Hello and welcome to the Surrey Horticultural Federation New Year Newsletter! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you and all the members of your clubs and societies a very happy new year.
Take Action: Renew Your Club or Society’s Membership of the Surrey Horticultural Federation Now!
If you’ve not done so already, it’s time to renew your Club or Society’s Membership of the Surrey Horticultural Federation. Membership runs from 1st January 2023 until the end of December 2023. If you receive this newsletter via email I’ve attached an invoice to this email. Here’s a link to the Surrey Horticultural Federation invoice, please send the invoice to your Treasurer to pay as soon as possible – thank you!
Welcome to The Reigate Flower Club!
We are thrilled to welcome Reigate Flower Club as a new member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation! We hope that Reigate Flower Club will inspire your committees and club and society members to enter their flower arrangements at the spring and summer Flower Shows! If you’re looking for floral inspiration, check out The Reigate Flower Club’s fantastic programme of demonstrations for 2023 by clicking here.
Surrey Horticultural Federation Quiz
Back in November we held our Surrey Horticultural Federation Quiz and AGM; our President Daphne Foulsham opened the afternoon meeting by welcoming representatives from 84 Horticultural Societies and gardening clubs, including these clubs and societies’ quiz teams.
Twenty teams took part in the Surrey Horticultural Federation Quiz. Thanks to our fantastic Quizmaster, John Negus. It was a good contest, with most clubs scoring well, and ended in a win for the Hardy Plant Society’s 1st Team, 2nd place for Plant Heritage’s 2nd Team, with the Hardy Plant Society’s 2nd Team in 3rd place!
The final scores and leader board was as follows….
1st Place: Hardy Plant Society SCG 1st Team, Score: 69, Prize: £30
2nd Place: Plant Heritage 2nd Team, Score: 62, Prize: £20
3rd Place: Hardy Plant Society SCG 1st Team, Score: 61, Prize: £10
4th Place: Froyle Gardening Club, Score: 58
5th Place: Ewhurst Horticultural Society, Score: 56
6th Place: Shamley Green Gardening Club, Score: 56
7th Place: Onslow Village Garden Club, Score: 54
8th Place: Plant Heritage 1st Team, Score: 52
9th Place: Ripley & District Horticultural Society, Score: 52
10th Place: Thursley Horticultural Society, Score: 52
Ewhurst Horticultural Society, Score: 50
Tilford Gardening Club, Score: 50
Jacobs Well Garden Club, Score: 47
Merrow Horticultural Society, Score: 45
Elstead Garden Club, Score: 44
Onslow Village Garden Club, Score: 43
Hurst Green Garden Club, Score: 42
Farnham Gardening Society 1st Team, Score: 39
Worplesdon Garden Club, Score: 38
Farnham Gardening Society 2nd Team, Score: 29
Our President, Daphne Foulsham presented the Quiz Trophy and cheques to our winners and the runners-up, and audience prizes were given. Thank you to those who kindly brought raffle prizes.
Find Out More About Growing Redhill
Want to know more about Growing Redhill and help shape their programme in 2023? Contact Debbie Fox, Chair Growing Redhill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07717 678968. Karen Murray, Secretary Growing Redhill Email: email@example.com
Congratulations to Growing Redhill!
Congratulations to Growing Redhill who won a volunteer team award in the Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards 2022!
Merstham Station Planting
Have you seen Growing Redhill‘s ‘shop window’ of planting on Merstham Station? They’ve been gardening there for over a decade. This year was particularly challenging with the heatwave, but plants from family-run Buckland Nurseries Garden Centre in Reigate and homegrown plants by Gina have provided colour all year. Commuters and travellers really appreciate seeing the flowers and plants at the station.
Growing Redhill have planted spring bulbs to areas of the Memorial Park in Redhill, thanks to the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Greenspaces Team. There will be daffodils, alliums, and tulips to add a splash of colour to look forward to this spring.
Growing Redhill Help Merstham Brownies Complete their Gardening Badge
In May and October 2022, Growing Redhill supported the Merstham Brownies as they completed their gardening badge. In October, they helped the Brownies plant spring bulbs in a mini cauldron and design their ideal garden. During their May gardening session, the Brownies potted up ‘Minibel’ tomato plants and sowed beans.
Other highlights this year include:
- Helping people at Redhill Food Club to ‘grow their own’.
- Sponsoring raised beds at St Johns Church, Redhill.
- Hosting a meeting for East Surrey horticultural clubs together with the Surrey Horticultural Federation.
As Growing Redhill head into their 15th year, they have roles available for gardening volunteers and organisers in 2023. If you’d like to lend a hand, or make a donation, please contact Debbie Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Karen Murray (email@example.com).
Thank you to everyone that shared their feedback on the quality of the speakers their club or society had booked. By sharing our feedback privately within the Surrey Horticultural Federation group, we can all improve and maintain the quality of our talks and events. Please note that I email speaker feedback to all the SHF clubs and societies that are members of the Surrey Horticultural Federation, but this feedback is strictly confidential and is not to be published online or shared with anyone outside of the Programme Secretaries and committee members of the Surrey Horticultural Federation member clubs and societies.
Has a speaker given a talk to your society over the past few months? Please share your feedback with the other Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs and societies by emailing me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do You Manage Your Society or Club’s Events?
This week, one member asked me how the other Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs and societies managed their membership records. This particular club uses a combination of an excel spreadsheet and Google contacts. How does your club or society manage their records? Have you found any helpful solutions? Equally important – have you found anything that didn’t work as well as you hoped? Do let us know and I’ll share the results in my next newsletter.
I’ve not tried Member Mojo, but I found them online when I was searching for options to help the member that contacted me – here’s a link: https://membermojo.co.uk/
Publicising Your Club or Society’s Events
If your club or society is a fully paid up member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation, I will be delighted to add your society or club’s events to our website. Please email me email@example.com. To successfully publicise your event, I need to know:
- What date your event takes place.
- What time your event starts.
- Where your event is held.
- What type of event you’re holding? If it’s a talk, please let me know the name of the speaker and their talk title.
- Finally, I need to know the entrance fee for visitors.
Surrey Horticultural Federation Spring Talk with Gardeners’ World Presenter, Adam Frost
Gardeners’ World Presenter, Horticulturist, and Award-Winning Garden Designer, Adam Frost will be our speaker at the Surrey Horticultural Federation Spring Talk at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2023, at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2DT. NB: If you are coming to the SHF Spring Talk, please bring your own drinks with you, as there are restrictions at the hall and we will not be serving drinks at this event.
Tickets for Adam Frost’s talk are £10 for Surrey Horticultural Federation club members, and £15 for visitors. The remaining tickets are available from our Treasurer Katharine Deaville. Please send a cheque made out to Surrey Horticultural Federation and post to Katharine Deaville at 8 Hookley Close, Elstead, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 6JG with an S.A.E. and she will post your tickets to you.
Don’t Miss the Surrey Horticultural Federation Clubs’ & Societies’ Events!
The Surrey Horticultural Federation Clubs & Societies are hosting some wonderful events in 2023. Don’t miss out, see all of the events, by clicking here.
Happy New Year!
On behalf of our Chairperson Janet Arm, Our Membership Secretary and Treasurer Katharine Deaville, and all the Surrey Horticultural Federation Council, I’d like to send you and all your members our very best wishes for a happy new year!
Website & Events Secretary
Surrey Horticultural Federation
If you are a member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation and you have something you would like me to add to my next newsletter, please contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wed 4-Jan-2023||A Gardener’s Life: a talk by Geoff Peach||Brooklands Horticultural Society||Jennifer Tribe|
|Fri 6-Jan-2023||Lightwater Gardening Club AGM & Members Evening||Lightwater Gardening Club||Ms. Lynn Bull||01276-502497|
|Tue 10-Jan-2023||Art is the Flower – Life the Green Leaf: a demonstration by Robin White||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley|
|Thu 12-Jan-2023||Small Space, Big Ideas: a talk by Simon Horrill||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Wed 18-Jan-2023||Tales from the Potting Shed a talk by Jean Griffin||Onslow Village Garden Club||Mrs Anne Bradbeer||01483 563421|
|Wed 18-Jan-2023||Hardy Annuals: a talk by Pamela Holt||Sandhurst & District Gardening Club||Julie Sheppard||07711 056 815|
|Thu 19-Jan-2023||Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society Zoom Talk: Using Roses in the Garden with Michael Marriott||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Wed 25-Jan-2023||Spring Ideas: a talk by Simon Horrill||Horsley Garden Society||Mrs. K. Clifton|
|Thu 26-Jan-2023||Surrey Gardens Trust Zoom Talk: Looking Forwards for Heritage Landscapes with Nigel Dunnett||Surrey Gardens Trust||Sheri Sticpewich|
|Wed 1-Feb-2023||All about Herbs: a talk by Belinda Allen with herb plants and oils for sale||Brooklands Horticultural Society||Jennifer Tribe|
|Fri 3-Feb-2023||For the Love of Snowdrops: a Talk by Lyn Miles||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club||Louise Clubley||01932-347297|
|Fri 3-Feb-2023||Making the Most of What you Have: a talk by Ben Pope||Lightwater Gardening Club||Ms. Lynn Bull||01276-502497|
|Tue 7-Feb-2023||The Modern Kitchen Garden: a talk by Mark Dobell||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Tue 7-Feb-2023||Magnificent Magnolias: a talk by Peter Herring||Ewhurst Horticultural Society||Mrs. Anne Dyball||01483-271812|
|Tue 7-Feb-2023||Confessions of a Gardener: a talk by Alan Sargent||Shamley Green Gardening Club||Mrs. A. Tomkins||01483-892114|
|Wed 8-Feb-2023||Ashtead Common. Past, Present and Future: a talk by Shaun Waddell||Ashtead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Jennie Pilfold||01372-373348|
|Thu 9-Feb-2023||The Lady with the Lamp: a talk by Paul Whittle||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Fri 10-Feb-2023||A Kinder, Greener way to Garden: at talk by David Hide, Biological Control Specialist||Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society||Jean Griffin|
|Sat 11-Feb-2023||National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association AGM||National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association||Beth Otway|
|Mon 13-Feb-2023||A talk by David Millais from Millais Nurseries, Churt.||Shalford, Peasmarsh and Chilworth Garden Club||Rosa Bond||01483 539260|
|Tue 14-Feb-2023||Valentines’ Day In-House Workshop||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley|
|Wed 15-Feb-2023||Getting the Garden Ready for Spring: a talk by Andy Morris||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Wed 15-Feb-2023||Chickens in the Garden: a talk by Geoff Peach & Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s AGM||Sandhurst & District Gardening Club||Julie Sheppard||07711 056 815|
|Thu 16-Feb-2023||Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society Zoom Talk: Rewilding Your Garden by Charlie Harpur, Head Gardener at Knepp Castle Estate||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Mon 20-Feb-2023||The Devils Garden: a talk by Russell Bowes||Epsom Garden Society||Catherine Flitter||07821-277708|
|Wed 22-Feb-2023||Making The Most From Your Garden: a Talk by Gardeners’ World Presenter Adam Frost||Surrey Horticultural Federation||Ms. Beth Otway|
|Wed 22-Feb-2023||The Allotment Year: a talk by Alan Williams||Horsley Garden Society||Mrs. K. Clifton|
|Thu 23-Feb-2023||Surrey Gardens Trust Zoom Talk: Beatrix Farrand: The Gilded Age to Modernism with Deborah Trentham||Surrey Gardens Trust||Sheri Sticpewich|
|Wed 1-Mar-2023||Aquatics for All: a talk by Paul Patton||Brooklands Horticultural Society||Jennifer Tribe|
|Fri 3-Mar-2023||Choosing & Caring for Houseplants: a talk by Jeni Barton-Warner||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club||Louise Clubley||01932-347297|
|Fri 3-Mar-2023||How to Grow & Divide Dahlias: a talk by Fred & Howard Cooper||Lightwater Gardening Club||Ms. Lynn Bull||01276-502497|
|Tue 7-Mar-2023||Companion Planting The Organic Way: a talk by Belinda Allen||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Tue 7-Mar-2023||365 Days of Colour: a talk by TV Presenter Nick Bailey||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Tue 7-Mar-2023||Bunny Guinness Talk||Shamley Green Gardening Club||Mrs. A. Tomkins||01483-892114|
|Wed 8-Mar-2023||Fruit Pruning: a talk by Jim Arbury||Ashtead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Jennie Pilfold||01372-373348|
|Thu 9-Mar-2023||The Heather National Collections at RHS Garden Wisley: a talk by Mark Tuson||Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)||Wendy Bentall||01276-858256|
|Thu 9-Mar-2023||Beyond the Garden Gate: a talk by Annabel Alford-Warren||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Fri 10-Mar-2023||Tips on Showing: a talk by Peter Almond||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Fri 10-Mar-2023||British Alstoemerias and UK Cut Flowers Industry: a talk by Ben Cross from Crosslands Nursery in West Sussex||Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society||Jean Griffin|
|Tue 14-Mar-2023||Flowers for Fun!||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Tue 14-Mar-2023||Fish Go Deep: a Demonstration by Jennifer Thompson||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Farming in Thursley: a talk by local Farmers, Robert Ranson, Peter & Teresa Goble||Thursley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Pat Clake||01252-706869|
|Thu 16-Mar-2023||Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society Zoom Talk: Growing Dahlias with Expert Darren Everest||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Super Seasonal Display Ideas: a talk by Mark Saunders||Ripley and District Horticultural Society||Mrs. Sue Stranger||07887 996374|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Rhododendrons: a talk by David Millais||Epsom Garden Society||Catherine Flitter||07821-277708|
|Thu 23-Mar-2023||Companion Planting: a talk by Ray Broughton||National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association||Beth Otway|
|Thu 23-Mar-2023||Surrey Gardens Trust Zoom Talk: English Gardens Through the Eyes of Country Life by Kathryn Bradley-Hole||Surrey Gardens Trust||Sheri Sticpewich|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Tilford Gardening Club’s Spring Show||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Wokingham Horticultural Association’s Spring Show||Wokingham Horticultural Association||Pauline MacBrayne||07941 352411|
|Sun 26-Mar-2023||Tilford Gardening Club’s Spring Show||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Wed 29-Mar-2023||Horsley Garden Society Spring Show & Supper||Horsley Garden Society||Mrs. K. Clifton|
|Wed 29-Mar-2023||Sydney Scott Talk: Making the Most of What you Have: a talk by Ben Pope||Ewhurst Horticultural Society||Mrs. Anne Dyball||01483-271812|