Middle Rasen & District

Horticultural Society

The club meets from September to March on the second Thursday in the month. Meetings, with speakers on various subjects, are in the Village Hall, LN8 3LD, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Officers ~ Membership

President ....
Vice President .......May Bennett      
Chair .....      
Secretary................. Janet Davies
Treasurer .......    
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.

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.

Gardening tips from Community Spirit by John & May Bennett


•  Make more shrubs, trees and climbers for free.

•  Hardwood cuttings can be grown in trenches or for small quantities in containers.

•  Choose long, healthy, cuttings, that are of regular thickness.

•  Cut above a bud.

•  Remove the soft tip. Then cut the stem into sections about 8in long.

•  Trim above a bud with a sloping cut. This will be the top of the cutting

•  For the bottom of the cutting, cut just below a bud with a straight cut.

•  Plant in the garden or in containers with a 50:50 mix of compost and grit.

•  Water and place the pot in a cold frame or in a sheltered spot. Leave in the pot until the following autumn. But do not allow them to dry out.

•  Some suggestions for varieties to propagate:- Buddleia, Dogwood, Forsythia, Mock Orange, Privet, Flowering Currant, Roses, Willow, Spiraea, and Viburnum ( deciduous species). To name a few. You may have others to propagate.

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



Hints from The Horticultural Society to Middle Rasen Residents.

1. In both cases make sure that there are drainage holes. Add a layer of broken pots or gravel to allow drainage.

2. Use a John Innes No.3 soil based compost or a multi purpose compost.

3. Before planting water all plants and allow them to drain.

4. Go for mixed colours or a colour co-ordinated scheme.

5. Can use bedding plants, home grown geraniums, annuals, begonia corms or plants, herbs, ivies and other foliage type plants, also succulents.

6. Could do a herb planter

7. Or a mixed variety of succulents dressed with gravel. This is a cheap way if you grow them yourself.

8. Bedding plants of your choice in the wheelbarrow or planter. Could use grasses as a focal point in the wheelbarrow.

9. Another cheap way is to plant calendula seed NOW direct into the container and put nasturtium seeds around the edge.

10. Do not put bedding plants outside in containers until risk of frost has gone in May.

11. Water regularly, and dead head too to keep in peak condition.

12. Put container undercover when rain is forecast, to prevent the blooms from becoming marked.

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, hyacinth, 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



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

There are normally more than 30 classes of exhibits and thers 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


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Reports & News

One Thursday in August, a small group of Middle Rasen Horticultural Society members spent the afternoon at the Walled Garden Baumber. This is a rare example of a double walled garden and was once part of Stourton Hall.

Sonia Elton, who, with husband David, has spent the past few years transforming the once derelict cottage and garden, gave the members a guided tour.After tea and delicious homemade cakes served by David, the group investigated the display of old photos of the garden and, of course, the plant sales area, before returning home.

The society's open meeting is on October 11 when Steffie Shields will talk about Capability Brown and his connections to Lincolnshire. Everyone is welcome to the meeting, which includes a buffet and starts at 7.30pm in Middle Rasen village hall.

Anne Wilkinson (Oct 18)

Although we don't formally meet through the summer months, the committee has been really busy with our annual shows and the wheelbarrow and container competition.

With all the wind and rain during the earlier part of the year our Annual Sweet Pea Show looked doubtful as growers feared they would be unable to produce enough flowers to exhibit. However, come the day there was still a wonderful display of sweet peas with exhibitors travelling from as far afield as Chesterfield and Derbyshire. Once again the Floral Art class produced some spectacular displays with Mrs May Bennett winning Best in Class. There were also many lovely exhibits in the Flower and Potted Plant classes and the children from both Middle Rasen Primary School and the Rainbows entering some imaginative and pretty Art exhibits. Mrs Isabelle Hildred won the Best in Show prize, Mr John Mabbett won the NSPC Bronze Medal for the best sweet pea vase and Oscar was the best in the Children's section. Visitors to the show were able to enjoy various stalls, games and our lovely tea and cakes. So once again a very successful show.

Following a stormy night, the sun was shining on the morning of the Annual Show and Fete in July. Exhibitors started to arrive just after 8.00am to set their exhibits in the fewer number of classes, but enough to make an excellent show. Once the judging had concluded the show was opened and there was a steady stream of visitors.

Our special guest was Fred Hyde well known to listeners of the Radio Lincolnshire gardening programme as "Mr Allotment Man". Fred spent the afternoon chatting and passing on gardening tips before presenting the prizes and trophies. Mrs Jackie Harrison won the Best in Show with her spectacular Begonia. Benjamin Wight won the Children's Cup and Jasmine Ashworth won the Children's Trophy.

The Committee would like to thank all those who kindly sponsored the show especially the Community Fund and the Parish Council. Also to everyone who donated prizes and cakes and importantly their time and a big thanks to Ben and his band of merry men for their help with the tables. Thank you all for making both shows so successful.

This year's Annual Wheelbarrow and Container Competition saw a grand 15 entries, which was really encouraging. The judges had a very difficult job as there were some very colourful, unique and imaginative entries. However after much deliberation the winners were as follows

: -Wheelbarrow - Mrs Jackie Harrison, Container

- Mrs Pat Fussey, Aeronen and Harry Triggs shared first prize in the Children's section. We are looking forward to next year when we hope to include hanging baskets.

Dates for the diary: The AGM Thursday September 13th 7-30 in the Middle Rasen Village Hall

The Open Evening on Thursday October 11th 7-30 in the Middle Rasen Village Hall (more information to follow)

We are looking forward to an interesting winter programme

Janet Davies (sept 18)


Dobies Seed & Equipment Catalogue 2019

The new catalogue for 2019 will be out at the beginning of October. You don't have to belong to the Horticultural Society to qualify for 50% off seeds & 12% off equipment.

If you wish to receive a catalogue please contact

Carole Sellars 01673 842645



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.


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