top of page


Saturday 7th September 2024

Check the website soon for more information

Welcome visitors to your site with a short, engaging introduction. 

Double click to edit and add your own text.

Visitors and helpers at the recent plant sale


on 16th June.
£1 per entry

Tickets on sale 12th April meeting


The next Horticultural Society meeting is on Friday 9th Feb  - Camilla Anderson talking about "The gardens of the Dukes of Devonshire and Northumberland, Chatsworth, Chiswick, Syon and Alnwick". Camilla was going to come to talk to us last year but illness meant she had to cancel, so we're pleased we have been able to rearrange and invite her again. Camilla is passionate about garden history so it promises to be an interesting evening.

Welcome visitors to your site with a short, engaging introduction. Double click to edit and add your own text.

Snowdrop Flowers

12th January Meeting

Sally Smith

“Vegetable inspirations”

Sally hopes to inspire people to grow and garden organically. Her career in horticulture spans over 20 years working as a lecturer then as a researcher on several BBC gardening programmes.

Christmas Wreath

Next DLH meeting
8th December
7.30 pm
Florence Nightingale Hall

followed by


Check your emails to find out more about 

catering on the night.

Looking back to our Garden and Home Celebration: people and produce!

Thank you to everyone who came along with their entries and congratulations to everyone on such a great standard of produce.

Thanks also to Ian our auctioneer, and everyone who joined in the bidding.

See you next year!

Garden and Home Celebration


Apple Harvest

Please come along and celebrate with us by bringing your entries: maximum 4 entries per person.



  • Staging of exhibits : 10.00 - 11.30am.

Entry & Staging of Exhibits is FREE.


  • Judging the Exhibits - 12 to 2pm.  

Hall closed – Lunch


  • Show open to public -  2 - 3pm.

Light refreshments available.


  • Auction of Produce. 3.30pm

Close - 4 pm.

The Show Sections

Children’s class

  1. Vegetable turned into an animal.

Children may also enter any of the other classes

Flower Classes

  1. Dahlia, 3 blooms, any variety

  2. Rose, one stem, single bloom or spray

  3. Bunch of mixed herbs

  4. Shrub material, berries and seed heads (no flowers) arranged in a vase

  5. Mixed vase (any size) of flowers in a single colour

  6. Sunflower, single stem

Vegetable Classes

  1. Potatoes, any variety, plate of 5

  2. Onions, plate of 3

  3. Carrots, bunch of 3

  4. Shallots, plate of 5

  5. French beans, plate of 6

  6. Runner beans, plate of 6

  7. Beetroot, 3

  8. Lettuce, with washed roots

  9. Cucumber, one

  10. Tomatoes, small, 7 on a plate

  11. Tomatoes, large, 5 on a plate, any variety

  12. Courgette, plate of 3

  13. Chillies, 2

  14. Peppers, two of any colour

  15. Squash or pumpkin, one, any variety

  16. Garlic, 3 bulbs, any variety

  17. Any other vegetable

Fruit Classes

  1. Cooking apples, plate of 5

  2. Eating apples, plate of 5

  3. Plums, plate of 6

  4. Raspberries or blackberries, plate of 12 with stalks

  5. Any other fruit

Home Produce Section

  1. Jam, one jar any variety

  2. Jelly, one jar any variety

  3. Lemon Curd, one jar

  4. Marmalade, one jar

  5. Honey, one jar clear or set

  6. Pickles, one jar

  7. Chutney, one jar any variety

  8. Cake made with a vegetable or fruit ingredient

  9. Victoria Sponge

  10. Bread cobs 6 white or wholemeal

  11. Scones, 6 on a plate fruit or savoury

  12. Loaf of bread, white or wholemeal

  13. Celebratory cupcakes, six on a plate

  14. Any other sweet cakes e.g. Patisserie


  1. An art work on the theme of Harvest

Photography (DLHHS members only)

  1. Garden flowers

  2. Fruit and vegetables

  3. Garden wildlife

  4. My wild garden

A Celebration of the joys of Gardening and Home Produce

Florence Nightingale Hall
2nd September 2023

Please bring produce to exhibit: vegetables, fruit, flowers, home produce, art and photography.
Come back to the website over the next few weeks for the full programme of classes.

Thanks to everyone who helped with setting up, running and clearing up the Plant Sale. And of course, thanks to everyone who brought donations of plants, cakes and other assorted items. The sale was a great success as you can see !



Don't forget your Plant Sale items! Have you got any gardening books, garden tools or ornaments or non-plastic pots you no longer need? Bring them along for the pre-loved stall!

Your tombola items would also be appreciated: chocolates, wine, other bottles, unused toiletries, bric-a -brac. Please bring to the April meeting or on the day.

There will also be a cake stall if you're able to make a contribution to that -if not, just come along and buy some delicious cake for yourself!


This year’s plant sale will be on May 13th in the Florence Nightingale Hall. We’re hoping that this will be a lively and fun social event and also a good fundraiser for the society. It’s great to get together and see what we have all grown, and to talk about plants!

The plant sale relies on the donations of members, which have always been of a high quality. I can look out of my window and see a winter flowering honeysuckle which I bought at a sale a few years ago, before I was a member of the society. It’s thriving and smells lovely.

This year, it seems likely that tomato plants will be a good seller: apparently there’s a shortage of seeds already!

Hopefully we’ll all be spending more time in the garden from now on -if we can get through the snow! -and so it would be great if you could plant a few extra seeds and grow a few extra plants for the sale.

Some cheap and easy ways to donate:

Perennials: if you are splitting any perennials, pot up a couple of pieces for the sale.

Vegetable and salad crops: plant a couple of extra pots or trays of seeds.

Annuals: again, a few extra seeds can provide someone with a splash of colour for their own garden.

Herbs: you might be taking cuttings of herbs such as rosemary, or planting seeds such as basil -to go with the tomatoes!

Whatever you provide will be very gratefully received -details of when to bring your donations nearer the time.  Please make sure that all plants have a label with as much information on as possible: plant name, growing conditions, colour of flower etc.

At the meeting on April 14th, the committee will be asking you to jot down any plants you have available.

If you’re not able to grow anything extra this year -just come along and spend your money at the sale!

RHS entry card.jpg

A                        RHS Garden Entry Discount Card 


This is to share amongst our members only and offers two adults a 50% discount of entry to any RHS garden (Bridgewater, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Rosemoor and Wisley) with the exception of Flower Shows and Glow illumination events.  . It has unlimited use until it expires 31st January 2024.

The red dots on this calendar show unavailable dates.
If you would like to use the Entry card on available dates, please let Cathryn know (on a first come basis!).

Sunday 5th March - Broomfield College - Winter Open Day

Here are a few of our members at the Broomfield College Open day. . It
was a lovely visit even though cold and the new Winter garden was an
inspiration with gorgeous winter colour and scent.

Here are a few of our members at the Broomfield College Open day . It was a lovely visit even though cold and the new Winter garden was an
inspiration with gorgeous winter colour and scent.

OUR NEXT MEETING - 14 th April @ 7.30 pm

Camilla Anderson will give a talk on -

 "Gardens of the Art and Craft Movement"  

PHOTO COMPETION - Your entries are displayed on the Photo Competition Tab on this website.

          The Winners were:-

                                                           1. My Summer Garden - Christine Hibberd

 2. My Favourite Flower - Janet Morrison

                                                           3. Best Fruit or Vegetable - Cathryn Frost


My favourite flower1g.jpg
Mysummer garden 1e.jpg
Best fruit or vegetable1c.jpg

Mini Horticultural Show on 24th September


“Back to Our Roots” - A celebration of the Joys of Gardening.

 More details on the 2022 Mini Show tab above

For further information about our Society, please contact Cathryn Frost, either by phone (01629 534066) or by email - Cathryn Frost <>

bottom of page