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Evening Meetings

Our Programme for 2018 comprises monthly evening meetings, a selection of outings/visits and our three annual shows.  We also  hold a number of social events.
for a brief account of past meetings please click here

  Evening Meetings
 (all evening meetings are at St Mary's Centre, Felpham and start at 7.30pm)

Feb 27th             Steve Austin           -      Planning and Planting for the year ahead 
March 27th         Geoff Stonebanks  -      Driftwood Garden
April 24th            Andrew Elms        -       Lordington Lavender         

May 22nd            Maggie Haynes   -       Tuppenny Barn Project           

July 24th              Thomas Stone    -        Roses of Mottisfont
                                            (Flower Competition for Members only)                           

September 25th   John Baker         -        Dahlias
October 23rd        Alan Sargent      -        Behind the Scenes at Chelsea
November 27th                        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
                                                 (Members Only, no visitors)
For  brief details of the speakers at each meeting  please click on the speakers' name

                         (All shows on Saturdays 2pm to 4.30pm)
March 17th                       SPRING SHOW

June 16th   
                         ROSE & SWEET PEA SHOW

August 18th                      FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW

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Steve Austin

Steve has been involved in horticulture for over 12 years.  He trained at Wittle College and obtained his Masters with the RHS.  He worked for 8 years at Hilliers under Andy MacIndoe and was involved in preparing Beth Chatto’s garden for the summer seasons.  He is now an international horticulture consultant.
Steve will give a short half-hour talk on how members can grow and develop their dianthus plants for the competition the plants for which will be available at teh March meeting.  He will then fill the remaining evening with a talk on planning & planting for the year ahead.

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Geoff Stonebanks

Geoff lives in Bishopstone, near Seaford in East Sussex and spends all his time gardening and fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support. Using his multi award-winning garden - Driftwood - he has raised over 95,000 for various charities in 8 years, 56,000 of that for Macmillan. The garden, which first opened to the public in 2009 has featured on BBC2 Gardeners' World, Good Morning Britain and in many national and local media publications. In his spare time, Geoff is also the National Garden Scheme's Social Media & Publicity Chair as well as an Assistant County Organiser & Publicity Officer in East & Mid Sussex.

Geoff first opened his garden in 2009 and has since mad over 4000 cups of tea and slices of home-made cakes.  A beautiful seaside garden, divided in varous minute areas with wonderful planting complete with propos – pebble beaches, driftwood, shells, etc.

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Andrew Elms

Lordington Lavender was established in 2002 by local farmer Andrew Elms. After selling his dairy herd he was looking for a new way to diversify and decided that Lavender would be a unique and exciting alternative. The crop is grown with conservation of habitat and the environment very much in mind. No fertilizers or pesticides are used and it has become haven for wildlife with at least 12 red listed species of birds including skylarks and barn owls found on the farm.

Now, 4 acres of Mailette lavender, a French Provencal variety famed for its high quality oil is harvested once a year to produce a wonderful essential oil and the business has become a family affair. From originally just selling an essential oil a whole range has developed but all with one aim – to produce simple, pure and honest products using only the highest quality ingredients.

Every summer the lavender field is full of bumble bees and butterflies and when the sun shines you can imagine being in Provence!

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 Maggie Haynes
Maggie is the founder and project manager for Tuppenny Barn, she established the organics business in 2005 after 21 years’ service with the British Army Intelligence Corps. Her belief and passion for promoting the benefits of organic fruit and vegetables led to the building of an eco-friendly education centre as a focal point for local organisations and the community.

The Tuppenny Barn Project is a a non-profit-making smallholding in Southbourne, West Sussex.  They grow and sell organic fruit and vegetables.  They have an educational centre which provides learning experiences for children, encouraging them to et fresh fruit and vegetables, to grow their own and prepare healthy meals.

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Thomas Stone
Thomas was raised at Mottisfont, Hampshire, home of the world famous Mottisfont Abbey with its’ magnificent and horticulturally important rose gardens. His father David Stone VMH was Head Gardener, and young Thomas spent much of his childhood working in the grounds, naturally following his father’s footsteps and becoming a staff member, learning his skills and training in the ‘old fashioned’ methods used by generations of previous gardeners.

Moving on after a period of twelve years, he started work at the equally famous Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens in Hampshire, where he extended his knowledge into the world of trees, shrubs and wild flower meadows.

Thomas' talk will take a look at the beautiful walled gardens at Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, looking more closely at some of the stunning roses that grow there as part of the National collection of heritage roses.

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John Baker

John graduated from Cambridge with a BA and was a Director of an engineering company until his retirement.
He and his partner, June, maintain a garden in which there are over 1600 different hostas called, ‘The Hanging Hostas of Hampshire’ the garden was featured by the BBC for Gardener’s World.  They were awarded the Eric Smith Rose Bowl Award for their works on hostas and in 2012, June was presented with third prize as ‘Hampshire Gardener of the Year’ by Lord Carnarvon. Last year the collection was awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage.
As well as hostas the garden features some 200 lilies and 100 dahlias and many other interesting plants.  This plantsman’s garden is open to the public in July for the National Garden Scheme.

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Alan Sargent
Professional Landscaper since 1968, Alan's career includes over sixty Royal Horticultural Society Show Gardens, at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World Live and Tatton Park (Design build and project manage) together with other award winning gardens at The Royal Southampton and Loseley Garden Shows.
He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Show Gardens Committee (1992 – 2005)and Royal Horticultural Society Show Gardens Judge and Gardens Assessor (1997 – 2005)
Between 2001 & 2007 he was Head Gardener at the Goodwood Estate.

Alan writes for various magazines and has produced The Head Gardeners Survival Manual and the Landscapers Survival Manual.  He was the ‘Pond Doctor’ for Water Gardener magazine and has a regular column in The Horticultural Week.

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