Loddon and District Horticultural Society

We are Loddon and District Horticultural Society and this year we will be celebrating our 45th Anniversary.

Hornbeam Tree - September 2016

Hornbeam Tree – September 2016

We have a Hornbeam Tree planted in Loddon Church yard a few years ago and every year we take a photo of it to keep up with it’s progress.

We have three mini-shows during the year for members and one Annual Show which is open to everybody.

In June we have an outing to a garden and in December we have our Christmas meal.

Our meetings are held in the Jubilee Hall Clubroom in Loddon from 7-30pm, except the Annual Show which is held at The Hollies in Loddon, as is our plant sale which is held in May.

We are affiliated members of the Royal Horticultural Society.  We are also an affiliated Society with the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society, so basically you have access to events of two societies within your membership.  We can attend their events at the same price as NNHS members.

Meetings and events programme 2017

14th June – Visit to Shorelands Wildlife Gardens and Blacksmith Cottage Nurseries, Langmere Road, Langmere near Dickleburgh, Norfolk, IP21 4QA.  We will meet here at 6pm, the price is £3 per person with a guided tour by Ben Potterton.  Refreshments will be available to purchase.  Contact Jean for more information.

12th July – Rose, Fuchsia and Sweet Pea Show.  Members only.

9th August – The Basics of Propagation – a talk by Ian Roofe.

2nd September (Saturday) – Annual Open Show at The Hollies, Loddon.

11th October – Annual General Meeting and Bring and Buy.

8th November – Autumn Mini-Show.  Members only.

13th December – Christmas meal – venue to be advised.

We are always pleased to welcome new members – at £10 per person per annum it really is a bargain!
If you have an interest in gardening, be it an expert or a complete novice do come and see us.

For more information contact Mim Clarke (Secretary) on 01508-493332 or Tricia Loades (Show-Secretary) on 01508-520273. Also if you would like a schedule for the Annual Open Show contact Tricia.

In Loddon Church the theme for the Christmas windowsill displays was “Let there be light”.  Gillian Balls, Tricia Loades and Peter Watson decorated our windowsill.  Photo below.

Let there be light

Let there be light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During June Loddon held a Scarecrow Trail.  Vanessa Scott and her family kindly made up a scarecrow for us and had her standing outside their home.  The theme this year was “Singers”.  So Vanessa made Kim Wilde, who is a singer turned gardener.  Below is a photo of Kim.

Our Scarecrow - Kim Wilde

Our Scarecrow – Kim Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our garden outing this year on 8th June 2016, we went to Jane Bastow’s garden at The Laburnhams, St James South Elmham.  Jane had visited us earlier in the year at our meeting when she spoke to us on how she won a gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show.  Below are some photos from the evening visit.

Busy at the plant stall

Busy at the plant stall

One of the many exhibits around the garden

One of the many exhibits around the garden

Oh dear!

Oh dear!

What we do best (other than gardening of course) - enjoying a coup of tea, a slice of cake and a natter.

What we do best (other than gardening of course) – enjoying a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a natter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we had some plants left over from the sale at The Hollies we also had a stall at Vanessa Scott’s in the High Street at the Loddon Street Fair on 28th May.  We had a very good day and with the proceeds of the day and the plant sale we raised about £300 for the Club.  So well done to all our members who helped or provided plants and cakes.  Some photos are below.

Chairman Jean and Treasurer Jonathan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our May plant sale at The Hollies, Loddon, we had a very good sale.  There were a record number of stalls along with the Brownies who had their own stalls and who learnt how to pot up dwarf beans from Roy Cope, ahead of the Annual Show in September.  The cake stall with Barbara Leathersich did a roaring trade.  We had been asked by The Hollies to clear the garden at the front for them, so some of our members were hard at work doing this during the morning.  We also held a competition for the Brownies which this year was for a photo from a garden.  Below are some photos from the morning.

Busy selling plants

Literally going like “hot cakes”!

 

 

 

 

 

Happily clearing the garden at The Hollies

The winners of the Brownies photography competition

 

 

 

 

 

We hold three mini-shows during the year.  The Spring Mini Show, a Rose, Fuchsia and Sweet Pea Show and an Autumn Mini Show.  Below are some photos from the 2016 and 2017 shows:-

Flower arrangement class - 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London

Flower arrangement class – 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London

Autumn Mini-Show - Class 8 - Any other vegetable

Autumn Mini-Show – Class 8 – Any other vegetable

Autumn Mini-Show - Flowering Shrub class

Autumn Mini-Show – Flowering Shrub class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet pea class

Sweet pea class

Fuchsia Class

Fuchsia Class

Our judge Keith Todd with the flower arrangement class

Our judge Keith Todd with the flower arrangement class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our judge Keith Todd admiring Carol Boags winning cake.

All 98 entries in the show from our members.

Rhubarb entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We held our Annual Open Show in September 2016 at The Hollies, Loddon.  Winners of some of our trophies are:-

The Warman Cup for the most points gained throughout the show by a non-member went to Mr Chad Daniels.

The Clemence Cup for the most points in the Domestic section was won by Jean Cope.

The Society Cup for the most points in the show – members only was won by Roy Cope.

The Durrant Shield presented for the most points in the Children’s classes was won by Charley Buckle.

The Malt Cup presented for the highest number of points gained in the three mini-shows was won by Tricia Loades.

Prizes for the Young Gardeners for growing a sunflower head were: 1st place – Amber Gooch-Boags, 2nd place – Rebecca Orland and in 3rd place – Hugo Scott.

As follows are some photos from this Show:-

Brian Orland's tomato exhibit that won the Loddon and District Horticultural Society Trophy for the best vegetable exhibit and the Loddon Garden and Seed Centre Trophy for the best tomato exhibit.

Brian Orland’s tomato exhibit that won the Loddon and District Horticultural Society Trophy for the best vegetable exhibit and the Loddon Garden and Seed Centre Trophy for the best tomato exhibit.

Winner of the Dickinson Trophy for the best exhibit in the vegetable and flower classes - Mim Clarke's dahlias.

Winner of the Dickinson Trophy for the best exhibit in the vegetable and flower classes and the Bob Dye Cup for the best dahlia exhibit- Mim Clarke’s dahlias.

Gillian Balls' arrangement in a thimble the winner of the Jimmy Carr Plate

Gillian Balls’ arrangement in a thimble the winner of the Jimmy Carr Plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Kemp's chrysanthemums the winner of the Thirtle and Harris Cup for the best floral exhibit and the Norman Carr Cup for the best exhibit in the chrysanthemum classes.

Andrew Kemp’s chrysanthemums the winner of the Thirtle and Harris Cup for the best floral exhibit and the Norman Carr Cup for the best exhibit in the chrysanthemum classes.

Winner of the Hutton Bowl for the best pot plant - Roy Cope's succulent.

Winner of the Hutton Bowl for the best pot plant – Roy Cope’s succulent.

Sue Ward's rose the winner of the Beauchamp House Shield for the best rose exhibit.

Sue Ward’s rose the winner of the Beauchamp House Shield for the best rose exhibit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Hoffman Cup for a hanging basket (excluding fuchsias) - Barbara Leathersich

Winner of the Hoffman Cup for a hanging basket (excluding fuchsias) – Barbara Leathersich

Mim Clarke's figs - winner of the Green's Trophy for the best fruit exhibit

Mim Clarke’s figs – winner of the Green’s Trophy for the best fruit exhibit

Winner of the Warne's Cup for the best fuchsia hanging basket - Roy Cope

Winner of the Warnes’ Cup for the best fuchsia hanging basket – Roy Cope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Back Cup for 6 herbs - Sue Ward

Winner of the Back Cup for 6 herbs – Sue Ward

Winner of the Langley School Trophy for the best creative exhibit in the children's classes - Tyler Whiting with Mr Potato Head.

Winner of the Langley School Trophy for the best creative exhibit in the children’s classes – Tyler Whiting with Mr Potato Head.

Winner of the D & I Carr Cup for the best African Violet - Fiona Dowson.

Winner of the D & I Carr Cup for the best African Violet – Fiona Dowson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Peter Clarke trophy for the heaviest onion - Andrew Kemp.

Winner of the Peter Clarke trophy for the heaviest onion – Andrew Kemp.

Winner of the Bernard Cross Trophy - Roy Cope for his Chrysanthemum spray

Winner of the Bernard Cross Trophy – Roy Cope for his Chrysanthemum spray

Winner of the Peter Hunt Cup for the heaviest potato exhibit - Chad Daniels

Winner of the Peter Hunt Cup for the heaviest potato exhibit – Chad Daniels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the WI Trophy - theme "Happy Birthday, Your Majesty" - Thurton and Ashby WI

Winner of the WI Trophy – theme “Happy Birthday, Your Majesty” – Thurton and Ashby WI