Past Programme

Date/Time Event Details
21/03/2020 10:00 - 12:00
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Membership renewal


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

…with tea, coffee and with luck cake!

12/03/2020 20:00 - 21:30
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Creative Gardening in Small Space


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Anne Gilfoye giving her perspective on the subject addressed by  Christine Walkden in our 2019 October talk.

13/02/2020 20:00 - 21:30
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Pruning & Underplanting Roses


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Thomas Stone

09/01/2020 20:00 - 21:30
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'Skulduggery in the Shrubbery {historic)


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

An intriguing talk by Stefan White

12/12/2019 All Day
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Christmas Quiz and Supper


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A return of our ever popular seasonal social event that has become part of Christmas in Rowledge. As former attendees will know the decorations are awe inspiring and the supper truly delicious. And on top of all of this are the wonderful prizes for the winning team and even for the dunces!

Further details including timing TBA.

 

14/11/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Trees for Small Gardens


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Andy Mclndoe.

10/10/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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'How to grow 2000 plants in a 20'x30' Garden


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by TV presenter and all round authority on horticultural matters Christine Walkden

12/09/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Everything you need to know about ponds


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Sandy Worth. Sandy is owner of the Water Meadow Nursery as well as Water Meadow Design and Landscape consultant. The nursery specialises in Herbacious Perennials and has an extensive range of water plants as well as a plant heritage collection of Papaver oriental and Super Poppy wild flowers.

Sandy has extensive experience in garden design including lake and pond building and stocking as well as general general landscaping and wild flower meadows, She is also a lecturer on a pond design, the Perennial border, the cottage garden and Propagation as well as having a passion for Poppies.

08/09/2019 00:00
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Dunsborough Park Dahlia Festival


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

This is a self-drive visit.

 

01/09/2019 - 30/09/2019 All Day
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Flavoursome Friday


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled.

08/08/2019 14:00 - 16:00
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Treasure Hunt followed by Cream Tea


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A walking around Rowledge looking fr elusive clues followed by Cream Tea in the Village hall.

Provisional timings are:
Start treasure hunt  14:00
Cream Tea                    16:00

11/07/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Planning and Planting a Border a talk by Geoff Hawkins


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Geoff Hawkins retired as head gardener from the private estate of Mill Court near Alton, Hampshire where he had worked since 1977. As a head gardener running a small estate of 30 acres this meant he worked in greenhouses, vegetable and fruit gardens, herbaceous and shrub borders as well as looking after the trees, ponds and natural features on the estate.

Since retiring he has appeared on local radio, lectured on gardening skills, garden design and fruit and vegetable  cultivation. He has also given talks to horticulture societies, clubs,WI’s etc. All this as well as being a member of the Surrey Guild of Judges and lecturers.

His web site is http://www.geoffhawkins.org.uk/

26/06/2019 08:30 - 18:00
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Visit to Savill gardens, followed by boat trip.
Club Visit

It is with great pleasure we can confirm the plans for a trip to the Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park. The visit will be by coach departing at 08:30 and returning to Rowledge Square around 18:00 depending on traffic.

The visit is in two parts, with a morning spent in Savill gardens, and the afternoon with a return boat trip from Runnymede with on-board cream tea. The overall timetable will be as follows:

Activity When
Travel to the Savill Building from Rowledge Square 08:30 am
Arrive at the Savill Building 09:45 am
Visit The Savill Garden (with 1 hr guided tour) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Guided garden tour 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Depart The Savill Building 2:15 pm
Transfer (own coach) to French Brothers 2:15 pm
Arrive at French Brothers 2:30 pm
River Boat Cruise with Cream Tea 2:45 – 4:45 pm
Depart French Brothers for Rowledge 5:00pm

Accessability
Savill Garden itself is wheel chair friendly and a number of manual ones available for loan. The boat trip also provides for wheel chair access by enlisting the help of brawny “matelots” to board the boat. However, for obvious reasons, this is limited to manual wheel chairs.

There are toilets, although rather cramped on the boat.

Eligibility, cost & payment
The visit is open to members and guests. The cost to members is £35.00 and £40.00 for guests. Priority will be given to members and their partners. Payment is not required immediately however your positive reply will constitute commitment and enable us to go ahead.

We are committed and limited to a maximum of 33 participants and in order to minimise financial loss to the club in the event of insufficient demand we need your replies by email to this address by the 17th May at the latest, but much earlier to be sure of a place.

 

13/06/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Beautiful Wild flowers of Kashmir


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Chris Chadwell.

27/05/2019 12:00 - 16:00
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Club stall at Rowledge village fayre


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A chance for members and visitors to purchase a renge of plants & vegetables lovingly grown and  contributed by club members

09/05/2019 19:30 - 21:30
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AGM plus a talk 'Ornamental Grasses' by George Lockwood


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

The meeting will kick off with the AGM followed by a talk by George Lockwood. The agenda for the AGM is as follows:-

1. Minutes and Matters arising
2. Chairman’s Report to include Finance report
3. Election of Officers and Committee Members of the Club
4. Chairman’s closing remarks

George Lockwood is (to quote his web site) “a full time totally organic passionate gardener”. As a professionally trained gardener he gives a wide variety of talks to a wide variety of organisations.

 

 

25/04/2019 All Day
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A visit to 3 local NGS Gardens

NGS Gardens Trip – 25Th April
This will be a (potentially) full day car share trip visiting 3 National Garden Scheme gardens. We will start at 10:30 with Shamley wood estate near Guildford (35‐40min from Rowledge) where Tea/Coffee & Cake


From there we will retire to the Bricklayers Arms in Shamley green where lunch and or liquid refreshments are available. We will then travel on around 10miles to Vann which is a historic garden with parts designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Arriving at 2pm. We will have a talk by the owner about the garden and its history, before heading off to explore the 5 acre garden.

We leave Vann at around 3:30pm and then visit Tilford cottage, an Artists garden full of interest and a little quirky, a must if you haven’t been. All three of these gardens are opened especially for us by arrangement so this is a not to be missed opportunity to see them.

As the monies are going to NGS charities there will be no additional charge (above the member price) for visitors. You may join for the morning or afternoon or even visit just one garden. Costs are as follows:

Shamley Wood Estate £8 inc drink & cake
Vann Garden £8
Tilford Cottage Garden £7)

11/04/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Beneficial Insects in the Garden


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A Talk by Andrew Halstead.

23/03/2019 14:00 - 16:00
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Membership renewal


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

The must attend event for members.

The opportunity to sign up for the forthcoming year, collect your Forest Lodge discount cards and have a drink of tea or coffee and a chat to other members.

14/03/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Makng the most of what you have


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Benjamin Pope

Ben Pope completed an NCH in Propagation and Nursery Practice, a Wisley Practical Diploma and the RHS Diploma in Horticulture, attaining awards at Wisley. He then travelled abroad, working in nurseries while studying various flora and garden styles. Ben returned to the UK and is now Head Gardener for a West Sussex garden consisting of a 15th century walled garden and the surrounding estate. Ben’s talks include: Making the Most of What You Have, looking at effective horticultural practice, plant selection and clever design.

Moving Yet Frozen Still, creating movement, structure and interest in the garden during the quiet winter months; and Gardening to Save Time, making the most of your garden maintenance practices. His opinion, always coming from his own experiences and practice

14/02/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Propagation Basics, a talk by Steve Bradley


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey
10/01/2019 20:00 - 21:30
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Our own "Gardeners Question Time"


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A panel of experts (to be advised) who are here to answer any of your questions pertaining to gardening.

Perhaps not quite up to the standards set by the BBC program, but more local and more enjoyable (we hope!),

13/12/2018 19:30 - 22:00
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Christmas Quiz


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey
08/11/2018 19:45 - 21:15
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AGM followed by Shrubs of distinction - a talk by John Negus


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

The  AGM will start at 7:45 pm and conclude by 8:15 pm after which John will begin his talk.

We suggest an arrival time of 7:15 pm allowing our normal 30 minutes for socialising.

 

18/10/2018 14:00 - 15:00
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Winkworth Tour


Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming Surrey

In what (we hope) will be the best time to see the colour at Winkworth Arboretum, we have arranged a tour by National Trust staff/volunteers. So instead of wondering quite what route to take and enduring those back breaking stoops to read the tree labels whilst trying to take in the broader view we should have some expert guidance.

This is a car sharing event and booking form and  joining instructions will be issued shortly before the event.

Remember that this is a National Trust site so there are charges for non NT members  for details see here.

11/10/2018 19:00 - 21:00
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Talk "No work gardening" by Bob Flowerdew


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

An absolute must for dedicated followers of “Gardener’s Question time” on Radio 4. What more needs to be said of our guest speaker?

19:30 for the talk at 20:00.

 

27/09/2018 14:00 - 15:30
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Tree Walk - Led by Brian Greig


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A repeat of our very popular first ever tree walk in the village. The walk takes us through the Clair Mead estate with its fine selection of trees. As ever this walk will be led by our own Agriculturist Brian Greig.

 

13/09/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Weeds - can we ever win?


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Dr. Alick Jones on a subject close to our hearts. Alick is a retired professional biologist, he has been a lecturer at Reading University, has worked in many countries, and has been a member of a winning team at Chelsea.

Alick and Sarah Jones are joint authors of a book “The Fascination of Weeds”.

 

23/08/2018 14:00 - 16:00
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Tylney Hall with Guided tour


Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hook Hampshire

As well as being a hotel, Tylney Hall is also a partner garden of the RHS. The hall’s origins date back to 16th century. The   estate is over 66 acres in size and has numerous features many of which were deigned by Gertrude Jekyll.

For more information about the garden see here.

Our visit will consist of a guided tour by the head gardener, after which tea and scones will be served in a private room of the Hall.

The cost of this visit is £15.00 for club members £17.00 for guests.

This is a car sharing trip.

 

09/08/2018 14:30 - 17:30
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Glorious Cannas - a talk followed by Cream Tea.


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Keith and Christine Haywood, followed by Cream Tea in the Village hall.

The talk is all about Cannas.   These gorgeous sub-tropical plants are very popular in our gardens.  Christine does the chatty bits and Keith does the technical bits.  Covers Canna history, botany, horticultural development, cultivation, pests and diseases, and a slide show which illustrates the many garden varieties and species.

Keith and Christine are appointed NCCPG National Collection holders for Cannas, and also have a business Hart Canna selling canna plants and rhizomes.  The talk includes various anecdotes about having a national collection and also a nursery business

Timings provisional, watch this space.

25/07/2018 14:00 - 16:30
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Cobham NGS gardens


Moleshill House and Heathside, Cobham Surrey

Two gardens in Cobham that are part of the National Gardens Scheme. One (Heathside) is owned by the Surrey County Organiser who gave us a talk about the NGS scheme on the 12th Jan 2017 and the other (Moleshill House) is owned by the Vice President of the NGS. The two gardens concerned can be seen by clicking the two following links: Moleshill House and Heathside .

The visit will start at Moleshill House, depart 1445, arrive Heathside at 1500 and finally leave at 1630. This will be a car sharing visit.

The cost per person, including Tea and Homemade Cake (at Heathside) is £15.00 for members and £17.00 for guests.

12/07/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Subject to be advised.


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Jamie Butterworth.

After studying horticulture Jamie graduated with Distinction after two years at RHS Wisley.  In January 2016 Jamie became the 7th RHS Ambassador joining the likes of Allan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry in the role. He has worked for several years managing the production & preparation of show plants for Chelsea and other shows and now works as a Horticultural Consultant.

04/07/2018 14:00 - 16:30
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Hanging Hostas Visit


Hanging Hosta Garden, Linford Hampshire

Following on from their talk on the 10th May a visit to their garden “Hanging Hostas” in Linford.

 

27/06/2018 All Day
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Beth Chatto Garden Visit


Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester Essex

Bookings to visit the famous Beth Chatto garden in June are now open. Have a look at their web site at http://www.bethchatto.co.uk/gardens/about.htm. What better way to describe the garden other than looking at their own description:

“See the world famous Gravel Garden, full of drought resistant plants from the Mediterranean, inspired by our low local rainfall and the parched and nutrient poor soil. The sumptuous Water Gardens are a stark contrast with lush green lawn and marginal water plants. The four ponds are shaped to reflect clouds in the sky and are fed by a natural spring that starts on our propagation beds and finishes in a large farm reservoir. Planting here is diverse and colourful with several interesting specimen trees.”

The garden is fully accessible to wheel chair users, but see the web site for further details, particularly noting accessibility including that of the gravel garden. If you have specific queries about this contact me.

Travel is by coach and involves a fairly long ride around the M25 which as you all know can result in variable journey times. So the plan is to leave Rowledge at 09:00  which should, given “normal” traffic conditions take around two and a half hours. On arrival we will be free to wander and have lunch (not organised) and then join a tour by one of their gardeners at two o’clock. We will depart at four o’clock. Full joining instructions will be available later.

The cost is £30.00 per person for members and guests will be able to attend given seat availability at £35.00. Bookings, initially, are just open to members.

14/06/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Beth Chatto Garden (talk)


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Steve Austin prior to our  visit to the garden at the end of the month. Steve started his horticultural career working at Beth Chatto Gardens before working at Hilliers for eight years.  He now works as “product development manager” at a garden wholesalers Newey Garden Ready.

28/05/2018 12:00 - 16:30
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Village Fayre


Rowledge Recreation Ground, Farnham Surrey

Our regular participation in the village’s fayre.

13/05/2018 All Day
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Rowledge gardens open for Phylis Tuckwell Hospice


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

An opportunity to raise money for our local charity.

Further details to be published nearer the time.

10/05/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Heavenly Hostas


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by John Barker.

John Baker and June Colley  together run the Hanging Hosta garden at Linford which is one of the finest Hosta gardens in the UK containing some 1500 different varieties. See http://www.countrygardener.co.uk/gardens/hanging-hosta-garden-lindford-near-bordon-Hampshire for more information.

We plan that this talk will be followed up by a visit to the Hanging Garden on the 5th July.

 

26/04/2018 All Day
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Pashly Manor Tulip Festival
Club Visit


Pashley manor Gardens, Wadhurst East Sussex

Pashley Manor’s spectacular Tulip Festival sees this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 40, 000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. At the time of writing Pashley’s garden team have just completed planting 40,420 new top grade bulbs, in 112 varieties, so 2018, the 24th annual Tulip Festival, will be the biggest tulip display yet!

For more information about the festival see:http://www.pashleymanorgardens.com/events_tul_fest.html

A 50 seat coach will leave Rowledge (Hare &Hounds) at 9.15 a.m. arriving at the gardens around 11 a.m. (depending on traffic). We will leave Pashley Manor around 4.30 p.m.
The cost is £20 for members and £25 for guests; priority being given to members.

Booking forms have been distributed by email baut if further copies are required please contact visits@rowledgegardeningclub.org.uk.

 

12/04/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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The Kitchen Garden


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Geoff Peach. Geoff is the Chairman of the Surrey Guild of Judges and Lecturers and after many years of experience in horticulture became a professional gardener in 1994 – involved in the design, restoration and maintenance of many gardens in surrey and beyond.  He is a regular contributor to the BBC Radio programme “Dig It”

17/03/2018 14:00 - 16:00
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Membership renewal


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Sign up for new year’s membership!

08/03/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Fuchsia Growing through the Seasons


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Carol Gubler. Carol owns the specialist nursery “Little Brook Fuchsias” in Ash Green.  She is also the Co author of the book “Fuchsias: A Practical Step-by-step Guide”.

08/02/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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Seasonal pots and baskets - what to plant and how


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Lyn Dupont

11/01/2018 20:00 - 21:30
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From Orangery to Conservatory: the Garden under Glass


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Steven Desmond

14/12/2017 All Day
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Christmas Quiz


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Our evebr popular social evening giving everyone the opportunity to display their widespread knowledge of the horticultural world as well as have a damn good time’!

Details TBA

09/11/2017 20:00 - 21:30
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Pests and Diseases in the garden


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Ray Broughton

12/10/2017 19:00 - 21:30
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AGM + Confessions of a Gardener (Humorous) - a talk by Alan Sargent.


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Alan is a highly qualified horticulturist and professional landscape gardener. Starting out in 1968, he steadily built a landscape business, gaining experience by working on a wide range of projects, until in 1982, he won a British Association of Landscape Industries Award for the Best Domestic Garden Scheme and continued winning many awards over the years.

He has been Chairman of a number of related professional organisations as well as a RHS Show Gardens Judge. Having spent many years constructing gardens, mainly in the private sector, he became Head Gardener at Goodwood Estate between 2001 and 2007, achieving a lifelong ambition to be part of an Historic Garden, by restoring the Private gardens over that period.

17/09/2017 10:30 - 12:30
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Tree Walk in Farnham

Roughly 20 members met in Central Car Park on a rather dull and misty Sunday morning. Bang on time Brian (Greig) met us and we began the walk with an introductory talk. Brian said he had “cribbed” the walk from one of the Tree Walks published by the town council and available in pamphlet form from the town hall.

The walk proper started in Gostree meadow, progressed via the Maltings bridge into St. Andrew’s Church grave yard, then onto the Hart, Castle Street and back via Borelli yard.

 

During the walk we paused at the many trees of interest with Brian identified and gave us his own very personal assessment of the tree in question as well as answering numerous questions.

 

 

All in all on a dull Sunday morning this was a excellent way to enjoy it as well as having our eyes open the number and variety of trees in the town.

14/09/2017 20:00 - 21:30
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It starts with the soil:


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A Rough guide to getting to know your soil, a talk by Guy Deakins.

10/08/2017 00:00
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A stroll around members gardens and Summer Cream Tea

An opportunity to see and learn from other members gardens as well as just taking the opportunity to enjoy them.

Details to be confirmed – watch this space!

13/07/2017 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to Wisley Gardens


Wisley RHS Garden, Woking Surrey

A visit to  RHS’s famous garden, to which members of the Club are very familiar. We have organised this visit with a guided tour done by one of the garden’s knowledgeable volunteer staff. The tour will highlight those parts of the garden that are at their best.

At this time of year the well known and very impressive mixed borders should be approaching their best so we have asked that special attention is given to these. We hope that in doing so we might learn a little more about them, about their planning, planting, maintenance, succession planning and indeed any other aspect that could help us with our own perennial borders.

The cost of the tour is £3.00 for club members and £4.00 for their guests. The visit is open to both members and non members of the RHS.

Refreshments before the tour and after are available (not pre booked) at the several cafes/restaurants in the gardens.

Booking forms will be issued nearer to the event.

08/06/2017 14:00 - 16:00
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Frimley Green Gardens
Club Visit


Frimley Green Gardens, Frimley Green Surrey,

The National Garden Scheme are introducing selected opening for private visits and RGC were able to take advantage of this to visit 4 gardens in Frimley Green.
We were met by the owner of the first garden and area organiser who accompanied us through his fabulous garden, packed with flowering shrubs. The grass path meandered down the long thin plot but the abundant planting disguised the destination, drawing one on.

The second garden was totally different, a small urban space, designed with flair and plants sculpted to suit the owners purpose. Her large area of hostas was enviably free from slug damage and she let us into her secret – you should have been there!


The next garden had won an award for the wildlife that it attracted. Although not huge it was a haven for insects, birds, reptiles and small mammals. Here we were grateful for the chance to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and cake before moving on to the final garden where we were able to buy plants and many of us did.

 


Despite the rather damp weather, this was a lovely way to spend an afternoon that would not be possible without RGC.

 

29/05/2017 All Day
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Village Fair


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey
11/05/2017 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to Gatton Park
Club Visit


Gatton Park, Reigate Surrey

Following our talk on Japanese Gardens on the 9th February, we have arranged a visit to Gatton Park, which together with other attractions has a Japanese inspired garden. You can see further details of the garden HERE.

The cost of this visit is £7.00 for members and £9.00 for guests.

Please note that there is no Café or Restaurant on site.

Disabled access mostly OK, path to Japanese Garden rather steep, but a golf buggy is available if required.

Travel to the garden is by car share.

 

13/04/2017 20:00 - 21:00
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Encouraging wildlife in your garden


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Andrew Halstead

09/03/2017 20:00 - 21:30
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Talk "Seasonal Gardening jobs for Spring"
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Steve Bradley.

Steve has a wide range of horticultural Knowledge including lecturing on horticulture for 22 years and exhibiting at Chelsea and Hampton Court.  This is his second talk to us, his first being a talk on Garden Containers back in 2014. 

04/03/2017 14:00 - 16:00
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Members afternoon and Membership renewal
Club other


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Tea and cakes will be available whilst you are renewing your membership, which will include the completion of a new form asking for permission for photographs, etc., to be used on the website and in other materials prepared and/or published by the club.

22/02/2017 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to Little Court
Club Visit


Little Court, Winchester Hampshire

A visit to a 3 acre garden with snowdrops, crocus and aconites to cheer us up as we start to think about the approach of spring. On arrival there will be an introductory talk by the owner and after we have had enough of the garden itself tea and cakes will be available.

The costs of entry (tea included) is just £6.00 for RGC club members and £8.00 for guests.

The journey there is self drive, with car sharing as needed. Arrangements for the latter are on the booking form sent to members by email.

Click  HERE for more details of the garden.

09/02/2017 20:00 - 21:30
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Talk - Japanese Gardens - UK & Japan
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Graham Bowyer.

Graham first went to Japan in 2002 where he made friends with others who were similarly enthused. He became fascinated with many aspects of Japanese culture, especially the gardens, and joined the Japanese Garden Society where he is now a trustee and chairman of the South East region.

12/01/2017 20:00 - 21:30
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The National Garden Scheme
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

A talk by Margaret Arnott (Assistant County Organiser for Surrey) about the NGS (The National Garden Scheme).

See their web site for further information about the scheme.

09/12/2016 19:30 - 22:30
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Christmas Quiz and Social
Club Social


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Once again the Christmas Quiz was a huge success thanks to the efforts or numerous helpers. The hall was decorated beautifully and the tables welcoming and the food excellent.

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The quiz questions, whilst not being easy, were not too hard and the winners were presented with prizes whilst the lowest scoring team were presented with the traditional booby prize of beautifully crafted wooden spoons – made by you know who! If fact there was a rumour that the booby prizes are more sought after than the winners’ prizes!

At the end of the evening the raffle was drawn and prizes presented.

Our thanks once again go to the band of volunteers who helped in making the event a success and at the close of an evening of enjoyment and companionship there were numerous volunteers, drawn from the attendees, to help clear away.

03/12/2016 10:00 - 12:00
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Christmas decorations from your garden
Club Workshop


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

Following last year’s very successful Christmas Workshop, ‘Christmas Decorations From Your Garden’, a further workshop was held this year on 5th December, entitled Christmas Wreath Making.

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Club member, Maggy Thomas, a trained florist, showed members the process of making a Christmas wreath and with her help they were able to make some beautiful wreaths using greenery from their own gardens.

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Members enjoyed a very pleasant and creative afternoon, which included a break for tea and homemade cake.

10/11/2016 20:00 - 21:30
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'Victoria Gardens'
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

As a long standing friend of the club John was warmly welcomed and started his talk by asking how many people had already visited the Garden. He then continued explaining how the gardens had originally been a Victorian  open air swimming bath (actually 2, one for adults and one for mothers teaching their children to swim). He himself used to swim there and described the rather basic changing facilities with, in its final years, ventilation provided by holes in the roof. The completion in 1981 of the sports centre with its indoor pool marked the end of a rather slow decline. At this point the future of the site was in doubt until it was finally decided to replace the bath with a garden.

Finally, in May 1997, the garden was opened  on the site having been financed through voluntary effort and public subscription.

More details of the Garden are available at http://www.farnhamvictoriagarden.org/home/home.html

After this introduction John displayed a number of pictures of some of the plants in the garden. This was accompanied by him (in traditional John Negis manner) testing the audience to identify the plant in question, which when answered correctly resulted in a prize of a packet of seeds or two

After a final burst of questions and answers the evening drew to a close with the club thanking John for a most interesting talk.

13/10/2016 19:15 - 21:15
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AGM, followed by Hardy's Garden Plants


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Annual General meeting immediately followed by a talk by Rosy Hardy on the subject of ‘Perennials’.

11/08/2016 16:00 - 17:30
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Summer talk and Cream Tea Social
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Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Summer Talk by Marina Christopher, followed by cream tea.

As an experiment this was our first summer talk combined with our traditional summer cream tea. The Talk and Tea was a sell-out.
As members arrived they found Marina, of Phoenix Perennial Plants, Medstead, at the front of the hall surrounded and overhung by a range of plants that were to figure in her talk.

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After introductions Marina started by explaining her training and early career as an ecologist. This experience led her to realise the importance of insects in the health of the environment. As a result she set up her own nursery in which she focused heavily on plants that can provide a continuum of food to insects throughout the year. In doing so this also ensures flowers throughout much the year.
To provide this continuum of supply requires a number of techniques. The flowering period of native British flowers can be extended by judicial pruning (e.g. ‘The Chelsea chop’). However, plants from other parts of the world such as South America and the Mediterranean have flowering patterns which suit their local environment which is usually hotter and drier. So with skill and know how these can be used to plug holes and extend the flowering season of native British plants. 
Marina illustrated her talk with a large range of plants and her knowledge of their botanical names impressed us all. She had brought with her a selection of plants for sale as well as some unusual garden tools and after her talk there was a flood of people keen to purchase some of these.
Finally, it was time for the cream tea, the doors to the main hall swung open to reveal colourful pom-pom bunting strung across the hall and two long tables decorated exquisitely with flowers to match. Each table was laden with scones, mountains of cream, jam and enough tea to supply an army! SummerTalk2

Everyone tucked in until it was time to thank all the volunteer helpers and clear up.
Another outstanding success and as an experiment we couldn’t have hoped for better!

11/08/2016 14:00 - 16:00
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Summer Talk - TBC


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Talk by Marina Christopher, topic to be advised.

Talk followed by Cream Tea social.

14/07/2016 11:00 - 14:00
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Visit to West Dean Gardens
Club Visit


West Dean Gardens, West Dean West Sussex

At a fully attended visit the ‘established’ good luck of the club held true and the weather was warm and sunny interspersed with some cloud during which temperatures dropped rapidly. We were greeted by the gardens supervisor Sarah Wain and she initially explained the West Dean estate consisted of the college (a renowned educational centre for crafts and conservation) and the gardens.

Sarah explained that with her husband, Jim Buckland, they had worked since 1991 restoring and developing the gardens, an activity still underway. We were given a guided tour of the walled garden which was subdivided into several sections. One section has a magnificent set of Victorian Glass houses, several of which being actively restored in front of us. The vegetable and fruit garden segment provided a worthy exemplar for any aspiring vegetable gardener.
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The orchard segment was particularly interesting with its unusually pruned apples and pears, providing much productivity in a limited space whilst still maintaining a ‘standard tree’ like appearance – ideal for smaller gardens.

At the end of the tour we all wandered off to see the extensive parkland that held even more surprises; the pagoda, the spring garden with its odd sculptures, secret walkways and meandering river (Lavant).

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For the braver there was even a 2 mile walk through the Arboretum.

For more info see https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/explore

 

16/06/2016 11:30 - 14:30
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Visit to Mottisfont Abbey
Club Visit


Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey Hampshire

Despite driving in the pouring rain to and from Mottisfont Abbey and gardens, our visit was fortuitously enjoyed in the sunshine!

Met by four delightful National Trust volunteers, we were guided around the grounds in small groups. They provided an excellent explanation of the Abbey’s history and continuing development of the gardens to their former style and layout.

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Refreshments taken alfresco; strolling at our leisure through the stunning and spectacular rose gardens – most of which was in full bloom; a visit to the house and Whistler room; all made for a thoroughly enjoyable day and all without an umbrella in sight!

If you haven’t been to Mottisfont make a date in your diary for June 2017 – you’ll be in for a real treat.

09/06/2016 11:00 - 12:30
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Tree walk
Club Visit


Alice Holt Research Station, Farnham Surrey

We chose another fine morning for our annual Tree Walk with our very own expert member Brian Greig who took nineteen of us into the Alice Holt research station where he had worked for many years before retirement. He showed us 30 trees some of which had been planted in Victorian times  and others which had been planted during his own time there including one tree planted by him personally. He explained that the Research Station is world renowned for its work.

We had a particularly interesting debate about Ash “Dieback” and Brian did his best in lay mans terms, to explain the difficulties of controlling this.  Dieback of ash, also known as Chalara , is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Chalara causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions in affected trees.

This was the third annual tree walk that we have done with Brian and is such a popular event with our members that it is an immediate “sell out” as soon at it becomes available to our members.

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03/06/2016 09:30 - 11:30
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Pop Up plant sale


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Plants left over from the Village Fayre,  were sold at the Coffee Spot.

30/05/2016 12:00 - 16:00
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Rowledge Village Fayre
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Rowledge Recreation Ground, Farnham Surrey

Our stall at Rowledge Fayre raised a fantastic £880 including pre-sales, on the day sales and the pop up stall at the Coffee Spot. This is £90 up on last year!

SO VERY WELL DONE EVERYONE. It was tremendous effort by all those involved.

12/05/2016 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to Parham House and Gardens
Club Visit


Parham Park, Pulborough West Sussex

Twenty five of us choose a lovely sunny day for our first garden visit of this summer and what a house and garden it was!

The garden was just coming into its own and will probably be at its glorious best in July when all of the herbaceous and annual plants will be in full bloom. However  it did enable us to see very clearly ,on our guided tour with the Head Gardener, how the planting reflects the very clear views of the family who have lived at Parham for decades- from colour coordinated flowers grown so that they reflect the colour schemes of each room in the house to maintaining the families picnic spot!

The house was an added bonus and we all enjoyed the beautiful embroideries which were on display in every room.

Those of us who were inclined explored the grounds further and walked to the church which had gated pews and an especially large one for the family ,complete with its very own fireplace!

Together with the small cafe,shop and plant sales this made it an ideal way to spend a summers afternoon

14/04/2016 20:00 - 21:30
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Talk - Rhododendrons and Allied plants
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Talk in the village hall, Rhododendrons and Allied plants. A talk by Richard Thornton.

Richard Thornton is a fan of the great plant hunters who explored China and around the Himalayas in the 20th century including Ernest (Chinese) Wilson and Frank Kingdon Ward. He told Country Gardener: “I have visited western China five times on botanical trips and know the excitement of the discovery of plants in the wild and in turn seeing them in one ‘s garden.”  There are herbaceous mixed shrub borders and rock gardens, a stream in which Primula florindae seeds itself (a Kingdon Ward find) and a pool. Many trees and unusual plants can be found within about a quarter of an acre including the Pocket Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata), cornus, paulownia, lomatia and koelreuteria.

 His garden is a member of the NGS and is situated at:

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As the name suggests, this is a sloping and partly terraced garden (six miles south of Farnham), a plantsman’s and garden lecturer’s garden with many special features including woodland with rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, rare meconopsis, primulas, trilliums, lilies and other seasonal plants.

10/03/2016 20:00 - 21:30
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Talk "The Scented Garden" by Antony Powell
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Antony Powell first trained with Hillier Nurseries before completing an HND in amenity horticulture at Askham Bryan College. He has worked in nurseries and gardens in England and France and travelled to many other countries during his horticultural career.He now manages four gardens in North Hampshire / West Berkshire.

At a very well attended meeting of some 50 members of the club Anthony kicked off his talk with some quotes from a book by Francis Bacon regarding the importance of fragrance in the garden.

Anthony then explored the question of whether one person’s perception of a particular fragrance is the same as another’s. He contrasted this with colour in its standardisation through the use of colour charts. (He gave away the fact that it was much cheaper to use a paint manufacturer’s colour chart rather than the official plantsman colour chart provided by the RHS!) In the case of fragrance there is reliance on more general terms to describe a particular smell such as those widely used by sommeliers to describe a particular wine.

To demonstrate this point two brave volunteers from the audience were, with their eyes firmly shut, asked to describe the fragrance of a few plants wafted under their noses. Finally, still with their eyes closed they were asked to identify a ripe banana which they were both able to do and agree on.

Following this episode of audience participation Anthony went on with a slide show illustrating a wide range of plants which could be used to provide scent in the garden throughout the year. During this presentation Anthony emphasised the importance of such plants in positions where they can have maximum effect, for instance on a path leading to a front door or by a garden seat

The evening finished with a lively Q&A session.

The following day Gardeners’ world also had a feature on the scented garden proving yet again how much Rowledge Gardening Club is in the vanguard.

 

05/03/2016 14:00 - 16:00
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Annual Membership Renewal
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Be sure to attend this in order to renew your membership and get full benefit from the club.

Please note that this takes place on Saturday afternoon.

 

17/02/2016 11:00 - 16:00
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Visit - A winter garden (Welford Park) *****CANCELLED*****
Club Visit

Due to insufficient demand this visit has been cancelled.

In 2013 we had a visit to Welford Park as one of our inaugural events following the establishment of the club. Welford Park is rightly known for its Snowdrops and since then has become more widely known for hosting the “Great British Bake Off”. Our first visit there was a huge success so we have decided to organise a repeat visit in 2016.

Welford Park’s owner is a very well informed and enthusiastic collector of the rarer species of Snowdrop and our visits include an introductory talk by her about Snowdrops in general and about those at Welford Park in particular. After that you are free to wander the grounds to admire the beauty of the vast numbers of Snowdrops in the grounds and perhaps even identify some of the rarer species.

 

14/01/2016 19:30 - 21:30
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Talk: The Roses of Mottisfont Abbey by Thomas Stone
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Thomas has been working as a professional Gardener since 1989, at Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, Hillier Gardens and private gardens as Head gardener, currently a freelance Garden Consultant. He has a love for Roses and Hardy Geraniums.

11/12/2015 19:00 - 22:00
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Christmas Social, including quiz
Club Social


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey
Sixty members and guests got together in the Village Hall for our Annual Christmas Quiz with ( of course) a horticultural theme. The Village Hall was transformed into a Christmas Grotto for the night with fantastic decorations courtesy of Diana Precious.
Whilst eating a Ploughman’s Supper attendees ,organised into teams,  got into full swing trying to solve the devilish questions set by our Quiz master, Richard Bass. After the supper, results were scored and announced with prizes awarded to the winning team.
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The losing team receiving the Booby prizes (of decorated wooden spoons) that have become greatly sought after. Indeed such is their attraction that the teams outdo themselves trying to loose!
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The evening finished in a high mood with the raffle.
As usual a great time was had by all. Huge thanks to all those who helped make it such a success .
05/12/2015 14:00 - 16:00
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Home 'grown' Christmas Decorations
Club Workshop


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey
ROWLEDGE GARDENING CLUB CELEBRATES THE FESTIVE SEASON 2015
The Gardening Club got in the Christmas mood with a seasonal Workshop on December 5th.Twelve members and their friends gathered in the Village Hall to learn how to make Christmas decorations from their gardens ( of course).
Member Maggy Thomas, a professional florist, demonstrated how to make a table decoration with greenery including holly complete with berries,ivy, yew,bay, rosemary, leylandii and winter jasmine. Participants had been asked to bring their own greenery and it is true to say that we could have made decorations for the whole village with the amount that was brought.
Maggy provided candles,holders and the all important ready soaked oasis and wire for attaching the candles. She told us many of tricks of the trade including instructions , ahead of the Workshop ,on how to ensure that the holly has not been stripped of its berries by the flocks of Redwings that arrive in Rowledge in November/December.
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The afternoon was so successful that the Gardening Club is likely to be running another Workshop at a similar time next year- so if you are interested why not join us.Look on our website for details or notices around the Village in November 2016.
12/11/2015 19:30 - 21:30
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"How on earth did that get a gold?" by Mark Porter
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Following an earlier visit by the club to ‘Down House’ when Mark Porter gave us all an introduction to his own garden and also a brief presentation on his role as RHS judge, this meeting gave us the opportunity to hear the whole story from Mark.

His talk was fascinating and richly illustrated with lots of photographs illuminating the points he made.

He described the rigorous process of judging, consisting of several stages during which individual gardens were assessed and scored in 9 key areas. He made the point that a difference in score of just one point could potentially make the difference between a silver-gilt and a gold. The addition or loss of that point could be solely attributed to one area in which the designer had missed something seemingly trivial (to him/her) such as the placement of a chair! What became clear is that the judging system was designed to be as rigorous as possible with its scoring method followed by several rounds of discussion and challenge.

To illustrate his talk he showed us examples of how particular gardens were marked down as well as those highly regarded in ‘Show Garden’ category. One interesting point that emerged in several examples were designs that at first sight looked, and indeed were, beautiful, but impractical as a garden. Examples being paths that just came to a dead end, and the complete lack of seating in one design, etc., etc.

Mark’s photographs gave us an overview of the various categories with examples of ‘howlers’. One particular examples that struck the author was the ‘pile of refrigerators’ that was supposed to be about recycling, yet those on display had not been ‘degassed’, a strict requirement prior to recycling. That said however, the planting of alpines in those refrigerators received good marks.

Overall a fascinating meeting, with Marks’ talk finishing with an extensive Q&A session that had to be brought to an end by the chairman. The evening finished finally with a vote of thanks to Mark. Speaking personally, it has encouraged me to brave Chelsea once more!

Alan Morris

 

15/10/2015 10:00 - 12:00
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Autumn Pruning Workshop
Club Workshop


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

Due to the popularity of our first Pruning Workshop, which was oversubscribed, a second Pruning Workshop was held on 15th October and once again we were lucky enough to have professional gardener Geoff Hawkins to demonstrate various pruning techniques.

Eight members gathered at Catherine’s house on a slightly chilly but dry day, where Geoff showed us different types of pruning tools and how to sharpen them.

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In her garden, we were shown the best way to prune several plants/shrubs/trees in order to promote healthy growth and keep them in good shape, in particular shaping and providing a framework of wires for a large wisteria growing against the wall of the house, also climbing hydrangea and rose, lavender etc.

Following a break for tea/coffee and biscuits, we went to Sue’s house for further advice on pruning a number of shrubs, including exochordia, smoke bush (cotinus), deutzia and clematis.  Members found Geoff’s advice and practical demonstration most informative and entertaining and left the workshop keen to start tackling their own gardens with pruners and loppers at the ready!

08/10/2015 19:30 - 21:30
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AGM & talk "Gilbert White - The Gardener"
Club Talk


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

Please note the start time of 7:30 PM

Free tea and coffee on arrival.

Following the Annual General a talk by David Standing from the Gilbert White Museum.

David has been Head Gardener at Gilbert White’s House & Garden since 1979. A life-long Gilbert White fan, on joining the staff at The Wakes, David soon embarked on a painstaking and ambitious project to discover the garden design that White originally created which had all but disappeared in the decades since his death. No definitive plans existed so this involved studying, at great length, White’s journals, correspondence and a horticultural diary White called his ‘Gardener Kalendar’ which spanned the years 1751 to 1771.

The subject of Gilbert White and his garden is David’s passion and he is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. He has lectured on many occasions to local horticultural groups and in March 2011 he was invited to speak at The Garden History Society London, which was very well received.

 

10/09/2015 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to Knowle Grange
Club Visit


Knowle Grange, Shere Surrey
ViewToTheHouseOn the day of the visit the weather took a turn, not for the worse, but for the better! So when we arrived the Sun was shining and everything was set for a beautiful afternoon.We were warmly greeted by Mrs. Wood, the owner and designer of the garden, she was a charming lady of French descent and gave us a brief Introduction and a guide to the garden she also told us the total number of bricks that were used in its construction (so far!).She explained that she started on the construction around 1990 when she designed a colonnaded arcade around an existing pond to prevent her children falling in. The result inspired her and with the active support and encouragement of her husband led her to do more. So year by year she designs a new area of the garden. It’s a continuing project!

Thus briefed we were left, with the aid of the guide, to explore the garden ourselves.  To call Knowle Grange a garden is a gross over simplification it is really a whole range of individual gardens creatively inter connected to produce an inspiring whole.

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We all set off in different directions and due to the scale of the garden lost sight of each other quickly only to get glimpses through the plantings.

The more adventurous amongst us set off to explore the unicursal path, but regretfully were unable to discover “its secret”.

 

In all this writer has to say that Knowle Grange is one of the most interesting gardens he has visited, reminiscent of the classical gardens seen in Italy and France. The afternoon came to a most satisfactory end with tea and a delicious selection of cakes served by Mrs. Wood. After which we assembled for the group photo including Mrs Wood.

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13/08/2015 16:30 - 17:30
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Summer Social - Cream Tea !
Club Social


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

Following the Pruning Workshop – for more details see here – 55 of us sat down to a cream tea which was a major triumph given the weather. And what a wonderful garden for the occasion.  

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Everyone had a great time and it was very sociable with  some new friendships being made and some existing ones renewed. New members were made to feel welcome and after the tea we wandered around the garden in twos and threes chatting and admiring Peter’s allotment area. It was a delightful afternoon .

13/08/2015 14:00 - 16:00
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Pruning Workshop
Club Workshop


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

At last it was the week of the pruning workshop. We all looked closely at the forecast that, as the week went on looked increasingly gloomy with predictions of rain and even thunder. A careful analysis by Lynn, our chair, pronounced that there would be a weather window starting at 2:00 p.m. and therefore the event together with the members cream tea should go ahead! As a result 8 brave souls arrived at Pat & Alan’s house to be greeted by Geoff Hawkins clasping a pair of secateurs whilst keeping a wary eye on the weather.

PruningWorkshopInitially we all gathered in the garage, thus avoiding the rain where Geoff gave us the lowdown on how to use the various pruning tools together with tips on how to keep them sharp. He also talked about the three types of pruning; Removal of the 3 Ds – Dead, Damaged and Diseased, pruning to Reduce or Pruning to Rejuvenate.

By this time the weather was improving so we ventured out into the garden proper where Geoff either showed or explained how to prune various shrubs. These included Aucuba, Ceanothus, Cotoneaster, Elaeagnus, Hebe, Cornus, Hypericum , Mahonia, Cotinus, Lavender and even how to tackle a large overgrown Juniper.!

The first hour went by very quickly so we all headed for Peter’s & Lynn’s garden where we were shown how to prune Climbing roses, Camellia, Buddheia, Philadelphus, Fig, tree Peony, and a Bramley apple tree.

Many interesting tips emerged as Geoff talked; cutting back large overgrown stems (such as the Mahonia) should be done one third each year. For those that are cut back to the ground (such as the Cornus – grown for its coloured stems) it is a good idea to leave just a few shoots to maintain the flow of sap from the roots. This latter point illustrates how the folklore of gardening is increasingly being influenced by greater fact based knowledge and stresses the need for us gardeners to keep abreast of developments.

That second hour went even faster than the first and we found ourselves being joined a by 40 other members of the club who arrived for the Prosecco and Cream tea. Finally these other attractions were sufficient to put off even the most ardent ‘pruners’ amongst us, so after a round of thanks to Geoff we sat down under a large gazebo to take great pleasure consuming the lashings of cream, jam and scones – homemade, of course, by a number of volunteers to whom we are eternally grateful.

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By then even the sun appeared and the protection offered by the Gazebo was, fortunately, not required. All in all, another successful workshop, but we are still left wondering how our very capable chair had contrived with the British weather to make that weather window appear when it was really needed.

 

 

09/07/2015 14:00 - 16:00
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Cuttings Workshop
Club Workshop


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

Once again we were lucky with the weather, following a chilly morning the afternoon warmed up considerably and 12 club members gathered in Maggy’s garden, under a gazebo thoughtfully erected by her for our first Cuttings Workshop. We all arrived armed with secateurs as instructed and were further issued with plastic bags, ties and small pots ready to make a foray into her garden looking for choice specimens from which to take our own cuttings.

However before this Maggy gave us an introduction to the art (science?) of how to take a cutting explaining that the ones we would mainly be taking today were to be from hard wood. She had a container of rooting medium made from a 50:50 mixture of compost and sand for improved drainage ready for the purpose.

To those of us uninitiated in this art Maggy carefully went through the required steps, from removing a cutting from the parent plant, preparing it for making the cutting by ensuring that the cut was just below a leaf joint, of a suitable length, with just a few leaves left at the top. She noted that if the leaf was too big they could be reduced in size to reduce the transpiration load on the cutting. Dipped into rooting powder the cutting was then pushed into the perimeter of the pot, labelled and then left (ensuring adequate moisture content) alone until new growth and leaves appear.

Thus fully briefed we all set off round Maggy’s garden where with her help we all took a set of cuttings to our own choice.The afternoon finished with tea and cake and we all sat with much discussion of the proceedings finishing with a sincere thankyou to Maggy for arranging such a well organised and informative event.

21/06/2015 10:30 - 17:00
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Unusual Plant Fair
Other's event

A annual two day event, this year Saturday and Sunday 20th, 21st June, see their web site for further details.

David Standing ,the Head Gardener at Gilbert Whites House, is our speaker at the club talk on October 8th.

20/06/2015 10:30 - 17:00
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Unusual Plant Fair
Other's event

A annual two day event, this year Saturday and Sunday 20th, 21st June, see their web site for further details.

David Standing ,the Head Gardener at Gilbert Whites House, is our speaker at the club talk on October 8th.

18/06/2015 10:15 - 12:15
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Tree Walk
Club Visit


Location TBA, Rowledge Surrey

A tree walk in Alice Holt Arboretum, led by Brian Greig.

The weather held and there was a complete turnout of attendees who were greeted at the nearby car park and we were all impressed with the comprehensive safety briefing that we received!

Getting down to business Brian explained that he would take us on a trail of marked trees, referenced in a leaflet that was available to visitors at the entrance to the arboretum that he would hand out at the end of the walk, justifying this by saying that he would be covering the material documented during his talk. Thus prepared we all set off following Brian into the arboretum proper.

We were then treated to a comprehensive tour of the Alice Holt Arboretum pausing to be briefed in turn on some 30 trees, including Spruce, Pine, Beech, Chestnut, Alder, Cedar, Redwood to name just a few. Brian’s enthusiasm clearly rubbed off on everyone and at each pause to examine a specimen tree there was a wealth of questions that he answered.

Brian explained the history of the Arboretum, which started as a fenced experimental research area in the 1950s with the purpose of testing how a wide variety of trees might be candidates for wide spread forestry use.

The experimental activities came to an end by the mid 70’s and the area was then further developed as an arboretum for public use. Recently the area has been restored with the help of a group of volunteers working with the Alice Holt Community Forum and Forestry Commission.

During the walk, we learned that one of Brian’s favourite trees is the Douglas Fir. After the walk was over there was a well deserved vote of thanks to him for a fascinating visit.

 

 

13/06/2015 00:00 - 17:00
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Selbourne Open Gardens
Other's event

There will be 8 village gardens to visit, each varying in size and style. There is also a charming walled allotment and a mini fete.

See their web site for further details.

11/06/2015 09:15 - 15:30
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Great Dixter House and Gardens
Club Visit


Great Dixter, Rye East Sussex

This visit was Rowledge Gardening club’s first ever coach trip. Forty eight members of the club boarded the coach at The Square on Thursday 11th June to visit Great Dixter in Northiam in East Sussex.

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In stark contrast to our last garden visit (see last month’s review), the sun smiled upon us- not a hint of rain was in the air and the cold east wind had dropped to cause members to put on their sun hats rather than their umbrellas up!

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Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett (Head Gardener accompanied by his assistant on the left in the picture) and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

 

It did not disappoint- it is a beautiful garden created by Christopher Lloyd in his childhood home and now carried on in his memory by Fergus Garrett.

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Christopher Lloyd was famous for his colourful borders often with clashing oranges, pinks and blues and his constantly changing arrangements of terracotta pots- very labour intensive and hard to copy in a domestic garden but beautiful nonetheless. In addition the family house is open in the afternoon with plenty of Lloyd history to soak up.

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We came away with lots of ideas and inspiration – rustic eight foot ladders, wooden  border supports, how to incorporate Lutyen’s steps into our gardens and perhaps the pièce de résistance – the wonderful wild flower meadows in their June glory with masses of orchids on display.

25/05/2015 12:00 - 16:00
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Rowledge Village Fayre - Club Stall
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Rowledge Recreation Ground, Farnham Surrey

LOCAL PLANTS FROM LOCAL GARDENS

After months of planning, planting, dividing, potting on and nurturing Rowledge Gardening Club came up trumps again at Rowledge Fayre. This was our third year of running a stall and was our best yet.

Diana and Graham Precious’ garden looked very much like a nursery in the week before the Fayre – many thanks to Diana for looking after the plants so well. A team of 6 priced the plants over the weekend which was no mean feat.

RGC Stall at 2014 Village Fayre

Our stall , this year bigger than ever took shape on the morning of 25th May with literally hundreds of plants being moved by wheel barrow ( what else?) across a busy road. Our “Caution Plants Crossing ” sign caused a few motorists to chuckle and Geoff  Rose made a lovely Lolly Pop person.

Over at the stall we tried to group plants according to type but in the end had to settle for Perennials, Shrubs, Annuals and Vegetables . In addition this year we had a Childrens Corner around Daisy the Scarecrow who attracted a great deal of attention. Our line of wheel barrows marked the boundary of the stall. There was a fair wind blowing which meant that although our two gazebo’s stayed put we quickly had to take the canopy above the stall down.

Sales were very brisk even before the Fayre started and it was clear that we had returning customers who made a beeline for us having bought from us before. We continued to sell right up to the end of the Fayre before we transported the remaining plants  ( again by wheelbarrow) to the Village Hall ready for our pop up sale at the village cafe “Coffee Spot” the following Friday.

Our plant crèche was really popular and in fact people who hadn’t bought plants at our stall were coming to us asking if they could leave their purchases with us!

This truly was a team effort where most members either grew, took cuttings or divided plants, helped on the day or visited the stall and bought plants! This is fantastic because the Fayre is our major fundraiser of the year and enables all club members to benefit from subsidised events and better speakers. Next Year we hope that even more members will get involved one way or another and we will be promoting this by reminding our members when it is best to divide plants and take cuttings and growing seeds for the stall. Keep an eye on this website for hints and tips on when to get started.

24/05/2015 14:00 - 17:30
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Local NGS garden open
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Chestnut Cottage, Farnham Surrey

As part of the National Gardening Scheme a local garden will be open. It is Chestnut Cottage and is located in Jublilee Lane. For more information see http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/Garden.aspx?id=20198

14/05/2015 10:30 - 14:00
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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Despite the rain!
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The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Despite the rain, Rowledge Gardening Club members were not discouraged

Twenty-two members of Rowledge Gardening Club set off for their first garden visit of 2015 to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens run under the Trusteeship of Hampshire County Council, not to be confused with Hillier Nurseries.Hillier1s

Suitably prepared and dressed for inclement weather we arrived at the gardens. We all knew it was going to be a wet one! but how wet we had yet to experience. This time the weather men were unfortunately accurate to the minute.

Undeterred by the rain, we were warmly greeted by David Jewell at the Visitor Centre, from where we strolled to Jermyns House — the family home of the Hillier’s — to enjoy a welcome cup of coffee.

As we settled in the Oak Room, David our presenter and guide for the day started his talk with a short history of the house. David, head gardener for the past 5 years, then took us through “Hillier Gardens Through the Seasons” illustrated with some amazingly beautiful photographs.

With aerial views of the gardens and close up photographs of individual flowers and trees we experienced to name but a few elements of the garden’s 180 acres, the winter gardens and grounds with frost and snow; the springtime flowering of the magnolia avenue; the development stage by stage of the 250 metre long double bordered walk; and to be enthralled by the 100s of Champion Trees ablaze with stunning autumn colours.

Once David had finished his talk and answered members’ questions, we all then set off umbrellas in hand, for a guided tour of the grounds. We were to discover, even in the torrential rain, that the reality of the gardens far outweighed their photographic representation.

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As the outing drew to a close, with group photo taken, garden plants and gardening books purchased, we concluded as we chatted over lunch, that with so much more to see and enjoy, we would certainly be revisiting the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens….. next time, hopefully in the dry!

 

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15th May 2015

Photos with thanks to Diana Precious

03/05/2015 14:00 - 17:30
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Chestnut Cottage, Farnham Surrey

As part of the National Gardening Scheme a local garden will be open. It is Chestnut Cottage and is located in Jublilee Lane. For more information see http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/Garden.aspx?id=20198

The garden will also be open on the 24th May.

 

03/05/2015 10:00 - 16:00
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Hardy' Plants Annual Charity Open Day
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Hardy’s Plants, Whitchurch Hampshire

Our March speakers Rosy and Rob Hardy are holding their Annual Charity Open Day raising money for Naomi House & Jacksplace.

For more information see www.hardys-plants.co.uk

16/04/2015 14:00 - 16:30
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Growing Vegetables Workshop
Club Workshop

The first ever workshop run by Rowledge Gardening Club was on Growing Vegetables.

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12 members met in Peter and Lynn Ludfords’ lovely garden where Peter started with advice on the best shapes of pots/containers, how to fill and water, seed density/orientation, and the care needed for germination to be successful. He demonstrated pricking out lettuce and the use of vermiculite. Peter talked about the benefits of root trainers (not something to be worn when gardening apparently) and an electric propagator. We also had our choice of courgette seed to sow – the correct way up! I am sure that more dahlias will be growing in Rowledge this year as Peter showed us the copper rings that keep his free from slug damage. Finally Robert Green shared his method of germinating peas in guttering, bringing them on to a good size before planting out although sliding them out of the guttering needs a bit of skill!

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After a delicious cup of tea and cake we moved to Robert’s allotment where he talked us through soil structure and fertility, compost, pest control and crop protection. We saw the difference between module grown plants and those sown directly in the soil. Robert shared his method for sowing parsnip and carrot seed (always tricky) and he got several members to create a row. Soil fertility was discussed as Robert showed us how he plants chitted potatoes.

Both Peter and Robert answered the many questions fully and patiently, a huge amount of knowledge was shared and we all took away an improved understanding of seed propagation, as well as our courgette plants!

Liz Thomas, participant and RGC member April 2015.

12/03/2015 20:00 - 21:30
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Hardy Perennials - a talk by Rosy Hardy

On 12th March the Gardening Club had an excellent talk on Hardy Perennials from Rosy Hardy (of Hardy’s Plants).  Rosy has got many gold awards from Chelsea and Hampton Court flower show so she really knows her stuff but is also very good at getting it across. She talked about the challenges of preparing plants for a show to get them in tip top condition, whatever the weather.  She demonstrated with plants that had been brought on in the greenhouse and compared them with the actual plant as it would look like now if it were in your garden.  There were lots of plants for sale that were quickly snapped up. Rosy and her husband had a real rapport with members and were chatting away long after their formal talk.

Rosy Hardy receives the applause of the Gardening Club.
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Rosy is a member of the Hardy family who own Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants at Whitchurch, Hants.
Set in 13 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is a family-run nursery, offering an unrivalled collection of high quality plants to suit every garden.
Now recognised as one of the UK’s leading plantsmans nurseries, Rosy and Rob Hardy started out over 20 years ago selling plants from their own back garden, for which demand grew rapidly. Today they stock over 1,200 plant varieties, including many rare and exciting species you’ll simply never see in your average garden centre.

13/11/2014 20:00 - 21:30
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The Fun of Growing and Showing


Rowledge Village Hall, Farnham Surrey

The talk by Flower and Produce Show judge Doris Smallwood was very well attended by members who braved the wet weather to be there. Doris was an extremely lively speaker, passionate about gardens, gardening and in particular her lovley garden in West Sussex… and that showed throughout her talk which was liberally dotted with advice on how to show flowers and vegetables, from the most beautiful single stem rose to the ugliest vegetable and longest runner bean.

11/09/2014 14:00 - 16:00
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Visit to The Buildings, Stockbridge
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The Gardening Club had a perfect end of season visit to a wonderful garden just outside Stockbridge this month. The Buildings is a garden open under the National Garden Scheme and was recently featured in the RHS magazine “The Garden”.

This special opening, just for members of Rowledge Gardening Club, showed the garden at its best, full of beautiful Grasses and early autumn colours but most dramatically the best collection of Salvias some of us had ever seen.

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They took our breath away and most of us couldn’t resist buying a plant or two! As well as all of this there were far reaching views across rolling countryside to Winchester in one direction and Southampton in the other.

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