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Members Gardens Open
Members plant competition
Signs of the changing season
Seven Acre ponds
Etched glass screen - if you look very closely you will see F&MHS acknowledged for their gift!
group assembled in teh 'paradise' garden
some of the Japanese anenomes that occupy much of the paradise garden
Water feature at Moongate garden
Narcissus Rip van Winlkle
News and Events....
Happy New Year!
Time to start thinking and.planning for our gardens for 2019
The planning for next year by your committee was completed some time ago and all members should have received the Schedule for 2019. If you have not yet renewed your membership, may I !encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
As in previous years, committee members will go round to all members registered in 2018 that haven't renewed by the end of the year, this takes time and effort going round in the cold January air. Please reduce the burden by renewing directly either at the AGM or by contacting our membership secretary, Linda Wilson.
Review of Visits and Outings 2018
Since this page was last updated we have had our Flower and Produce Show which was a great success with many beautiful and interesting exhibits.
We had our visit to RHS Wisley early in August and early September we had the afternoon visit to Rymans Garden, Apuldram. A short write-up of each of these visits is given below together with the reporst from visits earlier in the year to give a complete picture of this year's events.
On Tuesday August 7th a full coach of members set off to the Wisley Headquarters of the RHS. We were blessed to set off on beautiful sunny day. The gardens were, as usual, looking beautiful and we awere all able to go our various ways to look at those aspects of the gardens that interested us. For my part, first priority was a coffee!! This was followed, in short order,by a walk along the seven acres ponds to the glass house and the tropical plants. It's not often that you go into a glass house to get cool! On the approach to the glasshouse are several etched glass panels recognizing the contributions that have been given to the various projects tha RHS have carried out at Wisley in the recent past. I am pleased to say that I found the entry for F&MHS (see photo, but you might have to look hard). After the glass house we set off to the viewing point overlooking the friut gardens, orchards and Jubliee woods. Our route took us through borders that have been planted to withstand drought conditions - if we have more summers like this ine we may all be thinking about borders like these!
Our route then took us to the Bowes-Lyon Rose garde, followed by the vegetable garden where I was keen to see the various techniques on show which I might incorporate on my allotment. Time for lunch and then a brisk walk back to the exotic garden and cottage garden. At this point we had some rain!! after a beautiful morning, clouds had gathered and we had a damp afternoon but it was only a shower and our spirits were not dampened. A quick ice cream and then time as we set off home we had the customary raffle. Thank you Christine for organizing this lovely day out.
On the afternoon of Tuesday 4th September members assembled at Rymans Garden, Apuldram.
The head gardener met us and took us on a tour round the 24 acres of gardens and explained the historical significence of the house and estate. The house dates from about 1410 and was built by William Ryman whose name is still associated with it. He was a prominent merchant and lawyer who became a Knight of the Shire (of Sussex) in 1420 and Sheriff of Sussex in 1434.
The Ryman family continued to own and live here until 1654 when it was sold to Thomas Smith of Binderton. The Smiths lived here until 1730 when it passed by marriage to the Bartellot family who owned it until 1913. The C20th saw the house change hands several times, and fortunately it was sensitively restored by the owners, in particular the current owner who has worked closely with English Heritage.
The garden, owned by Mrs Michael Gayford, has many unusual and rare trees and shrubs, roses, ponds, and a potager. In late summer the garden is ablaze with dahlias, sedums, late roses, sages and Japanese anemones. A highlight in September is the long walk with herbaceous borders framed by pleached limes. A wooden arbour and a centrally positioned urn is a focal point.
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.
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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.
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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!
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
The plant competition for 2019 is the challenge of growing 5 bulbs of the miniature daffodil 'Rip van Winkle. Ready for judging in March. We gave out the bulbs at our October meeting and those that take up the challenge are growing the bulbs on in their own container and in their or compost.
40 members have accepted the challenge, we hope that all 40 will enter the compatition.
Signs of the changing season...
This picture is another from our visit to Rymans garden I was drawn to the autumn colours of the Mallus in the foreground, backed by the herbaceous border, featuring dahlias Do you have any photographs that you would like to share on this site? If you do, please email to email@example.com and we will select one or two each month.
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NT Mottisfont Abbey, our destination on 6th June
2019 outings have been arranged as follows
May 8th MORNING OUTING (self drive) - The Old Vicarage (NGS)
June 6th ALL DAY (coach) to Mottisfont Abbey & Gardens and Longstock Park Water Garden
July 17th ALL DAY (coach) Hanging Hosta Garden and West Green House Garden
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
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Beth Chatto's Garden (Day 1)
Felbrigg Hall Garden
RHS Hyde Hall
The details of of our planned holiday to Norfolk are reproduced below.
For further details please contact Rhonda Ball.
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