Newsletter September 2021


Dear Members 

It was lovely to see so many of you in person at our August lecture when Roger Hirons talked to us about ‘The Plant Doctor: Acidic Soils and Dry, Shady Locations’. Roger was very entertaining, and a good time seemed to be had by the many members who attended – far more than was anticipated. The arrangements that were put in place by the Committee to keep us all safe have been reviewed and we will continue with the same measures for our 8th September meeting, when Harriet Rycroft will be talking (I am told that her talk is very good!). The details are on page 2.

From October onwards you will start to see some changes to the newsletter and website, based on the comments received in the survey. Thank you to all of you who took part. Your feedback is very valuable in helping determine future interaction with club members. The Committee, at its September meeting, will discuss the results of the survey, and agree what can be done to make improvements for the membership. It is really encouraging to see your positive feedback about what we managed to achieve as a club during the pandemic – as well your ideas for the club’s future development.

Happy gardening and looking forward to seeing you at our next club meeting on 8th September.

Best wishes, Anne Waddell


Results for No. 9 & Photo for No. 10

The answer for August 2021 was an emerging conifer seedling. No member correctly identified the photo. Is it too difficult or are members wanting something different? Watch this space!

                                   Photo No. 9

And here is photo no. 10:

If you think you know what it is, please e-mail Gordon Rae at

by 15 September 2021. We will provide the answer and the names of those who correctly identified the photo in our October newsletter.


This month, on Wednesday 8th September, we are really pleased once again to be hosting a lecture at the Village Hall. The lecture is being given by Harriet Rycroft and is entitled “Planting Pots for Winter Interest and Spring Joy”. Here is what Harriet says about herself: “Ex-Head Gardener at Whichford Pottery, now free-range gardener, speaker, writer. Gardening is my focus, but I may stray into natural history, rural matters, travel, art…..we’ll see”. Here’s a link to Harriet’s website: Harriet Rycroft.

The lecture is at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. The arrangements are as follows:

– 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 two people manning the ‘Sign-In’ desk

– 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.


As of August 2021, our membership was 228 plus 6 Life Members. We have had 22 new Members in 2021 which we think is pretty good – considering we had no ‘live’ lectures and no ‘live’ shows for well over a year. This suggests that despite the restrictions placed upon us, our virtual lectures and virtual competitions have been a great hit. Our membership fees help to offset the lower plant sales and also mean that we can programme some really good speakers …. they are always thrilled at the numbers in the audience. Members can enjoy discounts at local gardening outlets in addition to the social benefits of being part of a thriving and vibrant gardening club.

Well done to everyone on the Committee for making this possible and special thanks to Jane Jones, our Membership Secretary. If you know of a neighbour or a friend who would like to join Grayshott Gardeners, please encourage them to contact Jane at Our website is open to all – see this link . Not only does it provide helpful write ups of all our lectures, but there is the wonderful photo gallery showcasing your flowers, gardens, and some of our visits.



Have you visited R.H.S. Wisley recently? It is well worth a trip to see the new Hilltop, the UK’s first dedicated horticultural scientific centre of excellence – protecting the future of plants, people, and the planet.

The exciting new spaces include:

-three purpose built laboratories that support research

-a herbarium and digitisation suite

-two learning studios and a teaching garden

-three new gardens designed by RHS Chelsea medal winners

RHS Hilltop, the Home of Gardening Science, is a place to inspire the next generation of scientists; it officially opened on 24 June 2021. It cost £35 million and was the largest ever investment in horticultural science. You can step inside and see the RHS’s research being carried out, learn about the invaluable work of the RHS with interactive displays, marvel at the world-class collections and enjoy a bite to eat at a café where the produce is fresh from the gardens outside. And if that isn’t enough, you can enjoy unparalleled, panoramic views across the flagship garden while enjoying a drink on the Sky Terrace.

This drone footage captures the breath-taking scale and grandeur of Hilltop:

Hilltop Drone Footage.

See this link for more information.

In the next column, there are some photos of this amazing development.


*** CHAPS (Churt Horticultural and Produce Society) Autumn Show in Churt Village Hall on Saturday 11th September from 2.30 to 4.00pm. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available.

*** RHS Wisley Flower Show 7th to 12th September; see here.

*** Heritage Open Day: Garden Tour of Chawton House 10th to 19th

September; see here

*** THE BRILLIANT AUTUMN GARDEN: THE POTAGER; 28th September at West Green House, Hook

The potager makes an autumn garden stunning. For here in traditional companion planting, often in geometric patterns, the bounty of a garden, its fruit, vegetable, flowers, and herbs mingle making this style of autumn garden the season’s most colourful.

The traditional garden techniques of espaliering fruit, the choice of vegetables that have both colour and abundance are explained to ensure your potager gives late season colour and goodness.

Morning coffee on arrival, with lunch featuring home-grown produce, served with wines from West Green House’s cellar.

Tickets are £55.00 pp. See this link for more information.


Attached is our Grayshott Gardeners crossword puzzle for September.

Please look out for the answers in the October newsletter. For those who can’t wait a whole month…or perhaps need a clue, the answers to the crossword will be posted on the website on 7th September 2021, in the ‘newsletter’ tab.  Attached to this newsletter are the answers to the August crossword puzzle which featured in our last newsletter. These answers also are on our website.