Newsletter August 2021

Grayshott Gardeners Newsletter

August 2021


Dear Members 

I do hope you are enjoying your gardens – despite the contrary weather. The plants and shrubs might be getting a watering, but so too are the weeds!

I am so delighted that our August lecture ‘The Plant Doctor: Acidic Soils and Dry, Shady Locations’ is going ahead in-person. You received an e-mail recently with the details to help keep us all safe. These are set out again on the page 3.

I am also thrilled that we had so many entrants in the virtual Summer Show. This was our first ever virtual show – and I hope our last!  Thank you to you our members for entering and the Shows Committee for making it happen, congratulations to the winners. The number of entries was high as was the quality of ‘exhibits’ – the entries can be seen on our website at this link and we include some photos on the next page.

Looking forward to seeing you on 11th August.

Best wishes, Anne Waddell


Thank you to all of you who completed the survey seeking feedback on the newsletter and the website. Your opinions really are important in terms of shaping the club’s future development. The results currently are being analysed. They will be considered by the Committee in September, and we will report back in October/November.

WHAT IS IT? Results for No. 8 & Photo for No. 9

The answer for July 2021 was chits on a potato. No member correctly identified the photo.

Photo No. 8

And this is Photo No. 9

If you think you know what it is, please e-mail Gordon Rae at by 15 August 2021. We will provide the answer and the names of those who correctly identified the photo in our September newsletter.


This month we are featuring photos of the first placed winning entries of the eight classes. There were 99 entries in total and the quality of the entries was very high. The judges had a hard task to agree the placings – see all the entries on our website. Thank you to everyone who entered and warm congratulations to the winners.

Large Flowered Rose: Doris Marjoram

One Spray of Cluster Flowered Rose: Karen Cozens

Three Leaves of Different Hostas: Gilly Coleman

One Hydrangea Bloom: Dennis Homer

A Single Stem Any Garden Plant: Pauline Hudd

One Stem of a Hardy Perennial: Pamela J Fox

One Stem of a Flowering Tree or Shrub: Dennis Homer

 A Floral Arrangement of Mixed Blooms from Your Garden: Carol Wass

Photography Competition

“A Cosy Corner”

This year there were 12 entries in Class 76 of our virtual photography competition – far more than we would normally expect to see at a Summer Show in the Village Hall.  There was a wide range of interpretations of the brief “A Cosy Corner”. Once again, Kathleen Bird, President of the Ludshott Photographic Club, kindly agreed to judge the entries. 

Kathleen chose the photograph of Karen Cozens of a snake tucked away in the corner of her little pond as the winner.

Kathleen said that it fitted the brief perfectly and was the most imaginative of all the entries.  It would have been difficult to capture that instant, but it had been well done.  The photograph was well exposed and composed.  The snake eyeing the fly on the rock made it! Karen wins the £20 first prize.

Karen Cozens’ winning entry

Kathleen also highly commended:

-Liz Munson’s “Cat amongst the Fuchsias”

-Sheila Aitken’s “A Cosy Garden Scene”

-Carol Wass’s “Squirrel in the Feeder”

These photos are on the GG’s website.

Thanks to all who entered – it is much appreciated.


This month, on Wednesday 11th August, we are really pleased to be holding an in-person meeting in the Village Hall. The lecture is being given by Roger Hirons and is entitled “The Plant Doctor: Acidic Soils and Dry, Shady Locations”. Roger has over 35 years’ experience in the horticultural industry and is an enthusiastic speaker and broadcaster on all things related to plants. He qualified at Pershore College of Horticulture, after which he spent many years running plant centres. Roger’s talk will give ideas and tips to help us achieve good results with minimum effort.

The lecture is at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. The arrangements will be slightly different due to present circumstances:

-face coverings to be worn on arrival, when moving around and on leaving the Hall, but optional when seated

-seats will be a chair width apart (approx. 18”)

-the Hall will be well ventilated

-there will be no refreshments

-there will be a PLANT SALE

-in order to avoid over-crowding, on arrival there will be three people manning the ‘Sign-In’

– no pens will be used by attendees, so please give your name clearly to the Committee Member who will tick your names off the attendance list (we don’t always recognise people when wearing masks!).

Thank you for your cooperation.


There were some very interesting and unusual plants entered in the virtual Summer Show; if you would like to know what a particular plant is, please email, and we will contact the entrant and let you know. We can also include the photo and the identification in a future newsletter if several people ask about the same entry. Don’t forget, all the photos are on the website.


A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Potato Competition this year (class 49 of the Summer Show), to Mavis Hallt, judge, and to Gordon Rae for organising it. You have excelled yourselves. There were 19 entries out of the 25 who collected their seed potatoes in February, more than any previous year. One more and they would not have fitted on Paul Coleman’s table!

Our judge, Mavis Hallt, the wife of the late Mike Hallt, after whom the cup is named, arrived armed with her list of ‘Judging Criteria and Staging Hints’, ready to make some difficult decisions – see our website for what Mavis was looking for and photos of the exhibits. First prize was won by Andy Karayianni – well done Andy.

Mavis Hallt, judge, with Anne Waddell, Chairman

Andy Karayianni

Winner of the Mike Hallt Cup