Horticultural Society

This is a lively society that has been flourishing for almost thirty years. We have about 100 members who enjoy sharing knowledge and seeing other gardens.  Two evenings a year we have a supper followed by a talk from a visiting lecturer. We have an annual coach outing to a notable garden and two car outings to interesting gardens closer to home. In May there is a Bring and Buy plant sale and the highlight of the year is the annual Flower Show in August.
Membership entitles discounts at several local nurseries.
Activity Address Village Hall and various external venues.
Name of Contact Heather Mines
Contact Address Rose Cottage, Hall Lane, Hadlow Down, TN22 4HJ
Telephone 07974 204231
Email Address heathermines2@hotmail.com

Horticultural Society Spring Dates

 

The Horticultural Society’s AGM  in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 17th March at 10.00 am has been cancelled due to ‘self isolation’advice concerning the corono-virus.

Membership for 2020 is now due. As Barbara Ball has retired as Membership Secretary please contact Kathy Cracknell for a membership card on 01825 830616 or email: kathy.cracknell48@gmail.com

The Spring Supper on Wednesday, 22nd April has been cancelled due to ‘self isolation’advice concerning the corono-virus.

Horticultural Society Autumn Supper

The Horticultural Society invite you to join them for their Autumn supper to be followed by a talk from Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter.

Held at the Village Hall on 16th October ~ 6.30 for 7pm.

Tickets £8 for members, £10 for non-members. The talk will be after supper.  For bookings and enquiries please contact Barbara Ball on 01825 830231.

 

Annual Show Update

HADLOW DOWN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW  2019

A challenging few weeks for gardeners prior to our Annual Show on 3rd August. However, our entrants managed to produce their usual high standards of produce (enormous potatoes this year), beautiful flowers,  and those who entered the Flower Arranging Class excelled themselves with creative colour for the ‘Bonfire’ display and a bit of humour for a display in an egg cup (there was even a toasted ‘soldier’ to go with the egg cup!)

The Domestic classes were a treat to see, with several fruit cakes, delicious breads, frittata and a good selection of jams, relish and the flavoured brandy.

There was a wonderful decorated cake with a Lego theme, difficult for ‘little fingers’ to keep their hands off as they wanted to play with the Lego pieces.

The entries for the art and crafts classes produced some interesting pieces, and of course the photographic section had some stunning photos as usual.  We had 9 entries for a Limerick in place of a poem, so look out for next year’s challenge!!!  Thank you to the children who entered the children’s classes, the Rocky Road looked yummy.

From all of us on the Horticultural Society Committee a big thank you for partaking in this colourful event in our Village Hall.  Thank you also to the team serving up the delicious cakes and teas in the afternoon, always a high point of the afternoon and a time for committee to sit down and enjoy listening to comments and to see the hall buzzing with people.

Hope to see you all again next year. (1st August 2020)

Happy Gardening

Kathy Cracknell

Annual Show Details


Entry forms and fees to be handed in BEFORE Friday 2nd August.

8am-10am for exhibitors, 2pm for viewing. Prize giving at 3.30pm

All fruits, flowers and vegetables, except decorative classes and hydrangeas must have been grown in the exhibitors’ own ground. Pot plants must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least three months.

Only one exhibit per class may be entered by any one competitor.

Exhibitors shall, on request, allow members of the Show Committee to visit the place where their exhibits were grown.

All varities of vegetables, fruit and flowers to be named if possible.

Staging to be carried out between 8.30am and 10am on the Show morning.

Any exhibit not according to the schedule shall be disqualified.

The Society does not accept any responsibilty for any loss or damage to any exhibit.

Prize Giving 3,30pm, no exhibits to be withdrawn before 4pm.

Floral Art Section to be judged under NAFAS Rules.

HADLOW DOWN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW 2019

SECTION 1 – Vegetables                                         Please see Rule 2   

  1. A garden trug of mixed vegetables (excluding herbs) to be judged on contents, quality and general presentation. Maximum length of trug 51cm.
  2. Four potatoes – one variety – White
  3. Four potatoes – one variety – coloured
  4. Three onions
  5. Three red onions
  6. Four shallots – pickling or large
  7. Three bulbs garlic
  8. Four carrots – one variety
  9. Six runner beans
  10. Six French beans
  11. Three leaves, spinach, kale or chard
  12. Two heads lettuce
  13. Six cherry type tomatoes (or small plum)
  14. Four standard tomatoes
  15. Four tomatoes of different varieties.
  16. Three beetroots
  17. Three courgettes not over 16cm
  18. Two cucumbers
  19. A misshapen vegetable
  20. Two of any vegetable not covered in schedule
  21. Five culinary herbs, named – one stem of each only – small pots provided.

STORMONT CHALLENGE TROPHY CLASS 1

ROWLAND GORRINGE CUP FOR HIGHEST POINTS IN CLASSES 2 – 21

SECTION 2 – Fruit                                                   Please see Rule 2

30 Ten blueberries
31 Ten soft fruit
32 Any other fruit (one)

EWART CHALLENGE CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 30-32

SECTION 3 – Flowers                                              Please see Rule 2

(Vases provided in classes 40 -49)

40 Single rose – one specimen bloom
41 Cluster-flowered rose – one stem
42 Flowering shrub – three stems, one variety excluding hydrangeas
43 Five sweet peas – one or more varieties
44 Three stems dahlias – one or more varieties
45 Vase of herbaceous perennials one or more varieties, four stems only
46 Vase of annuals – one or more varieties, four stems only
47 Lilies- one stem
48 One Spike e.g. delphinium, gladioli, hollyhock etc
49 Fuchsias – two stems, one variety
50 Three heads hydrangeas – lace cap type. Please bring your own container
51 Three heads hydrangeas – mop head type. Please bring your own container

ROPNER ROSE BOWL FOR BEST ROSE CLASSES 40-41

HARRISON CHALLENGE CUP HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 40-5

SECTION 4 – Domestic Classes

PLEASE PLACE ON YOUR OWN PLATE, WE WILL SUPPLY A COVER.

59 Four fresh eggs in any container
60 A loaf of Mediterranean style bread.
61 My favourite fruit cake.
62 A Childs Birthday Cake judged on decoration only. (Can use dummy cake)
63 5 Sweet biscuits
64 A Frittata
65 Jar of marmalade
66 Jar of relish
67 Jar of jam
68 Small jar of jelly – fruit or herb
69 A small bottle of flavoured Brandy
70 
5 pieces of fudge Men only

SLEE MEMORIAL CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS IN CLASSES 60-69

BARBARA BALL CUP FOR THE BEST ENTRY IN CLASS 70

Advanced Warning. In 2020 a small bottle of flavoured Rum

SECTION 5 – Flower arranging.   Tips on Hadlow down website.

80 “BONFIRE” up to 60cm
81 An arrangement in an egg cup.

POLLOCK MEMORIAL CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT CLASSES 80-81

SECTION 6 – Craft

90 A Cushion cover up to 50cm
91 A soft toy for a child
92 A knitted or crocheted blanket for a premature baby. (up to 22×24 inch) (Unless you tell us otherwise we will donate entries to Tunbridge Wells hospital)
93 A necklace
94 A Child’s Birthday card
95 Article in wood, ceramic or metal

HADLOW DOWN CHALLENGE CUP THE BEST EXHIBIT IN CLASSES 90-95

 SECTION 7 – Art, Photography and Poetry

(Items not previously exhibited at this show)

100 A portrait in any medium. (Art)
101 A landscape in any medium (Art)
102 A still life in any medium (Art)
103 A print of a picture drawn/painted by the entrant on a computer tablet.
104 Photograph – “A Sporting event”
105 Photograph – “Winter”
106 Photograph – “I spy something beginning with M” All photographs to be unmounted, unframed and no larger than 13×18 cm

107 A Limerick (A4 paper, name on back)

VICE-PRESIDENT’S TROPHY FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN 100-102

ANNIVERSARY CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT 104-106

STOCKLAND CUP FOR POETRY CLASS 107

 SECTION 8 – Junior Classes (12 years and under on day of show)
(No entry fee for children’s entries in any classes in show)
120 A painting/collage of a ship. Up to 7 years
121 A garden in a seed tray. Up to 7 years
122 A traction engine from recycled material no larger than 40cm. Up to 7years.
123 3 pieces of Rocky Road Cake. 8-12 years
124 A Poem “Summer Holidays” 8-12 years
125 A traction engine from recycled material no larger than 40cm 8-12 years
LADY LACEY CUP FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN CLASSES 120-125

HINTS FOR  EXHIBITORS

Tubers should be washed with a sponge.

Onions & Shallots:  Do not over-skin. Tops should be tied and roots trimmed.

Beet & Carrots:      Tops cut off leaving aprox 3”of leaf stalks, which should be neatly tied.p

Cabbage:                3” of stalk remaining.

Beans:                    Cut from vine with scissors with some stalk attached.

Courgette:              Do not cut main fruit to conform to size requirement.

Lettuce:                  Roots should be washed and wrapped in moist tissue, inserted into a plastic bag and neatly tied.

Tomatoes:              Aim for uniform set of fruits with small eye and firm fresh calyx.

Cucumbers:           Should be well matched, with a well developed stalk end.

Garlic:                    Leave 1” of dried stem.  Stage bulbs as complete specimens.

Soft Fruit:              Should be exhibited with stalks

Preserves:              Fully-dated label on lower half of jar. Jars to be full, with screw tops.

GUIDELINES   FOR   FLOWER  ARRANGING  EXHIBITS

  1. Plant material must predominate and be in good condition.
  2. Cut stems must be in water or water retaining foam.
  3. All mechanics and water retaining foam must be hidden.
  4. Make good use of space allowed. 2/3 of given measurement is a good guide.
  5. Any accessories used must be in scale with the exhibit.
  6. Clear interpretation of the class title is essential.

 

 

 

Hort. Soc. Car Visit to Driftwood Gardens

Car visit to Driftwood Gardens, Seaford.
10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Thursday 12th. July
The cost is £11.50 which includes a talk on the gardens by the owners plus tea/coffee and cakes
Please confirm your attendance before 28th. June to Heather on 01825 830314
Meet at the venue.

 

Annual Show ~ Details of Classes

HADLOW DOWN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW
in The Village Hall on Saturday 4th August 2018 at 2:00pm

Entry forms and fees to be handed in BEFORE Friday 3rd August.

All fruits, flowers and vegetables, except decorative classes and hydrangeas must have been grown in the exhibitors’ own ground. Pot plants must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least three months.

Only one exhibit per class may be entered by any one competitor.

Exhibitors shall, on request, allow members of the Show Committee to visit the place where their exhibits were grown.

All varities of vegetables, fruit and flowers to be named if possible.

Staging to be carried out between 8.30am and 10am on the Show morning.

Any exhibit not according to the schedule shall be disqualified.

The Society does not accept any responsibilty for any loss or damage to any exhibit.

Prize Giving 3,30pm, no exhibits to be withdrawn before 4pm.

Floral Art Section to be judged under NAFAS Rules.

SECTION 1 – Vegetables                                         Please see Rule 2     

  1. A garden trug of mixed vegetables (excluding herbs) to be judged on contents, quality and general presentation. Maximum length of trug 51cm.
  2. Four potatoes – one variety – White
  3. Four potatoes – one variety – coloured
  4. Three onions
  5. Three red onions
  6. Four shallots – pickling or large
  7. Three bulbs garlic
  8. Four carrots – one variety
  9. Six runner beans
  10. Six French beans
  11. Three leaves, spinach, kale or chard
  12. Two heads lettuce
  13. Six cherry type tomatoes (or small plum)
  14. Four standard tomatoes
  15. Four tomatoes of different varieties.
  16. Three beetroots
  17. Three courgettes not over 16cm
  18. Two cucumbers
  19. A misshapen vegetable
  20. Two of any vegetable not covered in schedule
  21. Five culinary herbs, named – one stem of each only – small pots provided.

STORMONT CHALLENGE TROPHY CLASS 1
ROWLAND GORRINGE CUP FOR HIGHEST POINTS IN CLASSES 2 – 21

 

SECTION 2 – Fruit                                                   Please see Rule 2

30 Ten blueberries
31  Ten soft fruit
32  Any other fruit (one)

EWART CHALLENGE CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 30-32

SECTION 3 – Flowers                                              Please see Rule 2

(Vases provided in classes 40 -49)

40  Single rose – one specimen bloom
41  Cluster-flowered rose – one stem
42  Flowering shrub – three stems, one variety excluding hydrangeas
43  Five sweet peas – one or more varieties
44  Three stems dahlias – one or more varieties
45  Vase of herbaceous perennials one ormore varieties, four stems only
46  Vase of annuals – one or more varieties, four stems only
47  Lilies- one stemOne Spike e.g. delphinium, gladioli or hollyhock
48  Fuchsias – two stems, one variety
49  Three heads hydrangeas – lace cap type.
Please bring your own container
50  Three heads hydrangeas – mop headtype. Please bring your own container
51  Three heads hydrangeas – Paniculata. Please bring your own container
52  INDOOR flowering pot plant; pot not more than 21cm. See rule 2.

ROPNER ROSE BOWL FOR BEST ROSE CLASSES 40-41
HARRISON CHALLENGE CUP HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 40-52

 

SECTION 4 – Domestic Classes

PLEASE PLACE ON YOUR OWN PLATE, WE WILL SUPPLY A COVER.

59   Four fresh eggs in any container
60  Four Bread Rolls
61  A Cake made with Courgette
62  A Birthday Cake judged on decoration only
63  5 Savoury biscuits
64  A Quiche
65  Jar of marmalade
66  Jar of chutney
67  Jar of jam
68  Small jar of jelly – fruit or herb
69  A small bottle of flavoured Gin.
70  5 truffles Men only

SLEE MEMORIAL CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS IN CLASSES 60-69
BARBARA BALL CUP FOR THE BEST ENTRY IN CLASS 70

Advanced Warning. In 2019 a small bottle of flavoured Brandy

SECTION 5 – Flower arranging

80  “All in Green” Any size up to 60cm

POLLOCK MEMORIAL CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT CLASSES 80-81

 

SECTION 6 – Craft

90 A piece of patchwork.
91  A mask for a Fiesta
92  An article made from a metre of gingham
93  A knitted doll
94  A ‘Get Well’ card
95  Article in wood, ceramic or metal

HADLOW DOWN CHALLENGE CUP FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN CLASSES 90-95

 

SECTION 7 – Art, Photography and Poetry
(Items not previously exhibited at this show)

100.  A portrait in any medium.
101.  A landscape in any medium“Reflections” in any medium
103.  A print of a picture drawn/painted by the entrant on a computer tablet.
104.  Photograph – “Bird(s)
105.  Photograph – “Spring”Photograph – “I spy something beginning with L”All 106.  Photographs to be unmounted, unframed and no larger than 13×18 cm
107.  A Poem “Steam Engines” (A4 paper, name on back)

VICE-PRESIDENT’S TROPHY FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN 100-102
ANNIVERSARY CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT 104-106
STOCKLAND CUP FOR POETRY CLASS 107

 

SECTION 8 – Junior Classes (12 years and under on day of show)

(No entry fee for children’s entries in any classes in show)

120.  A mask. Up to 6 years
121.  An animal made from a vegetable or fruit. Up to 6 years
122.  A model of a robot made from recycled material. Up to 6 yrs.
123.  A painting/collage a castle. 7-12 years
124.  3 decorated cup cakes 7-12 years
125.  A model of a robot made from recycled. 7-12 years

LADY LACEY CUP FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN CLASSES 120-125

HINTS FOR  EXHIBITORS

Potatoes:                Tubers should be washed with a sponge.

Onions & Shallots:  Do not over-skin. Tops should be tied and roots trimmed.

Beet & Carrots:      Tops cut off leaving approx 3”of leaf stalks, which should be neatly tied.

Cabbage:                3” of stalk remaining.

Beans:                    Cut from vine with scissors with some stalk attached.

Courgette:              Do not cut main fruit to conform to size requirement.

Lettuce:                  Roots should be washed and wrapped in moist tissue, inserted into a plastic bag and neatly tied.

Tomatoes:              Aim for uniform set of fruits with small eye and firm fresh calyx.

Cucumbers:           Should be well matched, with a well developed stalk end.

Garlic:                    Leave 1” of dried stem.  Stage bulbs as complete specimens.

Soft Fruit:              Should be exhibited with stalks

Preserves:              Fully-dated label on lower half of jar. Jars to be full, with screw tops.

For Entry Forms and more details please contact Penny Eliot 01825 830006