Surrey Horticultural Federation Mid Summer 2024 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the Surrey Horticultural Federation Mid Summer newsletter!

Please share this newsletter with your members, as it will help everyone stay up to date with all the events happening in Surrey and the surrounding areas.  Thank you to West End Village Garden Club who emailed me their group photograph – the picture that I’ve used as the cover photo for this newsletter.

If your gardening club or horticultural society are paid up Surrey Horticultural Federation members and you’ve been doing anything interesting or exciting, please email me, beth@pumpkinbeth.com and include hi-res photos and information about your activities and I’ll feature you in a future newsletter.

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Nextdoor Nature Communities Grant is Now Open for Applications!

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Surrey Wildlife Trust are pleased to be able to offer one-off grants of up to £2,000 to help Surrey-based communities bring back nature and tackle climate change in their neighbourhood.

Don’t miss out: you have just one month to apply!  Submit your application today and tell Surrey Wildlife Trust all about your community project, how you’ll spend the money, and how your project will benefit both people and wildlife.  Successful applicants will find out in mid-August if their application has been successful.

Let’s work together to improve our community green spaces and leave lasting, meaningful legacies across Surrey and the surrounding counties.

NB: Applications must be received by 31st July 2024, and grants must be spent by 30th September 2024.  Find out more information and see the application form on Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website.

What to Do if your Speaker Doesn’t Arrive to Deliver Their Talk?

In the last Surrey Horticultural Federation  newsletter,  I asked what you did if a speaker turn up to give their talk?

I’ve been a Programme Secretary for a number of horticultural societies and gardening clubs for over ten years.  In this time, I’ve discovered some fantastic speakers and I’ve been fortunate that very few speakers have needed to cancel our booking prior to the event.  Only one speaker has not shown up on the night.  To minimise the risk of future problems, in my email communications I always include the full date of our booking (including the day of the week and the year) whenever I refer to the talk. I also embolden the text showing the date and venue to make it easier to read at a glance.  I enquire what equipment the speaker requires when confirming our booking and I record this.  Then, a month before the talk takes place I’ll email the speaker to double check everything to ensure that nothing has changed and I have arranged all the equipment they need.  Naturally, this also serves as a helpful reminder about the event.

If a speaker fails to arrive, consider holding an impromptu Gardeners’ Question Time – although this option relies on there being experienced gardeners who are both knowledgable and willing to answer questions.

Another option is to see if any one in the audience is a speaker or wants to give a talk.  Alternatively, ask members of the audience to talk about the plants that grow best in their garden or home (don’t forget houseplants!) and ask them to talk about their growing conditions and anything they have found helpful to discover or to talk about a problem they have found challenging to overcome.  You could also use this as an opportunity to talk about what members want from the group and discuss any visits, shows, or activities you might do in future.

Judy Douch, West End Village Garden Club’s Secretary says,

“I’m writing in response to your latest email re speakers being “no show”.  It has happened to us at WEVGC on more than one occasion.
With the minimal amount of notice we’ve contacted Geoff Peach who can talk and talk, and be thoroughly entertaining about horticultural life in general.  When no notice was given and our speaker didn’t show up, one of our members, who worked at a local herb nursery, gave an impromptu talk on how the herbs were grown and processed.  We are also fortunate to have one of the SHF speakers as a member!
However post COVID we have now persuaded one or two members to prepare a talk in advance to have as backup.  Some of these talks are based on holidays abroad (one or two go to Australia and New Zealand, often with stopovers in Malaysia or Singapore).  Many years ago, I had the job as being the quiz person for the SHF so I do have a stock of quiz questions (needing an update) to hand..”

If you have any new suggestions for what to do if a speaker doesn’t show, please email me beth@pumpkinbeth.com and I’ll add your suggestion to my next newsletter.

Expert Speaker: Sarah Foss

Expert Speaker, Sarah Foss gives evening or afternoon talks at £50 per talk, plus mileage (up to 10 miles radius from Sutton).
Talk topics include: The Magic of Houseplants, Plant Health for Allotment Gardeners, Flowers for Urban Wildlife & Earthworms.
Contact Sarah directly at thefosshouse@aol.com

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.

CHAPS Plant Sale at Churt Village Fete

Churt Horticulture & Produce Society (CHAPS) held their annual plant sale at Churt village fete on the 8th June 2024.  Thanks to the large number of attendees at the fete and the large array of plants on sale, this was a very successful fund-raising event for CHAPS.  Indeed, many sales were made even before the fete officially opened at 1400 hours!  Thank you to all CHAPS members who contributed plants for the sale and thank you to Luffs Farm Shop and Garden Centre who provided a selection of subsidised plants for sale.  We are also grateful to Lisa Skirrow and Mandy Martin who organised the plant stall and kept the rest of the committee members in check on the day.

Here’s a photo of Mandy Martin, CHAPS society secretary at Churt Plant Stall.

For CHAPS members, a reminder that CHAPS’ next event is the Summer Party to be held at Quinnettes on the evening of Friday 2nd August 2024.  Full details are available on the CHAPS website.

West End Village Garden Club

Here’s West End Village Garden Club’s team of volunteers pictured after planting out the summer bedding plants. This industrious group also raised these plants themselves.

West End Village Garden Club are organised and involved in the local community.  Their meeting place is where the Parish Office is situated, so, in return for free hire they maintain their local War Memorial and the recently refurbished, late Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden, which are on the same site.  The land belongs to the Parish Council.

This year West End Village Garden Club have planted more drought resistant Gazanias and fibrous rooted Begonias. Earlier they put in a lavender hedge with Rosemary at the 4 corners. The fence is to protect the plants against trampling.

On the day that I contacted West End Village Garden Club, fifteen of them had spent two very happy hours weeding the garden and installing the summer bedding, which they grew themselves.

West End Village Garden Club recently redesigned the Diamond Jubilee Garden. Judith Douch and Graham Pattison helped plant this area in time for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022. This planting is on the same site as the village War Memorial.

Visit Stunning Local Gardens & Help Raise Vital Funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

This summer, many local private gardens will be opening their doors to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.  There are many inspiring gardens to visit, including new gardens that have never opened before.  Attending these lovely garden events gives us a great day out but at the same time supports local hospice care.  Visit the Phyllis Tuckwell’s website for all the dates and details.

If you’re interested in opening your garden for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, please contact Jenny Newman, Jenny’s email is Jenny.Newman@pth.org.uk.

Ascot Horticultural Society: The Pastime of Beekeeping And What They Do For Us

Ascot Horticultural Society are meeting at 7.30pm (for 7.45pm start) on Wednesday 10th July 2024 at King Edward’s Hall, King Edwards Road, Ascot, SL5 8PD.  Tony Lack will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Pastime of Beekeeping And What They Do For Us’.

A Reminder to Take Part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count!

The Big Butterfly Count begins on Friday 12th July 2024 and ends on Sunday 4th August 2024.  Find more information (and Butterfly Identification Guides) on Butterfly Conservation’s website.

Holmwood Village Produce Society’s Summer Produce Show Has Been Cancelled

Holmwood Village Produce Society‘s Summer Produce Show was due to be on Saturday 13th July 2024 from 1pm until 4.30pm at The Old School Field, South Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4LY.  This event has been cancelled.

Supported by their local community in Holmwood and local villages, Holmwood Village Produce Society are about to host their 78th Annual Village Produce Show!  This society host a traditional summer show with horticultural produce exhibits, home produce, photography, handicrafts, & children’s exhibits.  There will be plants and homemade jams and cakes for sale.

Entertainment for the afternoon includes: Punch & Judy shows, football shy, Reigate Bee keepers, & various local craft makers selling their products.  Refreshments include: Beer & Pimms Tent, BBQ, ice creams, tea & cakes.

On Sunday 14th July 2024, Holmwood Village’s Dog Show is from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at The Old School Field, South Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4LY.

Elizabeth Sawdray’s Talk about Roses on Wednesday 17th July 2024

At Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society‘s next meeting on Wednesday 17th July 2024, their speaker will be Elizabeth Sawdray who will be talking on Roses.  Elizabeth’s family business, Apuldram Roses (near Chichester) was set up by Diane Sawdray in 1979; Di Sawdray was on the RHS board that set up the first ever Hampton Court Palace Rose Show.

A warm welcome awaits any visitors who would like to join Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society to hear Liz’s interesting and informative talk.  This meeting starts at 7pm (and finishes at around 9pm) at The Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington, SM6 8BL.  Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society members pay 50p to attend this meeting, which covers the cost of refreshments.  Non-members are very welcome to attend this meeting – entry is £3 for non-members.

Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society’s Summer Show is on Saturday 20th July 2024

Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society’s Summer Show will be held at St Dunstan’s Cheam, C of E Primary School, Anne Boleyns Walk, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8DF.  The show opens to the public from 2pm until 4.30pm.   At this show, visitors can admire the entries in the Flower, Vegetable, Domestic, & Children’s Classes.  NB: Only Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society Members can exhibit at this show.  New members are very welcome, please join online and advise the Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society Show Secretary what your entries will be by 4pm on the Thursday before the show, at the latest.  There will be many opportunities to win trophies, as a couple of regular exhibitors are retiring.  Why not enter the Fruit Section?  Exhibits must be staged between 8.30am – 11am.  Admission is free to members and 50p for non members.  Craft goods and plants will be on sale.  Refreshments served from 8.30am.  Ample free parking in the school grounds.  Prize giving and Awards at 4.30pm.

Ecolocal’s Workshop: Bud Grafting Apple trees on Saturday 20th July 2024

Learn how to propagate fruit trees by bud-grafting at this one day workshop led by an RHS qualified and experienced fruit grower and tutor.
Learn the technical theory behind budding to propagate onto a variety of rootstock to produce upright, cordon, espalier and step-over trees.
The workshop includes hands-on sessions to gain practical skills in bud-grafting and you’ll be able to see examples of previously bud grafted heritage variety cordons in the Victorian walled garden.
Attendees take home their own bud grafted rootstock as well as detailed illustrated instruction sheets.
Bring secateurs and pruning knives, if you have them.
Date: Saturday 20th July 2024
Time: 10.30am – 3pm
Price: £35 (includes one rootstock)
To book your place, please click here.

Visit Daphne Foulsham’s beautiful garden, Vale End in Albury on 21st July 2024

Our Surrey Horticultural Federation President, Daphne Foulsham is opening her garden, Vale End, Chilworth Road, Albury, Surrey, GU5 9BE, for Butterfly Conservation on Sunday 21st July 2024 from 1pm until 5pm. Teas.  Entry £5.

Our Surrey Horticultural Federation President, Daphne Foulsham is opening her garden, Vale End, Chilworth Road, Albury, Surrey, GU5 9BE, for Butterfly Conservation on Sunday 21st July 2024 from 1pm until 5pm. Teas.  Entry £5.

Ecolocal’s Workshop: Summer Pruning of Stone and Trained Fruit on Saturday 3rd August 2024

 

Summer is the time to prune stone fruit (plums, cherries, peaches and others) and trained apples and pears.  Fruit pruning can seem a bit daunting until you have had some practice and in this one-day workshop you will learn the skills needed to keep your trees healthy and producing quality fruit for many years.
Have you ever wanted to grow a fan trained peach or cordon fruit trees? This workshop will also introduce you to the techniques of pruning trained fruit.
With lots of information to take away and an opportunity to get some hands-on practical experience the friendly tutor will demystify and guide you through the process. Bring your own secateurs. if you have them.
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
Time: 10.30am – 3pm
Price: £35
To book your place, please click here.

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.

Walton and District Allotment & Garden Society’s Late Summer Show

Walton and District Allotment & Garden Society are holding their Late Summer Show on Saturday 17 August 2024 at at St. Andrews United Reform Church Hall on Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 1LG. This show is open to the public from 2pm. Do come along, there’s free entry and everyone is welcome. Any queries, please email secretary.wadags@gmail.com.

Surrey Gardens Trust Summer Party is at West Horsley Place on Thursday 29th August 2024

The Surrey Gardens Trust Summer Party is at West Horsley Place on Thursday 29th August 2024, when the Surrey Gardens Trust host the PlayGC Theatre Company who will perform their Glory of the Garden anthology of poetry, prose and songs on the theme of gardens and the gardeners who tend them.  Gates open from 1pm and the show starts at 2.30pm.  Attendees can enjoy an afternoon of picnicking and entertainment in the garden at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6AN.  Bring your own picnic and refreshments, a rug and chairs.  NB: Please bring umbrellas, as the event will be held whatever the weather.  Tickets are £20 per person – to book your tickets, please click here.

Sarah Dickinson, Chair of the Surrey Gardens Trust hopes that you will all be able to attend the Surrey Gardens Trust Summer Party.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come together in the beautiful setting of the Serpentine Garden at West Horsley Place.  PlayGC are a highly professional theatre group who have written a wonderful piece, perfect for a barmy sunny afternoon’s entertainment (but equally up to the task of raising the spirits on an inclement day!).  Bring your friends and family, young and old for a picnic.  The ticket fee will cover the garden hire and a modest PlayGC fee.  All additional proceeds will be donated to the garden team at West Horsley Place to help them maintain this important historic garden.

The London Children’s Flower Society are Looking for Volunteer Judges

Since its foundation in 1945, the London Children’s Flower Society has given children from Nursery, Primary, Secondary, and Special needs schools across London, the opportunity to take an interest in horticulture by encouraging them to enter their gardening competitions.  Many of these children live in impoverished areas, with little to no access to outside space.

The London Children’s Flower Society currently run a spring bulb competition in the autumn, providing daffodil and hyacinth bulbs to schools.  Their Summer Seed and Garden competitions are launched in January.  They sell Bee & Butterfly friendly flowers, herbs, and vegetable seeds at a massively discounted rate.  In September 2024, The London Children’s Flower Society will be offering all schools £5 worth of free bulbs/seeds.

The London Children’s Flower Society support approximately 200 schools and their teachers, sending their team of volunteer judges to appraise and award certificates to each child for their efforts.  From these schools they select the top 27 gold awarded schools and invite them to attend an Annual Trophy ceremony at the London Guildhall.  The children get to come along to receive their school’s trophy and prizes, presented usually by either their Patron, HRH the Duchess of Edinburgh, or their President, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, along with the current Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

The London Children’s Flower Society have created a Teachers Toolkit for schools to show the benefit of growing and gardening and demonstrate how they can link this activity to other subjects in the national curriculum, such as Art, English, Religious Education, and Science.  The London Children’s Flower Society feel there are many schools in London that would benefit from gardening and that there is a real appetite for schools to get involved, especially in the current climate.  Not only does gardening encourage children to spend more quality time outside in the fresh air, but gardening has also been proven to have many health benefits for physical well-being and mental health.

The London Children’s Flower Society runs entirely on donations and has to secure funding each year, to continue to provide opportunities for Schools to get involved in horticulture.  They have a small team of part time staff, a board of trustees, and over 70 volunteers. T he Society is keen to engage with other Organisations that may be able to support and foster their work as a Charity, along with a wider knowledge of the Societies’ aims to support their Horticultural Education to London Schools.  To find out more, visit The London Children’s Flower Society’s website or email to register your interest.

Sunday Gardening Programme on BBC Radio Surrey

Don’t miss the Sunday Gardening programme on BBC Radio Surrey from 10:30am until 12 noon.  Each week, the show have a segment where they promote gardening events in the local community; from talks to workshops, from fairs to meet-ups.  No matter if it’s big or small, ticketed or free, the team want to hear from you and your society about what events you’ve got planned.

If you have any events to promote, then get in touch via email: Sunday.gardening@bbc.co.uk.  It’s possible you could also have the opportunity to come on the programme and tell the listeners about your group and what it is you do.

Additionally, please do let your members know that if they ever have any gardening questions, they can reach out to the Sunday Gardening programme via email Sunday.gardening@bbc.co.uk or call the team from 10am on Sundays on 0800 587 1046.  The Sunday Gardening programme are joined every week by a gardening expert who is ready to answer any question you may have.

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.

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.

Kind regards
Beth

Beth Otway
Website & Events Secretary
Surrey Horticultural Federation

Upcoming Events:

July 2024
Thu 4-Jul-2024 Aldershot Floral Design Club Demonstration: Demonstration: Pam Lewis “Summer’s Bounty” Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Fri 5-Jul-2024 Growing for the Kitchen: a talk by Paul Patton Lightwater Gardening Club Ms. Lynn Bull 01276-502497
Sat 6-Jul-2024 Shalford Chilworth & Peasmarsh Garden Club’s Summer Show Shalford, Peasmarsh and Chilworth Garden Club Rosa Bond 01483 539260
Sat 6-Jul-2024 Elstead Garden Club Summer Show Elstead Garden Club Mrs. Alison Gravett 01252-703318
Sun 7-Jul-2024 Wonersh & District Gardening Club’s Plant Sale at Wonersh Fete Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Tue 9-Jul-2024 Swan Lifeline: a talk by Cindy Smulders Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Tue 9-Jul-2024 Milford Horticultural Society Visit to High Clandon Estate Vineyard with Witley Gardening Association Milford Horticultural Society Mr Stewart Miskimmin 01483-421509
Tue 9-Jul-2024 Floral Art Demonstration by Elizabeth Barralet Pirbright Horticultural Society Lucy Baker 07815 847 941
Wed 10-Jul-2024 Viticulture in the South of England: a talk by Alex Valsecchi Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 10-Jul-2024 The Pastime of Beekeeping and what they do for us: a talk by Tony Lack Ascot Horticultural Society Mrs Lindsey Payne 07847511361
Wed 10-Jul-2024 Violas and Volcanos: a talk by Bob Charman Banstead Horticultural Society Gail Fraser 01737-356576
Wed 10-Jul-2024 East Grinstead Horticultural Society Garden Visit East Grinstead Horticultural Society Helen Gabrielides
Wed 10-Jul-2024 Late Summer Perennials & Grasses: a talk by Marina Christopher from Phoenix Perennial Plants Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox
Sat 13-Jul-2024 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Summer Show Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 07980 122530
Sat 13-Jul-2024 Grayshott Gardeners’ Summer Show Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Sat 13-Jul-2024 Holmwood Village Produce Society’s Summer Produce Show Holmwood Village Produce Society Sarah Jackson 07867 631865
Sat 13-Jul-2024 Ellens Green & Rudgwick Gardening Association Summer Show Ellens Green and Rudgwick Gardening Association Richard Haigh
Sat 13-Jul-2024 Ashford Horticultural Society Summer Show Ashford Horticultural Society Mr. B. Muggeridge 01784-254986
Sun 14-Jul-2024 Growing Redhill Planters Working Party Reigate Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086
Mon 15-Jul-2024 Butterflies & Moths: a talk by Steve Oaks Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Wed 17-Jul-2024 Ponds & Water Plants: a talk by Ray Broughton Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Wed 17-Jul-2024 Survival of Our Planet through Plant Conservation: a talk by Paul Pattison Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Wed 17-Jul-2024 Roses: a talk by Elizabeth Sawday from Apuldram Nursery Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Christine Hockham 01243 824726
Wed 17-Jul-2024 Thursley Horticultural Society’s Tour of West Dean Gardeners with Head Gardener, Tom Brown Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
Thu 18-Jul-2024 Treading Gently Through the Borders: a talk by Ben Pope New Society Gardening Club (Camberley) Sarah Wesley 07400 850876
Sat 20-Jul-2024 Ashtead Horticultural Society’s 139th Summer Show Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Sat 20-Jul-2024 Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Social Evening Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Christine Hockham 01243 824726
Sat 20-Jul-2024 Wood Street Village Horticultural Society Annual Horticultural & Village Show Wood Street Village Horticultural Society Mr. Derrick Hoath 07930-317048
Sat 20-Jul-2024 Albury Produce Association’s Annual Produce Show and Fair Albury Produce Association Mrs. S. M. Cook O1483 202106
Sat 20-Jul-2024 Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society’s Summer Show Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Tue 23-Jul-2024 Perennials: More Colour, Less Work – Fact or Fiction? A talk by Gillian Taylor West End Village Gardening Club Mrs. Judy Douch 01483-475133
Tue 23-Jul-2024 Companion Planting – Growing the Organic Way: a talk by Belinda Allen Milford Horticultural Society Mr Stewart Miskimmin 01483-421509
Wed 24-Jul-2024 Ashtead Horticultural Society’s Garden Walk Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Wed 24-Jul-2024 Epsom Garden Society Summer Display & Plant Sale Epsom Garden Society Catherine Flitter 07821-277708
Thu 25-Jul-2024 Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Meeting: Jon Evans from West Surrey Alpine Garden Society Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Sharon Miller 07766 573856
Sat 27-Jul-2024 Banstead Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show Banstead Horticultural Society Gail Fraser 01737-356576
Sat 27-Jul-2024 Pirbright Horticultural Society Annual Show Pirbright Horticultural Society Lucy Baker 07815 847 941
Sun 28-Jul-2024 Growing Redhill Working Party at Merstham Train Station: Tidying Up & Weeding Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086
August 2024
Thu 1-Aug-2024 Aldershot Floral Design Club Workshop Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Fri 2-Aug-2024 Churt Horticultural and Produce Society Members’ Garden Party Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Sun 4-Aug-2024 Aldershot Floral Design Club’s Platinum (70th) Year Celebrations: Open Demonstration and Cream Tea Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Wed 7-Aug-2024 Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Visit to a Private Garden TBC Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Wed 7-Aug-2024 Drought Tolerant Plants: a talk by Steve Edney from No Name Nursery Godstone Gardeners Club Silvia Pocock 01883-712627
Sun 11-Aug-2024 Growing Redhill Working Party at Reigate Station Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086
Mon 12-Aug-2024 Dahlias: a talk by Mark Saunders Elstead Garden Club Mrs. Alison Gravett 01252-703318
Tue 13-Aug-2024 Worplesdon Garden Club Summer Show & Social Evening Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Wed 14-Aug-2024 Shrubs: the Backbone of your Garden: a talk by Geoff Hawkins Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 14-Aug-2024 A Love Affair with Iris: a talk by Sue Marshall East Grinstead Horticultural Society Helen Gabrielides
Wed 14-Aug-2024 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Garden Visit to Beckhams Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Thu 15-Aug-2024 New Society Gardening Club’s Outing New Society Gardening Club (Camberley) Sarah Wesley 07400 850876
Sat 17-Aug-2024 Walton & District Allotment & Garden Society Late Summer Show Walton & District Allotment & Garden Society Ann Cowap
Sun 18-Aug-2024 Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Denbies Wine Estate Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Mon 19-Aug-2024 Grasses & Ferns: a talk by Chris Bird Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Wed 21-Aug-2024 Autumn Aspirations – planning for the Autumn garden: a talk by Paul Patton Epsom Garden Society Catherine Flitter 07821-277708
Wed 21-Aug-2024 Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society’s Outing to Freda’s Award Winning Garden Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Christine Hockham 01243 824726
Sat 24-Aug-2024 Ripley & District Horticultural Society Annual Show Ripley and District Horticultural Society Mrs. Sue Stranger
Sat 24-Aug-2024 Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Late Summer Show Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Mr. K.G.Lewis 01737-210707
Sun 25-Aug-2024 Growing Redhill Working Party at Merstham Train Station: Tidying Up & Weeding Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086
Thu 29-Aug-2024 The Surrey Gardens Trust Summer Party & Theatre Show at West Horsley Place Surrey Gardens Trust Sheri Sticpewich
Sat 31-Aug-2024 Merrow Horticultural Society Annual Show and Bring and Buy Sale Merrow Horticultural Society Ms. Veronica Plested 01483-569498
Sat 31-Aug-2024 Epsom Garden Society Annual Show Epsom Garden Society Catherine Flitter 07821-277708
September 2024
Sun 1-Sep-2024 Growing Redhill Plant Stall at the Quality Street Fair Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086
Wed 4-Sep-2024 Asian Hornets: a talk by Vanessa Jones Godstone Gardeners Club Silvia Pocock 01883-712627
Thu 5-Sep-2024 Aldershot Floral Design Club Demonstration: Annette Urquhart “Dabbling in Day Dreams” Aldershot Floral Design Club Dee Kelly 01252-350944
Fri 6-Sep-2024 Herbs: a talk by Jacqueline Aviolet Lightwater Gardening Club Ms. Lynn Bull 01276-502497
Fri 6-Sep-2024 Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Meeting Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Louise Clubley 07843 962421
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Autumn Show Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Ewhurst Horticultural Society Autumn Show Ewhurst Horticultural Society Mrs. Anne Dyball 07980 122530
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Thursley Horticultural Society Autumn Show Thursley Horticultural Society Mrs. Pat Clake 01252-706869
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Autumn Flower Show Sandhurst & District Gardening Club Julie Sheppard 07711 056 815
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Wonersh & District Garden Club’s Autumn Show Wonersh and District Garden Club Mrs. H. Goodridge 01483-535108
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Sharon Miller 07766 573856
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Ashtead Horticultural Society’s 71st Autumn Show Ashtead Horticultural Society Mrs. Jennie Pilfold 01372-373348
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Witley Gardening Association Autumn Show Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Onslow Village Garden Club’s 78th Annual Show Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Autumn Show Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Georgia Lacey 01428 683120
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Milford Horticultural Society Autumn Show Milford Horticultural Society Mr Stewart Miskimmin 01483-421509
Sat 7-Sep-2024 Cheam & Cuddington Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Mon 9-Sep-2024 Gardening for Colour: a talk by Vincent Gladwell Elstead Garden Club Mrs. Alison Gravett 01252-703318
Tue 10-Sep-2024 Salvias: a talk by Steve Edney Worplesdon Garden Club Tim Bonnert 07708 455096
Tue 10-Sep-2024 Companion Planting: a talk by Belinda Allen Pirbright Horticultural Society Lucy Baker 07815 847 941
Wed 11-Sep-2024 Step into Autumn: a talk by Jean Griffin Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society Mr. N. Clarke 0208-644-9291
Wed 11-Sep-2024 Lessons from Great Gardeners: a talk by Matthew Biggs Grayshott Gardeners Sue Wheeler 07719 457821
Wed 11-Sep-2024 The Veg Garden in Autumn: a talk by Barnaby Miller National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association Beth Otway
Wed 11-Sep-2024 Droughts, deluges and dust devils: a talk by Weatherman, Ian Currie East Grinstead Horticultural Society Helen Gabrielides
Thu 12-Sep-2024 Egham Gardens & Allotment Association Late Summer Show & Quiz Egham Gardens and Allotment Association Mrs. Wendy Flight 01932-455910
Thu 12-Sep-2024 Plant Heritage in-person & Zoom talk: ‘People, Plants and Places’ a talk by Iain Parkinson (Curator of Wakehurst Gardens) Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG) Wendy Bentall 01276-858256
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Leatherhead Horticultural Society Annual Show Leatherhead Horticultural Society Mr. Euan Niven 01372-279079
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Banstead Horticultural Society Autumn Flower Show Banstead Horticultural Society Gail Fraser 01737-356576
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Main Horticultural Show Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Paul Goudie
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Ellens Green & Rudgwick Gardening Association Autumn Show and Art Exhibition Ellens Green and Rudgwick Gardening Association Richard Haigh
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Ashford Horticultural Society Autumn Show Ashford Horticultural Society Mr. B. Muggeridge 01784-254986
Sat 14-Sep-2024 Elstead Garden Club Autumn Show Elstead Garden Club Mrs. Alison Gravett 01252-703318
Sun 15-Sep-2024 Tilford Gardening Club’s Autumn Show Tilford Gardening Club Mrs. Janet Arm 01252-783133
Mon 16-Sep-2024 Nature’s First Aid: a talk by Belinda Allen Basingstoke Horticultural Society Mr. Philip Wraight 01256-324185
Tue 17-Sep-2024 Dailias: a talk by Richard Ramsey of Withypitts Dahlias Witley Gardening Association Christine Cox
Wed 18-Sep-2024 Companion Planting and Gardening the Organic Way: a talk by Belinda Allen Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Georgia Lacey 01428 683120
Wed 18-Sep-2024 Market Garden Farming: a talk by Tom & Grace Reynolds Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS) Mandy Martin
Wed 18-Sep-2024 Vegetables for Showing & KItchen: a talk by Geoff Peach Onslow Village Garden Club Mrs Anne Bradbeer 01483 563421
Thu 19-Sep-2024 Ponds and Water Plants: a talk by Ray Broughton New Society Gardening Club (Camberley) Sarah Wesley 07400 850876
Sat 21-Sep-2024 The Chobham Agricultural & Horticultural Society Show Chobham Agricultural and Horticultural Society Mrs. Susan Hallam 01276-858653
Sat 21-Sep-2024 Wokingham Horticultural Association’s Autumn Show Wokingham Horticultural Association Pauline MacBrayne 07941 352411
Sat 21-Sep-2024 Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Autumn Show Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society Christine Hockham 01243 824726
Sat 21-Sep-2024 Caterham & District Horticultural Society Autumn Show Caterham & District Horticultural Society Mrs. Karen Murray
Sat 21-Sep-2024 Godstone Gardeners’ Club Annual Summer Show Godstone Gardeners Club Silvia Pocock 01883-712627
Sat 21-Sep-2024 Sanderstead Horticultural Society Autumn Show Sanderstead Horticultural Society Julie Caplin (Chair) 07816 374 636
Tue 24-Sep-2024 Current Trends and New Varieties in the Bulb World: a talk by Tim Woodland West End Village Gardening Club Mrs. Judy Douch 01483-475133
Tue 24-Sep-2024 Gardens of the Lake District: a talk by Eric Swidenbank Milford Horticultural Society Mr Stewart Miskimmin 01483-421509
Wed 25-Sep-2024 Epsom Garden Society Autumn Display & Plant Sale Epsom Garden Society Catherine Flitter 07821-277708
Thu 26-Sep-2024 Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society’s Social Evening Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Sharon Miller 07766 573856
Sat 28-Sep-2024 A talk by Steve Edney of No Name Nursery Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society Mr. K.G.Lewis 01737-210707
Sun 29-Sep-2024 Growing Redhill: Spring Bulb Planting at Merstham and Reigate Train Station Growing Redhill Karen Murray 01737 903086

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