Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Change of  Speaker for our next Meeting on 27th February

We are sorry to announce that we have been obliged to make a change from our original  speaker.

Fortunately, local expert Andrew Harris has kindly agreed to step in and will be giving us an interesting talk entitled "The Secrets of a Tree Surgeon." 

Monday, 27 January 2020

IDHS Garden Club January 2020 Meeting

Hello everyone, hopefully you all had a good Christmas and new year and are ready to get out into the garden ready for 2020! Don't forget if you are out splitting plants and have spare you cannot use, pot them up and keep them for the plant sale in May.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 30th January 7.30 pm Ibsley Village Hall
Our speaker is Martin Stewart of Stewarts Garden Centres and he will be providing a short talk on how Stewarts evolved followed by our delayed Christmas Social!
Also at the meeting:
  • Enter the members competitions so remember to bring your entries
  • You will be able to join the club for £6 and pick up your new membership cards
  • We will be awarding the cups for the winners of the 2019 members competition
  • There will be no raffle this month due to the social.
Timely reminder for our first trip for 2020, we are off to Minterne House and gardens on April 26th so look for the sign up sheet for this in February.

Ringwood Garden Club has let us know that they are having Pip Bensley to their meeting on Thursday February 20th at 7.30pm in Greyfriars Community Centre on" Chelsea Flower Show Secrets". The cost is £3. Pip worked with Andy McIndoe at Hilliers and the Chelsea team and also appears on Radio Solent.
Finally don't forget our seed swap at our March meeting as you begin planting out your seeds.
Hopefully we will see lots of you on Thursday
Your Committee

Thursday, 9 January 2020

National Gardens Scheme - Hampshire Jan 2020


 Well here we are into 2020 and whatever it throws at us.  At the NGS we are always ready and coming up with new initiatives.  
If you are interested in finding out a bit more in depth information about the NGS and our beneficiaries, you might like to view our brand new Impact Report.  Click on the link   and there you are.   You can then scroll down to read many interesting items.

With regards to the open gardens, as promised, last month,  I will enclose details of more gardens, who open By Arrangement, for groups, such as yours or even groups of friends.  This will be followed by our Snowdrop Gardens for February.

BY  ARRANGEMENT:  or click on the link    

21 CHESTNUT ROAD     Brokenhurst   SO42 7RF
Open By Arrangement from April to August:  for groups of 20+: Contact owners on 01590 622009 or   for details and to arrange visit.
Open various dates throughout May, June, July & August 11am to 5pm:   Admission £4.00 children free:  Home-made teas:

A mature ever evolving plant lovers dream and labour of love, this garden holds a surprise around every corner. Wildlife friendly with packed borders, vegetables, ponds, pergolas and arches, each season offers a wealth of ideas and inspiration. All this in the heart of the New Forest.

80 ABBEY ROAD     Fareham     PO15 5HW
Open By Arrangement April to August:  for Groups up to 30:
Contact owners on  01329 843939  OR for details and to arrange a visit.

A small garden, designed to use all the available space. Many unusual plants, including a large collection of herbs and native wild flowers. Interesting use of containers and other ideas for the smaller garden. Two ponds and tiny meadow help attract a wide range of wildlife. Living willow seat, summerhouse and trained grapevine. There will be new planting to offset damage by Box Moth Caterpillar.

LITTLE CROFT    Fleet      GU51 4LA
Open By Arrangement  April to May for Groups of between 10 & 30
Contact owners  for details and to make arrangements.

A garden with features inspired by Japanese garden design principles. There are 3 main Japanese style features; a pond and stream garden, a tea garden with stepping stone pathway leading to an arbour and a dry stone garden. 

BUMPERS    Sutton Common     Long Sutton    RG29 1SJ
Open By Arrangement  April to October for Groups of 10+
Contact Owner on  07766 754993 OR  for details and  to make arrangements.
Sunday 5th July 2pm to 6pm:  Admission £5.00  children free:  Home-made teas:
Large country garden with beautiful views spread over 2 acres, mixed herbaceous and shrub borders and laid out in a series of individual areas. Some interesting sculptures and water features with informal paths through the grounds and a number of places to sit and enjoy the views.

FERNS LODGE    Hordle     Lymington    SO41 0FE
Open By Arrangement  April to August for groups up to 10
Contact owner, Sue Grant at  for details and to arrange a visit

½ acre of atmospheric cottage garden that wraps itself around a pretty Victorian lodge house (not open) providing a riot of colour and scent. A happy jumble of azalea, lupin, camellia, hydrangea and many foxgloves. Gravelled areas to a terrace, to brick beds, to a gazebo covered with clematis and honeysuckle via winding brick paths, to the 3½ acre Victorian garden in restoration (wellies are a must), started winter 2019. 

THE COTTAGE    Chandlers Ford    Eastleigh    SO53 1ES
Open By Arrangement April to May
Contact the owners on  02380 254521  OR  for details and to arrange a visit
Open various dates through May 2pm to 6pm:  Admission £4.00  children free:  Home-made teas:

The house was built in 1905 but the ¾ acre garden has been designed, planted and cared for since 1950 by 2 keen garden loving families. Azaleas, camellias, trilliums and erythroniums under old oaks and pines. Herbaceous cottage style borders with many unusual plants for yr-round interest. Bog garden, ponds, kitchen garden. Bantams, bees and birdsong with over 30 bird species noted. Wildlife areas.


Sunday 9th February  2pm to 4pm:
Bramdean House:  Alresford   SO24 0JU

Sunday 16th February  1pm to 4pm:
The Down House:    Itchen Abbas    SO21 1AX
Sunday & Monday 16th & 17th February  2pm to 5pm:
Little Court:      Crawley     Winchester     SO21 2PU

Sunday 23rd February  11am to 4pm:
Chawton House:    Chawton    Alton      GU34 1SJ

Lets hope that the weather continues to be mild and fine for our Snowdrop Openings, but whatever the weather you can be sure of a warm welcome.  

Happy New Year to you All

Monday, 9 December 2019

From Hampshire Organiser NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME


NGS  Website is now open for 2020 - even better than ever.  So much so that our amazing technical guru's have received an award for the "Website of The Year - 2019" from the Garden Media Guild.  The award was for easy of use and content, along with many other accolades, so what better time to try it out on the following link:- .  

Secondly - Fantastic News from Hampshire NGS.  Yet again we have exceeded all expectations in the amount raised throughout 2019 for our caring, nursing and health charities.  A staggering £240,000 - the largest amount raised by a County - EVER.  Without you (our garden visitors) this would not have been possible.  So Many, Many Thanks To You All. 

I'm sure many of your event/visits secretaries are now looking to fill a few slots for the 2020 calendar, so here are a few gardens open 'By Arrangement' specifically for Groups.  The group sizes vary from garden to garden.  You can check this out on the website OR if you prefer by contacting the Garden owner.  This link takes you directly to all the 'By Arrangement' Gardens - .   Or maybe you would like to fill those empty slots with a talk from one of our experienced speakers.  Our talks are lighthearted, informal and informative, touching on the history of the NGS, our beneficiaries and slides of some of our stunning Hampshire Gardens.  If you would be interested in booking a talk, please contact me in the first instance.


The Down House, Itchen Abbas SO21 2LR
Open By Arrangement throughout February:  for groups of 20+:  Contact owners at 01962 791054 or for details and to arrange visits
Open Sunday 16th February 1pm to 4pm:  £ 5.00 Children free: Home-made teas.

A 3 acre garden laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's Way, with walks to the river.  In February come and see the snowdrops, aconites and crocus, plus borders of coloured dogwoods, willow stems and white birches. A garden of structure with pleached hornbeams, a rope-lined fountain garden and yew lined avenues - plus a pruned and trained vineyard, and a warm tea room!

Little Court, Crawley. SO21 2PU
Open By Arrangement February to August:  Groups of any size: Contact Owners on 01962 776365 or for details and to arrange visits.
Open Sunday & Monday 16th & 17th: 23rd & 24th February 2 pm to 4.30pm:  £5.00  Children Free:  Home Made Teas

This walled sheltered garden has naturalised crocuses in the apple orchard, large and small herbaceous borders in harmonious colours and unusual plants, with touches of humour.  There is a traditional kitchen garden, colourful bantams running free, a tree house, and a south facing natural wildlife field.  Many seats with good views both within the garden and to the surrounding farmland.

Bramdean House:  Alresford.  SO24 0JU    
Open By Arrangement from March to September: for groups of 5+:  Contact owners at for details and to arrange visits.
Open Sunday 9th February 2pm to 4pm.  £5.00 children free. Home-made teas.  This is the one to see the snowdrops and Spring Bulbs.
    (Other dates later in the year -see website)

Beautiful 5 acre garden with, carpets of spring bulbs especially snowdrops.  A large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs giving year round interest. A one acre walled garden featuring prize-winning vegetables, fruit and flowers.  Small arboretum.  Many hardy Nerine cultivars.      

Beechenwood Farm:  Hillside   Odiham   RG27 1JA
Open By Arrangement from March to June:  No limit for groups size:  Not suitable for coaches:  Contact owners on 01256 702300 OR  for details and to arrange visits.
Open Sunday 29th March & Monday 25th May  2pm to 5pm: Admission £4.00  children free: Home-made teas:

2 acre garden in many parts. Lawn meandering through woodland with drifts of spring bulbs. Rose pergola with steps, pots with spring bulbs and later aeoniums. Fritillary and cowslip meadow. Walled herb garden with pool and exuberant planting. Orchard including white garden and hot border. Greenhouse and vegetable garden. Rock garden extending to grasses, ferns and bamboos. Shady walk to belvedere. 8 acre copse of native species with grassed rides. 

Pilley  Hill  Cottage:  Pilley  Lymington   SO41 5QF
Open By Arrangement throughout March & April:  No limit for group size:  Contact Owners on 01590 677844  OR  for details and to arrange visits.
Open Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th March :  Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th April:  2pm to 5pm: Admission £3.00  children free:  Cream Teas

Pilley Hill Cottage garden changes constantly through the seasons.  Entering through the creeper covered lych gate, the garden reveals itself via winding pathways with surprises around every corner.  Dogwood, cornus and ghost bramble supply spring structure.  Gnarled fruit trees provide shelter for bulbs and wild flowers are making a welcome debut. Steph will be giving a demonstration of spring bulb propagation at 3pm on each open day, a particular interest to those who may wish to increase their stock of snowdrops.  Some slippery slopes.  Visitors with wheelchairs have managed our garden, so please phone to discuss.

Twin Oaks:  13 Oakwood Road    Chandler's Ford  Eastleigh  SO53 1LW
Open By Arrangement April to August for groups up to 20:  Contact Owners on 02380 907517 OR  for details and to arrange visits.
Open Sunday & Monday 12th & 13th April, Monday 25th May and Sunday 26th July:  1pm to 5pm:  Admission £3.50  children free:  Home-made teas:

Continually evolving 1⁄3 acre suburban woodland water garden, designed and planted by owners, bordered by mature oak beech and birch trees.  Enjoy spring colour from azaleas, rhododendrons and bulbs.  The lawn meanders between informal beds and ponds and bridges lead to a tranquil pergola seating area overlooking a wildlife pond. The rockery is skirted by a stream with a waterfall into a lily pond.  There is also an aviary. 

Terstan:    Longstock    Stockbridge    SO20 6DW
Open By Arrangement April to September for groups of 20+:  Contact Owners at   for details and to book visits.
Open on Sundays 26th April,  28th June,  26th July and 13th September:  2pm to 5pm:  Admission £5.00  children free:  Home-made teas:

A garden for all seasons, developed over 50 yrs into a profusely planted, contemporary cottage garden in peaceful surroundings. There is a constantly changing display in pots, starting with tulips and continuing with many unusual plants. Gravel garden, water features, cutting garden and Showman's Caravan. Art Groups welcome. Live music for NGS openings. Wheelchair access with some gravel paths and steps. 

I hope one of the above might appeal to your group.  Watch out for the January Newsletter for more 'By Arrangement' gardens - starting from May onwards.  Or you can always click on the link   (as mentioned at the beginning of this Newsletter).

Seasons Greetings to you all - keep warm!

Best Wishes 

Pat Beagley (Publicity)
National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Thursday 28th November 7.30pm Ibsley Village Hall

Cathryn Chatters explains about Eradicating Non-Native Plant Species

Our speaker Cathryn Chatters will be talking about Eradicating Non-Native Species particularly relevant to parts of the New Forest. Cathryn has had over 10 years experience as the New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. We are  sure she will have useful advice and tips.

In addition we have several other things going on at the meeting partly due to changes to our December meeting, some of which require your pennies!

  • Free coffee/tea and a mince pie
  • Pick up your new membership cards For £6 (no increase) so you have the dates in 2020 for your new diaries
  • Christmas stall with exciting gifts on offer and one more chance to purchase beautiful hand painted greeting cards
  • Last chance to sign up for the Christmas Wreath and Decorations workshop on Tuesday 3nd December 2-4pm in the Hall for £3. (Booking form can be seen in earlier posting below)
  • Sign up sheet for refreshments in 2020

Friday, 22 November 2019

Programme for 2020

Please note that the Programme of Events  for 2020 has now been finalised.

It may be viewed using the new page tab.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Our December Meeting originally scheduled for 12th December is Cancelled.

We apologise for this change. The Hall is required for use as a Polling Station.

We are looking to re-schedule the Social to tie in with our January 2020 meeting.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Important Notice about events in November / December

In view of all the current political uncertainties it is possible that an election may be held on Dec 3rd,  or Dec 12th or even November 28th
Whilst these are all dates booked for our use of the Village Hall please be aware that we would lose that booking if the Hall is needed as a Polling Station ------  so keep an eye out for an email if anything has to be cancelled. We will try to let you know in good time but this is all our of our hands.

Flower Arranging Workshop. Tuesday 3rd December  2-4 pm 

The club is holding another Flower Arranging Workshop. This will be on Tuesday December 3rd  2-4pm at the Ibsley Village hall and will have as its theme - Christmas wreaths and decorations. Please sign up for this  using the form below, or pick one up on 

Thursday. Book now  and leave your form at the front desk



This will take place on Tuesday 3rd December 2019

 Ibsley Village Hall        2pm – 4pm

The cost will be £3 to cover Hall hire and a few materials, payable in advance

You will need to bring                                                                                            

Polythene bag/sheeting or towel to cover the table                                                                         Scissors                                                                                                                                      LOTS of string                                                                                                                             LOTS and LOTS of mixed foliage ( eg fir, spruce, conifer – large pieces – about  2 buckets )

No flowers but Christmassy baubles, bright ribbon, conifer cones, chillies, dried lemon or orange slices etc to decorate (perhaps a single silk flower eg poinsettia as a centre piece)

Please retain the info above and give the booking form plus payment to Sue Hooper on the front desk

I wish to attend the Christmas Wreath making workshop


email address...................…………................... phone number.............................
              Thursday 31st October   7.30pm Ibsley Village hall

Kelvin Mason describes how to grow Vegetables in small gardens and containers.

The meeting will start with our AGM.  Papers have already been distributed at our last meeting and only a very few will be available on Thursday so please do bring along your copy. As regulars will know, our AGM is usually a quick affair - an opportunity to celebrate what we have been doing over the past year and also to ask your committee any questions about the club and its running.  Please do feel free to do this.

At the meeting there will be available azalea seedling plugs, grown by member John Horne who is our local azalea and rhododendron expert . The seedlings look small right now but they will grow into unique plants .

Also there will be a selection of  exquisite Chinese Brush Painting cards. These have been handmade and then printed by a great friend of the club and have been donated in recognition of the many enjoyable trips she has had with us. 
Knowing that the artist, Pat Baines is unwell, the Club sends her our very best wishes as well as our heartfelt thanks. These are really  lovely cards and all proceeds will go to your club.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Annual Show 2019 

Award Winners with a selection of show photos

Herbert Angel Cup
Best exhibit in Vegetables (classes 3-15)
Sandy  Larkin
Frampton Cup
2nd Best exhibit in Vegetables (classes 3-15)
Tom  Fowler
Loader Cup
Most points in Vegetables (Classes 1-15)
Sandy  Larkin
IDHS Tankard
Basket of Vegetables (class 2)
Terry Ings
Cross Tankard
Best exhibit in Fruit (classes 16-19)
Xavier Champeau
Parmiter Cup
Most points in Fruit (classes 16-19)
Dany Garrett
Deedman Cup
Most points in Vegetables and Flowers (classes1-15 & 21-36)
Sandy  Larkin
Banksian Medal
Most prize mone in classes 3-19 & 22-36
Graham  Smith
Ibsley Post Office Cup
Best exhibit in Flowers (classes 22-36)
Sally Bonynge
Mockbeggar Cup
Most points in Flowers (classes 21-36)
Bob Dapson
Richard Cox Trophy
Best exhibit in Flower Arranging (classes 48-51)
Kate Saxton
Cross Lanes Farm Cup
Most points in Flower Arranging (classes 48-50)
Pat Mouland
Christopher’s Cup
Novice Flower Arranging (class 52)
Alleyn Wilson
The Jonathan Grey Cup
Men Only Flower Arranging (class 51)
Steve Alvis
Cousal Cup
Best Exhibit in Home Produce (classes 55-65)
David Lightfoot
IDHS Trophy
Most Points in Home Produce (classes 55-65)
Jacky Chambers
The Grierson Cup
Best Exhibit Children under 8 years (classes 41 & 42)
Danny Bohera
Ibsley Service Station Cup
Best Exhibit  Youngsters  8 – 12 years (classes 43 & 44)
Alfred Fowler
The Dapson Cup
Best exhibit in Photography  (classes 37- 40)
Ian  Ramejkis
IDHS Trowel
Members class 20
Barbara Dapson
2nd in Member’s class 20
Di Barnaby