Hello and welcome to the Surrey Horticultural Federation Spring 2023 Newsletter!
Surrey Horticultural Federation Garden Visit to ‘Grattons’ in Dunsfold
We are very grateful indeed to Sheri Sticpewich, who has very kindly agreed to open her garden, ‘Grattons’ in Dunsfold, exclusively for Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs and societies from 2.30pm until 4.30pm on Sunday 2nd July 2023!
Please add this date to your diaries and share this information with your members; we hope to see you there.
Arranging Visits to National Garden’s Scheme Gardens in Surrey
I received this message from Sarah Wilson from the NGS:
Surrey Gardens Open By Arrangement 2023
Dear Garden Club organiser,
I know that a lot of the garden clubs in the Surrey Horticultural Federation like to arrange group visits to Surrey NGS gardens. Feedback to me over the years has mentioned that the NGS website is not very easy to navigate, and some garden owners are rather elusive! We are addressing this in 2023 to try and increase the number of arranged visits.
To facilitate this the NGS have set up a separate page for prearranged visits to Surrey Gardens with a plan for next year to set up an online booking and payment system.
To access the new pages there is a simple link : https://ngs.org.uk/surrey-by-arrangement/ – unfortunately, you cannot access this via the public website.
We have also prepared a document, which can be emailed or printed, which gives garden visit organisers all the information they need to set up a visit and includes a QR code which takes you straight to the garden description.
With Best Wishes
Publicity Lead and Assistant County Organiser for the Surrey NGS
Download Open Gardens PDF
Crosswater Farm in Churt is Opening for the National Gardens Scheme
Crosswater Farm Gardens will open on Sunday 7th May 2023 and Coronation Holiday Monday 8th May 2023 in aid of the National Gardens Scheme from 10am to 4.30pm. This year marks the 30th Anniversary that the garden has opened in aid of the NGS and the Millais family aim to reach £30,000 raised for the charity during this time.
The idyllic 6 acres of woodland garden feature thousands of varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas as well as companion trees such as Sorbus, Magnolias and Acers, in a beautiful setting including ponds and a stream. The garden contains one of the areas’ most comprehensive collections of rhododendrons, many of which have been raised by the Millais family from seed collected in the Himalayas or from their breeding programme.
Adjoining the garden is the specialist rhododendron grower Millais Nurseries, who are Royal Warrant holders and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalists. Over 900 different varieties are grown ranging from tiny alpine dwarfs to architectural big leaved specimens. The plant centre and trials garden featuring new varieties from around the world should be in full bloom at this opening.
Crosswater Farm can be found in the village of Churt, just off Jumps Road. The address is:
Surrey GU10 2JN
Admission £6, children free. Teas are in aid of Christian Aid.
New Speaker recommendations
I’ve just recently had two speakers recommended to me – see the information below.
After an extensive career in the world of ballet and musical theatre, Simon Horrill wanted to find a new creative path. He retrained at the London Collage of Garden Design. His time at London Collage of Garden Design taught him many new skills but also showed him that his background helped him understanding space and working in three dimension. Simon now combines his passions, designing gardens and teaching dance.
Simon gives two two talks at the moment – ‘Small Space Big Idea’ – A practical look at making spaces work to their best and ‘Springing into another year’ – Ideas and musing of where gardens maybe moving in the year ahead by looking at predicted trends, products that Simon has found helpful and some plant thoughts and ideas.
Simon charges £85, plus travel costs of 40p a mile. Simon’s email is email@example.com
Steven Edney is a plantsman and co-owner of The No Name Nursery and The Land, a former Head Gardener at The Salutation. Steven is a Member of the RHS herbaceous committee, a garden consultant to Canterbury Cathedral, the holder of two National Plant Collections, and winner of Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show gold medals!
Talk titles include:
- Drought tolerant plants
- Dahlias for the garden (not exhibition)
- A horticulturalist’s home garden – open for the NGS
- Think beyond the flower, perennials for winter structure – seed heads
- Our jungly journey with exotics
- The Land and The No Name Nursery – our gardening life
- The Long border (planning plants and maintenance of our 100m long border)
- Other titles available and Zoom talks available.
Fee: £100 plus travel @ 45p per mile.
Steve has his own computer and projector so will just need a screen to be provided.
When giving talks, Steven will bring plants from the nursery for sale.
69 Chequer Lane
01304 448476 (Email preferred. Website coming soon!)
Has a speaker given a talk to your society over the past few months? Please share your feedback with the other Surrey Horticultural Federation clubs and societies by emailing me your thoughts, both positive and negative on the speakers you’ve heard – thank you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publicising Your Club or Society’s Events
If your club or society is a fully paid up member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation, I will be delighted to add your society or club’s events to our website. Please email me, email@example.com. To successfully publicise your event, I need to know:
- What date your event takes place.
- What time your event starts.
- Where your event is held.
- What type of event you’re holding? If it’s a talk, please let me know the name of the speaker and their talk title.
- Finally, I need to know the entrance fee for visitors.
Do You Have Anything You Would Like Me to Add to My Next Newsletter?
Do you have anything you would like me to add to my next newsletter? Please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a happy Easter and a successful spring growing season ahead!
Website & Events Secretary
Surrey Horticultural Federation
If you are a member of the Surrey Horticultural Federation and you have something you would like me to add to my next newsletter, please contact me, my email is email@example.com
|Thu 9-Mar-2023||The Heather National Collections at RHS Garden Wisley: a talk by Mark Tuson||Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)||Wendy Bentall||01276-858256|
|Thu 9-Mar-2023||Beyond the Garden Gate: a talk by Annabel Alford-Warren||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Fri 10-Mar-2023||Colours of the Caribbean, Wild & Garden Flowers: a talk by Carol Watson||Froyle Gardening Club||Madeleine Dowding||01420-85530|
|Fri 10-Mar-2023||Tips on Showing: a talk by Peter Almond||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Fri 10-Mar-2023||British Alstoemerias and UK Cut Flowers Industry: a talk by Ben Cross from Crosslands Nursery in West Sussex||Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society||Jean Griffin|
|Sat 11-Mar-2023||50 Shades of Grey: a talk by Colin Moat||Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society||Mr. K.G.Lewis||01737-210707|
|Sat 11-Mar-2023||Cherrill Sands: Women Gardeners of the 20th Century||Hardy Plant Society Southern Counties Group||Mrs Anne Grabaskey|
|Sun 12-Mar-2023||Growing Redhill Working Party at Merstham Train Station: Tidying Up & Weeding||Growing Redhill||Ms Debbie Fox||07717-678968|
|Tue 14-Mar-2023||Flowers for Fun!||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Tue 14-Mar-2023||Fish Go Deep: a Demonstration by Jennifer Thompson||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley||01737-764004|
|Tue 14-Mar-2023||Rhododendrons from the Himalayas to Chelsea: a talk by David Millais||Worplesdon Garden Club||Tim Bonnert||07708 455096|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Gardening Quiz with Seed Swap & Fish and Chip Supper||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society||Georgia Lacey||01428 683120|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Sandhurst & District Gardening Club’s Daffodil Show & The World of Alpines: a talk by Jon Evans||Sandhurst & District Gardening Club||Julie Sheppard||07711 056 815|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Farming in Thursley: a talk by local Farmers, Robert Ranson, Peter & Teresa Goble||Thursley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Pat Clake||01252-706869|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Leatherhead Horticultural Society Spring Show & AGM||Leatherhead Horticultural Society||Mr. Euan Niven||01372-279079|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||80 Things You Didn’t Know About Horticulture: a talk by Ray Broughton Plus Daffodil Show||Onslow Village Garden Club||Mrs Anne Bradbeer||01483 563421|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||The Way to a Wimbledon Lawn: a talk by Paul Patton||Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society||Christine Hockham||01243 824726|
|Wed 15-Mar-2023||Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Conducted Tour of Wisley||Wonersh and District Garden Club||Mrs. H. Goodridge||01483-535108|
|Thu 16-Mar-2023||Encouraging Wildlife in the Garden: a talk by Andrew Halstead||Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS)||Mrs. Maggie Wright||01428-715304|
|Thu 16-Mar-2023||Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society Zoom Talk: Growing Dahlias with Expert Darren Everest||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Fri 17-Mar-2023||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society’s Guided Tour of RHS Garden Wisley||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society||Ruth Murphy||01252 793267|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Super Seasonal Display Ideas: a talk by Mark Saunders||Ripley and District Horticultural Society||Mrs. Sue Stranger||07887 996374|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Asters – History & Propagation: a talk by Jacqueline Aviolet||Basingstoke Horticultural Society||Mr. Philip Wraight||01256-324185|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Rhododendrons: a talk by David Millais||Epsom Garden Society||Catherine Flitter||07821-277708|
|Mon 20-Mar-2023||Jim Buttress, 65 Years in Horticulture (My recollections and memories of a long lifetime in horticulture)||Brockham Green Horticultural Society||Ruth Johnson||01737 842691|
|Thu 23-Mar-2023||Surrey Gardens Trust Zoom Talk: English Gardens Through the Eyes of Country Life by Kathryn Bradley-Hole||Surrey Gardens Trust||Sheri Sticpewich|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Tilford Gardening Club’s Spring Show||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society Spring Show||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society||Ruth Murphy||01252 793267|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Warlingham & District Horticultural Society AGM||Warlingham & District Horticultural Society||Mr. Richard Bransby||01883 623839|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Newdigate Horticultural Society Spring Show||Newdigate Horticultural Society|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Meeting of the East Surrey Horticultural Societies||Growing Redhill||Ms Debbie Fox||07717-678968|
|Sat 25-Mar-2023||Wokingham Horticultural Association’s Spring Show||Wokingham Horticultural Association||Pauline MacBrayne||07941 352411|
|Sun 26-Mar-2023||Tilford Gardening Club’s Spring Show||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Tue 28-Mar-2023||Spring into Action 1: Pests of Vegetables: a talk by Andrew Halstead||Dorking Allotment Holders’ Association||Andy Whitehouse|
|Wed 29-Mar-2023||Horsley Garden Society Spring Show & Supper||Horsley Garden Society||Mrs. K. Clifton|
|Wed 29-Mar-2023||Sydney Scott Talk: Making the Most of What you Have: a talk by Ben Pope||Ewhurst Horticultural Society||Mrs. Anne Dyball||01483-271812|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society Virtual Spring Show||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Ewell Horticultural Association Spring Show||Ewell Horticultural Association||Ms. Lynne Mason||0208-393-9257|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Froyle Gardening Club Spring Show||Froyle Gardening Club||Madeleine Dowding||01420-85530|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Wonersh & District Garden Club’s Spring Show||Wonersh and District Garden Club||Mrs. H. Goodridge||01483-535108|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Churt Horticultural & Produce Society Spring Show||Churt Horticultural & Produce Society (CHAPS)||Mrs. Maggie Wright||01428-715304|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Witley Gardening Association Spring Show||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Thursley Horticultural Society Spring Show||Thursley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Pat Clake||01252-706869|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Headley Horticultural Society Spring Show||Headley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Jill Howard-Duff||01428-714073|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Spring Seed Swap, Plant Sale, & Fun Day||Growing Redhill||Ms Debbie Fox||07717-678968|
|Sat 1-Apr-2023||Ewhurst Horticultural Society Spring Show||Ewhurst Horticultural Society||Mrs. Anne Dyball||01483-271812|
|Sun 2-Apr-2023||Banstead Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Mon 3-Apr-2023||A talk by Carol Gubler from Little Brook Fuchsias||Shalford, Peasmarsh and Chilworth Garden Club||Rosa Bond||01483 539260|
|Wed 5-Apr-2023||The Victorian Gardener: a talk by Dr Judy Hill||Send Gardening Society||Fiona Collett||01483 765730|
|Tue 11-Apr-2023||The Magic of Spring: a Demonstration by Eleanor Bracken||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley||01737-764004|
|Tue 11-Apr-2023||Hardy Geraniums: a talk by Jacqueline Aviolet||Worplesdon Garden Club||Tim Bonnert||07708 455096|
|Wed 12-Apr-2023||The Veg Garden in Spring: a talk by Barnaby Miller||National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association||Beth Otway|
|Wed 12-Apr-2023||Plant Propagation: a talk by Ray Broughton, Lecturer at Sparshot College||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|
|Wed 12-Apr-2023||Companion Planting: a talk by Belinda Allen||Ashtead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Jennie Pilfold||01372-373348|
|Thu 13-Apr-2023||George Forrest and Ernest Wilson: In Search of Special Plants: a talk by Matthew Biggs||Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)||Wendy Bentall||01276-858256|
|Thu 13-Apr-2023||Egham Garden & Allotments Association Spring Show||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Fri 14-Apr-2023||Lightwater Gardening Club Daffodil Show||Lightwater Gardening Club||Ms. Lynn Bull||01276-502497|
|Fri 14-Apr-2023||British Alstromerias & the Cut Flower Industry: a talk by Ben Cross||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club||Louise Clubley||01932-347297|
|Sat 15-Apr-2023||Kingswood, Walton & Tadworth Horticultural Society Spring Show||Kingswood, Walton, & Tadworth Horticultural Society||Mr. K.G.Lewis||01737-210707|
|Sat 15-Apr-2023||Andy Pinder: Unusual Trees for Small Gardens||Hardy Plant Society Southern Counties Group||Mrs Anne Grabaskey|
|Sat 15-Apr-2023||Grayshott Gardeners’ Spring Show||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|
|Sat 15-Apr-2023||Caterham & District Horticultural Society Spring Show||Caterham & District Horticultural Society||Mrs. J. Manning||01883 349491|
|Mon 17-Apr-2023||My Greenhouse Year: a talk by Gillian Taylor||Basingstoke Horticultural Society||Mr. Philip Wraight||01256-324185|
|Mon 17-Apr-2023||Propagation – A Practical Demonstration by Mark Dobell||Brockham Green Horticultural Society||Ruth Johnson||01737 842691|
|Mon 17-Apr-2023||Hever Castle Gardens: a talk by Neil Miller, Hever Castle’s Head Gardener||Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society||Jean Griffin|
|Tue 18-Apr-2023||Pollination & Bees: a talk by Margaret Lennard||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Wed 19-Apr-2023||Woodland Crafts in SE England: a talk by Tim Winter||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society||Georgia Lacey||01428 683120|
|Wed 19-Apr-2023||Late Spring Show & Growing for the Kitchen: a talk by Paul Patton||Albury Produce Association||Mrs. S. M. Cook||O1483 202106|
|Wed 19-Apr-2023||Taking Cuttings: a talk by Glynis Maynard-Bligouras||Onslow Village Garden Club||Mrs Anne Bradbeer||01483 563421|
|Wed 19-Apr-2023||Flowers for Urban Wildlife: a talk by Sarah Foss||Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society||Christine Hockham||01243 824726|
|Thu 20-Apr-2023||Herbs – their Growth & Care: a talk by Belinda Allen||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Sat 22-Apr-2023||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Spring Show||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society||Georgia Lacey||01428 683120|
|Wed 26-Apr-2023||Banstead Horticultural Society Coach Trip: Tulips at Arundel||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Thu 27-Apr-2023||Spring into Action 2: Pests of Fruit: a talk by Andrew Halstead||Dorking Allotment Holders’ Association||Andy Whitehouse|
|Thu 27-Apr-2023||South-West Coast Path and Flora: a talk by Mark Rosling||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society||Ruth Murphy||01252 793267|
|Fri 28-Apr-2023||Basket Planting Evening||Tilford Gardening Club||Mrs. Janet Arm||01252-783133|
|Sun 30-Apr-2023||Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Denbies Wine Estate||Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)||Wendy Bentall||01276-858256|
|Sun 30-Apr-2023||Growing Redhill Merstham Planters Working Party at Merstham Train Station||Growing Redhill||Ms Debbie Fox||07717-678968|
|Wed 3-May-2023||Wonersh & District Garden Club Members’ Only Visit to a Private Rhododendron Garden||Wonersh and District Garden Club||Mrs. H. Goodridge||01483-535108|
|Fri 5-May-2023||Fascinating Fungi: Friend or Foe? a talk by Dr. Peter Herring||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club||Louise Clubley||01932-347297|
|Fri 5-May-2023||Hardy Geraniums: a talk by Jacqueline Aviolet||Lightwater Gardening Club||Ms. Lynn Bull||01276-502497|
|Sat 6-May-2023||Ewhurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale||Ewhurst Horticultural Society||Mrs. Anne Dyball||01483-271812|
|Sun 7-May-2023||Dunsfold & Hascombe Plant Sale at Dunsfold Village Fete||Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society||Paul Goudie|
|Mon 8-May-2023||Send Gardening Society at The May Fair||Send Gardening Society||Fiona Collett||01483 765730|
|Tue 9-May-2023||The Good, The Bad, The Ugly & The Beautiful: a talk by Chris Stewart||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Tue 9-May-2023||The History & Trees of Brookwood Cemetery: a talk by Kim Lowe||Worplesdon Garden Club||Tim Bonnert||07708 455096|
|Wed 10-May-2023||Unusual Edibles: a talk by Matt Oliver||National Vegetable Society (NVS) Surrey District Association||Beth Otway|
|Wed 10-May-2023||Pottering with Pottage: Wisley the Flagship Garden of the RHS: a talk by Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, Matthew Pottage||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|
|Wed 10-May-2023||Brockham Green Horticultural Society Plant Sale||Brockham Green Horticultural Society||Ruth Johnson||01737 842691|
|Thu 11-May-2023||Growing for the Kitchen: a talk by Paul Patton||Egham Gardens and Allotment Association||Mrs. Wendy Flight||01932-455910|
|Fri 12-May-2023||The Perennial Garden Through The Seasons: a talk by Sandy Worth||Froyle Gardening Club||Madeleine Dowding||01420-85530|
|Sat 13-May-2023||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club Plant Sale & Silver Cake Sale||Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club||Louise Clubley||01932-347297|
|Sat 13-May-2023||Witley Gardening Association Afternoon Plant Stall||Witley Gardening Association||Christine Cox||01428 684883|
|Sat 13-May-2023||Thursley Horticultural Society Plant Sale||Thursley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Pat Clake||01252-706869|
|Sat 13-May-2023||Grayshott Gardeners’ Plant Sale||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|
|Sat 13-May-2023||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Plant Sale||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society||Georgia Lacey||01428 683120|
|Mon 15-May-2023||Foraging for Wild Food: a talk by Charlotte Fyfe||Basingstoke Horticultural Society||Mr. Philip Wraight||01256-324185|
|Tue 16-May-2023||It’s a Flowery Thing: a Demonstration by Kate Thomas||The Reigate Flower Club||Wendy Jolley||01737-764004|
|Wed 17-May-2023||Plant Poisons Used by Agatha Christie in her Books: an illustrated talk by Dr Kathryn Harkup||Chiddingfold Horticultural Society||Georgia Lacey||01428 683120|
|Wed 17-May-2023||Gardening for Wildlife: a talk by Peter Almond||Sandhurst & District Gardening Club||Julie Sheppard||07711 056 815|
|Wed 17-May-2023||Companion Planting: a talk by Belinda Allen||Onslow Village Garden Club||Mrs Anne Bradbeer||01483 563421|
|Wed 17-May-2023||Drought Tolerant Plants: a talk by Michaela Freed||Wallington, Carshalton and Beddington Horticultural Society||Christine Hockham||01243 824726|
|Sat 20-May-2023||Banstead Horticultural Society Mini Show||Banstead Horticultural Society||Mrs. Diana Beck||01737-271243|
|Sat 20-May-2023||Horsley Garden Society Plant Sale||Horsley Garden Society||Mrs. K. Clifton|
|Sat 20-May-2023||Headley Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale||Headley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Jill Howard-Duff||01428-714073|
|Sun 21-May-2023||Growing Redhill Merstham Planters Working Party at Merstham Train Station to Plant Summer Bedding Plants||Growing Redhill||Ms Debbie Fox||07717-678968|
|Wed 24-May-2023||Gardening to Save the Planet: a talk by Dave Goulson, Professor of Biological Sciences at Sussex University||Thursley Horticultural Society||Mrs. Pat Clake||01252-706869|
|Thu 25-May-2023||Gardeners’ Question Time (FDHS Panel)||Frensham & Dockenfield Horticultural Society||Ruth Murphy||01252 793267|
|Sun 28-May-2023||Grayshott Hidden Gardens||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|
|Mon 29-May-2023||Grayshott Hidden Gardens||Grayshott Gardeners||Sue Wheeler||07719 457821|