Monday, 27 September 2021

IDHS September newsletter

It was so nice to see even more members at our August meeting when we had a very informative talk on the Gardens of Tresco.

Our next meeting is this Thursday – 30th September when we have Patricia Elkington coming to talk to us on “The Garden in Autumn”. We will be holding the raffle and this month we will start to offer refreshments.

Don’t forget the usual members competitions, do enter to start collecting points  for our annual awards.

If you have not already collected your membership card, please see Alan, our Treasurer.


Just to remind you we have the following Covid precautions in place:

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell
  • We would like everyone to wear masks (except the speaker)
  • We would request that you use the sanitiser at the door entry before you sign in
  • We will have windows and doors open to allow a through draft so please dress accordingly
  • There will be no refreshments although we are looking to restart these in September with a new format to reduce contact    ( please bring your own water if required)
  • The chairs will be well distanced
  • Please DO NOT help put the chairs away at the end as we have to re-sanitise them before folding


Other News:

We had some very successful willow workshops in September which were very productive and enjoyable. A big thank you to our facilitator Jacqui and Di and Alan for managing the day.


Ray and Pauline Wells have recommended a visit to the New Forest Lavender Farm out at Giles Lane, Landford, SP5 2BG where we have previously had a members visit. The grounds have been (largely) converted in the last 12 months into a magnificent series of gardens and at this time the Dahlias and Zinnias, along with other perennials are a sight to behold. Well worth £4.00 to enter and the cafĂ© does excellent snacks.

Best to watch opening times after end of month (reduced days/hours) and the attached nursery is closed from 1st October.


Donhead Hall in Shaftesbury SP7 9DS is open as part of the NGS scheme this Sunday 3rd October and well worth a visit.


We have now started to plan for next years show on 10th September 2022 and Di is looking for stewards and helpers – we will need about 15 people. If you are able to help please let Di know on

Finally, the committee have been reviewing the cost of membership in light of increasing speakers costs and travel costs and have decided that the subscription should rise to £10 per year from 1st January 2022. This equates to approx. 83p per meeting which we believe still represents good value.

 Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday

 Your Committee


Monday, 16 August 2021

IDHS August Newsletter

 It was lovely top see some members returning to our meeting in July and hopefully even more will return for our August meeting.

Our next meeting is Thursday August 19th at 7.30pm where Ben Turner will be returning and transporting us to The Magical Gardens of Tresco. There will also be plants and books for sale from Ben.

We will be holding the raffle and members competitons at this meeting  so come and collect some points for the annual awards!

Don't forget to pick up your membership cards

Just to remind you we have the following Covid precautions in place:

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell
  • We would like everyone to wear masks (except the speaker)
  • We would request that you use the sanitiser at the door entry before you sign in
  • We will have windows and doors open to allow a through draft so please dress accordingly
  • There will be no refreshments although we are looking to restart these in September with a new format to reduce contact    ( please bring your own water if required)
  • The chairs will be well distanced
  • Please DO NOT help put the chairs away at the end as we have to re-sanitise them before folding

 Other News:

The Willow Workshops are nearly sold out – there is one space left on the Obelisk one at 2-5pm on Sat 11th September for £35 members £40 non members – email me if you are interested

We have a change of speaker in September – our meeting on September 30th will now be a returning speaker Patricia Elkington on “The Garden in Autumn”

 Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday

 Your Committee


Sunday, 18 July 2021

IDHS Newsletter July 2021

 Having just listened to the latest news it is looking very hopeful that our meeting will go ahead on Thursday 29th July at 7.30pm when we have Tom Maskell coming to speak to us on “Vegetables – Success on the Plot”.

There will be a further email in the week of the meeting confirming what arrangements will be in place.

In the meantime there is some other news:

It is with sadness that the Club has recently heard of the death of former member Joan Lumley. Joan, who was well into her nineties, died in the middle of June and had been unwell for some time, living in a care home near one of her sons in London. She was a longstanding member of IDHS and was on the Committee for many years . At one time she was the Secretary. Joan contributed many plants for the plant sale and was a keen gardener. When she found heavy gardening too difficult  she put her artistic talents into photography and won the Dapson Cup for Photography   the  very first time it was introduced into the IDHS Show. Thank you Joan for your input into the Club and for happy memories.

 44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens

Each year we have held Open Gardens in June but this year we delayed to the weekend of 14th & 15th August. It now seems that life will have returned to near normal by then.

Preparations are well underway and we have more than 20 gardens that plan to be open including a number of new ones and, as we have never before opened in August, even the remainder will look very different.

The cost of a Day ticket for all the gardens is £7 and a Two Day ticket £10 with accompanied children free.

There will be a plant stall and a free car park (DT2 7GD) from 11am and Teas in St Marys Church from 1.30pm.

Please see for more information


Willow Workshops on Saturday 11th September

There will be three different workshops and these will be on a first come first served basis and you can book a space now. Price includes tuition, all the materials and tea or coffee

To see more from our willow craft teacher, check out her website on Jacqui Rolls


Workshop One:                   10-11.30       Make a willow dragonfly             Cost: £25


Workshop Two:                  12-13.30       Make a bird feeder cone              Cost: £25


Workshop Three:               14.00-17.00 Make a willow obelisk                  Cost: £35


These are being offered to members first and if places are available after the end of July, we will offer to non members at an increased price of £5 per workshop. Places are only booked when we receive your payment and form.

If you would like to book a place, complete the attached application form which has the payment details and send back to Sally Bonynge (  and arrange online payment. Don’t forget to add your name into the reference part for online banking so we can link the payment with your form. If you are unable to do this, complete the form and send with a cheque to IDHS to our Treasurer (Alan Milburn) at 65 Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood, BH24 1PT or bring to the July meeting.


In the meantime, stay safe and fingers crossed we will be able to have our July meeting

Your Committee

Thursday, 17 June 2021

IDHS June Newsletter

Sadly our plans to hold a meeting on the 24th June have been scuppered with no relaxation of Covid rules. Our thanks go to Terry and Bren Ings and Sandy Larkin for offering assistance with the refreshments and also to those members who offered cakes.


However we are now moving ahead, hoping for a change in the rules on July 19th which will see us holding a meeting on Thursday 29th July at 7.30pm when we will have Tom Maskell delivering a talk on “Vegetables- success on the plot”.

We will still plan to have plants for sale for club funds and an opportunity to pick up membership cards.


As you are aware, we are not holding our Annual Show this year however on Saturday 11th September we will be holding some exciting willow workshops.

There will be three different workshops and these will be on a first come first served basis and you can book a space now. Price includes tuition, all the materials and tea or coffee

To see more from our willow craft teacher, check out her website on Jacqui Rolls


Workshop One:                   10-11.30       Make a willow dragonfly             Cost: £25


Workshop Two:                  12-13.30       Make a bird feeder cone              Cost: £25


Workshop Three:               14.00-17.00 Make a willow obelisk                  Cost: £35


These are being offered to members first and if places are available after the end of July, we will offer to non members at an increased price of £5 per workshop. Places are only booked when we receive your payment and form.


If you would like to book a place, please email us at   and we shall email to you the application form and payment details. There will be options to pay by bank transfer or by cheque.


In the meantime, enjoy this lovely weather and stay safe. Lets keep everything crossed for our meeting in July.


Your Committee

Tuesday, 1 June 2021


Plant & Garden Fairs
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Sunday 13th June 2021
Sunday 12th Sept 2021
Organised by Plant Heritage Dorset

Admission is free to Plant Heritage Members. Public admission is £7.00 on the day and this includes free access to the Gardens (normally £10). The Plant Fair runs from 10am – 3am and tickets must be booked in advance, to comply with Govt. Guidelines on numbers attending events:

The Gardens remain open until 5pm. Nursery/Craft Stalls will be accepting a mix of cash & card payments; please bring your own bags or boxes for plants. The Shop, Restaurant and Abbotsbury Plant Sales area are card only.

We have at least 18 plant & craft stalls confirmed and will have a very wide range of plants, including the unusual, exotic & difficult to find.

50% of the takings will go towards Plant Conservation, education and other projects in Dorset. We are grateful to the Management of Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens for supporting our Charity.

(Abbotsbury Gardens is just of the coast road, Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury DT3 4LA)

Monday, 24 May 2021


SIX Gardens

ON SATURDAY 19th JUNE from 11am---5pm




in Lower, Middle and Upper Woodford and Great Durnford.



in The Village Hall, Middle Woodford.


Entry to include all gardens £6.00

gift aid envelopes available to enhance contributions

by 25 %, for tax payers.


Any enquiries:

Daphne Ince 01722 782532


All arrangements compliant with Covid rules


Sunday, 23 May 2021


National Garden Scheme in Hampshire May/June 2021


I’m sure many of you were/are thinking the same as me,  when are these early morning frosts going to stop.   I certainly can’t remember an April with  such a prolonged period of frosts.  It amazes me how tolerant some of the plants are - apart from my ‘Alstroemeria Indian Summer”  that has really curled its toes up.  Still we are all in the same boat.
Undeterred, our gardeners are still toiling away to bring you some stunning gardens.  Below are a few gardens, which are open from 17th May and into June.
NOTE:  Pre-booking is essential for openings before 17th May, after then pre-booking is available, but not essential.
BISTERNE MANOR:     Ringwood   BH24 3BN
Opening:  Thurs 13th, 20th & 27th May   2pm to 5pm
Admission:  £5.00  children free
No refreshments.
Opened since 1930’s for NGS. Rhododendrons and azaleas abound. Woodland Walk. 

ENDHOUSE:  6 Wimpson Gardens    Southampton   SO16 9ES
Opening:  Tues & Wed 25th & 26th May:   Tues & Wed 1st & 2nd June:   1pm to 4.30pm
Admission:  £3.50  children free
Refreshments:  Home-made teas
Urban oasis with tree ferns, palms, acers and wisteria - plus sculptures and ceramics. 

SEARLES LANE GARDENS:   HOOK    RG27 9EQ  (PARKING - RG27 9QU - Papermill Ave. - short walk:  Disabled parking in Searles Lane) )

Photo Credit  Marienne Majrerus       CherryTree Barn
Maple Cottage is reopening after a 2 yr break, a ½ acre cottage style garden with herbaceous borders, veg plots and a tiny, but very active wildlife pond surrounded by hostas, astilbe, sarracenia and a quirky tree cave for kids. The neighbouring 1 acre contemporary garden at Cherry Tree Barn is just 2 yrs old and is the realisation of the owner’s ideas working with garden designer Fiona Harrison. The area around the thatched barn has been planted with grasses, iris, salvia, euphorbia, phlomis and knautia. Drifts of oxeye daisies and other wildflowers on bunds line the perimeter. Hard landscaping incl terracing, decking, pathways and Japanese influenced Yatsuhashi Bridge through the main border. Small collection of sculptures completes the piece. The tiny garden at Cherry Tree Barn Cottage is full of lovingly attended, colourful pots.
Opening:  Thurs 27th to Sun 30th May   2pm to 5pm
Admission:  £6.50  children free
Refreshments:  Home-made teas. 

 HOW PARK BARN          Kings Somborne     Stockbridge     SO20 6QG
Open: Sunday 16th May  2pm to 5pm
Admission:  £5.00 children free
Refreshments: At discretion of garden owner
A 2 acre country garden with panoramic views over the Test Valley.  Walkers & cyclists welcome from the nearby Test Way.  FEATURED IN APR/MAY HAMPSHIRE LIFE 2021 - IT MUST BE SPECIAL!   It certainly is. 
SPITFIRE HOUSE     Chattis Hill    Stockbridge    SO20 6JS (also By Arrangement in June)
Open: Sat 6th June   2pm to 5pm
Admission:  £4.00 children free
Refreshments:  Home-made Teas
The garden with wildlife at heart is situated on the site of an old WW2 Spitfire assemble factory, with evidence still visible. 
All or garden owners look forward to welcoming visitors in a more relaxed way (still following Government Guidelines) to their gardens.  Hope to see you there.
Best Wishes 
Pat Beagley - Publicity
National Garden Scheme - Hampshire.  

Thursday, 20 May 2021

IDHS May newsletter

Welcome to your latest newsletter, it was either brave the heavy showers to plant out the vegetables or write the newsletter and this won!

Hopefully if all goes according to Boris’s plan we will be leaving lockdown behind on Monday 21st June but yet again this is a wait and see game, depending on the Indian variant.

However, on a positive note if all goes to plan we are looking forward to seeing many of you back in the Hall on Thursday 24th June. We have decided not to have a speaker but to give everyone the opportunity to meet and chat, with a piece of cake and tea or coffee.

We will have the usual raffle and also if you have spare plants you are willing to donate to the club, these will be on sale on the stage. There will also be an opportunity to collect your membership cards for the rest of 2021 and pay your subs for this year if you did not pay in Jan or Feb 2020.

If anyone would be willing to help with refreshments on the day please let me know


Thank you to those who joined our virtual meeting in April when Gerald Ponting gave a very informative talk about what goes on in Hampshire with some beautiful photographs to accompany this. Gerald took us through the year and we found out about the 17th century village in Little Woodham which is open on certain weekends and certainly looks worth a visit, the Winchester Hat Fair with street theatre in July and the Portsmouth Dockyard Victorian Christmas in December, to name a few.


I am delighted to let you know that Anita Evans has agreed to become our programme secretary and our programme for 2022 is progressing well.


Our Treasurer, Alan Milburn has also been busy sorting out internet banking so you can pay your annual subscription directly if you prefer.

The details are as follows:

Account Name: Ibsley and District Horticultural Society

Sort Code:30-96-26

Account Number:42436068


We are looking at holding some workshops in September when we would have had our show and if any of you have either the skills around willow weaving or basketry or know any good contacts, please get in touch.


Terry and Bren Ings have let us know that the usual June weekend opening for Cerne Abbas gardens will now be happening on the 14th and 15th August and please check their website for more details.


In the meantime please all stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back into the Hall on the 24th June (if Boris says that is ok!!)


Your Committee


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Monday, 12 April 2021

 National Gardens Scheme in Hampshire April/May Newsletter 


The Hampshire National Garden Scheme Booklet is now beginning to make an appearance in some outlets in and around our towns and villages.  Regretfully some garden centres do not feel that they can stock the booklets at this time.   If your are unable to track one down, we now have an e-book, with all the information and even photo’s for all the gardens.  It is just a click away:-  

- previously we had produced the booklet in pdf format, but we are very excited with the new e-book and the simplicity of it.  

 Currently……. From now until 16th May visitors must pre-book their tickets. From 17th May  pre-booked  tickets are not essential, but available. But please check for cancellations or times changes at 

Following are some gardens, which are planning to open in late April through to 16th  May.

BLUEBELL WOOD    Bavins  New Odiham Rd   Alton     GU34 5SX
Opening:   Fri & Sat 23rd & 24th  April   11am to 4pm
Admission:   £5.00   children free
Refreshments: At discretion of owner.
100 acres of ancient bluebell woodland for the keen walkers, or just experience the perfume of the carpet of blue.

SPINNERS GARDEN      Pilley   Lymington     SO41 5QE
Opening:  Sunday 25th April   2pm to 5.30pm
Admission:  £6.00   children free
Refreshments:  At discretion of owner
See many rare and unusual plants in a garden overlooking the Lymington Valley. Once only chance !

21 CHESTNUT ROAD      Brockenhurst     SO42 7RF
Opening:  Sat & Sun 15th & 16th May   11.30am to 5.30pm (PLUS  5th & 6th June)
Admission:  £4.00  children free
Refreshments:   At discretion of owner  
In the heart of the New Forest, a garden with wild life very much to the fore

TADLEY PLACE    Baughurst     Tadley    RG26 5LA
Opening:  16th May   1pm to 4pm  (ALSO September)
Admission:  £6.00   children free
Refreshment:   At discretion of owner  
Tudor Manor House (not open) steeped in history - ghosts and all, sits in middle of plot, with formal borders and so much more……….

HOW PARK BARN    Kings Somborne   Stockbridge   SO20 6QG
Opening:  Sunday 16th May   2pm to 5pm
Admission:  £5.00   children free
Refreshment:   At discretion of owner  
Walkers and cyclists from Test Way welcome to this 2 acre garden with uninterrupted views over Test Valley, and so much more………..

These are a few of the gardens open during this period.  As always, for full details and more gardens please visit our website 

Wishing you all Happy GardenVisiting.

Pat Beagley (Publicity)
National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

 FW: IDHS newsletter - March/April 2021

With warmer weather on the way I thought I would take advantage of a cloudy day to update you all on various issues and decisions and plans.

Firstly thank you to all who attended our first Zoom meeting in February by Ray Broughton on What Show Judges Look For. He provided lots of useful advice on show judging but also some other helpful hints such as dealing with moss in lawns. One of the members kindly wrote up notes which are attached to this newsletter.


Last month we reported we had booked a stall at Frogham Fair where we planned to focus on selling plants given the cancellation  of our May plant sale. Sadly the organisers have decided they cannot go ahead with Frogham Fair as the date is to close to Covid release dates.


Plans for release from lockdown are progressing and we have been looking at how to restart the club. Some of our speakers that were booked have advised us that they are no longer doing talks so we have had to revise our programme.

We have decided to go ahead with our speaker in April via Zoom again and hopefully this is a topic that will appeal to more of you. Gerald Ponting is going to do a talk entitled “The Hampshire Calendar” at 7.30pm on Thursday April 29th  and the invite will be sent out in the week before.


As long as the plans for easing lockdown progress, we are planning on having our first meeting back in the hall on Thursday June 24th which will be an opportunity for members to get together over cake and tea or coffee, pick up the new membership card but there will be no speaker on this occasion. Speakers on a variety of topics have been confirmed for the rest of the year.

Dont forget, we have agreed those members that paid their £6 in 2020 will not be expected to pay again for 2021.

We are also moving to online banking for those of you that prefer to pay this way in the future.


We have had some changes on the committee and now looking for a speaker secretary who would book future speakers, confirm details before a meeting and welcome them on the night and thank them afterwards. If you are interested please get in touch with me

We are also looking for a new trip secretary from November so perhaps give this role some thought as well.


As you know from recent newsletters, the committee has been agonising over whether we can hold the Show this year as a lot of planning needs to start now. As a result of many discussions, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Show this year but watch this space as we are planning on doing something on the day.

Should you have a trophy awarded at the Show in 2019, please contact Di Barnaby on to arrange a return please.


In the meantime stay safe and well and look out for the invite to the April meeting on Zoom


Your Committee



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Friday, 26 March 2021

National Garden Scheme Hampshire March Newsletter


National Garden Scheme Hampshire March Newsletter



I feel there is a bit more of an air of positivity for us all.  Although we are still not able to fully open our gardens , we still have some March gardens which you can visit if they are local to you.

It is still quite difficult to distribute our popular Yellow Hampshire Booklet, as many of our outlets do still not feel that they are able to display ‘unnecessary’ literature, and our Team Members are not yet able to travel outside their local area’s.  To help to overcome this in Hampshire,  our booklet is available as a pdf file, as a stop-gap until we can distribute our booklets as normal.  This is proving very popular.  You will notice a distinct difference in the booklet this year.  We felt that we should par back the booklet to its bare bones - all the information is there, but no advertisers or photo’s.  If you would like a copy of the Booklet in pdf format, please contact me and I will send it to you.

For March we have three gardens open in Hampshire, plus one pop-up opening.

Due to the current situation refreshments will not be available at any of our gardens throughout March.

Entry to all gardens to be pre-booked online at 

BERE MILL   Whitchurch    RG28 7NH     On the Upper Test with water meadows and wooded valleys, this garden offers herbaceous borders, bog and Mediterranean plants, as well as a replanted orchard and two small arboretums. Features including early bulbs, species tulips and Japanese prunus.

Opening:  Sunday 14th March  1.30pm to 5pm:    This garden also opens By Arrangement for Groups - groups of friends, W I’s, Garden Clubs etc.  Contact garden owners.    07703 161074 
Admission:  £7.50  children free

PILLEY HILL COTTAGE      Pilley Hill      Lymington    SO41 5QF     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 wildflowers are making a welcome debut in our meadow strips.

Opening:  Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th March   2pm to 5pm   This garden also opens By Arrangement for Groups - groups of friends, W I’s, Garden Clubs etc.  Contact garden owners.   01590 677844 
Admission:  £3.50  children free.

AND:  An old favourite:-

BEECHENWOOD FARM    Hillside    Odiham     RG29 1JA     A 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.

Opening:  Wednesday 31st March   2pm to 5pm  AND EVERY WEDNESDAY UP TO 9TH JUNE - a total of 12 weeks.   This garden also opens By Arrangement for Groups - groups of friends, W I’s, Garden Clubs etc.  Contact garden owners.     01256 702300 
Admission:  £4.00  children free.


THE COTTAGE     Lakewood Road     Chandler’s Ford   Eastleigh     SO53 1ES    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 year round interest. Bog garden, ponds, kitchen garden. Bantams, bees and birdsong with over 30 bird species noted. Wildlife areas.

Opening: Friday - Sunday 12th 13th & 14th March 1pm to 5pm 
This garden also opens By Arrangement for Groups - groups of friends, W I’s, Garden Clubs etc.  April to May
Contact the garden owners.  02380 254521: 
Admission:  £4.00  children free.

We are currently offering ZOOM Talks about the National Garden Scheme, to Groups, WI, Garden Club, U3A etc. and are now beginning to take bookings for actual live talks later in the year - we even have some bookings for 2022.  If this something that you would be interested in, please contact me for further details.

Take Care and Keep safe.

Pat Beagley - (Publicity)
National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

Monday, 22 February 2021

IDHS February 2021 newsletter

For once as I write this, it is not raining outside and there are signs aplenty that Spring is on its way – daffodils and other bulbs coming up through the ground, new growth and birds beginning to set up their nests.

In addition, we have finally good news re Covid 19 that the vaccine is beginning to take effect and we may see the loosening of lockdown soon. We await to see what Boris’s plan is tomorrow but it appears that caution is still the watch word.


Your committee met last week and have made the painful but sensible decision, given its usual popularity, that it would be pretty impossible to socially distance the plant sale, to cancel the plant sale this May.

However, for those of you starting to plant seeds, we are planning on having our new marquee up at the Frogham Fair on Saturday 26th June and we will sell plants there.


We continue to have spirited discussions about the Show in September and have made the decision that our deadline  for decision making on this will be at our next committee meeting in March. We are exploring lots of ideas and if any members have helpful suggestions we would love to hear them.


Now for some good news!

Our next meeting is going to be on Zoom on Thursday 25th February (this week) at 19.30 hours. Many of you will have experience of using Zoom during lockdown so hopefully lots of you will join.

You just need to click on the link below and if you have used Zoom before you will enter the meeting. If you haven’t used it before, your computer will ask if you wish to load Zoom and the answer is yes, after a short delay, you will join our meeting. Just don’t forget to make sure your volume is on and your video is on (buttons to click will be on your screen )

I will be on the meeting by 19.15 so if you are not familiar, come on early and I can talk you through things or even ring you on the phone to get you connected.


If you don’t want to use your computer, you can still join the meeting on your phone by ringing one of the numbers which I will include, and entering the same meeting ID and passcode on your phone keypad. Sadly you wont be able to see the slides but you can hear the talk.


I will attempt to record the meeting so for those that miss it, you may get an option to hear it later!


So the details are as follows


Ray Broughton on “What Show Judges Look For” – a 30 minute talk with Qs and As after.


Sally Bonynge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: IDHS Meeting

Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:30 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 243 500 5609

Passcode: 753184


Dial in using one of these numbers and then follow instructions, entering the meeting ID and passcode using your keypad

  • 0208 080 6592
  • 0203 901 7895
  • 0131 460 1196


Meeting ID: 243 500 5609#

Passcode: 753184#


Looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday evening


Your Committee



Thursday, 11 February 2021

National Gardens Scheme in Hampshire February 2021



Its been a while !!!  But on this bitterly cold day in early February, I thought what better time to think about Gardens !!

I am very aware that many of you are no longe able to hold your various meetings in person, but that you may still be keeping in touch by email or even Zoom.

Here at the National Garden Scheme, we are confident that we will be able to welcome visitors to our gardens again, with no restrictions - albeit  later in the year.  In fact you can still visit gardens now, as part of your daily exercise, providing that you keep local and do not travel out of your area. 

We have two gardens opening in February for the Snowdrops:

Due to the current situation there will be no refreshments available at any of our gardens for February & March

LITTLE COURT    Crawley       Winchester     SO21 2PU

Opening: Sunday & Monday 14th  & 15th February  2pm to 4.30 pm:
Admission:  £5.00  children free.  Pre-Booked tickets only: 

BRAMDEAN HOUSE:    Alresford      SO24 0JU

Opening:  Sunday 21st February  2pm to 4pm:
Admission:  £7.50  children free:  Pre-booked tickets only.

If you can’t make it to one of our current open gardens, and really need a ‘garden’ fix, why not visit our website and visit one of our 'Virtual Gardens’  (click on the link)   These are made up of gardens Nationwide, but there are a couple of little gems from Hampshire amongst the gardens on offer.  The gardens are divided into Sections, and under the heading Designers' Gardens, you will find:-
Old Camps      Newbury Road,   Headley     Thatcham      RG19 8LG

OR  Maybe you would appreciate viewing a series of village gardens in the Group Gardens.  From Hampshire we offer Froyle Gardens (from 2020).  These are  virtual tours of eight gardens, delightfully narrated by the Vicar of Froyle, Revd. Yann Dubreuil - you might like to sit down with a cup of tea for this one.  Froyle plan to open their gardens  once again this year, currently there are seven gardens taking part, and they plan to open in June.

FROYLE GARDENS     Lower Froyle     GU34 4LG

I am going to follow this email with another which will contain a pdf file of the Hampshire Yellow Book for 2021.  Including it here made the email file far too long.

If there is anyone who feels that their Groups will not be opening again and thus do not want these Newsletters, please just drop me an email and I will delete your details.

 Best Wishes 
Pat Beagley (Publicity)
National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Garden Anagrams Dec 2020 - ANSWERS

Garden Anagram                                            Answers

Nap hed                                                             daphne

Madeira                                                             dierama

Muse n you                                                       euonymus

Daniels singh frog                                            angels fishing rod

Sworn pod                                                        snow drop

Berry warts                                                       strawberry

Cartel hobi geko                                               globe artichoke

Blunt car rack                                                   blackcurrant

Vien ed                                                              endive

Huh a rece                                                         heuchera

Orse                                                                   rose

Oban brade                                                        broad bean

Creal ice                                                            celeriac

Run quest bash tut                                             butternut squash

His camel lore                                                    hemerocallis

Hop nut sail                                                        polianthus

A harpy cant                                                       pyracantha

Truck barnacl                                                     black currant

Leccy man                                                          cyclamen

Hup my rice                                                       hypericum

Or yes borge                                                      gooseberry

Her London dip                                                 philodendron

Nail n clay                                                         canna lily

Burn arnene                                                       runner bean

A nice ache                                                        Echinacea

Sid chor                                                              orchids

Spunlui                                                               lupinus

Sir cans us                                                          narcissus

M nelo                                                                lemon/melon

Daily ly                                                               day lily

Nap rips                                                              parsnips

Erikar                                                                  kerria

Malc hit rut                                                         thalictrum

Nag shut al                                                          galanthus

A satif                                                                 fatsia

Mungi rea                                                           geranium

Laga lidiar                                                          gaillardia

A sill doug                                                         gladiolus

Sooner catte                                                      cotoneaster

Se elk                                                                leeks

Mik n pup                                                          pumpkin

Boar u hipe                                                        euphorbia

Lenfen                                                               fennel

Musac pic                                                          capsicum

I dig tisla                                                           digitalis

Whiz chatel                                                       witch hazel

Preen peg rep                                                   green pepper

Ah sufic                                                            fuchsia

Use rill puns                                                     russel lupin

Hutan sid                                                          dianthus