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Latest Notices : 5 January 2024

  • Mike Read talked through the development of the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve using a professional portfolio of nature photographs from the site.  Write up here ; 

  • AGM at the next monthly meeting, followed by a fun quiz, refreshments, our Bloom of the Month competition and raffle!

  • Thank you to those who completed the Social Questionnaire circulated.  The Committee will use this feedback to help plan our social events for 2024.  We will be looking to nominate a Social Secretary at the AGM to help us plan for future events.

  • Snowdrop Days in Ferndown in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance - 10 Ryan Close, Ferndown, BH22 9TP.  A small urban garden with in excess of 140 varieties of snowdrop carefully named.  Open 12pm to 4pm on 8/9/10/11 Feb + 15/16/17/18 Feb.  Soup, drinks and cake available.  Limited bulbs for sale.

Latest Notices : 7 December 2023

  • Keith Partridge, the New Forest RSPB Lead, presented a fascinating talk on British birds.  With interesting facts and beautiful photos, the audience enjoyed the evening.  Write up here ; 

  • Our visit to the Stewarts glasshouses has been confirmed with 3 groups of 16 now booked in.  Thank you for bringing along your payment for the cream teas! 

  • Social Secretary - at the February 2024 AGM, the committee is looking for a new member to help organise outings and social events.  Please let a committee member know if you are keen to join us!

  • We had a show of hands at the December meeting for those who would like a lunch social next year.  These used to be regular events in January.  Most of those present would like an event!  The committee will get planning one!

  • Mr Manston will be holding his Sweet Pea Society Show at the Verwood Memorial Hall on 15 June 2024.  Please pencil in the date to support him!

  • I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing all the members in the New Year!

Latest Notices : 5 October 2023

  • A fantastic talk from Rosemary Legrand this week - for those who missed it, there's a write up here :

  • It seems a long way off, but please start thinking about the Spring Show and what you could enter.  Start planting bulbs– narcissi, muscari, hyacinths, amaryllis…and see if we can get some very early tulips on the show benches!  Flowers will include pansies, primroses, heathers, wallflowers…start them off now in time for March.  For the first time, we have £20 vouchers for the Best Exhibit winners at the Spring Show courtesy of Verplas, so worth entering!  The new handbook should be available at our November meeting!

  • Two new features we’re going to introduce from November ;

    • Q&A box – post your gardening questions in the box available at our monthly meetings [or via email to during the month] and we will ask the room at the following meeting – let’s start sharing all our horticultural knowledge, experience and tips!

    • Bloom of the Month – from November, bring a bloom with you to the monthly meeting.  We will have a guest judge each month who will aware 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.  A monthly trophy will be awarded, and points will be totted up at the end of the year for an Annual Prize!

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