roy Lancaster, Keith Wiley and Kevin Hughes
The Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, Whitenap Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5SY.
See the events page for links to more information.

21st October, 2016 
“Climbing and Rambling Roses for every situation”
Simon White
Simon is sales manager at Peter Beales Roses with over 34 years’ experience on the subject.
Will be bringing plants for sale.

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