Loddon and District Horticultural Society

We are Loddon and District Horticultural Society and this year we are in our 46th year.

Hornbeam Tree – June 2017

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 2018

9th May – Ben Potterton – Woodland Flowers.

19th May (Saturday) – Plant Sale at The Hollies, High Street, Loddon. 10am to 12pm.

13th June – Visit to Henstead Exotic Gardens, NR34 7LD.

11th July – Rose, Fuchsia and Sweet Pea Show. Members only.

8th August – Picnic at Camilla’s, Gillingham, NR34 0LL.

1st September (Saturday) – Annual Open Show, The Hollies, Loddon.

10th October – Annual General Meeting and Bring and Buy.

7th November – Autumn Mini Show. Members only.

12th 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.

On 25th March the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society held their Spring Show at Easton and Otley College. This year we entered some classes for the Affiliated Societies. We entered two vases of three daffodils and received second prize. We also entered into a class for two foliage plants and won third. Shirley Cross and Tricia Loades staged and lent the exhibits and photos are below.

Shirley Cross with our daffodil exhibit.

Our foliage plant exhibits

Last year we celebrated our 45th year as a Society. At our Autumn Mini Show our Treasurer, Jonathan Orland, took a photo of all of us which we sent in to the Beccles and Bungay Journal.

In December we usually decorate a windowsill at Holy Trinity, Loddon and the theme this year was “Let there be light”. Tricia Loades made up the arrangements this time and a photo is below.

“Let there be light” themed windowsill in Holy Trinity, Loddon by Tricia Loades

In June Loddon Church held their annual Scarecrow Trail. Again this year we had an entry kindly made up by Vanessa Scott and her family and also displayed in Vanessa’s garden. This year our entry was Prince Charles. Well done to Vanessa for helping us to join in the festivities.

Prince Charles the Scarecrow

On 18th and 19th June the Church in Loddon held Loddon in Miniature. Our members were invited to make some miniature gardens for display. A photo of the four of them is below.

For our outing in June this year we made a visit to Ben Potterton’s Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery. Unfortunately we could not visit the Shoreland’s Wildlife Gardens because of an outbreak of Bird Flu in the area. Some photos from the evening are below.

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 2017 Rose, Sweet Pea and Fuchsia Show and the Autumn Mini-Show plus the 2018 Spring Mini-Show:-

Class 18 – Christmas Cactus

Class 22 – Christmas Flower Arrangement in a frame

Our judge Keith Todd tasting the Apple Cake class








Vase of flowers class

Geranium Class in the Rose, Fuchsia and Sweet Pea Show 2017

Judge Keith Todd with Show Secretary Tricia Loades







Class 10 – 3 polyanthus

A near record turn out for a Spring mini-show with 140 entries

Class 3 – 3 bicolour single daffodils









We held our Annual Open Show in September 2017 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 Becky Orland.

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

Prizes for the Young Gardeners for growing a dwarf bean in a 8″ pot were: 1st place – Annabelle Milner, 2nd place – Jessica Milner

The Bernard Cross Trophy for the Challenge class to grow a geranium from seed – Roy Cope.

As follows are some photos from this Show:-

Winner of the Jimmy Carr Plate for the best floral arrangement – Tricia Loades with her 45th Anniversary arrangement in a bottle.

Winner of the Thirtle and Harris Cup for the best floral exhibit in the show and the Bob Dye Cup for the best dahlia in the show – Roy Cope

Winner of the Loddon and District Horticultural Society Trophy for the best vegetable exhibit in the show and the Dickinson Trophy for the best exhibit in the flower and vegetable classes – Jules Wheeler’s cucumber

Winner of the Hutton Bowl for the best pot plant in the show – Jean Cope with her Streptocarpus.

Winner of the Beauchamp House Shield for the best rose exhibit in the show – Barbara Leathersich.

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

Winner of the Norman Carr cup for the best chrysanthemum exhibit in the show – Chad Daniels.

Winner of the Green’s Trophy for the best fruit exhibit – Chad Daniels with his pears.

Winner of the Loddon Garden and Seed Centre trophy for the best tomato exhibit in the show – Chad Daniels

Winner of the Back Cup for the best 6 herbs in the show – Hazel Copeland

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

Winner of the Langley School trophy for the best creative exhibit in the children’s classes – Becky Orland

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

Winner of the Peter Hunt trophy for the heaviest potatoes – Roy Cope

Winner of the Young Gardener Class for growing a dwarf bean in an 8″ pot – Annabelle Milner

Winners of the WI Trophy – theme 45th Anniversary – Thurton, Ashby and District WI.

2nd place in the WI trophy – Surlingham WI

3rd place in the WI trophy – Thurlton and District WI