WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

1. The weather – typically British – has been as challenging as ever for gardeners. First, the hottest day of the year, then short torrential downpours followed by wind which played havoc with the gladioli, dahlias and the sweet corn. All this and still a month to go before our Show!
2. HOT OFF THE PRESS. Before the Show, there is an Open Gardens Day on Saturday 10th August in which some of our members are involved and would welcome your support – see the details at the bottom of this Newsletter and the attachment.


CLUB ACTIVITIES


2. Scotney Castle Trip – Tuesday 18th June. The trip to Scotney castle was a great success. The weather was warm and sunny, the House was beautifully decorated with stunning flowers everywhere, the Castle a romantic ruin and the National Trust restaurant was excellent.


3. Visit to RHS Wisley Wednesday 10th July. The visit to RHS Wisley started in the new reception area, next to the spacious shop and a new cafe, right next to the new plant sales area. Following our guides, those who thought they knew their way round everything were pleasantly surprised when the guides showed us areas and features which, though not hidden, were just off the usual paths – a very enjoyable day. We also found out that the wheelchairs are free on a first come – first served basis. The electric buggies are also free, key from reception and we had a good report from a user about them.


4. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. Some 36 people have signed up for the visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden under the National Garden Scheme. This self-drive visit costs £8.50 each. It will include tea and cake while Margaret herself will be on hand. The garden is off Fair Mile in Cobham. All participants have been sent an email/letter giving details of the visit and of the payment details. If you haven’t signed up but would still like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you need a lift.


5. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September.


a. The programme for the Annual Show has been published and is available on the website or contact the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert on 01932 343035 for details. Please look at it to see the wide range of choices within the 98 classes you can enter. These cover vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, craft, photography and floral art. In addition, there are children’s categories for those with children or grandchildren to entertain in August.
b. Preparation for the growing sections should be well under way as there are only 4 weeks to go. If you have not entered before, there is a novice section in the vegetable and flower sections! As entries have to be declared only 2 days before the Show, have a good look at the classes and see what you can display. For those without gardens, consider the indoor plant classes, or turn on the oven and get baking!
c. Those who are entering and have spare fruit, vegetables or even flowers, could you please donate them to the Sales Table which will be in the Foyer. When the Show opens, someone will be delighted to offer this fresh produce for a donation to Club funds.
d. Even if you are not able to exhibit, do come to the Show as a spectator and admire the displays – while you are doing this, have a cream tea or a slice of Melissa’s delicious cakes. It is a very social event!


6. RHS Metre Square Garden Competition. We have entered a competition at RHS Wisley to provide a 1 metre square garden in September. We have recently received the details of the requirement called ‘Treasures of the Earth’ and Beda, who is providing the artistic input, is planning the garden in detail now. Other than 10 dahlias of 3 different cultivars, little else is specified other than it must be a group effort. The design is complete and most items identified already. The main outstanding items are tall cut flowers, which will need collecting from members on Thursday 5th or the morning of Friday 6th September – please let Beda (or Louise /Jo/Janet) know if you may be able to offer something. The garden which will be judged on Saturday morning, 7th September and will on display at the RHS Wisley Flower Show in the National Dahlia Show tent for the rest of the week-end – do go and see it


7. October Meeting – 4th October. It is a long way off but please ensure the October meeting is in your diary. It will be a talk on “A History of Nuts” by Jacqueline Aviolet. Jacqueline has owned and run Rosie’s Nursery in Aylesford Kent for over 25 years. She will tell us all about the history and cultivation of nuts from around the world. Plus a fun competition – five dahlias in a vase.


NON CLUB ACTIVITIES


8. One outside event that will be of interest is the Open Gardens Day on Saturday 10th August when 5 local residents will open their gardens from 2-5 to raise funds for All Saints Church, New Haw. Details are in the attachment for Club members only. Three members of the Club, Christina, Jo and John are taking part and would love to see you. Details are in the attachment.


Enjoy you summer preparing and nurturing your entries for the Club Show on 1 September!
Louise and David
07842 975145

wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

No Newsletter in July

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

MEETING ON 7th JUNE

1.  The main part of the meeting on the 7th June  was a presentation on ‘Wetlands and Waterways’. It was given by Nigel Choate  who had been photographing the wildlife and the scenery for many years. His pictures were excellent, showing what dedication and skill is needed to capture the ‘right’ picture just at the right time. All the more difficult as he uses the old system of film and slide projection so no Photoshop enhancements! Thanks to John for the strawberries to complement the Pimms and to Kathy, Suzanne and Doreen on tea duty with Ruth.

2. The meeting included a micro-show where you were invited to bring 5 roses in a vase. Congratulations to all those who entered, and there were many, but the ones that caught the member’s eyes were as follows:

  1. 1st Prize – Suzanne Brown

  2. 2nd prize – Eileen Garside

  3. 3rd Prize – Christine and David Ashdown

Remember the October meeting will include a similar micro-show, this time with 5 dahlias

3. At the April Meeting, all members were asked to fill in a sheet updating their contact details and to agree that the Club could hold these details and use them to inform them about Club information. Could those who took the form away to fill in at home and have still not returned them, please ensure they complete and return as we do need permission from each individual.

FUTURE CLUB ACTIVITIES – June and beyond

4.  Scotney Castle Trip – Tuesday 18th June. Those coming on the Scotney castle trip have already received a letter from Louise telling them about the trip and the travel arrangements. It promises to be the ideal trip, with the coach park right next to the amenities, the main house, cafe and walled garden. There is also a flower festival running when we are there. There are still places available so please contact Louise as soon as possible if you would like to come – please think about bringing a friend for only £1 above the members visit price to cover insurance. Details are on the website.

5. Visit to RHS Wisley Wednesday 10th July at 2pm. The booking sheet for this free self-drive trip to RHS Wisley has been available and if you if you haven’t already signed up and would like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you  would like to include the optional guided tour for £3 and whether you would like a lift. A letter/email will be sent to all visitors with details of the trip and of the payment for the optional guided tour. You should note that as an affiliated club of a formal visit, each visitor will receive a £5 voucher to spend in the new shop. We were at the formal opening of the new entrance, shop and plant centre earlier this week and they are really very good indeed.

6. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. Some 30 people have signed up for the visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden under the National Garden Scheme. This self-drive visit will cost £8.50 each and will include tea and cakes and Margaret herself will be on hand. The garden is off Fair Mile in Cobham. All participants will be sent an email/letter giving details of the visit and of the payment details. If you haven’t signed up but would still like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you need a lift.

8. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September. The programme for the Annual Show has now been published and is available on the website or contact the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert on 01932 343035 for details. Please look at it to see the wide range of choices within the 98 classes you can enter. These cover vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, craft, photography and floral art. In addition, there are children’s categories for those with children or grandchildren to entertain in August. Preparation for the growing sections should be starting now as there are only 3 months to grow to the required dimensions. If you have not entered before, there is a novice section and in addition, you can also go to the Byfleet Parish Day on Saturday 20th July where there is a horticultural show in the Village Hall and see what entry involves.

9. RHS Metre Square Garden Competition. We have entered a competition at RHS Wisley to provide a 1 metre square garden in September. We have recently received the details of the requirement and Beda, who is providing the artistic input, is planning the garden now. Other than 10 dahlias of 3 different cultivars, little else is specified other than it must be a group effort. When the design is complete, we will be contacting members to provide the plants and anything else needed to complete the garden which will be on display at the National Dahlia Show, held at Wisley.

10.  October Meeting – 4th October. It is a long way off but please ensure the October meeting is in your diary. It will be a talk on “A History of Nuts” by Jacqueline Aviolet. Jacqueline has owned and run Rosie’s Nursery in Aylesford Kent for over 25 years. She will tell us all about the history and cultivation of nuts from around the world. Plus a fun competition - Dahlias

 NON CLUB ACTIVITIES

11. Outside activities that may be of interest are as follows:

   a. Bookham Open Gardens – Sunday 16th June

    b. Byfleet Parish Day – Saturday 20th July – includes a Horticultural Show​

OTHER MATTERS

12. The Plant Sale on the 18th May was very successful. We raised £481 on the day and afterwards, Melissa and Louise sold more plants, raising another £90, to give a Club record income of £571. Thanks to all those who came and bought plants, to those who kindly raised and donated plants and to Jo Graham, Neil Hope, Chris Hollis and Bob Sleat for manning the stall with the Committee on the day. Any plants remaining went either to All Saints Church Woodham Memorial Garden or to the St Johns West Byfleet Church Fete apart from a 6’ strelitzia which Jo Graham has kindly agreed to take!

All the information for the next couple of months is here so no Newsletter in July. Enjoy you summer preparing and nurturing your entries for the Club Show on 1 September!

Louise and David

07842 975145    wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER

MEETING ON 3rd MAY

1.  The main part of the meeting on the 3rd May was a presentation on ‘Shrubs – the backbone of your Garden’. It was given by Geoff Hawkings who had been the Head Gardener at Mill Court, a private estate near Alton for some 34 years. His talk was excellent, being informative and entertaining, supported by lots of pictures to show what to do, and what not to do, with the wide range of shrubs on offer. Thanks to Melissa for the cakes even though she was not there, to Ruth, June and John (Fr) on tea duty with Sylvia and Beda, John (Fo) on the raffle, Kathy on jams and Sheila on reception duty. All these volunteers make a valuable contribution to the evening for all of us.

2. At the April Meeting, all members were asked to fill in a sheet updating their contact details and to agree that the Club could hold these details and use them to inform them about Club information. Could those who took the form away to fill in at home and have still not returned them, please ensure they complete and bring it with them to the next meeting as we do need permission from each individual.

FUTURE CLUB ACTIVITIES – May and beyond

3.  Plant Sale – Saturday 18th May. The Annual Plant Sale will be at the Black Prince car park from 9 o’clock to 12 o’clock. Please bring all your plants to sell before 9 o’clock if you can. In the meantime, keep planting/splitting/potting up plants for sale. Please put a label in the pot so you can remember what you have planted and the buyer can be sure of what they are getting! There will be a wide variety on offer, from small plants for potting on to large specimens, covering fruit, vegetables and flowers – something for anyone with an interest on horticultural.

4. June Meeting – Friday 7th June. The June Meeting will be with an illustrated talk on Wetlands and Waterways by Nigel Choate. In addition, there will be the Rose competition – please bring 5 roses in a vase for a chance to win a prize. It is also ‘Bring a friend for free’ evening and finally, we will be having Pimms and strawberries as part of the refreshments.

5. Visit to Scotney Castle – Tuesday 18th June. This is to a National Trust Property which covers all the things that we would expect: an old castle (11th Century) a more recent large country house with a history, a well known garden, a large open estate and an excellent restaurant/tea room. At the venue, members have the choice of booking a private garden tour. Costs are as follows:

£23.00 National Trust members (WITH Garden Tour)

£18.00 (National Trust members (WITHOUT Garden Tour)

£35.00 Non National Trust (WITH Garden Tour)

£30.00 Non National Trust (WITHOUT Garden Tour)

The details are on the website and there are still vacancies on the coach. Please return the booking form as soon as you can, please. Any queries, email or ring the mobile number below.

6. Visit to RHS Wisley Wednesday 10th July at 2pm. The booking sheet for this free self-drive trip to RHS Wisley has been opened. Please either sign up at the June meeting or let Louise know if a), you are coming, b) would like the optional guided tour for £3, c), if you would like a lift and d) can give someone a lift.

7. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. The list for the visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden under the National garden Scheme is now open. The self-drive visit will cast £8.50 and will include tea and cakes and Margaret herself will be on hand. The garden is off Fair Mile in Cobham. Again, please either sign up at the June meeting or let Louise know if a), you are coming, b) if you would like a lift and c) can give someone a lift. All payments will be to be made to the Club as the NGS want one cheque for the visit.

8. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September. The programme for the Annual Show has now been published and is available on the website or contact the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert on 01932 343035 for details. Please look at it to see the wide range of choices within the 98 classes you can enter. These cover vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, craft, photography and floral art. In addition, there are children’s categories for those with children or grandchildren to entertain in August. Preparation for the growing sections should be starting now as there are only 4 months to grow to the required dimensions. If you have not entered before, there is a novice section and in addition, you can also go to the Byfleet Parish Day on Saturday 20th July where there is a horticultural show in the Village Hall and see what entry involves.

OTHER MATTERS

9. The trip to Avebury on the 25th April was very successful. The House was unusual in that you could sit on, jump on, lie on or touch anything. We also had a very interesting guided tour round the ring itself - actually a series of rings as we learnt. These pictures show some of the members posing by individual stones – the faces should inspire you to sign up for the Scotney Castle Trip – see para 5 above!

 

10. Finally, we tried out a PA system at the May meeting to ensure that all could hear the speaker clearly. It certainly helped a lot of people and the general consensus is that it was a positive move. We have therefore gone ahead and purchased the system and will tune it to ensure it fully meets all our needs.

Hope to see you at the Plant Sale

Louise and David

07842 975145    wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

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