In the event of Grayshott Gardeners being unable to hold the Summer Show on July 11th 2020, our President, Gordon Rae, has come up with a cunning plan to rescue the Potato Competition (class 49) and grasp the Mike Hallt Cup out of the clutches of the coronavirus (without contravening any Covid19 regulations). Click on the link for alternative entry and judging arrangements: potato competition rules
Grayshott Gardeners members are encouraged to PLEASE ENTER just for the fun of it and to make 2020 a record entry year, just to keep us all sane!
After the event, the President and his lady will eat the entries!! (and Judith will be presented with: 1001 tried and tested recipes with potatoes)
Thank you everyone who sent in photos – over 75, a great variety of flowers and amazing images for website visitors to inspire and enjoy! The gallery will close for entries on Good Friday, 10th April; however, we may consider starting a further gallery for summer plants.
Grayshott Gardeners Corona Antidote Photo Gallery is now up and running with more than 30 stunning photographs sent in by members. Do keep sending in pictures, close-ups or areas of garden, also entries meant for the Spring Show which has sadly been cancelled, and take a look from time to time at the Photo Gallery page for inspiration and enjoyment!
Following the peaceful passing in February of Olive Robinson, past President and Chairman of Grayshott Gardeners, we now have details of the funeral arrangements. The funeral will be held on Thursday, 26th March at 2.15 pm at Guildford Crematorium. All are welcome but it would be helpful to let Anne Waddell know if you wish to attend, tel. 01428 604714, so she can inform John Woodridge of possible numbers.
Our Annual General Meeting held on 13th November 2019 was well attended, well-organised and featured some lively discussions. The Minutes with full details are published on the “From the Committee” page. Gill Purkiss stood down as President after her 5-year term office, and was presented with a bouquet of flowers for all her help and support. Terry Boorman resigned as Programme Director as he and Maureen have plans to move away, and both were also thanked for their unstinting work for the club. The meeting concluded with wine and a delicious spread of nibbles, enjoyed by the members.
Plant Sale 2020: Karen Flood has compiled a list of plants which members may be able to donate to the Plant Sale next year. The Plant Sale generates a large part of the club’s income from which members benefit. Karen is also looking for “plant sitters”. Full details on the “From the Committee” page.
These are local and
inter-village competitions, held annually. This year Headley hosted
both at their Autumn Show.
For the Snow Cup, local horticultural societies were asked to enter an exhibit entitled: The Haymaker’s Story (poem by John Clare), and Terry and Maureen B., Terry F. with help of others put a lot of thought and effort in their composition, awarded with a third prize. The Snow Cup was won by Headley.
The Close Brooks Cup was just as demanding, and required entrants to submit a collection of vegetables, fruit, a pot plant as well as 2 displays of flowers. Anne W. sourced all vegetables, with contributions from John, Leslia, Vanessa, Rosario, Lynn, Margaret, Piers, Ann P. and Joy and John S. Despite all efforts, Tilford managed to trump both Grayshott and Headley with their XXL vegetables, with Headley coming second, and Grayshott third.
Next year will be
another chance to aim for the top, please look out for an appeal to
members for flowers or vegetables in peak condition!
As Claire Brown, who runs Plantpassion, explained: her business is
flower farming, therefore we should not expect pretty garden scenes,
her flowers are grown as crops. That morning, well over 2000 had been
cut and were conditioning (soaking up fresh water) in buckets inside
the barn, awaiting collection by customers in the morning.
Outside we were immediately struck by the magnificent views across
the gently sloping fields towards a range of hills and possibly
London in the far distance. The hilltop farm is surrounded by woods,
and Claire explained how she’d arrived at an accommodation with the
wildlife, including deer, squirrels, moles, and even a measure of
appreciation: kites, aphids (food for beneficial insects which kill
the harmful ones).
We saw the poly tunnel (to extend the growing season) and the field with many different beds of flowers and shrubs, in all stages of growth. She explained her work-saving no-dig, no weeding method, and that the chalk subsoil her plants are grown in promotes healthy and sturdy flowers.
Back in the barn for refreshments and a flower arrangement
demonstration, Claire extolled the benefits of locally grown flowers,
condemning those for sale in supermarkets. Perhaps a little harsh,
as surely there’s room for both kinds?
Claire Brown’s flower farm is in East Clandon, website:
The 200 acre Grade I listed valley garden in West Sussex was the destination for our annual coach trip on Sunday, a sunny day but not too hot. Event organiser Terry effected a last-minute switch of coach company, which ensured that the trip could go ahead.
Leonardslee is famous for its spring plantings of rhododendrons,
azaleas, camellias and magnolia trees, which cover the steep-sided
slopes; although by June most had finished flowering, they provided a
magnificent backdrop of different shapes and shades of green to the 7
mostly man-made lakes. Armed with a map showing the numerous trails,
many members enjoyed the walks through the rhododendron woods and along
the ponds, stopping to admire the dragonflies and damselflies flitting
over the water, or the huge carp just below the surface. Although we had
missed the colour display in the spring, coming later gave us a much
more peaceful time there. It also allowed us to admire the Kousa dogwood
trees covered in white flowers, including a magnificent pink-flowering
As well as the
valley gardens, there were other attractions: a rock garden, a glass
house (with pond!), a wallaby colony introduced in 1889, a vineyard
with wine-tastings and a wall-to-wall collection of dolls’ houses,
shops and Victorian village scenes.
There were various
cafes where we could spend the pre-loaded cards given to us on coffee
or lunch, and a gift shop and plant sales area, and before we knew
it, it was time to get back on the coach, ending another successful
Grayshott Gardeners visit.