GOOD NEWS With the lifting of Covid restrictions we are now delighted to be opening our Exibition Hall and currently have two exhibitions scheduled for 2021. See Events page.
September edition of Hampshire Country Gardener
Hot off the press the September edition of The Hampshire Country Gardener, has now been published and is available from the Physic Garden. It may then be collected from the office or when this is closed from the rack in the archway. The magazine is popular with its 40 colourful pages packed with interesting articles, photos and good advice. Topics this month include articles on dealing with saving the bumble bee, propagating houseplants and how to store apples properly. It also lists gardens open in September under the NGS scheme including 108 Heath Road, Petersfield open on Sunday 12th from 2.00pm-5.30pm.
With its collections of regular features, good advice, readers's letters and Hampshire events it makes an excellent read.
This is a free magazine which is now printed in Somerset and covers five areas Devon, Dorset, Somerset, The Cotswolds and Hampshire. The publication which aims to give quality information about gardening and garden events in and around the area covers is an essential magazine for enthusiastic gardeners.
Lucky escape for a Hidden Rock
A Hidden Rock secreted away in the long grass of the orchard nearly met with an accident recently. Our gardener John was busy at work cutting the grass with a strimmer when he hit the unfortunate stone causing a chip in the paintwork. Fortunately the mowing machine was not chosen for this task as a much more serious accident might have occured damaging both rock, mower and even injuring the worker.
We like to think of people, especially children, hunting for the rocks but when hiding them please do not put them in the long grass.
New President for Hampshire Gardens' Trust
TV gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh is now the new President of the Trust. He is taking over from Gilly Drummond who has held this position since 2010. Trust chairman, Ted Wake, thanked Mrs Drummond for her extraordinary work over the years and said that the Hampshire Gardens' Trust was fortunate in having Mr Titchmarsh, who is one of the most respected and popular gardening gurus in the UK, to replace her.
Volunteers of the Physic Garden were rewarded for all their efforts during the pandemic with an evening party on Midsummer's day. Work in the Garden continued during the first lockdown behind locked doors but once restrictions allowed, it was decided to allow the public entry whilst volunteers continued to tend the area.
Party guests were able to benefit from the peaceful summer garden, chat together and enjoy drinks and tempting refreshments. They recieved thanks from chaiman, Lewis Kent, who said how many people had expressed their appreciation in having a lovely place open to escape to, most especially during lockdown days.
Congleton Bath House and Physic Garden
We have recently had contact from this Garden which although a fair distance from Petersfield sounds an interesting place to visit and like us makes no charge!
Tucked away in the heart of Congleton is a Georgian Bath House set in its own grounds where a Physic Garden has recently been created.
Please have a look at their website which shows some lovely pictures and tells of the work they are engaged in which in many ways is similar to what we are trying to achieve.
Spring weather has given the beady eyed Hidden Rock enthusiats plenty of opportunity to hide and seek an assortment of attractively painted stones in the many nooks and crannies in the Garden. Trophies should be reported on the Facebook page before they are left in a new hiding place.
Car Wash News
The Physic Garden and the “Car Spa”.
As many of you are aware planning permission was granted in June of last year for a car washing business within the Central Car Park; but as a result of the Covid pandemic it has been largely inactive. It is only very recently that it started up again. It is an unfortunate fact that as no objections were received prior to planning permission being granted our scope for remedial action has always been very limited. Nevertheless we followed up at length both with the East Hants District Council (EHDC) and the South Downs National Parks Authority (SDNPA). It is important to remember that the EHDC act as agents for the SDNPA who are ultimately responsible for planning decisions within the Park.
Early on in this prolonged investigation the EHDC made specific assurances that the lease for the business operation would be restricted to two years and the noise coming from it would be closely monitored. Unfortunately neither of these assurances were kept to.
The matter was raised at some length with the SDNPA who admitted at the outset that the planning process could have been better handled. However as noted above once planning permission had been granted our scope for any remedial action was extremely limited. Under pressure though the SDNPA have now committed to monitoring the noise in order to endure that it does not become a nuisance either to the Garden of neighbouring residences. At the moment that is the best we can hope for.
If you do find the noise excessively intrusive whilst you are in the Garden then do please bring it to our attention. We can then alert the SDNPA.
During lockdown our volunteer plant growers have gone into lockdown and have produced a large number of good quality plants for sale. These have proved very popular with visitors BUT HAVE LEFT US VERY SHORT OF PLANT POTS.
We would there be very grateful for any donations please. Any of your unwanted pots would be very much appreciated but 3inch - 0r 7.5cm would be especially useful.
Our Plants for Sale Table
Jenny Hill Lecture - Petersfield Physic GardenJenny Hill's recent Zoom lecture about the Garden on behalf of the Hampshire Gardens Trust met with an enthusiastic audience with over 60 people logging in
Jenny Hill is the Garden Manager of the Petersfield Physic Garden and has been a volunteer working in the Garden for the past 15 years. She has a very good knowledge of the history of the Garden and of the plants growing in it.
She is an experienced speaker and was able to reveal many of the little known aspects of the Garden and especially the mediaeval aspects of the herb usage a subject in which she specialises.
Country Farmers Showdown - BBC Programme
A repeat of the Country Farmers Showdown may be viewed on BBC iPlayer (19th January). The programme largely focusses on the Petersfield Farmers's Market but has a short look round the Physic Garden. The article below tells the tale of the filming:
A sunny Sunday September afternoon saw the Garden hosting Diccon Green and his team filming for an edition of the 5th series of the BBC programme 'The Farmer's Country Showdown'. The team were in Petersfield primarily to film the Farmer's Market and cited the Physic Garden as an additional place of interest to provide a little feature which the producers call 'the breakout story'. Having had advanced warning of the event the gardeners had been very busy tidyng the Garden so it looked immaculate for the event.
The photoraph shows Jenny Hill, the Garden manager being interviewed for the programme.
Petersfield Community Radio visits the Garden - January 2020
Jenny and Claire during the recording session
The Physic Garden was invited to host Petersfield Community Radio group in the recording of one of their weekly podcasts. In this edition Jenny Hill, Garden Manager can be heard speaking about the Garden in an interview with Claire Vennis to produce the P pod podcast. This can be heard by following the link below.