Tomorrow we have an evening visit to Riseholme, a NGS garden at Radcliffe on Trent.  Having spoken to the garden owner, Elaine, this morning, we have decided to bring forward the time of the visit to 6.15 as it is now nearly dark by 8pm.  If we meet at 6pm at Lowdham Village Hall to share cars, or 6.15pm at the garden ready to start.  We will look at the garden first and then have refreshments afterwards.  Anyone who isn’t able to make it this earlier, just join us when you can.  Please tell anyone that you know is coming of these changes as I am aware not everyone is on email.

The cost of this visit is subsidised by LHS at £3 for members or £5 for non-members.  If you are no longer able to come or would now like to join us, please let me know via the website, ASAP so that Elaine has an idea of numbers for refreshments.

The address of the garden is Riseholme, 125 Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Notts, NG12 1AZ.



Annual Summer Show


Now, have you seen this sign in the last few days? If the answer is yes then you’ll be aware it is the annual Summer Show in Lowdham next Monday the 29th August 2016. Fingers crossed for some nice sunny weather this year to help make it a fun afternoon. So we hope to see you at the Show which is held at the Village Hall and adjacent fields. Oh, nearly forgot, even if you haven’t seen our advertising sign please pop along and take in the atmosphere of a village show.



This year’s Summer Show is fast approaching. The schedule and entry form can be downloaded from our website www.lowdhamhortsoc.org.uk.  Paper copies will be available at various shops in the Lowdham and Burton Joyce over the next few days.

As usual, we will be setting up the marquee etc on the afternoon of Sunday 28th August so any help then, or for an hour or two at the Show on the Monday, would be much appreciated.

Enjoy the sunshine and your gardens


Our first evening trip for this summer is to Southwell Flower Pod, as a follow up to the interesting talk that we had about it in February.  We are visiting on Thursday 30th June at 7pm.  The evening visit will last approx 2 hours and we will be served with refreshments. The cost will be subsidised by the society at £3 per person for members and £5 for non-members.  I do need numbers beforehand please, so contact me via the website if you would like to join us.

I suggest people meet at the car park of Lowdham Village Hall at 6.30 to share cars or at the Flower Pod just before 7.


We still have a few spaces left on our next coach trip

On Sunday 12th June, we will be visiting Scampston Walled Garden near Malton in Yorkshire. It is reputed to be is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and featuring modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas, which is said to be one of the most exciting survivals of the great age of Victorian gardening.  There is a tea room, shop and plant centre too.

On the day we are visiting there is also a Vintage Fair held in the surrounding parkland, which we will have complimentary access into.  The cost of the trip is very reasonable at £14 for members and £18 for non-members (this includes transport and entry into the garden).  It would be great to take a coach full and all are welcome.

We have also organised our first evening trip for this summer.  We are visiting Southwell Flower Pod as a follow up to the interesting talk that we had about it February.  We are visiting on Thursday 30th June at 7pm.  The evening visit will last approx 2 hours and we will be served with refreshments too.  The cost will be subsidised by the society at £3 per person for members and £5 for non-members.  I do need numbers and payment beforehand please.

If you would like more details or to join either visit, don’t hesitate to contact me via the website.


Plant Sale – Sat 14th May 2016


Well, on a bright but quite cold mid May morning we held our popular plant sale in the Lowdham Village Hall car park. This included a wide range of summer bedding plants, tomato, courgettes and marrow plants plus a selection of perennials for herbaceous borders. All together it was a successful morning with people from the village and further afield coming along to look and make purchases.

We thank all those who supported yet another venture of our horticultural society and of course a big thank you to members of the society who helped on the morning of the sale. Furthermore, and on this theme, an even bigger thank you goes to our ‘very own local nurseryman’ for all his efforts in growing the high quality summer bedding plants.

We hope that you now do your bit in the garden and have a lovely display of summer colour.

Wonderful colours and fragrances at the annual Spring Show



Well, the phrase ‘Spring has Sprung’ was certainly evident in Lowdham Village Hall last Sunday. With lots of exhibits plus displays of floral art and artwork being enjoyed by lots of visitors there was a lovely atmosphere in a ‘Springlike’ setting. We thank everyone who helped in any way at the show and of course everyone who came along. Look out for future events such as talks, coach trips, plant sales and of course the annual Summer Show on August Bank Holiday Monday.



Thank you to all of you who supported our Spring Show last Sunday.  It was a lovely day and it was great to see so many of you there.

Just a reminder that our April talk is at 7.30pm next Thursday, 28th April at the WI Hall, Lowdham.  We will be visited by Don Witton, who has been a gardener for over 40 years and an avid ‘Hardy Planter’ for 25 years. He is a member of three national garden charities, the Hardy Plant Society, Plant Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society.  Don holds a Plant Heritage National Collection of hardy Euphorbia which has been featured on BBC2’s Gardeners’ World twice as well as BBC TV’s Tatton Park Show programme. He has staged exhibits at the Tatton Park Show for over10 years and has received a collection of medals including 2 ‘Golds’.  Don will be sharing his favourite talk with us, all about Euphorbias. All are welcome and there is a small fee of £2 to non-members.

We also have our annual plant sale on Saturday 14th May from 9am to 11am in Lowdham Village Hall car park.  We have bought in more plug plant this year to grow on and have grown a greater variety of vegetable plants to sell on too.  This has become an increasingly popular event and there are lots of good quality, reasonably priced plants available.  Please spread the word to people that you know who may be interested. Donations of plants for us to sell are always welcome!

Hope you are all enjoying the more spring like weather.

Spring Show – Sunday 17th April 2016


Well, Spring has sprung, so let’s hope it’s in full bloom together with all the fragrances this coming Sunday in Lowdham Village Hall. Our annual show is open between 1.00pm and 4.00pm and only costs £1.50 to enter with no admission charge for children. There are displays of floral art and artwork by village groups. Perhaps you may like to ‘have a go’ and enter some flowers or shrubs in the show, in which case, this may be done between 9.30 and 11.30am on the day. There will be hot and cold drinks plus delicious home made cakes available. We welcome all visitors who come along and support the village event. See you there🌻🌺🌼💐