Welcome to the Bovingdon & District Horticultural Society website

This website is dedicated to the promotion of all things horticultural in the Bovingdon District. We aim to promote the activities of the Society with our semi competitive flower shows and other activities including specialist lectures, trips and other events.

Please have a look around this website and you will see there is a lot of information and activity of a Horticultural nature. We do hope you will find it informative and that you will be enticed to join our society and compete in our shows. 

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Gardening in Bovingdon & the

local area during Covid - 19

During these uncertain times, gardening can be a great leveller for us all and we are sure that many of you have taken advantage to get out there and work on your gardens in the past few weeks. However with the garden centres now closed and our bulk order come and gone (just in time) people are wondering where they can get new plants and supplies. 

Well your intrepid committee are to the rescue hopefully and have sourced local suppliers who can help you find what you want. The following is a list of local wholesalers and other sellers who can help you !!

Mike Leon who runs our ever popular Plant Sale normally in May and is an avid grower of many seedlings you buy from there, is sowing vegetables for collection later in the season. If you want to place orders with him please mail mike - email@micleon.co.uk

"I have ready Broad Beans ( Bunyards Exhibition ) A half tray of 12 plants-£2.00.  Also John North will have Sweet Peas available shortly.  £5 per dozen. I will have other Veg/Herbs/Cosmos plants available but not quite yet."

Garden Scene Nursery in Stony Lane, Chipperfield.

They have bedding plants and they can deliver. 07555 024864   mail@garden-scene.co.uk

Bryants Nurseries, Water Lane, Bovingdon
Fresh locally grown flowers and vegetable plants. Free Delivery - aiming to dispatch orders with 5-7 days.  https://bryants-retail.myshopify.com/

Van Hage Chenies, Chenies, Chorleywood 

They are doing a delivery service locally (not free to Bovingdon) mainly for composts, I believe you can do a phone order and collect Monday to Friday as well.  Call 01494 764545 / 01494 546737. This line will be available from 9:30am to 4:30pm 

Home Farm Plants, Bovingdon.

Many Members will remember Graham Austin’s excellent talk on Delphiniums last year  His nursery will be open for business for orders of over £20.

Orders can be made by phone or email, payment by credit card, and Graham will deliver to addresses in local villages. Apart from his specialty – Elatum Delphiniums – there is a wide range of perennial plants available and hanging baskets will be in stock from the end of May.

Contact Graham on 07773798068, email enquiries@homefarmplants.co.uk or consult the website on www.homefarmplants.co.uk

The Mediterranean Nursery

Debbie and Stuart are offering a local home delivery service. Contact them on debbie.oastler@outlook.com or 01442 832482. This is their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The-Mediterranean-Nursery-221282581398054/


Planting Potatoes

As potato planting season is upon us, have a look at the new article on our hints and tips tab, its worth a read



If you join the society you can take part in all our shows and events in 2020

 Membership for your entire household is just £5 for the whole year !!

2020 Yearbook


The 2020 yearbook is now available with all our show class entries and other information.


Please contact the membership secretary if you would like to join the society and we will then deliver your copy and your new membership card 


Time to think about your entries for the SUMMER 2020 SHOW

(SuBject to government restrictions)


Saturday 27th June 2020

Bovingdon Memorial Hall

Entries from 8:30am, Judging 10am

Viewing from 2:30 pm


Entries before 12 noon 25th June 

via Jarman’s, High Street, Bovingdon

or you can enter online 


What to do now...


Keep on top of garden and greenhouse jobs with the help of these monthly checklists.



  • Sow hardy annuals, such as love-in-a-mist and pot marigolds, as well as native wildflowers, into gaps in borders

  • Enjoy instant colour by planting primulas and polyanthus in pots and at the front of borders

  • Protect the new shoots of hostas, delphiniums, lupins and other vulnerable plants from slugs and snails

  • Continue deadheading spring bulbs and bedding, so they don't waste energy setting seed

  • Plant pineapple lily (eucomis) bulbs in pots for exotic-looking summer flowers

  • Sow sweet peas at the base of supports, and transplant those sown in autumn into their final positions

  • Spray the new leaves of disease-prone roses with fungicide to control mildew, rust and blackspot

  • Take basal cuttings from clumps of perennials, such as delphiniums, campanulas and lupins

  • Prune hydrangeas, cutting back the old stems to a healthy shoot lower down

  • Reinvigorate mature clumps of hardy perennials, such as hostas, asters and daylilies, by dividing and replanting

  • Sow sunflowers in a sunny, open site, then water regularly and protect seedlings from slugs and snails

  • Check for aphids on roses and rub them off before they develop into major infestations

  • Add aquatic plants, such as waterlilies and irises, to garden ponds

Fruit and veg 

  • Plant second-early and maincrop potatoes

  • Place cardboard collars around the stems of brassicas to deter cabbage root fly from laying their eggs

  • Pinch out the tips of broad beans if they're covered in aphids, or spray shoots with soap-based solution

  • Sow outdoor varieties of tomatoes, chillies and courgettes in pots, so they're ready to plant out in late May or June

  • Divide clumps of hardy herbs, such as lemon balm and chives, then replant in pots, borders or a dedicated herb bed

  • Sow small batches of rocket and other easy salad leaves

  • Continue planting bare-root asparagus crowns and Jerusalem artichoke tubers

  • Sow flowering companions in the veg plot, such as pot marigolds and borage

  • Continue planting batches of garlic, shallots and onions every few weeks to extend the cropping period

  • Sow herbs such as parsley, coriander, dill and chamomile in a sunny bed or container

  • Protect emerging seedlings from slugs and snails

  • Sow fast-growing crops, such as radishes, to make the most of any temporary gaps


  • Prick out seedlings growing in pots and trays as soon as they produce their first true leaves

  • Sow sweet peas in deep pots and keep them frost-free in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill

  • Start feeding houseplants once a week with liquid fertiliser, continuing through to autumn

  • Sow quick-growing microgreens, such as kale and mustard, for nutrient-rich pickings in just a few weeks

  • Transplant greenhouse tomatoes into growing bags or large containers and tie in the stems to supports

  • Plant up hanging baskets and pots with summer bedding, but keep indoors until after the last frost

  • Sow herbs in pots or trays, including basil, chives, parsley, fennel and coriander

  • Thin out heavy fruit sets on peaches and nectarines, leaving fruits about 10cm apart

  • Sow runner beans, French beans, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins and sweetcorn in pots

  • Pinch out the shoot tips of fuchsias to develop bushier plants

  • Attach guttering to the greenhouse and install a water butt, so you can make good use of April showers

  • Clean greenhouse glazing to let in as much light as possible

  • Maintain good plant hygiene, picking off faded blooms and dead leaves before fungal diseases can take hold

  • Open greenhouse doors and vents on warm days, or install automatic vent openers, to improve air circulation

Garden maintenance

  • Put a bag of barley straw in ponds to discourage algae and keep the water clear all summer

  • Lay turf or sow grass seed to create a new lawn or repair damaged patches

  • Cut back tatty old fern fronds to make way for new ones that are starting to unfurl

  • Keep cloches or large sheets of fleece handy to protect young plants if late frost is forecast

  • Cut away unwanted suckers growing around the base of trees and shrubs

  • Hoe between rows of veg seedlings regularly, as weeds grow rapidly at this time of year

  • Remove moss and weeds in turf, and boost growth with a nitrogen-rich lawn feed

  • Check that guttering on sheds and greenhouses is clear of debris, so that April showers will fill up water butts

  • Add new aquatic plants to ponds and divide established plants that have outgrown their baskets

  • Put pumps and fountains back into ponds, thoroughly cleaning the filters first 

  • Treat problem weeds, such as nettles and brambles

  • Look out for clusters of aphids on shoot tips and young leaves, and wipe off before they multiply 

  • Keep putting out food for birds, as they're busy raising their broods

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