Announcement

Death Of David Lister –  President Of the Leeds Horticultural Society
It is with sadness that we have to report the death, on Monday 25th April, at home, of our President, David Lister.
David was one of the founders of the Society and has worked tirelessly over many years, especially in the organisation of the Flower Shows. He was always there to offer advice and help, always with a smile.
David was a true gentleman, and will be greatly missed by the Committee and members of Leeds Horticultural Society.

David Lister grew roses in Leeds for over 60 years.  He started work for Leeds Parks nursery in 1949, started his own nursery in 1960, but after retiring , carried on  growing roses, dahlias, fruit and vegetables in his garden with the help of his wife Sheila and was involved with both the Leeds Horticultural Society as President for many years and also very involved with the Shadwell  Horticultural Society .

LHS Events Programme for 2016

January 5th

No meeting this month

February 2nd

Doug Stewart – THE JOY OF WORMS

March 1st

Maxine Nelson – TUBS AND CONTAINERS”

April 5th

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & SPRING SHOW

Plus demonstration with Gordon

May 3rd

John Carr – HOSTAS

June 7th

Catherine Hilditch – ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW

July 5th

SUMMER SHOW

Plus demonstration with Gordon

August 2nd

No Meeting this month

September 6th

AUTUMN SHOW

Plus demonstration with Gordon

October 4th

Fenella Conway – MY LIFE AS A COMMERCIAL FLORIST

November 1st

Tony Chalcraft & Jane Thurlow – WINTER SALADS

December 6th

CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GARDENING, WHY NOT COME ALONG

TO ONE OF THE MEETINGS. VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

TEA & COFFEE SERVED AT EACH MEETING, ALSO A RAFFLE

Joe Maiden – Vice President – Leeds Horticultural Society

It was with great sadness that we received the news of Joe’s death on Thursday 17th September, 2015, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Joe was one of the founders of Society and has worked tirelessly over many years. His presence at the Events nights and at the Leeds Flower Show always attracted people looking for gardening advice, not forgetting a joke. His tremendous knowledge was delivered with patience, kindness and with a lovely smile that could lighten up a room immediately he entered it.
Joe will be greatly missed by everyone at Leeds Horticultural Society.

BBC Radio Yorkshire has opened a book of condolence for Joe. Details can be found on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-34309461

Anniversary of The Leeds Flower Show 1864 – 2014

The 2014 Show was a Special Event being the 150th year since the first Flower Show in 1864 which was held in The Drill Hall of The Leeds Volunteer Rifles – this was sited in Oxford Row at the side of the Town Hall.  Sadly the building was demolished in the 50’s.

We aimed to replicate that show on a smaller scale with a Marquee set out in the style of that first show and based on the reports that we have from the Leeds Mercury June 22nd 1864.

. ‘The first exhibition of flowers and fruit in connection with the Leeds Horticultural Society was held in the Drill Room and parade ground of the Leeds Volunteer Rifles.

…….The Society has but recently been organised by gentlemen who are anxious to provide for the public an enjoyment and to encourage a taste for the cultivation of plants and flowers………………..

The long article goes onto mention how the Drill Hall was dressed with garlands and foliage and seven platforms were erected, showing Geraniums Fuchsias, cut specimens of Roses and Pansies, Fruits, Vegetables,  Floral Devices and bouquets, Ferns and Orchids and Hothouse Plants mostly provided by the  Gardeners of  the Local Wealthy families such as John Hope Shaw, Frank Tetley and Lord Londesborough.

……the event was well attended with 2,500 visitors and the amount taken at the door was £72.00!

Elisabeth Bidgood,  retired chairman of the Leeds Horticultural Society, designed the layout and decor of the Marquee .She researched and grew plants which  replicated those mentioned in the reports.  She  enlisted the help of experts and  even had a donation of terracotta pots from Naylors – Yorkshire Flowerpots at Barnsley to give the plants an authentic appearance.The Marquee was a great success and drew much praise and attention.

 

 

 

Archive : Tuesday 7th September

Autumn Show and Demonstration


The last show is often the best with an abundance of fruit and vegetables.

Autumn colours are lovely to see and flowers are usually having a last flush before the weather changes.

Look at the Schedule on your events card and I’m sure you will find something to bring along. It may also be 4 Cheese Scones.

Usual Raffle, tea and coffee.

(Meetings are held in St. Chad’s Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds. Meetings start at 8pm prompt.)


Extracts from – The Leeds Gardener Quarterly Bulletin – Editor Viv Caunt.

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