This information was obtained from the Barham & District Horticultural Society website.

Society News & Events 2015

Take a look at what the society did in 2014.

Halloween Pumpkin Competition at 'The Duke of Cumberland'
(View the gallery)

We were fortunate to have a mild, sunny autumn afternoon for our Halloween Pumpkin Competition at 'The Duke of Cumberland' in Barham on the last day of October. The standard of the carved pumpkins from both adults and children amazed all of us! With candles inside they looked magnificently spooky in the dark! John Crothall won the 'biggest pumpkin' class with a fruit weighing in at 53.1kg! Andrew Clough and Laura Goody came 2nd and 3rd respectively, also with enormous offerings while Max O'Hara won the under 12 class. The 'best carved pumpkin', won by Laura Goody, had to be seen to be believed and attracted much attention and many compliments. 2nd and 3rd were Peter Goody and Tony Borgioli. Ferne Jarrett, Molly Goody and Skye Jarrett were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the under-12 class while Leah Laughterland and Josh Julien's efforts were Highly Commended as were those of adults Valerie Caless, Izzy Stevens, Ernie Keeler, Lily Matthews and Linda Matthews. There were fewer entries for the 'Prettiest/Most Perfect Pumpkin' but Brian Wright, Julie Stribbling and Margaret Smith won honours! We had a lovely afternoon and many people dropped in to view, as well as giving custom to 'The Duke'. Thanks to Jan Borgioli who organised the event and to 'The Duke' who so kindly hosted us.

Summer Mini Flower Show (View the gallery)

You be the Judge!

This year's summer show was designed to allow the public and entrants to have a go at judging the show entries. The show was held by kind permission of Reverend Hardy at Barham Church which proved an excellent setting. The official judge recorded her results in secret followed by the public who decided their winning choices. The judge then talked us through the results and explained why she had or hadn't chosen the entries as winners. A good number attended just to take part in the judging followed by tea and tasty homemade cakes provided by the committee. There was a display of old farming equipment arranged by John Crothall. Brig. Atherton presented the Sivour cup for the best sweet pea exhibit to Richard Borthwick and the Godber Cup for best rose to Wendy Atherton. The afternoon was a wonderful success with many favourable comments about the format of the show.

Name (Alphabetical by surname) and Results (Shown as number of firsts, seconds and thirds)
Name Results      
W. Atherton
P. Austin 0-1-0      
E. Bines 0-1-0      
R. Borthwick 1-1-0      
J. Clough 0-0-1      
M. Duke 1-0-2      
K. Hubbard 0-3-0      
J. Terry 1-0-0      
M. Tayler 0-0-1      
S. Tyler 0-0-1      
B. Wright 5-0-1      

Calling all gardeners!

Have you got any gardening questions? Are you wondering what to plant in a difficult part of your garden, or are you baffled as to how to rescue a plant that isn't thriving, or why something died!

If so come and join us in the Duke on Wednesday 13th May. Members of our society have a wealth of experience of gardening in and around Barham and would love to try to help you make the best of your garden.

The Horticultural Society are trialling an informal get together. The idea is to have an opportunity to share advice and experience about anything to do with gardening. So if you want to come and exchange ideas, or ask for advice you would be most welcome. The plan is to chat about what is happening in our gardens at the moment, and any problems you have. Anything from potting on seedlings and cuttings, to 'what would grow here'. I'm a keen wildlife gardener so we could discuss ways to encourage wildlife into your garden too.

To add to the evening we are also holding a Seed Swap. For those of us who find we have too many seeds of one type, bring them along and swap them for something else. All welcome with or without seeds! Pop in anytime between 7.30-9.30pm buy yourself a drink and join in. You will find us in the External Website Duke of Cumberland - Culloden room. Anyone is welcome you don't need to be a member - though we will of course encourage you to join! - it's just a free opportunity to meet up and discuss anything related to gardening.

We will meet again Tuesday 7th July

Plant Sale

The Plant Sale in Kingston Barn was a great success with a good range of quality plants sold.


We still have places on various outings, so don't forget to check your calendars and book as soon as possible. There are outings to Pashley on 9th May, Tram Hatch on 13th June and Wisley on 12th September.

Talks in February and March

We have already had a few talks this year. Steve Bradley spoke about Bug Eat Bug and was very well attended he is an excellent speaker and was very helpful with answering questions.

Sue Turner gave us a fascinating talk on the history of the potato and how to grow them and Dr Mick Lynn talked about climate change in the garden so we can adapt to growing plants in very dry or very wet weather!

Our next speaker is Everett Leeds talking on Clematis through the Season (which will be well illustrated!) and is in Kingston Barn on Wednesday 20th May at 7.30 pm.

The Pumpkin Event

The Pumpkin event will be held at The Duke of Cumberland and there will be 6 classes 3 for children and 3 for adults. The 3 classes will be as follows:

  • 1. The largest pumpkin.
  • 2. The best looking pumpkin.
  • 3. The best carved pumpkin.
For classes 1 & 2 the pumpkin must have been grown by the exhibitor.
For class 3 the pumpkin may be bought from a shop or farm but must be carved by the exhibitor.
Pumpkin seedlings will be available at various events throughout the spring, or you can plant your own, but start growing now to enable a nice size for the autumn! There will not be a booking form, just turn up on the day with your pumpkin/s.


Next EventWednesday
9th May 7:30pm

'Gardens of Canterbury Cathedral'
An illustrated talk by Philip Oostenbrink Takes place 07.30pm Kingston Barn.
Directions to Kingston Barn 


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