Surrey Horticultural Federation Summer 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the Surrey Horticultural Federation Summer Newsletter 2022!

I hope this message finds you all surrounded by flowers and home-grown fruit and vegetables, and enjoying a lovely summer.

Phyllis Tuckwell Open Gardens

The Phyllis Tuckwell Open Gardens event is currently in progress, with gardens to visit throughout July and August. You can find out more and download the brochure (which lists the gardens that you can visit) at https://pth.org.uk/open-gardens-2022.

If you would like to open your garden for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in 2023, please click on the link above – complete the online form and one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s fundraisers will be in touch.

East Surrey Groups Meeting

On the 26th March 2022, the Surrey Horticultural Federation’s clubs and societies that are based in East Surrey met up at the Methodist Church Hall, in Redhill for a special meeting to share ideas on how to encourage and support their members.

Those in attendance were:  Janet Arm (Chair of SHF); Debbie Fox (Chair GR); Karen Murray (Secretary GR); Gina Hewitt (Committee Member GR and Merstham HS); Pauline Bier (Wallington, Carshalton & Beddington HS); Dave Pilgrim (Merstham HS); Lucy Halahan (Leigh & District HS); Janet Manning (Caterham & District HS); Jilly Ball (Hurst Green Gardening Club); Diana Beck (Banstead HS); Morag Roulston (Limpsfield, Oxted and District HS).

Apologies:  Nutfield Gardening Society; Bletchingley HS; Sanderstead HS; Godstone Gardeners’ Club; Ewell Horticultural Assoc.; Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth HS.

Debbie Fox welcomed everyone and introduced Janet Arm, Chair of the Surrey Horticultural Federation who chaired the meeting.  Those present introduced themselves and the group they represented.  Each group member was given time to give an overview of their club or society, detailing the number of members that they have, how they fared over the pandemic, their greatest achievements and any difficulties they face.  Those in attendance discussed the events they hold, how they keep in touch with their members, whether they used zoom or held online events, their typical annual programme, what talks or shows they have arranged, any difficulties they experience and the successes they enjoyed had to date.

A discussion about technical IT support revealed that some clubs have committee members that are able to help with IT but others are don’t have this expertise.  Everyone felt that they really needed help in this area.  It was suggested that groups talk to The Volunteer Centres and offer a volunteer role for an IT assistant.

Debbie Fox closed the meeting, noting that some clubs are growing their memberships. She thanked Karen Murray for note taking.

Next steps
  • Those with policies, such as on GDPR and roles and responsibilities (Banstead HS), to share them via the SHF/ Growing Redhill.
  • Each club to make progress on sources of IT know-how e.g., approach Volunteer Centres that may offer training or enable recruitment of volunteer IT assistance.
  • The group will meet again in 6 months’ time: proposed dates: 24th September 2022; 8th or 15th October 2022.

Sad News

The Surrey Horticultural Federation is sorry to report that the wife of our auditor, John Manches, sadly passed away recently.  The funeral was held on Wednesday 8thJune 2022, and the Federation was represented by Kathy Deaville.  Our condolences have been given to John.

We have also just heard of the death of well-known judge and lecturer, David (Dusty) Miller.  Dusty was a member of Guildford Fuchsia Group.  Dusty had a passion for pelargoniums and fuchsias; he was delighted to pass on his knowledge of these plants to clubs when lecturing or judging.  Dusty was a great supporter of the Federation, and a committee member for several years.  The Federation has passed on their condolences to David’s family.  Dusty Miller’s funeral takes place on the 12th July 2022.  For more details, please click here.

SHF 2022 Club Subscriptions

Many thanks to all those clubs who have paid their 2022 subscription. If you still haven’t renewed your membership for 2022, we would appreciate payment ASAP.  Surrey Horticultural Federation membership is incredibly good value at just £10 per year, for each club or society. You can find details of how to renew on the website: https://surreyhorticulturalfederation.org/news/membership-renewal/ or email our Treasurer, Katharine Deaville, kathy.deaville@gmail.com.

Publicising Your Events

I would be delighted to advertise all of the Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs and societies’ events on the Surrey Horticultural Federation’s website.  The Surrey Horticultural Federation’s website is exclusively for our members’ events.

Please email me (beth@pumpkinbeth.com) the details of your upcoming events. To publicise your event successfully, I need to know:

  • What kind of event it is?
  • Where your event will be held?
  • What time it starts?
  • Is your event free for members?
  • How much will it cost non-members to attend?

Please note that we only publicise events for Societies, Clubs, Groups, & Associations that are members of the Surrey Horticultural Federation – so if you haven’t renewed your 2022 membership, please do so – here’s the form: https://surreyhorticulturalfederation.org/news/membership-renewal/

Upcoming Events

The Surrey Horticultural Federation’s website has an events page that lists the events for all Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs.  I update the website regularly; it is the best source to find talks and other events for clubs across Surrey.  Below is a list of events scheduled for the next few months (see our calendar in full here).

Please keep the speaker feedback confidential within your committee – do not publish this information online, but do please share the rest of this email with your members.

I wish you and all your members a very happy growing season ahead.

Best wishes to you all
Beth

Beth Otway
Website and Events Secretary
beth@pumpkinbeth.com
Surrey Horticultural Federation
www.surreyhorticulturalfederation.org

June 2022
Tue 28-Jun-2022 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Garden Visit to Parsonage Farm Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
July 2022
Fri 1-Jul-2022 Plants for All Year Interest: a talk by Ray Broughton Lightwater Gardening Club Ms. Lynn Bull 01276-502497
Sat 2-Jul-2022 Ewell Horticultural Association Summer Show Ewell Horticultural Association Ms. Lynne Mason 0208-393-9257
Sat 2-Jul-2022 Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Early Summer Show Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Mr. K.G.Lewis 01737-210707
Sat 2-Jul-2022 Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Summer Show Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mrs. Maggie Wright 01428-715304
Mon 4-Jul-2022 Ash Parish Garden Club’s Summer Show Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Thu 7-Jul-2022 Flower Arranging Demonstration Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Sat 9-Jul-2022 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Summer Show Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 01483-271812
Sat 9-Jul-2022 Grayshott Gardeners’ Summer Show Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Sat 9-Jul-2022 My Life in Gardening: a talk by Pippa Greenwood Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
Tue 12-Jul-2022 Little Trees & Misconceptions about Bonsai: a talk by Chris Rhodes Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Wed 13-Jul-2022 Beautiful Buddlejas: a talk by Peter Moore Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Sat 16-Jul-2022 Ashtead Horticultural Society Summer Show Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Sat 16-Jul-2022 Wood Street Village Show Wood Street Village Horticultural Society Mr. Derrick Hoath 07930-317048
Tue 19-Jul-2022 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Garden Visit to the Old Vicarage Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Wed 20-Jul-2022 Woodland Industries in Southern England a talk by Tim Winter Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Wed 20-Jul-2022 Herbs, History & Growing Care: a talk by Belinda Allen Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Sat 23-Jul-2022 Banstead Horticultural Society Summer Show Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
August 2022
Thu 4-Aug-2022 Floral Workshop Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Sat 6-Aug-2022 Shamley Green Gardening Club Annual Flower Show Shamley Green Gardening Club Mrs. A. Tomkins 01483-892114
Tue 9-Aug-2022 Worpleson Garden Club’s Summer Show & Social Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Wed 10-Aug-2022 The Secret History of Vegetables: a talk by Martyn Cox Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Thu 11-Aug-2022 Heavenly Hostas: a talk by John Baker Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Mon 15-Aug-2022 Bugs & Bug Control: a talk by Alan Horgan Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Sat 20-Aug-2022 Warlingham & District Horticultural Society Annual Show Warlingham & District Horticultural Society Mr. Richard Bransby 01883 623839
Sat 20-Aug-2022 Shepperton Horticultural Association Autumn Show Shepperton Horticultural Association Mrs. Jill Greenwood 01932-223116
Sun 21-Aug-2022 Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Denbies Wine Estate Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
September 2022
Thu 1-Sep-2022 Flower Arranging Demonstration Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Thu 1-Sep-2022 Growing for the Kitchen: a talk by Paul Patton Shamley Green Gardening Club Mrs. A. Tomkins 01483-892114
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Ashtead Horticultural Society Autumn Show Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Wonersh & District Garden Club’s Autumn Show Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Merrow Horticultural Society Annual Show Merrow Horticultural Society Ms. Veronica Plested 01483-569498
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Thursley Horticultural Society Autumn Show Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
Sat 3-Sep-2022 Onslow Village Garden Club’s 76th Annual Show Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Mon 5-Sep-2022 Plants that Changed History Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Thu 8-Sep-2022 Fascinating Fungi: Our Friends Or Foes a talk by Dr. Peter Herring Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Thu 8-Sep-2022 Egham Gardens & Allotment Association: The Autumn Show Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Late Summer Show Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Mr. K.G.Lewis 01737-210707
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Autumn Show Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mrs. Maggie Wright 01428-715304
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Autumn Show Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 01483-271812
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Nettle Workshop – Extracting Nettle Fibre for Textile Use Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Main Horticultural Show Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Witley Gardening Association Autumn Show Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox 01428 684883
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Leatherhead Horticultural Society Annual Show Leatherhead Horticultural Society Mr. Euan Niven 01372-279079
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Banstead Horticultural Society Autumn Show Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Autumn Flower Show Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Sat 10-Sep-2022 Ash Parish Garden Club’s Autumn Show Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Tue 13-Sep-2022 Late Summer Flowers & Grasses: a talk by Marina Christopher Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Wed 14-Sep-2022 The New Gardens at RHS Hilltop by Ann-Marie Powell Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 14-Sep-2022 Small Space Big Ideas: a talk by Simon Horrill Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Wed 14-Sep-2022 Growing Apples & Pears on the Allotment: a talk by Gerry Edwards National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association Beth Otway
Thu 15-Sep-2022 Tree Planting & Aftercare: a Talk by Pamela Holt Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mrs. Maggie Wright 01428-715304
Sat 17-Sep-2022 Ewell Horticultural Association Autumn Show Ewell Horticultural Association Ms. Lynne Mason 0208-393-9257
Sat 17-Sep-2022 Chobham Allotment & Horticultural Society Show Chobham Allotment and Horticultural Society Mrs. Susan Hallam 01276-858653
Mon 19-Sep-2022 Pelargoniums: a talk by Roger Butler Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Wed 21-Sep-2022 Lakeside Gardens of Northern Italy: a talk by Pamela Holt Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Missi Kasahara 7590-267-807
Wed 21-Sep-2022 Fascinating Fungi: Friend or Foe? A talk by Dr Peter Herring Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Thu 22-Sep-2022 Millais Nurseries a talk by David Millais Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
Tue 27-Sep-2022 Withypitts Dahlias followed by AGM & Cheese & Wine Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox 01428 684883
Tue 27-Sep-2022 Poisonous Plants: a talk by Russell Bowes Shamley Green Gardening Club Mrs. A. Tomkins 01483-892114
Wed 28-Sep-2022 An Almost A-Z of Good Garden Plants: a talk by Mark Saunders Haslemere Gardening Society

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