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Borde Hill Italian Garden

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Water feature at Moongate garden


News and Events....

Summer is here and what a fantastic spell of weather we are enjoying. Watering may well become a bit of an issue with so many days without any rain. Yet at the moment everything seems to be thriving in the sunshine!!
Lots has been happening since
this page was last updatedOur visit to Borde Hill on 7th June and our  Rose and Sweet Pea show on Saturday 17th June and members gardens open on 26th, quite a busy month!

Gardens Open

On Tuesday 26th June almost 70 members enjoyed the hospitality of fellow members who opened their gardens.  Being heatwave week it was “hat and sun cream to the ready!”  Iced water was to hand and in one garden, members were even offered a small Pimms!

It was evident that the owners loved their gardens.  All 8, opened between 3 and 6 pm, had something different to offer and no doubt inspired all who visited.

At the final garden, that of Ann Travers, a glass of home-made elderflower cordial was very welcome indeed, followed later by a glass of wine and nibbles.  After the drawing of the raffle, the chairman thanked the members who opened their gardens for all their efforts.  Ann Travers was also thanked for her hospitality and a presentation made to her of a white orchid.


Borde Hill

The visit to Borde Hill was a really good day out, although rain threatened from time to time, it held off and gave us the opportunity to explore the really interesting and varied gardens and planting.
We all also had the opportunity to see some of the rooms inside the house, something that is only available to groups.  Unfortunately, photography inside the house is not allowed so I am only able to post a few pictures of the gardens.
The gardens have plenty of interest in all seasons but of particular note at the time of our visit were the rose garden, white garden, mid summer border (a mixed border of shrubs and herbaceous plants), the Italian garden formal planting ion beds with a large rectangular pond and unique water feature.
We arrived just after 11am so there was tiome for a coffee before walking through the gardens then one group went around the house whilst the others took lunch.  The groups then changed over with just enough time for a cuppa before leaving.  A really good day out enjoyed by all.
Borde Hill Rose Garden

Moongate Garden

On 15th May over twenty members visited the Moongate Garden at Rustington.  A very modern and attractive garden with a good deal of Wow factor!  We were blessed with glorious weather and our visit was made complete with cups of tea and delicious homemade cakes!
Moongate 2
Our  Rose and sweet Pea show is less than two weeks away!  It's time to be looking round our gardens to see what potential there is for entering the various classes.  Dont forget that entry forms have to be in by 12 noon on  Wednesday 13th June.  We are looking forward to lots of colour and the sweet scent of roses and sweet peas and hope that all members will come along and enjoy the show, even if they haven't entered any of the classes.

Members Plant competition

At our February meeting,
Steve Austin gave us some of his top tips on growing Dianthus which is our members competition plantthis year.  Over 30 members purchased one of the plants and hopefully with lots of love and care, these are now developing well and starting to flower.  The competition was judged at our July meeting and Richard Holland's plant was considered the best example.  We would like to thank all for taking part in the competition.  THere will be another competition next year.. watch this space.
Signs of the changing season...

This picture is of the Ipoema, Morning Glory that I raised from seed this year.  The flowers are truly beautiful but only last for a few hours.  Do you have any photographs that you would like to share on this site?  If you do, please email to info@fandmhs.co.uk and we will select one or two each month.



Thursday 1st November         Harvest Lunch  -   St Mary's Centre, Felpham

Please obtain your tickets for ths event at the meeting in July or September

  RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley, our destination on 7th August


2018 outings have been arranged as follows

June 7th  Allday (coach) to Borde Hill Garden and House

August 7th All day (coach) to RHS Wisley, Woking

September 4th Afternoon (self drive) NGS garden, Rymans, Apuldram.

The dates for outings have been selected to see the gardens at their best.

Further details and booking forms will be avilable at our  March evening meeting




Unfortunately, our planned holiday to Warwickshire has had to be cancelled because we had insufficient numbers to make it a viable proposition.
It is a pity that we have had to take this action because a lot of work had been put in to identifying an interesting  itinary and making preliminary arrangements.

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