Spring Newsletter 2018

The SHF Spring Talk

TONY KIRKHAM, Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with his talk
‘Trees, a cut above the rest’

NORMANDY VILLAGE HALL, GLAZIERS LANE, NORMANDY, GUILDFORD, GU3 2DT Just off the A 323 Guildford Aldershot road at Normandy, turn into Glaziers Lane, 500 yds on left (Manor Fruit Farm)

Did you see Tony with Judi Dench on TV talking about the trees in her garden? Advance Tickets (to include tea and biscuits) £7.50 for members, £10 for visitors, available from SHF Secretary Janet Arm (address above) – phone or email to book yours now as all tickets on the day will be £10. Please make cheques payable to Surrey Horticultural Federation and enclose s.a.e

GARDEN VISIT 2018 – Sunday 24th June, 2.00 – 4.30 pm

We are very pleased to advise that we have been able to arrange a visit to Shalford House, Kingsley Green, West Sussex GU27 3LW (just over the border near Haslemere, off the A286 towards Midhurst). Poster available soon, but PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW!

Owned by Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis since 1991, when the grounds were covered with fir trees and overgrown chestnut coppices, some 1500 trees were removed and garden designer Sally Court was called in to create the layout and planting plan. Set on a south facing slope, a retaining wall was built to allow a flat lawn from the house, a stream put in down to the existing pond and fresh soil brought in for new garden beds. New areas were created including sunken and terrace gardens, and pergolas added to give shape and form.
Later developments include a prairie garden with waves of grasses and perennials, as well as a 30 acre arboretum of mostly native trees. Head Gardener James Stevenson says ‘ We develop things together, but I like interesting plants and overall effects of bold combinations of flowers’.

The garden is open through the NGS a couple of times a year, but they have offered to open it specially for the Surrey Federation on this day – a charge will be made to go to a charity of Sir Vernon’s choice.


Several clubs have some ‘big-name’ speakers coming to them soon, and tickets are available for visitors as follows:-

  • Shamley Green – Tuesday 6th March. An Evening with Fergus Garrett – Head Gardener at Great Dixter – At The Arbuthnot Hall, Shamley Green GU5 0UA Tickets £10 each , email: aurelletomkins@gmail.com or phone 01483-892114
  • Ewhurst –Wednesday 7th March – “First Rate Perennials”, The Val Bourne talk (award winning writer, organic gardener and plantaholic.) Ewhurst Village Hall, visitors £10 each from tickets@ewhursthortsoc.org or 01483-271812
  • National Vegetable Society Surrey Branch – Wednesday 14th March.” Successional Sowing & No Dig Gardening” with Charles Dowding (Teacher, author, appears on TV & radio) East Horsley Village Hall KT24 6QT (contact Sally Coleman on 0208-399-8809) members free, visitors £5 each.
  • Milford – Tuesday 27th March – Chris Beardshaw with The English Garden, at the Wilfred Noyce Centre, Godalming. Tickets £10 each online at www.milfordhortsociety.org or from Lee Roberts, 12 Hawthorn Road, Godalming, GU7 2NE
  • SHOW: The Mid Southern Daffodil Show is being held on Sunday 25th 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.

If your event isn’t on our website, then perhaps you need to get your events sheet to Secretary Janet Arm, and you can also fill in the form directly onto our website (Click on Events, then submitting events.)


We are very pleased to welcome two more clubs to the Federation, who are Aldershot Floral Design Club, and North Warnborough and District. Their events are now listed on the website, and this brings the total number of clubs within the Federation to 95 which is a new record!


Please note the following:- Peter Almond – email address should have .uk at the end, so p.almond@homail.co.uk Both flower arranging judges Pauline Crook and Joan Owen have sadly died.


Many thanks to most clubs who have already paid their subscription. The invoice went out with the last two newsletters, so if you can’t find it please let our Secretary know. The price is still £10, so we would appreciate this as soon as possible.
Several clubs who sent their subscription early have not sent an events list yet. Please see note at the bottom of the previous page about the new Data Protection Act. We do not put your email addresses on the website unless requested.


The SHF is affiliated to several of the bigger societies, i.e. Chrysanthemum, Sweet Pea, Daffodil etc. but we also have a long list of both large and smaller groups. If you have a club member who would like to know more about a specialist club, please let us know and see if we can put you in touch with a local group. I expect most of you have a list of exclusive garden visits organized by Perennial – if not please contact them at www.perennial.org.uk/events. They also have a speaker list.

Do you have a Trading Hut – if so Fargro Ltd. have their new allotment society price list out. Contact them at www.fargro.co.uk or phone 01903-721591.


For those of you who like large Garden Shows, there will be a big new one this year at Ascot Racecourse. This is aimed at keen gardeners and plants people, and will include 35 Specialist Plant Nurseries, 6 Show Gardens by professional designers and a further 6 built by college students as part of the TV Young Gardeners of the Year competition, as well as the usual trade stands and speakers. Tickets are £20 if booked in advance and £24 on the day.


If your club hasn’t visited Loseley Park near Guildford, they have lots of details on their Visitor Guides, or Guided Garden Tours leaflet – they also can cater for groups of 10+ if pre-booked. The Spring Show is on the dates above, and for all information phone 01483-304440 or see their website www.loseleypark.co.uk


Fridays 1st June, and 19th Oct.


Normandy Village Hall, Sunday 28th October, 2.30 pm

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