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The Autumn Show

Saturday 10th September                                             

Staging from 10am - 11.30am

Judging from 11.45am

Show open from 3pm - 4pm

This years Summer Show and the Dhalia Show have been combined into a single event which should mean this year promises to be better than ever, you really won't want to miss it so put the date in your diary. 

If you're new to the club or if you've never displayed an entry at a show before then do please consider taking part. You'll find the details of the various classes in the Show Schedule.

The Comittee members will be there to help you if you need it so if you do have something a little special and you want to show it off now is your opportunity. Good Luck! 


August Garden Meeting

Monday 8th August (6:30pm)

Thanks to Bill and Sally Harbour the club had an excellent walk around the paddocks in the warm evening sunshine followed by a picnic in the garden. Everyone had a really lovely evening!

June visit to Mt Ephraim

Wednesday 15th June at 1pm

What a wonderful way to spend an early summer afternoon. The sun shone, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful garden

Thank you to those of you who were able to come along 

Plant Sale

We had a very successful plant sale and the chairman, together with the committee, would like to thank those of you who supported this fundraising event. A big THANK YOU to committee and members who donated wonderful plants all lovingly grown. Also thank you for helping to run the morning and man the tables and sell sell sell. And a special thank you to Andrew and Mary Bruce for providing such an idyllic venue.

Best Bloom in show Spring 2022 Roger Jeffrey

The Spring Show

Saturday 9th April 2022

Held at Lorenden School Hall

Ah, it was good to be back wasn't it? Our first show in 2 years and, as a consequence, we reduced the number of categories so, as expected, there were a lower number of entries submitted from previous shows but the quality of the exhibits didn't fail to impress. 

If you joined us then I'm sure you'll agree it was wonderful to get back to being normal!

Winners of the Spring Show

The Spring Show Cup for most points overall      Val Anderson

Best Bloom in Show                                          Roger Jeffrey

Runner-up Best Bloom in Show                          Val Anderson

Photographic Competition                                Paul Moskovits

Entries for the photographic competiton - Natual Beauty


14th February 2022 at 7:00pm

Once again this year's AGM, was held online, thank you to everyone who was able to attend

Previous minutes were read, the treasurers report was given and accepted. There were no additions to the committee although Mary Williams has moved away so can no longer serve on the committee. If you're interested in joining the committee let us know, it's not too late if you'd like to nominate yourself, so do please get in touch.

I hope you enjoyed the quiz, well done to any of you who got 5 or more correct!

It’s not all sand, the mountains of Yemen

A talk by Fraser Henderson

December 6th at 7pm

Frazer Henderson is an active member of a number of horticultural societies, including the Scottish Rock Garden Club, the Alpine Garden Society, the Sedum Society, Plant Heritage and the Wakefield & North of England Tulip Society. An enthusiastic amateur botanist and geographer, Frazer has travelled extensively to address his interest in island flora, mountain flora and wild tulips.

This talk, drawing on multiple visits to Yemen, shines a light on the little known world of the Haraz mountains, with an exploration of its botanical riches, from succulents to alpine plants, and its cultural heritage, from deserted Jewish towns to walled Ismaili villages. A particular feature of this 50 minute talk is an in depth look at Primula verticillata which was discovered in previously unrecorded locations.

Apocynaceae - "Dogbane"

This event was held online for members and was a marvelous insight into just how green and interesting Yemen is as a country. Fraser clearly has a passion for searching out the undiscovered, we were delighted to have him give us his perspective on his visits to seemingly remote and inhospitable areas of the world.

There was good selection of entries for the best dahlia, the winner being the deep pink water lily variety dahlia in the middle submitted by Marilyn Chantler


Visit to Churchmans Farm

Winner, vase of flowers Marilyn Chantler

Monday 16th August 2021

We had a lovely  get together and relaxed evening by the lake with picnics and much catching up. Thanks to Mary and Andrew Brice for their hospitality.  This event was combined with a casual showing of your best dahlia and or a vase a flowers.

Judging was done by the members who selected their favourites and the winner of BOTH categories was Marilyn Chantler!

Here are a selection of other entries submitted for the vase of flowers category, thank you all so much for coming along and making this a very enjoyable event.

Crossword challenge!

Following the positive feedback from last years Dingbats challenge, which is still available to do if you've not attempted it yet (see below), we've added another challenge for you to try while you're waiting to get back out into the garden. This time it's a crossword with a horticultural theme. The clues are a mixture of local knowledge, anagrams, hidden words, easy and cryptic so hopefully a little of something for everyone. The file is in the form of a spreadsheet so you'll need a spreadsheet program (such as Excel) to view it.

Good Luck!

Spring Show Photo Competition 10th April 2021

This years Spring Show Competition was once again held as an on-line photographic competition. As we are not charging subscriptions, there were no prizes awarded this year other than the pure joy of besting your fellow gardeners!

You've not let us down, the number of entries this year has been very high. Judging is now complete and the winners are announced!

Head over to the Gallery Page to see all the winners and entries


Well done to all of you who took part, you really have excelled yourselves this year!

The 7 classes were as follows:


1, A houseplant

2, Tulip(s) in situ in the garden

3, A single bloom of a spring garden flower, in situ

     (Excluding tulips or daffodils in Divisions 1, 4 or 6)

4, Daffodil Division 1. Trumpet (3 in a vase)

5, Daffodil Division 4. Double (3 in a vase)

6, Daffodil Division 6. Cyclamineus (3 in a vase)

7, Wildlife (Colour or black and white)


8th February 2021 at 7:30pm

This years AGM, due to the ongoing Covid limitations, was held online via Zoom, thank you to all of you who were able to join us. It's possibly ironic that because of the snow we had on Monday it would have been unlikely the public meeting would have gone ahead anyway!

Previous minutes were read, the treasurers report was given and accepted. There were no changes to the committee members although it's not too late if you'd like to nominate yourself, do please get in touch.

It was agreed that this year we would not be charging an annual subscription and we'll continue to run the club online until such time as the advice on meetings changes and we can all once again meet up in person.

A Zoom lecture on ‘Exotic Gardening’ 

By Steve Edney.

Monday 7th December at 7pm

Thank you Steve Edney for a super talk last evening via Zoom. He gave us a great insight into ‘Exotic Gardening’, how to choose the right plants and how to make the most of our gardens. A great tonic for club members to join in and a chance to hear you share great knowledge.

Thanks too to all of you that joined us, what an excellent turnout and it was great to see you all!

Dingbats challenge!

If you've come in from the garden, you've got a little time on your hands and you fancy a bit of a challenge then you might find this a bit of fun.

Dingbats are picture or visual word puzzles, either as a single image or a collection of images and words which, when you put them together will form a well known phrase or saying. In this challenge you'll be looking for plant names, that could be anything from trees, shrubs, herbs vegetables or flowers etc.

You'll find we've been a little free and easy with spelling and grammar but when you've got a few of them, well, you'll start to get the hang of it I'm sure.

The puzzle is in a powerpoint presentation document so you'll need a powerpoint reader to be able to view. 

There are no prizes other than the reward of having worked them all out, once you've downloaded the challenge and you think you've worked them all out download the answers to see how well you did.

Good Luck!

Club visit to Churchmans Farm

Monday 10th August 2020

A huge thank you to Mary and Andrew Bruce who this year hosted our August meeting,

For those of you who went along the weather stayed fine and the gardens were beautiful

Spring and Summer Shows Online

This years Spring and summer shows have been cancelled, however we have organised an Online alternative for our members.

To all of you who took part our thanks, if you want to see the entries and find out who our winners are head over to the Gallery Page

Janine Doulton

A Talk on Daffodils

Monday 9th March

Janine Doulton, a renowned Daffodil judge, presented a very useful and interesting talk on how to show daffodils. It's a pity that the Spring Show has been cancelled, I don't know about you but I was looking forward to putting much of what she said into practice. Still, there's always next year. Thank you to all of you who came along to another very well attended event. 


Monday 17th February 2020 

Attendance was down this year but given the recent storms it's understandable why, we really do appreciate those of you who did brave the elements to join us!

The Chairman gave a report of last years activities and the treasurer updated us with a review of the clubs finances. Suggestions were requested for June's outing, if you have some thoughts do please feed this in to the committee

After the AGM we had a couple of quizzes, with tea, coffee and cakes. Huge thanks to Lyn and Jeanie for their terrific efforts.

Annual membership subscriptions of £5.00 are now due, if you could please ensure you get in touch with the membership secretary, if you haven't already done so. She will then provide you with a new programme for this years upcoming events.



Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

Wednesday 5th February 2020 

 Chris gave an interesting talk about his award winning Chelsea gardens and a light hearted and humorous insight into his book "100 plants that almost changed the world".  Watermelon and lettuce will never be viewed in the same way again!!

The evening was very well attended with some lovely raffle prizes on offer including some fantastic homemade bird and bug houses.

Thanks to all of you who came and enjoyed this evening with us.

On Monday 11th November we were presented with a talk by Emmy award winning film maker Hugh Raggett on 

The Hanbury Gardens on the Italian Riviera

This was an entertaining and informative talk about both the history of the garden as well as a film on the subject. Thanks to all of the members who joined us for this event.

Nick Bailey

On Monday 14th October Nick gave a remarkable talk on

how to 'Revive your Garden',

If you've not already bought a copy of his book you might want to as Nick goes through the subject of reviving a tired garden in far greater detail. I've already read through I can say it really is quite inspiring. 

This entertaining talk was extremely well attended, the hall was full in spite of some terrifically awful weather!

The Dahlia Competition

Monday 9th September

This popular event was once again superbly judged by Quentin Stark, who remarked that the standard of the competition was this year better than ever. It was great to see many new members choosing to exhibit at the show this year intensifying the competition!

If have a dahlia growing in your garden and you're thinking about showing next year but you're not sure about exhibiting there's a handy guide in the back of your club booklet that will help you. 

Roger with club chairman Frances

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of our fellow club and committee member Roger Clements. Roger died on Saturday 7th September after a short illness.  Roger grew vegetables, dahlias and daffodils to a high standard and together with Val, enjoyed showing at the club's Spring, Summer and Dahlia shows.  He became known for his outstanding dahlias, lovingly cared for and prepared at his allotment in Water Lane, Ospringe.   The spring shows have been adorned with his daffodils. Always willing to help Roger was instrumental in finding key speakers for our club meetings and helping at club events.  He was kind, generous, thoughtful and fun and will be so missed.  We send our condolences to Val, his two children David and Julie and the entire family. 

40th Anniversary Party

The weather held fair, the Alma provided a wonderful setting and an excellent meal, and Paula Hammond baked us a celebratory cake that not only looked amazing but was utterly delicious!

To all of you who joined us at the party I think you'll agree this was a great way to celebrate the clubs 40th anniversary!


And let's not forget the entertainment, Dan the magician was simply amazing, a very big thank you to him (have you worked out how he did it yet Paul!)

If you missed the end of party skit, or if you want to see it again, here's some of the Painter's Forstal Gardeners' Club committee members and others in action...

As this was a very special anniversay the awards for the Spring and Summer Shows were presented here instead of at our usual Christmas social event.

2019 award winners 

Spring Show 2019

The Spring Show Cup, Violet Croll

Bell for the Culinary Section, Joint First:

Jenny Fagg & Angela Macey

Best Bloom in Show, Alan Warrener

The David Green Photographic Trophy, Roger Clements

Dahlia Show 2019, the Colin Mitchell Dahlia Cup for most points, and Best Bloom in Show, will be awarded on 9th September

Summer Show 2019

The Den Reynolds Cup winner of Class 1 Fuchsia in a pot, Violet Croll

The Ros Williams Cup Best Bloom in Show, Marilyn Chantler

Best Vegetable in Show Cup, Marilyn Chantler

Ospringe Parish Council Cup for most points cumulatively, Frances Moskovits

The Roy Frier Challenge Trophy most points Section B Vegetables, Frances Moskovits

Stuatuette for Section A Flowers and foliage, Frances Moscovits

Statuette for Section C Fruit, Paula Hammond

Best Fruit in Show, Peter Hammond

Vase Floral Art, Jenny Fagg

Hanging Basket Cup, Richard Annand

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this another excellent year, to the exhibitors, the members who made teas and coffees and a special thank you to the show organisers

The Summer Show 2019

This year the Summer Show was held on Saturday 20th July and was well attended. Once again your exhibits were up to their usual very high standards, as you can see from the pictures here, so thank you to all of you who submitted entries. 

Don't forget, awards this year will be presented at our 40th Anniversary party on Saturday 3rd August.

Coach Trip to Hyde Hall

Wednesday 12th June

The club outing to RHS Hyde Hall in June was, in spite of the showers, still a very beautiful garden with many new features since the last time we visited. The vegetable garden looked amazing, the cottage garden was exceptional with many of our members commenting on how lovely this was. 

In an attempt to dodge the showers we did go to find the dry garden but they lied, it was raining there too!

The Plant Sale and coffee morning

Thank you so much to all of you who came along to this years annual plant sale and coffee morning, and thank you to those of you who donated your spare plants and your time to this very well attended event.

This years plant sale also played host to the Painters Forstal Village Ammenities Committee who ran a tombola stall and a cake stall in aid of funds for the village hall. 

The money we raised for the club funds exceeded anything we've seen in recent years so a very big thank you to every one of you who came, let's do it again next year!

The Spring Show

This year you did it again with another remarkable show. With the early spring we've had and some pretty poor weather conditions in the run up to the show we were down a little on the number of exhibits we've had in previous years, most notably in Division 1, the trumpets, but we had a record number of exhibitors as more of you took the opportunity to show off your prize blooms.

The culinary section proved popular, in particular the men only cake section saw a surprisingly large number of entries, the judge commented that the quality was very high in all catagories this year.

The photo competition also saw a good number of entrants and again the judge remarked how difficult it was to choose a winner. 

Thank you to all of you who submitted entries, and thank you to those of you who came along to see the results.

AGM 11th Feb 2019 

The Annual General Meeting was very well attended this year with over 50 members, thank you to all of you who came, your support at this meeting is as ever, very much appreciated. 

Previous minutes were read and the treasurers report was given and accepted. The new club programme was distributed with just a few changes, most notable is that we will not be holding a Christmas event this year as instead we will be holding an event in August to celebrate the clubs 40th year.

It's all in the name

A Talk by Kevin Tooher, 11th March 2019

Forty members attended the March meeting of the Painters Forstal Gardeners Club and were treated to a highly  educational presentation from Kevin Tooher helping us understand the complex subject of plant names.  Our thanks to Kevin  for visiting our club again and sharing such breadth of knowledge.

For more on what we did in previous years take a look at the News Archive