Surrey Horticultural Federation March 2022 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

First, a reminder for ticket holders that Chris Beardshaw’s talk is going ahead at 2.30pm in the AFTERNOON on Thursday 10th March 2022. NB: this talk is sold out.

Surrey Horticultural Federation Afternoon Spring Talk

With Chris Beardshaw at 2.30pm on Thursday 10th March 2022 at Normandy Village Hall

We’re looking forward to the Surrey Horticultural Federation’s Spring Talk at 2.30pm on Thursday 10th March 2022, at the Normandy Village Hall, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2DD. During this talk, Chris Beardshaw will tell us about his commission to redesign the 13 acre Arts & Crafts gardens at Mount Grace Priory, an English Heritage property in Yorkshire. The public garden features terraces, dells, and glorious herbaceous borders.

COVID Precautions

We want to keep all talk attendees safe, so we have a few requests to make of anyone planning to attend Chris Beardshaw’s talk:

  • On arrival please could you hand a piece of paper with your name telephone number or email address, so we can contact you if anyone should develop COVID after the talk. It’s easier to do this ahead of time and simply pop a note in your bag to take with you.
  • We would appreciate it if everyone who attends Chris Beardshaw’s talk would take a lateral flow test on the day of the event. If you test positive for COVID you should not attend.
  • We also ask that anyone who is suffering from cold or flu symptoms please does not attend. If you feel unwell, test positive for covid, or have been in contact with someone with COVID in the last seven days, please do not attend.
  • We ask that all attendees wear a mask at all times, during the talk.
  • We ask that if any attendee develops COVID in the seven days after the talk that they email me ASAP beth@pumpkinbeth.com or telephone Janet Arm (01252-783133) to let us know.
  • We will be spacing chairs apart but encouraging those who have travelled together, live together, or regularly socialise together to sit together.
  • We won’t be serving drinks or refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to bring drinks with them.
  • There will be hand sanitisers – please use them.

Heads Or Tails

Instead of holding a raffle at this event we will be playing ‘Heads or Tails’. We have some lovely prizes for the top three winners. If you’ve not heard of Heads or Tails this is how the game works: All those wanting to take part pay £1 and stand up (NB: Please bring the correct change if you would like to play – attendees can play up to 3 times, so you may want to bring £3). Two people on stage toss a coin, and the audience are asked to guess which way the coin lands. If they think 2 heads, then audience members put both hands on their head, if they think 2 tails, then they put both hands on their rear end (tail!), and if they think one of each then one hand on their head, one on their tail. When all have chosen, the results of the toss are called. Audience members who guessed correctly remain standing and everyone else sits down; then we repeat the coin toss and keep guessing until we have found a winner.

Gardens Open ‘By Prior Arrangement’ through the National Garden Scheme

Many of the NGS gardens open for regular days to the general public, but we know that there are many garden enthusiasts and gardening groups who enjoy a more intimate visit to a garden with the opportunity to meet the garden owners.  I have attached the NGS newsletter to this email which provides more details of the participating gardens.

Details of all the gardens are given in full on the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk and in the 2022 Garden Visitors Handbook (Yellow Book) but perhaps having all the details of just ‘By Arrangement’ gardens in one document will make it easier for tour organisers to plan.

If you would like any further information about these gardens, do please get in touch directly with the garden owners.

NGS Gardens open by arrangement 2022

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. 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

Please email me 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?

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 via the form on this page: https://surreyhorticulturalfederation.org/news/membership-renewal/

Wireless Portable Amplifiers and Wireless Lapel Microphones

Do you have any recommendations for a small wireless portable amplifier with wireless lapel microphones? One of our clubs have found their Pulse Megamouth speakers were OK, but they had problems with the rechargeable batteries. After being unused (due to COVID) they now don’t work. They are now looking to find a suitable replacement. This particular club’s searches have hit a problem with the need for both the amp and mic to be wireless. Do you have any ideas? What microphone and amplifier does your club or society use? Do you have any products that you’d recommend? Similarly, are there any products you regret buying? Do please let me know and I’ll share the info between all of the Surrey Horticultural Federation societies, clubs, and groups.

Looking for vases for shows or displays?

Grayshott Gardeners have purchased a set of new green bikini vases and so they are now selling all their magnolia vases. They have 102 x 2” vases, 23 x 3” vases and 24 x 4.25” available at a cost of £2.50, £3.00, and £4.50 respectively. If you are interested buying in a batch, please email Sue Wheeler suewheeler10@hotmail.co.uk .

Upcoming Events

The SHF Website has a complete list of events for all clubs, and is updated regularly, so that’s 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 but do please share the information about Chris Beardshaw’s talk and 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

March 2022
Mon 7-Mar-2022 Clematis Merstham Horticultural Society
Mon 7-Mar-2022 Cacti Growing & Showing Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Tue 8-Mar-2022 Lakeside Gardens of Northern Italy: a talk by Pamela Holt Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Tue 8-Mar-2022 Garden Inspiration: a talk by Mark Saunders Merrow Horticultural Society Ms. Veronica Plested 01483-569498
Tue 8-Mar-2022 Ewell Horticultural Society AGM & Gardening on the Wild Side – Attracting Beneficial Wildlife: a talk by Paul Patton Ewell Horticultural Association Ms. Lynne Mason 0208-393-9257
Wed 9-Mar-2022 Plants for Wildlife: a talk by George Lockwood Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Wed 9-Mar-2022 My Chelsea Story: a talk by Matthew Wilson Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 9-Mar-2022 Gladioli: a talk by Trevor Fawcett National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association Beth Otway
Thu 10-Mar-2022 The Tale of the Tulip: a talk by Russell Bowes Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Thu 10-Mar-2022 The Making of a Picture Book: a talk by Richard Williams Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Thu 10-Mar-2022 Mount Grace Priory Gardens: a talk by Chris Beardshaw Surrey Horticultural Federation Ms. Beth Otway
Fri 11-Mar-2022 The Royal Parks: a talk by Jim Buttress Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
Wed 16-Mar-2022 Gardening Quiz with Seed Swap & Fish and Chip Supper Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Missi Kasahara 7590-267-807
Wed 16-Mar-2022 Surrey Gardens Trust a talk by Sarah Dickinson, Plus Spring Show Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Wed 16-Mar-2022 Leatherhead Horticultural Society Spring Show Leatherhead Horticultural Society Mr. Euan Niven 01372-279079
Wed 16-Mar-2022 Vegetable Growing Ideas & Advice: a talk by Barry Newman (Plus Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Daffodil Show!) Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Thu 17-Mar-2022 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Zoom Talk: Creating Your Garden: Tips for Thriving Plants with Barney Millard Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Thu 17-Mar-2022 Herbs: Propagation, Cultivation & Care: a Talk by Belinda Allen Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mrs. Maggie Wright 01428-715304
Mon 21-Mar-2022 BBC Allotment Competition Finalists (from 2014) Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Wed 23-Mar-2022 The Modern Kitchen Garden: a talk by Barry Newman Haslemere Gardening Society
Thu 24-Mar-2022 From Sting to Spring: Nettles as a Fibre Plant for Textiles a talk by Brigitte Kaltenbacher Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
Sat 26-Mar-2022 Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Spring Show Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
Sat 26-Mar-2022 Group Meeting for East Surrey Horticultural Societies Growing Redhill Ms Debbie Fox 07717-678968
Sat 26-Mar-2022 Egham Gardens & Allotment Association Plant Sale Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Wed 30-Mar-2022 Painting with Plants: a talk by Chris Beardshaw Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 01483-271812
Wed 30-Mar-2022 An evening with Rosy Hardy from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
April 2022
Fri 1-Apr-2022 Lightwater Gardening Club Daffodil Show Lightwater Gardening Club Ms. Lynn Bull 01276-502497
Fri 1-Apr-2022 Floral Fantasy Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Fri 1-Apr-2022 National Trust Parks & Gardens: a talk by David Hunt Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Louise Clubley 01932-347297
Sat 2-Apr-2022 Ewell Horticultural Association Spring Show Ewell Horticultural Association Ms. Lynne Mason 0208-393-9257
Sat 2-Apr-2022 Thursley Horticultural Society Spring Show Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
Sat 2-Apr-2022 Caterham & District Horticultural Society Spring Show Caterham & District Horticultural Society Mrs. J. Manning 01883 349491
Mon 4-Apr-2022 A to Z of Fuchsias Merstham Horticultural Society
Mon 4-Apr-2022 How to Show with Hazel Chant Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Wed 6-Apr-2022 Brooklands Horticultural Society Spring Show & AGM Brooklands Horticultural Society Jennifer Tribe
Thu 7-Apr-2022 Floral Workshop Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Thu 7-Apr-2022 Egham Gardens & Allotments Association: The Spring Show Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Virtual Spring Show Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Wonersh & District Garden Club’s Spring Show Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Spring Show Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Mr. K.G.Lewis 01737-210707
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Spring Show Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mrs. Maggie Wright 01428-715304
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Spring Show Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 01483-271812
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Witley Gardening Association Spring Show Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox 01428 684883
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Grayshott Gardeners’ Spring Show Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Banstead Horticultural Society Spring Show Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
Sat 9-Apr-2022 Ash Parish Garden Club’s Spring Show Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Mon 11-Apr-2022 Franchi Seeds a talk by Paolo Arrigo Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Tue 12-Apr-2022 Hever Castle & Gardens: a talk by Neil Miller Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Tue 12-Apr-2022 A Gardener’s Look at Ireland: a talk by Geoff Peach Merrow Horticultural Society Ms. Veronica Plested 01483-569498
Wed 13-Apr-2022 Mediterranean Plants: a talk by Ian Pentney Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Wed 13-Apr-2022 My Corona Diary by Gordon Rae Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 13-Apr-2022 Tales from the Potting Shed: a talk by Jean Griffin Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Wed 13-Apr-2022 Autopot Container Gardening: Growing Vegetables in the Autopot National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association Beth Otway
Thu 14-Apr-2022 Adventures in Ecuador: a talk by John Hughes Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Wed 20-Apr-2022 Magnificent Magnolias: a talk by Dr Peter Herring Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Missi Kasahara 7590-267-807
Wed 20-Apr-2022 Annuals But Not Bedding a talk by Mark Saunders Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Wed 20-Apr-2022 Shrubs: Growing & Pruning: a talk by Graham Talbot & Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Late Spring Show Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Thu 21-Apr-2022 Horticultural Show Tips with Sheila Rapley Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Tue 26-Apr-2022 Growing Clematis: a talk by Everett Leeds Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox 01428 684883
Wed 27-Apr-2022 National Trust Gardens: a talk by David Hunt Haslemere Gardening Society
Thu 28-Apr-2022 Squire’s Garden Centres: a talk by Sarah Squire Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267
May 2022
Sun 1-May-2022 Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Denbies Wine Estate Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Mon 2-May-2022 Baskets & Tubs: a talk by Mark Dobell Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Wed 4-May-2022 Growing & Caring for Herbs: a talk by Belinda Allen Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Thu 5-May-2022 Demonstration: Val Clark “Merry Month of May” Competition: “Double Dutch” Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Fri 6-May-2022 Growing Vegetables: a talk by Mark Saunders Lightwater Gardening Club Ms. Lynn Bull 01276-502497
Fri 6-May-2022 80 Things You May Not Know About Horticulture: a talk by Ray Broughton Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Louise Clubley 01932-347297
Sat 7-May-2022 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 01483-271812
Sat 7-May-2022 Thursley Horticultural Society Plant Sale Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
Sat 7-May-2022 Grayshott Gardeners’ Plant Sale Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Sat 7-May-2022 Ash Parish Garden Club’s Plant Sale Ash Parish Garden Club Mrs B. Ames 01252-686303
Tue 10-May-2022 Making the Most of What You Have: a talk by Ben Pope Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Wed 11-May-2022 Success with Roses by Catherine & David May from Seale Rose Nursery Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox 01428 684883
Wed 11-May-2022 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: a talk by Pamela Holt Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 11-May-2022 Composts, Growing Media, & Mulches: a talk by Paul Patton Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Wed 11-May-2022 Hotbeds – Growing Bigger & Better Vegetables: a talk by Tom Maskell National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association Beth Otway
Thu 12-May-2022 Bonsai: a talk by Malcolm Steward Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Sat 14-May-2022 Warlingham & District Horticultural Society Plant Sale Warlingham & District Horticultural Society Mr. Richard Bransby 01883 623839
Sat 14-May-2022 Egham Gardens & Allotment Association Plant Sale Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Sat 14-May-2022 Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society’s Stall at the Cheam Charter Fair Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Sat 14-May-2022 Woodham and New Haw Horticultural Club Plant Sale and the Silver Club Cake Sale Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Louise Clubley 01932-347297
Mon 16-May-2022 The Cape Floral Kingdom: a talk by Vincent Gradwell Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Wed 18-May-2022 The Scented Garden: an illustrated talk by Antony Powell Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Missi Kasahara 7590-267-807
Wed 18-May-2022 Beyond the Garden Gate: the National Gardens Scheme Past & Present a talk by Angela & Graham O’Connell Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Wed 18-May-2022 Growing Mediums the Root to Gardening Success: a talk by Ray Broughton & Plant Sale Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Sat 21-May-2022 Banstead Horticultural Society & Friends Celebrate 90 Years! Banstead Horticultural Society Mrs. Diana Beck 01737-271243
Sat 21-May-2022 Caterham & District Horticultural Society Plant Sale Caterham & District Horticultural Society Mrs. J. Manning 01883 349491
Thu 26-May-2022 Surrey Wildlife Trust: Sites of Nature Conservation Interest a talk by Adam Bolton Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Ruth Murphy 01252 793267

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