Early Spring Newsletter 2017

GARDEN VISIT 2017 – Sunday 18th June, 2.00 – 4.30 pm

We have persuaded the owners of Greenhills House, Tilford to open their 3 acre walled garden and grounds for us.
These gardens have never been opened to the public before, and over the past few years the owners have created several gardens within a garden, including a formal terrace, a rose garden, Italian garden, wildflower meadow with fruit trees, a dry garden and a wooded area. This is a one-off chance to see these lovely gardens – entrance is free to all members of clubs within the Surrey Horticultural Federation – but there will be a collection for the owners chosen charity.

Closer to the time we will be asking for approximate numbers so we know how many cups of tea to provide, but please put this event in your diaries and start telling your members about it.

Greenhills is to the south of the lovely village of Tilford. From the green take the Tilford Road towards Hindhead, pass the Duke of Cambridge on the left, then look for the wooden sign to the Greenhills Rural Enterprise Centre on the right. Turn into this long drive, and parking signs will be in place on the day. It would be great to have lots of visitors!


Because our website is for club events only we don’t put on any commercial ventures, but if any of your clubs members are interested there are several training courses and day schools available which might be suitable. We suggest you contact the following who have a wide range suitable for all abilities:-

Tracey Bull, Surrey Hills Gardening School, Chilworth, Guildford. Email tjcdbull@waitrose.com or visit their website www.surreyhillsgardeningschool.co.uk
Penny Sydenham, West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, W.Sussex PO18 0QZ penny.sydenham@westdean.org.uk

If you would prefer to take it one stage further and volunteer to work in the RHS Gardens, Wisley, then contact Alexis Pym, Education and Learning Manager, RHS Wisley on 01483-479750 Email: alexispym@rhs.org.uk


Several clubs have some ‘big-name’ speakers coming to them in the next couple of weeks, including Chris Beardshaw at Shamley Green – sorry but tickets sold out for this one! However, there are some good alternatives, including on

9th March both Charles Dowding at Dockenfield talking about his No-Dig method of gardening (Contact Dan Bosence on 01252-792442); and on the same night world champion Vegetable Grower Sherie Plumb talking to the National Vegetable Society Surrey branch at East Horsley Village Hall (contact Sally Coleman on 0208-399-8809) guests £3 each, then on 16th March Bob Flowerdew is coming to Witley – contact Catherine Bullock on 01428-612752. Tickets £10 each.

Fancy something different? On 11th April Ewell Garden Society have Julien Ford Huxley speaking about Birds of Prey, and he will bringing some live birds with him! This is at Bourne Hall, Ewell, from 8 pm. Contact Lynne Mason 0208-393-9257

Do you like Daffodils? The Mid Southern Daffodil Show is being held on Sunday 26th March, at Cobham Village Hall, and if you would like to try showing then there are classes for novices as well as experts. Contact Alex Burke (Secretary) for a schedule on 01189-667900, or go along and have a look from 2.30-4.30 pm.

Loseley Spring Garden Show is on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April, entrance £3.50 for adults and then the gardens open from May 1st. Details on their website www.loseleypark.co.uk


Thursday March 2nd, and Fridays 2nd June, 20th Oct. and 1st December


Normandy Village Hall, Sunday 29th October. More details here.

OBITUARY: Jenny Hennessey (nee Worsfold)

We are sad to report the death of Jenny last December. In the 1980’s she was on the committee of the SHF and judged at exhibited at many shows. She was the first Education officer of the RHS at Wisley, set up the Guild of Horticultural Judges in Gloucestershire and became Vice Chairman at Pershore college. Her local club was Lightwater, and with them she helped get a Silver Gilt at Chelsea. Our sympathy goes to her husband Roger.

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