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Our 60th Anniversary celebrations are under way. More than 60 Gardens to Visit and new Lapel Badges available 


About the Group

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

Eileen Pointer
t. 02380 265503

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

20th January, 2017 at 7.30 pm
"Sempervivums (Houseleeks) and other related plants"
Howard Wills

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

17th February, 2017 at 7.30 pm
“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 at 7.30 pm
“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 at 7.30 pm
“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 at 7.30 pm
“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 at 7.30 pm
“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 at 7.30 pm
“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.

2018 Programme

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
See Events Page for details


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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