Monthly Archives: July 2018

Tilford Cottage Garden Visit

Dozens of Grayshott Gardeners turned up to visit this delightful garden owned by Rod Burn and his wife Pamela on Wednesday evening, and, after a brief introduction by Rod, went on to explore the many different “rooms” and vistas. Rod professes to be “and artist, not an gardener”, and there are indeed many enchanting and captivating creations catching a visitor’s imagination as they wander in and out of the herb garden, knot garden, Japanese garden, the floral area, and wider afield down to the river.

His professional skills as an engineer are evident from the quirky tree house and other constructions in wood and metal (actually, chicken wire) and even plants: sculpted hedges and surprises abound, and the cloud topiary is truly a marvel. It doesn’t stop there:  paintings and the brilliant colours of his fused glass art are exhibited in the studio and around the workshop.

Words and a few photos cannot do justice to all that this garden offers; fortunately, Rod and Pamela open their garden to visitors under the National Open Garden Scheme  for anyone who missed this visit, or would like to repeat it. More information can also be found at

Taking a Stand at Hampton Court

Wednesday’s Club Night Lecture was a true double act: Christine and Keith Hayward co-presented an interesting glimpse behind the scenes at Hampton Court, revealing the pitfalls and triumphs of exhibiting their Cannas in the Floral Marquee. They hold the UK National Collection of Cannas, and have been exhibiting in the Floral Marquee since 2003, winning  Gold (2016), Silver Gilt (2017) and Gold (2018) medals. Along with pictures of the strict security, celebrities and of course their beautifully designed stands, we enjoyed plenty of anecdotes, tips for growing cannas and a fascinating diversion to Argentina, one of the places where Cannas grow in the wild. All this against a background of beautiful flowering cannas of many different colours and shapes, which Christine and Keith had brought along to sell. There were also plenty of leaflets with information on canna plants.

Any members who missed this entertaining lecture are welcome to visit the open day at their location at Wisley during the August bank holiday weekend, where they are holding a trial of many of the 75 varieties of Cannas shown in their catalogue for online sales. More information at and

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show 2018

Grayshott Gardeners chalked up another triumph with Saturday’s Summer Show 2018. Despite the dry and hottest June for many years, there were masses of colourful plant and flower displays and mouth-watering fruit and vegetable exhibits. The Floral Arrangements were especially spectacular and admired by the many visitors to the Show, who had foregone Wimbledon and England’s bid for the World Cup in order not to miss this annual highlight put on by Grayshott Gardeners’ Show Team and the members who entered one or more of the 229 items in 76 different classes. The Juniors comprised a particularly strong contingent with their dwarf French Beans grown in jam jars (Open Classes), which augurs well for the future of Grayshott Gardeners.

Having enjoyed the sumptuous display, including entries for the Close Brooks Cup which Grayshott hosted this year and was won by Tilford with their box of beautifully displayed vegetables, visitors welcomed a cup of tea and a home-made cake served by the Catering Team, only to be waylaid by Karen and the Plant Sales Team with a tempting offering of plants. Free entertainment was also provided by Karen who had inadvertently given a lift to some juvenile frogs who played hide and seek in the tea room! Home-grown and very tasty cucumbers proved an additional attraction.

A list of this year’s Summer Show Trophy winners is provided here , and on the Shows page. PHOTO GALLERY (photos by John Price) on the photo gallery page or here