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Our speaker on Tuesday 10 October is Tim Winter who will tell us all about Woodland Crafts in Southern England.

Last month’s speaker, Peter Almond explained about the feelings that plants have. Somewhat surprisingly they have quite a few. A good talk on an unusual subject.


It’s here! Quite possibly the best yet so why not treat yourself to one. Also, excellent for Christmas presents. On sale at the October Club meeting. Wall calendars £7, desk calendars £4 so bring your cash and/or cheque books. Many thanks to everyone who submitted photographs. You all have at least one photograph in the Calendar.


The annual AGM and Inter Club Quiz takes place on Sunday 29 October 2:30 am - 5:00 pm at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy GU3 2DT. This is a lovely hall, easy to find in the centre of the village with plenty of free parking. The AGM is very brief and it is interesting to find out what the SHF does and also what other Gardening Clubs are doing.

The Inter-Club Quiz is good fun with the questions being set by SHF President Brian Deaville who came to judge our Summer Show this year. We need three members per team and the questions are in the form of ‘Millionaire’ where four answers to each question are given. Each person in the team selects their answer, if you don’t know just guess! If you don’t want to be in a team, come along anyway. You can still do the quiz and there is a prize for the highest points from a member of the audience. Refreshments are included plus a very good raffle. All in all, this is an excellent afternoon’s entertainment. Please let Barbara know if you would like to be in the Worplesdon Garden Club team.

PICTURE OF THE MONTH         Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming

JOBS FOR THE GARDEN IN OCTOBER (as always dependant on the weather!)

Now that colder weather is approaching, protect half-hardy plants with fleece or bring into a frost-free greenhouse. Lift Dahlias tubers, Begonias tubers and Gladiolus corms to store dry over the winter months. Plant spring bedding such as wallflowers, Bellis, Primulas and winter pansies for a fantastic spring display. Clear up fallen rose leaves to prevent diseases such as black spot from over-wintering. Lift and divide any overcrowded herbaceous perennials whilst the soil is still warm. If you plan to grow beans next year, start preparing the site by digging trenches and filling with manure or kitchen waste. Any plants with green tomatoes or peppers remaining can be hung upside down indoors to ripen. Plant autumn onion sets for cropping next summer. Pick apples but only store fruits that appear to be blemish free. Divide congested clumps of rhubarb. Wrap glue bands around the trunks of apple trees to trap winter moth females whose caterpillars shred spring flowers. If your greenhouse is fairly empty now is a good time to clean and disinfect it. Apply autumn lawn feed. Allow some ivy to mature and flower as it is a great late season source of nectar and berries for wildlife.


·                     RHS Wisley – Taste of Autumn Festival 18–22 October. Discover more than 30 different food and drink stalls, laden with tasty treats. Feast your eyes on seasonal displays of pumpkins, squashes and gourds grown at Wisley - you can buy a selection every day from 1 - 4pm.

·                     Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair 29 -30 November. With over 150 stalls it is Surrey's biggest Christmas fair and packed full of lovely things. Browse the stalls featuring handmade gifts, crafts, vintage, food and drink. Entry is just £1. 

·                     Christmas at Kew - See the Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. 22 November 2017 to 1 January 2018. Follow a sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, illuminating heritage trees and buildings through the Gardens. Fairy-tale meets fantasy in a world of singing trees, larger-than-life flora, ribbons of light, giant baubles, and a flickering Fire Garden. The Palm House leaps into life with a dazzling show of laser beams, jets of light and kaleidoscopic projections. Warm up with some mulled wine or hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the fire.

·                     WGC - Christmas Social Tuesday 12 December. A relaxing evening with games, quizzes, festive refreshments and a free raffle.



Leatherjackets can be damaging in lawns and sometimes kill small plants in flower beds and vegetable plots by eating roots and stem bases. They are often more numerous after a wet autumn, as damp conditions favour survival of eggs and young larvae. Lawns develop patches where the grass turns yellowish brown and often dies. Crows, magpies, rooks and starlings will search for leatherjackets in turf. These birds leave small round holes in the turf where they have inserted their beaks. As a preventive measure, apply biological nematodes by watering into the soil in September to early October. Or just leave them for the birds to eat



The Plant Sale is still running so now is a good time to sort out your borders. If you can’t make it for the October Club meeting, the final Plant Sale for this year will be at the November Club meeting.