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2017 Show a Great Success!

Jobs for January


Harrow in LEAF

Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch

Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring

Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already

Disperse worm casts in lawns

Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out

Prune apple and pear trees

Start forcing rhubarb

Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds

Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl


Exhibitors, judges and visitors all commented how much they enjoyed our show this year.  I know that it does take quite a bit of effort by many people to put on such a spectacular event.  It is appreciated and I would like say a big thank you to all involved.  The number and quality of exhibits was excellent and it attracted more visitors this year.  To all who won trophies and awards – congratulations.

But it is not all about competing.  First and foremost, it is a show and a great opportunity to share the results of whatever you have been doing or growing this year with others.  I was really pleased that so many exhibitors were willing to have a go and enter an exhibit to share with us this year.  I’m sure if you were a first-time exhibitor you have learnt that bringing an exhibit to show and share with us is not as daunting as you may have first thought.  I hope you found it informative, inspirational and fun. But most of all you have taken part and without exhibitors we wouldn’t be able to have a show at all.  So, a special thank you to all the exhibitors who ensure that our show is so spectacular for the visitors.

The Show Committee will now be planning for 2018. We would love to hear any suggestions you have before we publish the schedule next year.


HiL Guide to Showing

Digging In, Summer newsletter


2017 Show Results



Founded 1939 it is situated on the Newton Park West site alongside the park in Rayners Lane. Pedestrian entrance is by 321 Alexandra Ave just downhill of the Drake Road junction. Loading access for bulky items/large orders is via the access road by 1 Drake Road.

Open two hours every Sunday morning from 10.30 am to 12.30pm it stocks a wide selection of all the consumables any gardener usually requires sold at very competitive prices. Whether you want seeds, pots, composts, foods or poisons, netting, ground cover, hose adaptors or a whole host of many other items, it is always worth checking us out first.

In season we also stock bulbs and tubers such as daffodils, tulips, crocii, hyacinths, gladiolas, potatoes, onions (main and Autumn/japanese) etc..

Gardening advice of course is always freely available (and sometimes too freely available!).