Surrey Horticultural Federation Late Spring 2024 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the Surrey Horticultural Federation Late Spring newsletter!

Please share a link to this newsletter with your members, so they can stay up to date with all the events happening in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Take Part in Plantlife’s No Mow May!

We’ve lost approximately 97% of the UK’s flower-rich meadows since the 1930’s.  Flowering meadows feature plants and flowers that are vital foods for pollinators, like bees and butterflies.

97% of our meadows have been lost but your lawn can help!  A healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers benefits wildlife, tackles pollution, and can even lock away carbon below ground.  There are over 20 million gardens in the UK, even the smallest grassy patches add up to a significant proportion of land which, if managed properly, can deliver enormous gains for nature.

This is why Plantlife calls for people to get involved with #NoMowMay every year, and the charity encourages us to let wild plants get a head start on the summer.  All you have to do is not mow your lawn in May (and ideally beyond – leave your grass to grow long over summer and cut it in September).  For more information, visit Plantlife’s website.

Many butterfly caterpillars feed on grasses, they can’t survive in mown lawns. Leave your grass uncut in May, June, July, and August and you’ll provide more flowers for butterflies and moths, grass for caterpillars, and more food for birds and wildlife.

Does Your Gardening Club Place Bulk Seed Orders with Discounts for Your members?

Please let us know if you’ve got any advice to help the Surrey Horticultural Federation Gardening Clubs and Societies save money when placing bulk seed orders.

Don’t forget that if you grow open pollinated plants then you can save your own seeds and save lots of money.  Perhaps consider hosting a seed swap in February and a plant swap in spring or summertime?

These two companies offer discounts to gardening clubs and societies for bulk orders…..

Mr Fothergill’s Allotment and Garden Club

Mr Fothergill’s gives gardening clubs discounts on bulk seed orders.  Members can save up to 60% on seed-only orders.  The value of your first club order sets your discount level for the season, it is therefore vital that your first order is as large as possible to generate the biggest discount.

Bulk packed orders – all members seed-only orders are individually packed (and include a charge of £1.99p P&P per member’s order) and delivered to the secretary in one go.  Please refer to individual member’s order form for full P&P details.

Low minimum order – only £200 minimum order to receive a 30% discount.  Plus, top up orders (min £100) get the same level of discount as the initial club order.

Up to 60% on seed-only orders!  Mr Fothergill’s Allotment and Garden Club seed scheme works using a tiered level of discount.  The more your combined membership spends, the bigger the discount.  Under the scheme, if your members spend over £1000 (catalogue prices) on seed-only items you’ll receive a massive 60% discount. PLUS, members will get a FREE packet of seed (vegetable or flower seeds dependant on availability) with every seed order.

Mr Fothergill’s also send out FREE show card pack – you’ll get a pack of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5ft show cards for use at your own event.

FREE seeds for the organiser – as you’ve done the hard work, the organiser can claim up to £30 of free seeds.  If you’re worried about paying – you don’t pay any money up front – when your order is despatched, you’ll get an itemised invoice and up to 30 days to pay.  Mr Fothergill’s say they want to ensure you have an easy ordering process with less admin, so all the paperwork is provided in an easy to use format.  Mr Fothergill’s also offer an excel spreadsheet to help if you would prefer to fill your order in on a computer.

Terms and conditions
The terms offered are exclusively to Mr Fothergill’s Allotment Societies, Horticultural Societies and Gardening Clubs and are not available to private individuals.
Our usual guarantee will apply to all products provided.
Minimum order value for this service is £200 and £100 for any subsequent top-up orders.
All invoices must be settled within 30 days of the invoice date.
All products supplied are for amateur gardening use and not for subsequent resale.
Please refer to our terms and trading which are available upon request.
Please note that these offers can only be applied per individual member order and not spread across multiple orders.
Club discounts cannot be used when ordering directly online and cannot be used in conjunction with any other online offers and discounts.
Only packet seed is eligible for any club discounts under this scheme.
Club discounts cannot be used when ordering directly online and cannot be used in conjunction with any other online offers and discounts.
The Free seed packet with every seed order will be sent subject to availability.
Contact the team via email: gardening.club@mr-fothergills.co.uk

D.T. Brown’s Allotment Society and Gardening Club Discounts

Visit D. T. Brown’s website where you can download their Allotment Society and Gardening Club Discounts.

Do you need certificates for your Flower Show?

The Surrey Horticultural Federation Certificates of Merit are available from our Chairman, Janet Arm.  If you would like to receive Certificates of Merit, please post an A4 or Foolscap sized, stamped addressed envelope with a large second class stamp (£1.55) to Janet Arm at Redleaf Nursery, Green Lane, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2AP.

Spreadsheets for Show Cards

John Manches has devised a special computer spreadsheet to cope with printing show entry cards and adding up the points won for cup presentations.  If any Surrey Horticultural Federation Clubs and Societies are interested in receiving John’s template, please contact John by email at: johnmanches74@gmail.com or phone 01252-702752.

Royal Horticultural Society’s Annual Grow With It Programme

Grow With It is the RHS’ annual programme designed to support school and community gardeners to get growing, connect with each other and share knowledge and resources.

Kicking off a year of water-wise growing, the Big Seed Sow 2024 starts, Monday 29 April – Sunday 12 May 2024.

Each year, Grow With It focuses on a different theme.  In 2024, the RHS are looking at water.  How to save water, how we access water and most importantly, the impact of this on the planet.  Throughout the year, the RHS will ask you to share how you’re doing to gain an idea of how watering works across communities.

By taking part, you’ll have the chance to join us for the RHS seed sowing event, the Big Seed Sow in spring and their seed saving campaign, the Big Seed Save in autumn.  The RHS’ online resources will provide advice around saving water, and access to fun activities through the year, delivered straight to your inbox.

  • Take part in a collective citizen science enquiry to find out how we can save and better use water
  • Contribute information on your growing journey to our interactive map and see what we can achieve when we grow together
  • Access resources and guidance throughout the year to help you grow, share and connect with others in your community
  • Build lasting skills and knowledge to help us all grow better, together
  • Have fun and celebrate your journey with your group

For more information, visit the RHS website.

Grow Your Own Talk with David Domoney at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham

As part of Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations, Colin Squire and his daughter Sarah are hosting an early evening ‘Grow you Own’ gardening talk with TV presenter David Domoney on Wednesday 1st May 2024 from 5-7pm.  David will give step by step advice on how to propagate a bumper harvest for the family.  He will also be available for a book signing at the end of the evening.  Tickets are £15 and include a glass of fizz or soft drink and canapés on arrival.  Tickets can be booked on Squire’s website.

Thursley Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale is on Saturday 4th May 2024!

Thursley Horticultural Society are holding their Plant Sale from 10.30pm until 12 noon, on Saturday 4th May 2024, by the Cricket Pavilion on the recreation ground, in Thursley, Godalming, Surrey, GU8.  There is free entry to this Plant Sale which is open to everyone.  Visitors will discover a wealth of amazing locally grown plants, including vegetables, perennials, annuals, and roses.  Catherine from Seale Nurseries will be selling roses and giving advice on rose growing.  This event is a superb opportunity to buy beautiful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices.

To see all the Surrey Horticultural Federation Plant Sales, visit our Events Page.

Tom Brown, Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens is Giving a Talk to Thursley Horticultural Society on Wednesday 8th May 2024

Thursley Horticultural Society are hosting a talk with Dan Brown on Wednesday 8th May 2024.  This talk starts at 7.30pm – Doors open at 7pm at Thursley Village Hall, Dye House Road, Thursley, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 6QD.  Non members are very welcome to attend this talk.

Ascot Horticultural Society: Growing & Showing Fruit, Veg, and Flowers

Ascot Horticultural Society are meeting at 7.30pm (for 7.45pm start) on Wednesday 8th May 2024 at King Edward’s Hall, King Edwards Road, Ascot, SL5 8PD.  Graham Talbot will be giving a talk entitled ‘Growing and Showing Fruit, Veg, and Flowers’.  If you want to encourage your members to enter your flower show, why not follow Ascot Horticultural Society‘s lead and host a talk with inspiration, ideas. and guidance?  Tickets are just £3 for visitors, so why not check out Graham Talbot’s talk yourself and see if you think this speaker would be appropriate for your group.

Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plant of the Year Competition 2024

Do you have a plant in your garden that perhaps was popular years ago but isn’t available in garden centres?  Could you enter Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plant of the Year competition 2024?  Last years’ winner was an historic cultivar of Chaenomeles x speciosa ‘Contorta’ (pictured below)  Plant Heritage started this competition to champion those cultivars that may be star performers, but have fallen out of general circulation.

Do you have a cultivar that is no longer available for sale, yet is worthy of wider acclaim?  Perhaps it is a standout in the garden, or an unusual form, or a prolific yielder?  It could have an association with well-known people or places, or have been bred by a notable breeder.  If so, please enter Plant Heritage‘s competition, which is free to enter for everyone.  Twelve shortlisted plants (or a photo thereof) will be displayed at the Hampton Court Garden Festival from 2-7 July 2024, with the winning plant being announced on 1st July 2024 at the show.

Find out more about the criteria and how to enter by clicking here.  We look forward to finding out more fascinating stories of unsung garden heroes.  NB: Closing date for entries is 19th May 2024.  Any questions just email Info@plantheritage.org.uk.

Find out more about the Surrey Plant Heritage Group and their upcoming events by clicking here.

Ray Martin’s Rose Talk at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham

As part of Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations, Colin Squire and his daughter Sarah are hosting an evening with special guest Ray Martin, Secretary of the The Rose Society UK on Wednesday 29t May 2024 from 5-7pm.  At 5pm attendees will be warmly welcomed by Colin Squire and his daughter Sarah with a glass of fizz and delicious canapés, followed by an illustrative talk with twelve top tips to grow, cultivate, and prune your roses to keep them in the best condition.  Tickets are £15 and can be booked on Squire’s website.

National Garden Scheme Chelsea Plant Sale at Chilworth Manor

Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Surrey are hosting the National Garden Scheme’s Chelsea Plant Sale on Saturday 1st June 2024 from 10am until 5pm. On sale will be a wide selection of perennials all specially selected for the NGS show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show by the award-winning garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and Peter Clay, co-founder of the renowned online nursery, Crocus. Tickets (which includes entry to both the plant sale and the garden) are sold for entry within a one hour window. Children free. Sorry dogs are not allowed. To facilitate parking please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your time slot begins. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here.

Guildford in Bloom’s Blooming Picnic

Guildford in Bloom are holding their Blooming Picnic on Saturday 1 June 2024 in Guildford Castle Grounds.  Gates open at 12 noon and there will be live music until 4pm.  Bring your own picnic! Tea, coffee, cakes, ice cream and Pimm’s will be available to purchase.  Bring chairs or a blanket but please no tables or gazebos.  Well behaved dogs are also very welcome, but must be kept on leads.  Please also be aware the area gets loud and busy so nervous dogs may well not enjoy the experience.  There will be various stalls from local charities and partners for you to visit – including face painting for the children (and adults).

Bookham Open Gardens is from 10am until 5pm on Sunday 23rd June 2024

This year’s Bookham Open Gardens event will feature around 13 varied and attractive private gardens (including 3 new gardens) as well as Little Bookham Allotments.  The garden owners will give you a warm welcome.

The proceeds from the day go towards the upkeep of the Old Barn Hall.  Throughout the day, delicious home baked cakes, filled rolls, and drinks will be served at the Old Barn Hall.

Tickets go on sale on the 1st of June 2024: tickets are £7 online from www.bookhamopengardens.co.uk, or from the Old Barn Hall, KT23 3PQ (Mon, Weds, Fri 9.30am-12 noon), the Vineries (event sponsors) & other local outlets.  All tickets will be priced at £8 on the day.  You can also buy your tickets at the first garden you visit.  NB: Assistance dogs only.  Sorry no minibus service.

For more information visit www.bookhamopengardens.co.uk (where you’ll find a downloadable programme from June 1st).  Look for ‘Bookham Open Gardens’ on Facebook, or contact or contact Brenda Kent on 01372 453952 / Email: bnb.selworthy@btinternet.com or Diane Poole on opengardensinfo@gmail.com

Visit Shere Open Gardens on Sunday 23rd June 2024

The residents of Shere, near Guildford invite visitors to view over 15 beautiful private gardens in their picturesque village as part of their special event to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care and other local village causes.  Enjoy garden inspired installations around the village, make a purchase at the plant sale, enjoy a refreshing drink at the Pimms Stall, and delicious homemade tea and cakes in the village hall.

Shere Open Gardens takes place from 2pm until 6pm on Sunday 23rd June 2024 at Shere, off the A25, halfway between Guildford and Dorking (SATNAV GU5 9HE).  Tickets: adults £8, over 65’s £7, under 16’s are free.  Tickets are available online now, and on the day at the car parks and village hall.  There’s free parking, which will be signposted in the village.  NB: Dogs are only allowed in one or two gardens.

Would You Like to Open Your Garden to Raise Funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice?

This spring and summer, the Phyllis Tuckwell are once again looking for unique and interesting gardens in our area to open in support of local hospice care.  If you’ve got a small garden, why not get together with your friends or neighbours and hold an Open Day or Open Gardens Weekend with multiple gardens opening?   Visit the Phyllis Tuckwell’s website for more information.

If you’re interested in opening a garden, please contact Jenny Newman, Jenny’s email is Jenny.Newman@pth.org.uk.

Aldershot Floral Design Club are celebrating their Platinum (70th) year with an Open Demonstration and Cream Tea and Everyone’s Invited!

Aldershot Floral Design Club are celebrating their Platinum (70th) year in 2024 and to mark the occasion they’re hosting an Open Demonstration and a cream tea to celebrate.  This special event takes place on Sunday 4th August 2024 at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2DD.

There will be special Floral demonstration created by National Demonstrator, Sandy Bailey entitled, “Let’s Celebrate” and a delicious cream tea.  Ticket Price: £25.00.  Doors open at 2pm.  This is an event not to be missed.  The stage will be filled with wonderful flowers arranged in superb designs, and there will also be a raffle to win one of these beautiful flower arrangements.  For more information, please contact Dee Kelly (Chairman) Dee47nafas@gmail.com.

The Pat Marsh Radio Show on BBC Local Radio

Jean Griffin has asked me to let all our gardening societies and clubs know that although the BBC Radio Surrey Dig It Gardening programme has been lost, Gardening Radio is still alive and well, albeit in a different format.

Pat Marsh hosts a programme on BBC Local Radio, which includes a gardening section.  The show runs from 10am – 2pm each Sunday on BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Sussex, and BBC Radio Surrey.  NB: The gardening section of the show is on air from 10.30am to 12 midday.  If you want to ask a gardening question, please email sunday.gardening@bbc.co.uk.  Remember to include your phone number on any emails you send, so the gardening experts can chat with you on-air and can ask for any other information they may require to help answer your query.

Report Asian Hornet Sightings

I am sharing this early, to allow you to have time to share this information with your members, so they’re informed and prepared, ready for summer.  Asian Hornets have been sighted in the UK in recent years.  Why does this matter?  The Asian Hornet is highly aggressive predator of our native insects; entomologists feel that the Asian Hornet poses a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators.

Two Asian hornet nests were found in Surrey in September 2023.  The nests were subsequently destroyed by experts from DEFRA.   Keep up to date with Asian hornet sightings by clicking here.

If you think you’ve seen an Asian Hornet, take a photo if you can.  Please take care and do not disturb an active nest.   Members of the public who suspect they have found an Asian Hornet should report it to the NNSS through their online form or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

A free ID sheet is available from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).  Click here to view detailed pictures to help you correctly identify an Asian Hornet.

Speaker Feedback

Has a speaker given a talk to your society over the past few months?  Please share your confidential feedback by emailing me your thoughts, both positive and negative on the speakers you booked last year, and I will share your feedback privately (via email) with the other clubs that are members of the SHF – thank you.  My email is beth@pumpkinbeth.com.
NB: Speaker feedback is private and confidential and is not to be shared with anyone other than your group’s programme secretary. 

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, beth@pumpkinbeth.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 non-members and visitors.

Do You Have Anything You Would Like Me to Add to the Next Surrey Horticultural Federation Newsletter?

If you are a member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation and you have something you would like me to add to the next newsletter, please contact me, Beth Otway, the Surrey Horticultural Federation’s Website & Events Secretary – my email is beth@pumpkinbeth.com.  Please send details of your events to me as far in advance as possible, as I don’t produce a newsletter every month and there are fewer events in summertime and so a long break in between.

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 our very best wishes for the growing season.

Kind regards
Beth

Beth Otway
Website & Events Secretary
Surrey Horticultural Federation

Upcoming Events:

May 2024
Mon 20-May-2024House Plants: a talk by Geoff HawkinsBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Wed 22-May-2024Aloe Vera – benefits and propagation: a talk by Louise CambyEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
Thu 23-May-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Social EveningFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sat 25-May-2024Banstead Horticultural Society Mini ShowBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Sat 25-May-2024Merstham Horticultural Society Plant SaleMerstham Horticultural Society
Sun 26-May-2024Growing Redhill Merstham Planters Working Party at Merstham Train StationGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Tue 28-May-2024Food for Thought: a talk by Graham PattisonWest End Village Gardening ClubMrs. Judy Douch01483-475133
Tue 28-May-2024Milford Horticultural Society Social EveningMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Thu 30-May-2024Bees and Bee Keeping: a talk by Tony LackWokingham Horticultural AssociationPauline MacBrayne07941 352411
June 2024
Sat 1-Jun-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Dockenfield DayFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Mon 3-Jun-2024Talk by a Local GardenerMerstham Horticultural Society
Tue 4-Jun-2024Merrow Horticultural Society Evening ShowMerrow Horticultural SocietyMs. Veronica Plested01483-569498
Tue 4-Jun-2024Grayshott Gardeners’ Visit to Chinthurst LodgeGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 5-Jun-2024Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Visit to a Private Garden in ChiddingfoldWonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Wed 5-Jun-2024The Scilly Isles: a talk by Graham HardingGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Thu 6-Jun-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club WorkshopAldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Thu 6-Jun-2024Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Garden Visit to SpurfoldDunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural SocietyPaul Goudie
Fri 7-Jun-2024Fuchsias: a talk by Carol GublerLightwater Gardening ClubMs. Lynn Bull01276-502497
Fri 7-Jun-2024Baked Alaska or Mexican Chilly? a talk by Nick CookWoodham & New Haw Horticultural ClubLouise Clubley07843 962421
Sat 8-Jun-2024Chiddingfold Horticultural Society’s Stall at the Village Fete (TBC)Chiddingfold Horticultural SocietyGeorgia Lacey01428 683120
Tue 11-Jun-2024The Soil Food Web – Nature’s original gardeners!: a talk by Eddie BaileyWorplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert07708 455096
Wed 12-Jun-2024Super Seasonal Displays: a talk by Mark SaundersGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 12-Jun-2024Growing & Showing Dahlias: a talk by Darren EverestEast Grinstead Horticultural SocietyHelen Gabrielides
Thu 13-Jun-2024Butterflies in Oaken Woods: a talk by Phil DarleyEgham Gardens and Allotment AssociationMrs. Wendy Flight01932-455910
Sat 15-Jun-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Plant Sale & Rose Competition at Frensham FayreFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sat 15-Jun-2024Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Early Summer ShowDunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural SocietyPaul Goudie
Sat 15-Jun-2024Banstead Horticultural Society Early Summer Flower ShowBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Sun 16-Jun-2024Growing Redhill Working Party in ReigateGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Mon 17-Jun-2024Basingstoke Horticultural Society Garden VisitBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Wed 19-Jun-2024Ornamental Grasses and Trees for Small Gardens: a talk by George Lockwood Plus Summer ShowOnslow Village Garden ClubMrs Anne Bradbeer01483 563421
Wed 19-Jun-2024Ashtead Horticultural Society Coach Outing to Hever CastleAshtead Horticultural SocietyMrs. Jennie Pilfold01372-373348
Wed 19-Jun-2024Garden Visit to Chinthurst LodgeWitley Gardening AssociationChristine Cox
Wed 19-Jun-2024Flower arranging workshop with Margaret TrepantEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
Thu 20-Jun-2024New Society Gardening Club’s Summer OutingNew Society Gardening Club (Camberley)Sarah Wesley07400 850876
Thu 20-Jun-2024Merrow Horticultural Society Garden Visit to Shamley Wood EstateMerstham Horticultural Society
Sat 22-Jun-2024Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Summer ShowChiddingfold Horticultural SocietyGeorgia Lacey01428 683120
Sat 22-Jun-2024Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Summer Flower ShowSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Sat 22-Jun-2024Wokingham Horticultural Association’s Summer ShowWokingham Horticultural AssociationPauline MacBrayne07941 352411
Sat 22-Jun-2024Growing Redhill AGM with Refreshments (NB: TBC)Growing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Sat 22-Jun-2024Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Summer ShowWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Sat 22-Jun-2024Milford Horticultural Society Summer ShowMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Sat 22-Jun-2024Sanderstead Horticultural Society Summer ShowSanderstead Horticultural SocietyJulie Caplin (Chair) 07816 374 636
Sat 22-Jun-2024Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Gardener’s Delight – Open GardensKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Sun 23-Jun-2024Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Gardener’s Delight – Open GardensKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Tue 25-Jun-2024RHS Wisley Drought Tolerant Plants: a talk by Michaela FreedWest End Village Gardening ClubMrs. Judy Douch01483-475133
Tue 25-Jun-2024Seale Roses: a talk by David MayMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Wed 26-Jun-2024Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Visit to Manor House (Hanging gardens of Haslemere)Wonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Sat 29-Jun-2024Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Early Summer ShowKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Sun 30-Jun-2024Tilford Gardening Club‘s Summer ShowTilford Gardening ClubMrs. Janet Arm01252-783133
Sun 30-Jun-2024Growing Redhill Merstham Planters Working Party at Merstham Train StationGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
July 2024
Mon 1-Jul-2024Merstham Horticultural Society Plant Swap and Social EveningMerstham Horticultural Society
Wed 3-Jul-2024Godstone Gardeners’ Club 50th Anniversary Social EveningGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Thu 4-Jul-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club Demonstration: Demonstration: Pam Lewis “Summer’s Bounty”Aldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Fri 5-Jul-202412 Months of Colour: a talk by John NegusLightwater Gardening ClubMs. Lynn Bull01276-502497
Sat 6-Jul-2024Elstead Garden Club Summer ShowElstead Garden ClubMrs. Alison Gravett01252-703318
Sun 7-Jul-2024Wonersh & District Gardening Club’s Plant Sale at Wonersh FeteWonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Tue 9-Jul-2024Swan Lifeline: a talk by Cindy SmuldersWorplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert07708 455096
Tue 9-Jul-2024Milford Horticultural Society Visit to High Clandon Estate Vineyard with Witley Gardening AssociationMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Wed 10-Jul-2024Viticulture in the South of England: a talk by Alex ValsecchiGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 10-Jul-2024The Pastime of Beekeeping and what they do for us: a talk by Tony LackAscot Horticultural SocietyMrs Lindsey Payne 07847511361
Wed 10-Jul-2024Violas and Volcanos: a talk by Bob CharmanBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Wed 10-Jul-2024East Grinstead Horticultural Society Garden VisitEast Grinstead Horticultural SocietyHelen Gabrielides
Wed 10-Jul-2024Late Summer Perennials & Grasses: a talk by Marina Christopher from Phoenix Perennial PlantsWitley Gardening AssociationChristine Cox
Sat 13-Jul-2024Ewhurst Horticultural Society Summer ShowEwhurst Horticultural SocietyMrs. Anne Dyball07980 122530
Sat 13-Jul-2024Grayshott Gardeners’ Summer ShowGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Sat 13-Jul-2024Holmwood Village Produce Society’s Summer Produce ShowHolmwood Village Produce SocietySarah Jackson07867 631865
Sat 13-Jul-2024Ellens Green & Rudgwick Gardening Association Summer ShowEllens Green and Rudgwick Gardening AssociationRichard Haigh
Sat 13-Jul-2024Ashford Horticultural Society Summer ShowAshford Horticultural SocietyMr. B. Muggeridge01784-254986
Sun 14-Jul-2024Growing Redhill Planters Working Party ReigateGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Mon 15-Jul-2024Butterflies & Moths: a talk by Steve OaksBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Wed 17-Jul-2024Ponds & Water Plants: a talk by Ray BroughtonSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Wed 17-Jul-2024Survival of Our Planet through Plant Conservation: a talk by Paul PattisonOnslow Village Garden ClubMrs Anne Bradbeer01483 563421
Wed 17-Jul-2024Roses: a talk by Elizabeth Sawday from Apuldram NurseryWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Wed 17-Jul-2024Thursley Horticultural Society’s Tour of West Dean Gardeners with Head Gardener, Tom BrownThursley Horticultural SocietyMrs. Pat Clake01252-706869
Thu 18-Jul-2024Treading Gently Through the Borders: a talk by Ben PopeNew Society Gardening Club (Camberley)Sarah Wesley07400 850876
Sat 20-Jul-2024Ashtead Horticultural Society’s 139th Summer ShowAshtead Horticultural SocietyMrs. Jennie Pilfold01372-373348
Sat 20-Jul-2024Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Social EveningWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Sat 20-Jul-2024Wood Street Village Horticultural Society Annual Horticultural & Village ShowWood Street Village Horticultural SocietyMr. Derrick Hoath07930-317048
Sat 20-Jul-2024Albury Produce Association’s Annual Produce Show and FairAlbury Produce AssociationMrs. S. M. CookO1483 202106
Tue 23-Jul-2024Perennials: More Colour, Less Work – Fact or Fiction? A talk by Gillian TaylorWest End Village Gardening ClubMrs. Judy Douch01483-475133
Tue 23-Jul-2024Companion Planting – Growing the Organic Way: a talk by Belinda AllenMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Wed 24-Jul-2024Ashtead Horticultural Society’s Garden WalkAshtead Horticultural SocietyMrs. Jennie Pilfold01372-373348
Wed 24-Jul-2024Epsom Garden Society Summer Display & Plant SaleEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
Thu 25-Jul-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Meeting: Jon Evans from West Surrey Alpine Garden SocietyFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sat 27-Jul-2024Banstead Horticultural Society Summer Flower ShowBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Sat 27-Jul-2024Pirbright Horticultural Society Annual ShowPirbright Horticultural SocietyLucy Baker
Sun 28-Jul-2024Growing Redhill Working Party at Merstham Train Station: Tidying Up & WeedingGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
August 2024
Thu 1-Aug-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club WorkshopAldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Fri 2-Aug-2024Churt Horticultural and Produce Society Members’ Garden PartyChurt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Sun 4-Aug-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club’s Platinum (70th) Year Celebrations: Open Demonstration and Cream TeaAldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Wed 7-Aug-2024Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Visit to a Private Garden TBCWonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Wed 7-Aug-2024Drought Tolerant Plants: a talk by Steve Edney from No Name NurseryGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Sun 11-Aug-2024Growing Redhill Working Party at Reigate StationGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Mon 12-Aug-2024Dahlias: a talk by Mark SaundersElstead Garden ClubMrs. Alison Gravett01252-703318
Tue 13-Aug-2024Worplesdon Garden Club Summer Show & Social EveningWorplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert07708 455096
Wed 14-Aug-2024Shrubs: the Backbone of your Garden: a talk by Geoff HawkinsGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 14-Aug-2024A Love Affair with Iris: a talk by Sue MarshallEast Grinstead Horticultural SocietyHelen Gabrielides
Wed 14-Aug-2024Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Garden Visit to BeckhamsDunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural SocietyPaul Goudie
Thu 15-Aug-2024New Society Gardening Club’s OutingNew Society Gardening Club (Camberley)Sarah Wesley07400 850876
Sun 18-Aug-2024Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Denbies Wine EstatePlant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)Wendy Bentall01276-858256
Mon 19-Aug-2024Grasses & Ferns: a talk by Chris BirdBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Wed 21-Aug-2024Autumn Aspirations – planning for the Autumn garden: a talk by Paul PattonEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
Wed 21-Aug-2024Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society’s Outing to Freda’s Award Winning GardenWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Sat 24-Aug-2024Ripley & District Horticultural Society Annual ShowRipley and District Horticultural SocietyMrs. Sue Stranger
Sat 24-Aug-2024Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Late Summer ShowKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Sun 25-Aug-2024Growing Redhill Working Party at Merstham Train Station: Tidying Up & WeedingGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Sat 31-Aug-2024Merrow Horticultural Society Annual Show and Bring and Buy SaleMerrow Horticultural SocietyMs. Veronica Plested01483-569498
Sat 31-Aug-2024Epsom Garden Society Annual ShowEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
September 2024
Sun 1-Sep-2024Growing Redhill Plant Stall at the Quality Street FairGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Wed 4-Sep-2024Asian Hornets: a talk by Vanessa JonesGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Thu 5-Sep-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club Demonstration: Annette Urquhart “Dabbling in Day Dreams”Aldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Fri 6-Sep-2024Lightwater Gardening Club Summer ShowLightwater Gardening ClubMs. Lynn Bull01276-502497
Fri 6-Sep-2024Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club MeetingWoodham & New Haw Horticultural ClubLouise Clubley07843 962421
Sat 7-Sep-2024Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Autumn ShowChurt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Sat 7-Sep-2024Ewhurst Horticultural Society Autumn ShowEwhurst Horticultural SocietyMrs. Anne Dyball07980 122530
Sat 7-Sep-2024Thursley Horticultural Society Autumn ShowThursley Horticultural SocietyMrs. Pat Clake01252-706869
Sat 7-Sep-2024Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Autumn Flower ShowSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Sat 7-Sep-2024Wonersh & District Garden Club’s Autumn ShowWonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Sat 7-Sep-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Autumn ShowFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sat 7-Sep-2024Ashtead Horticultural Society’s 71st Autumn ShowAshtead Horticultural SocietyMrs. Jennie Pilfold01372-373348
Sat 7-Sep-2024Witley Gardening Association Autumn ShowWitley Gardening AssociationChristine Cox
Sat 7-Sep-2024Onslow Village Garden Club’s 78th Annual ShowOnslow Village Garden ClubMrs Anne Bradbeer01483 563421
Sat 7-Sep-2024Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Autumn ShowChiddingfold Horticultural SocietyGeorgia Lacey01428 683120
Sat 7-Sep-2024Milford Horticultural Society Autumn ShowMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Mon 9-Sep-2024Gardening for Colour: a talk by Vincent GladwellElstead Garden ClubMrs. Alison Gravett01252-703318
Tue 10-Sep-2024Salvias: a talk by Steve EdneyWorplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert07708 455096
Wed 11-Sep-2024Lessons from Great Gardeners: a talk by Matthew BiggsGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 11-Sep-2024The Veg Garden in Autumn: a talk by Barnaby MillerNational Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District AssociationBeth Otway
Wed 11-Sep-2024Droughts, deluges and dust devils: a talk by Weatherman, Ian CurrieEast Grinstead Horticultural SocietyHelen Gabrielides
Thu 12-Sep-2024Egham Gardens & Allotment Association Late Summer Show & QuizEgham Gardens and Allotment AssociationMrs. Wendy Flight01932-455910
Thu 12-Sep-2024Plant Heritage in-person & Zoom talk: ‘People, Plants and Places’ a talk by Iain Parkinson (Curator of Wakehurst Gardens)Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)Wendy Bentall01276-858256
Sat 14-Sep-2024Leatherhead Horticultural Society Annual ShowLeatherhead Horticultural SocietyMr. Euan Niven01372-279079
Sat 14-Sep-2024Banstead Horticultural Society Autumn Flower ShowBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Sat 14-Sep-2024Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Main Horticultural ShowDunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural SocietyPaul Goudie
Sat 14-Sep-2024Ellens Green & Rudgwick Gardening Association Autumn Show and Art ExhibitionEllens Green and Rudgwick Gardening AssociationRichard Haigh
Sat 14-Sep-2024Ashford Horticultural Society Autumn ShowAshford Horticultural SocietyMr. B. Muggeridge01784-254986
Sat 14-Sep-2024Elstead Garden Club Autumn ShowElstead Garden ClubMrs. Alison Gravett01252-703318
Sun 15-Sep-2024Tilford Gardening Club’s Autumn ShowTilford Gardening ClubMrs. Janet Arm01252-783133
Mon 16-Sep-2024Nature’s First Aid: a talk by Belinda AllenBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Tue 17-Sep-2024Dailias: a talk by Richard Ramsey of Withypitts DahliasWitley Gardening AssociationChristine Cox
Wed 18-Sep-2024Companion Planting and Gardening the Organic Way: a talk by Belinda AllenChiddingfold Horticultural SocietyGeorgia Lacey01428 683120
Wed 18-Sep-2024Market Garden Farming: a talk by Tom & Grace ReynoldsChurt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Wed 18-Sep-2024Vegetables for Showing & KItchen: a talk by Geoff PeachOnslow Village Garden ClubMrs Anne Bradbeer01483 563421
Thu 19-Sep-2024Ponds and Water Plants: a talk by Ray BroughtonNew Society Gardening Club (Camberley)Sarah Wesley07400 850876
Sat 21-Sep-2024The Chobham Agricultural & Horticultural Society ShowChobham Agricultural and Horticultural SocietyMrs. Susan Hallam01276-858653
Sat 21-Sep-2024Wokingham Horticultural Association’s Autumn ShowWokingham Horticultural AssociationPauline MacBrayne07941 352411
Sat 21-Sep-2024Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Autumn ShowWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Sat 21-Sep-2024Caterham & District Horticultural Society Autumn ShowCaterham & District Horticultural SocietyMrs. Karen Murray
Sat 21-Sep-2024Godstone Gardeners’ Club Annual Summer ShowGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Sat 21-Sep-2024Sanderstead Horticultural Society Autumn ShowSanderstead Horticultural SocietyJulie Caplin (Chair) 07816 374 636
Tue 24-Sep-2024Current Trends and New Varieties in the Bulb World: a talk by Tim WoodlandWest End Village Gardening ClubMrs. Judy Douch01483-475133
Tue 24-Sep-2024Gardens of the Lake District: a talk by Eric SwidenbankMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Wed 25-Sep-2024Epsom Garden Society Autumn Display & Plant SaleEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
Thu 26-Sep-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society’s Social EveningFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sat 28-Sep-2024A talk by Steve Edney of No Name NurseryKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Sun 29-Sep-2024Growing Redhill: Spring Bulb Planting at Merstham and Reigate Train StationGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
October 2024
Tue 1-Oct-2024Arts and Crafts Gardens in the South EastSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Wed 2-Oct-2024Companion Planting: Gardening the Organic Way: a talk by Belinda AllenBrooklands Horticultural SocietyBarbara Royston
Wed 2-Oct-2024Forty Years a Gardener: a talk by Dean Peckett (and Wonersh & District Garden Club’s AGM)Wonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108
Wed 2-Oct-2024What to sow in Autumn for Winter/Spring harvest and what to sow in Spring: a talk by Paolo ArrigioGodstone Gardeners ClubSilvia Pocock01883-712627
Thu 3-Oct-2024Aldershot Floral Design Club WorkshopAldershot Floral Design ClubDee Kelly01252-350944
Fri 4-Oct-2024TBCLightwater Gardening ClubMs. Lynn Bull01276-502497
Fri 4-Oct-2024Climbers: all you need to know: a talk by Pip BensleyWoodham & New Haw Horticultural ClubLouise Clubley07843 962421
Sat 5-Oct-2024Banstead Charities Christmas EventBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Sun 6-Oct-2024Growing Redhill: Bulb Planting in Redhill Memorial Park.Growing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Tue 8-Oct-2024Rhododendrons: a talk by David MillaisTilford Gardening ClubMrs. Janet Arm01252-783133
Tue 8-Oct-2024A Veg Grower’s Year: a talk by Alan WilliamsWorplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert07708 455096
Tue 8-Oct-2024New England in the Fall: a talk by Paul WhittleMerrow Horticultural SocietyMs. Veronica Plested01483-569498
Wed 9-Oct-2024Plight of the Bumble Bee: a talk by Nikki GammansAshtead Horticultural SocietyMrs. Jennie Pilfold01372-373348
Wed 9-Oct-2024Winkworth Arboretum: its Trees & History: a talk by Peter HerringGrayshott GardenersSue Wheeler07719 457821
Wed 9-Oct-2024Bees: Pollinating Fruit, Vegetables, & Herbs: a talk by the Guildford Beekeepers AssociationNational Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District AssociationBeth Otway
Wed 9-Oct-2024Growing success with peat free compost by Nikki Barker (Mhort) (RHS)East Grinstead Horticultural SocietyHelen Gabrielides
Thu 10-Oct-2024Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting & Evening LectureDunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural SocietyPaul Goudie
Thu 10-Oct-2024World Food Garden, Wildlife Well Being Garden at Wisley: a talk by Sheila DasEgham Gardens and Allotment AssociationMrs. Wendy Flight01932-455910
Thu 10-Oct-2024Plant Heritage in-person & Zoom talk: ‘Summer in the Upper Engadine’ with Martyn Denney from The Alpine Garden SocietyPlant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)Wendy Bentall01276-858256
Fri 11-Oct-2024Plants have feelings too: a talk by Peter AlmondBanstead Horticultural SocietyGail Fraser01737-356576
Mon 14-Oct-2024Houseplants: a talk by Geoff HawkinsElstead Garden ClubMrs. Alison Gravett01252-703318
Tue 15-Oct-2024Growing Dahlias the Withypitts Way: a talk by Richard RamseyEwhurst Horticultural SocietyMrs. Anne Dyball07980 122530
Wed 16-Oct-2024Behind the Scenes at Wisley Nursery: a talk by Sam GallivanChiddingfold Horticultural SocietyGeorgia Lacey01428 683120
Wed 16-Oct-2024Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Quiz NightSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Wed 16-Oct-2024Witley Gardening Association AGMWitley Gardening AssociationChristine Cox
Wed 16-Oct-2024Container Planting for a Year of Flowers: a talk by Tim and Jo WoodlandOnslow Village Garden ClubMrs Anne Bradbeer01483 563421
Wed 16-Oct-2024The Magic of Houseplants with Sarah FossWallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural SocietyChristine Hockham01243 824726
Thu 17-Oct-2024A Head Gardener’s Year at Fittleworth House: a talk by Mark SaundersChurt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Thu 17-Oct-2024New Society Camberley AGM & Plant SaleNew Society Gardening Club (Camberley)Sarah Wesley07400 850876
Sat 19-Oct-2024The History of the London Square: a talk by David MarshHardy Plant Society Southern Counties GroupAnne Grabaskey
Sun 20-Oct-2024Growing Redhill: Planters Working Party ReigateGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Mon 21-Oct-2024Earlstone Manor & Box hedging: a talk by Bruce GinsbergBasingstoke Horticultural SocietyMr. Philip Wraight01256-324185
Tue 22-Oct-2024West End Village Gardening Club’s AGM, Wine & Cheese PartyWest End Village Gardening ClubMrs. Judy Douch01483-475133
Tue 22-Oct-2024Painshill Garden Restoration: a talk by Michelle HowesMilford Horticultural SocietyMr Stewart Miskimmin01483-421509
Thu 24-Oct-2024Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society AGM & Social EveningFrensham & Dockenfield Horticultural SocietyRuth Murphy01252 793267
Sun 27-Oct-2024Growing Redhill: Merstham Planters Working Party at Merstham Train StationGrowing RedhillKaren Murray01737 903086
Wed 30-Oct-2024Garden design: a talk by Simon HorrillEpsom Garden SocietyCatherine Flitter07821-277708
November 2024
Fri 1-Nov-2024My Greenhouse Year: a talk by Gillian TaylorLightwater Gardening ClubMs. Lynn Bull01276-502497
Fri 1-Nov-2024No Work Gardening: a talk by Bob FlowerdewWoodham & New Haw Horticultural ClubLouise Clubley07843 962421
Sat 2-Nov-2024Scentsational Gardening: a month by month look at plants to give us wonderful scents in our garden: a talk by Caroline HalfpennyKingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural SocietyMr. K.G.Lewis01737-210707
Tue 5-Nov-2024Demonstration: How to Make a Christmas ArrangementSandhurst & District Gardening ClubJulie Sheppard07711 056 815
Tue 5-Nov-2024Merrow Horticultural Society AGM, followed by Treading Gently Through the Borders: a talk by Ben PopeMerrow Horticultural SocietyMs. Veronica Plested01483-569498
Wed 6-Nov-2024Heavenly Hostas: a talk by John BakerBrooklands Horticultural SocietyBarbara Royston
Wed 6-Nov-2024Showing: a talk by Geoff PeachWonersh and District Garden ClubMrs. H. Goodridge01483-535108

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