Middle Rasen & District

Horticultural Society

The club meets from September to March. on the second Thursday in the month. in the Village Hall.at 7.30pm with speakers on various subjects.

Officers ~ Membership

Seeds Secretary  

Meetings & Events

The September & March meetings are small shows for members with the points going towards  The Hubbert  Trophy  for the most points throughout the year. September also being the AGM. meeting the December & January meeting may be a little different as it may be the Christmas Dinner.

Two shows take place in the year. The 3rd Saturday in June is The Sweet Pea Show The 3rd Saturday in July is The Annual Show & Fete, both are now held in the Village Hall.

The open evening will be in the VILLAGE HALL on Thursday October 12th at 7.30p.m. The meeting is open to everyone, you do not have to be a member. There will be a speaker for the evening followed by a buffet supper. Tickets are normally £ 5 each including supper. Available from Peter Rhodes Electrical Shop or Kath Stephenson 01673 844493 or May Bennett, 01673 843206 or email maybennett@hotmail.co.uk or on the door.

Dobies seed catalogues come in late September & distributed to members, usually having to share. The orders to be back to the seed secretary by 1st December at the very latest, so that hopefully no one is disappointed with their order. We usually get 40% off the seeds & 10% of plantletts & garden equipment, with buying in bulk & the orders distributed at the February meeting.


May Bennett sent a very special thanks went to Mrs Joyce Heath and family for hosting the show for some 41 years. The committee offered thanks to the Heath family for the use of their garden and for everything Joyce and her family had contributed over the years. It was Joyce and the family made every show a huge success. May Bennett


Mrs Joyce Heath enjoying a quiet moment in her garden after a very busy and emotional day

Rev'd Chris & Julia Harrington with the winners at the 67th Annual Horticultural Show and Fete held by kind permission of Mrs Joyce Heath (front)

The members of Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society would like to express how sad they were to hear of the passing of one of their active long-term members, Mrs. Joyce Heath on 23rd May having suffered from ill health for several years.

Joyce had been a Vice-President and an Honorary member of the society. The Annual Show had been hosted by the Heath family at "Rosslyn" for around 40 years. In the early years Joyce would knock on doors collecting prizes towards the tombola on show day and organise it in her garage. She also acted as a steward on the day, after baking, making lemon curd and doing flowers to enter in the show, winning many trophies. That was not all, she would bake for the refreshments too. Joyce was well known for her very tasty sausage rolls whenever we had a meal coming up.

Her home was also open for many tasks on show day. Committee meetings were also held at her home for many years. We could go on, but the hospitality of Joyce and the whole family will never be forgotten. A true member of the community, and our society. Joyce was also a regular worshipper at Middle Rasen Parish Church where she helped with the brass cleaning, flower arranging and after Church coffee. She loved her garden and would potter around for hours. She wouldn't give in until whatever she had started had been finished! She loved company and was always pleased when someone popped in for a chat and a cuppa! She loved her family, enjoying spending time with her 3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren!

Thank you Joyce, we will all miss you.


The Horticultural Society holds it's Annual Sweet Pea & Summer Flower show in the Village Hall on a Saturday in early June.

There are more than 30 classes of exhibits and around 4 for children's art work & plants they have grown. Visitors see an array of fragrant displays of sweet peas and other early summer flowers such as Delphiniums, Carnations and Roses.


For more information and an exhibitors entry form contact May Bennett (843206). Raffle prizes donated by local well wishers and businesses are gratefully received


The Horticultural Society holds the members show & AGM in September in the Village Halll.

Dobies seed catalogue is available .

You don't have to be a member -Orders had to be returned by 30th November to receive the 45% discount off seeds.

Contact Carole Sellars 842645 to order or for a catalogue.

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Saturday 17th June - Middle Rasen and District Horticultural Society Sweetpea & Early Flower Show

The Sweet Peas and Roses were of excellent quality at the recent Sweet Pea Show of Middle Rasen and District Horticulural Society, giving off magnificent perfume. Sight not to be missed. Member Philip Hildred who won the Village Hall Cup on the day, went on to win prizes at a National Show with his roses. Floral Art section was very good with Rita Goulsbra winning the best exhibit in the show. With her mixed foliage arrangement. Pat Fussey won the members Sweet Pea Section and Lesley Bailey the Novices Sweet Pea Section. Well done to everyone that exhibited!

As usual it was wonderful to see the work of the children from Middle Rasen Primary School - theme - Shakespeare, and also the exhibits from Middle Rasen Rainbows. Thank you all.

July 10th - 14th - Middle Rasen Wheelbarrow competition

Wheelbarrow competition awaits report

Saturday 22nd July - Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society's 75th Annual Show at Middle Rasen Village Hall

The 75th Annual Show awaits report



Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society organised a Grand Coffee Morning in Middle Rasen Methodist Chapel Schoolroom in March. Proceeds go towards the Annual Show on Saturday July 22nd May Bennett


Gardening tips from Community Spirit by John & May Bennett

Time to take fast growing softwood cuttings.

•  Like pinks or lavender etc.

•  Take cuttings from healthy new growth, with no flower buds forming.

•  About 4inch /5-10cm.- in length.

•  Trim just below a pair of leaves.

•  Remove all leaves up the stem except from the top two or three.

•  Can use hormone rooting powder if wished, but some people would prefer not to.

•  Use a gritty compost for the cuttings. Multipurpose compost can be mixed with sand, grit, or perlite to make a good mixture for the cuttings to take.

•  Fill a small pot with compost and insert cuttings to about half their depth. Do not allow any cuttings to touch.

•  Water and cover with a plastic bag, fastening with a rubber band. Place in a bright place but not in direct sunlight.

•  When rooting has taken place, pot into individual pots until time to plant out in the garden. Good way of making more plants for your garden or for giving to friends.

Collecting Free Plant Seed

•  Cheap way of raising your own plants

•  Collect on a dry day, damp seeds will not keep.

•  Use re-sealable bags or thick paper envelopes

•  Drop the seed heads in

•  Very Important - LABEL THEM

•  Store seeds in a drawer out of the sun and humidity

•  When seed pods have dried out, rub them to remove the seeds. Some will fall out naturally

•  If you collect F1 Hybrids, they will not come true from the seeds. They could still please you.

Hall Farm Gardens at Harpswell - DN21 5UU, have a seed collecting day on Sunday 3rd September, 1- 5pm. It is FREE SEED collecting. Only pay admission fee to the garden. It is very worthwhile to get more unusual varieties, if it is a dry day!

John & May Bennett, Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society.

Earlier Articles By John and May

Naturalising bulbs in grass or putting bulbs and plants in containers. Baskets, pots and all shapes of containers can be used. In lawns plant crocus, daffodils and dwarf iris or aconites. Scatter the bulbs randomly and plant where they fall.

You can grow many types of bulbs in containers, daffodils, tulips, hyancinth, alliums, crocus, dwarf iris, anemone blanda is a favourite of ours.

To guarantee dense display of colour-on your patio next spring by layering bulbs in pots. Put large bulbs like daffodils and tulips at the bottom and smaller bulbs like crocus and iris at the top. Cover each layer with multipurpose compost.

Plant pansies, violas, heathers, ivies etc in tubs or baskets along with crocus, dwarf iris, etc.

A bowl packed with single colour dwarf tulips can be stunning.


Can be taken from: Buddleia; Camellia; Choisya; Forsythia; Hebe; Hydrangea; Potentilla; Weigela; Lavender etc. Choose shoots that are almost fully grown except for the soft tip. Pinch the soft tip out.

Length of cutting 3 - 4" long. Strip the lower leaves from each cutting.

Can use root hormone if you wish, but not essential. Insert cuttings around the edge of a pot. Put in a cold frame or cloche.

Remember to label and water thoroughly.

Check that they do not dry out at any time.

You can supply your friends with your new plants as well as stocking up your own garden.

John & May Bennett Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society


In order to prepare your garden for winter and next spring the following twelve important things really need to be done during October. Don't' leave it too late.

•  Plant Sweet Pea seeds now in the cold greenhouse ready for flowering next June.

•  Cut Marrow, Squash & Pumpkins and store.

•  Collect and compost leaves.

•  Lift main crop of potatoes and store.

•  Clear summer bedding plants and prepare for spring bedding plants, get the plants and bulbs in now.

•  Lift and store Dahlia tubers and Gladiola corms.

•  Stop watering cacti in October until next Spring.

•  Plant up a window box or tubs with bulbs for Spring flowering.

•  Naturalise Crocus bulbs in grass.

•  Insulating the greenhouse will cut down on heating costs. Even if you don't heat your greenhouse during the winter, insulation will give extra protection from frosts.

•  Bring in tender Fushsias and Pelargoniums before the first frosts over winter.

  1. Prune your large flowering roses and cluster roses by a third to prevent wind rock, and finish the pruning of them in the New Year.


Adults ...1st Mr and Mrs T. Priestley ... 2nd Mrs Lesley Bailey ... 3rd Mrs Pat Fussey,

H.C....James Milson and Mrs Karen Gramson

11-15 years .......3rd Lauren Graham

Under 8years ...1st Middle Rasen Rainbows ... 2nd Heidi Tomkins ... 3rd Alice Tomkins.

73rd Annual Show (2016)

Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society held its 73rd Annual Show at the Nags Head, by kind permission of Barry & Jenny Reeves on a hot sunny Saturday afternoon towards the end of July.

Visitors participated in the raffle, tombola, a number of games and weight of the cake. Many beautiful exhibits were on display. From vegetables, fruit to flowers and pot plants, floral art and wine, photography, and cookery to children's exhibits. The committee were delighted to also have exhibits from Middle Rasen Rainbows. There were over 30 floral art exhibits, a delight to see.

Prizes were presented by Charlie Partridge, Editor of Radio Lincolnshire. The committee would like to thank the sponsors and anyone that gave donations, whether in money form, prizes or cakes for which we were very grateful in once again making the day a success.

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