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JUNE

 

MEETINGS AND MEET UPS

Our speaker on Tuesday 13 June is Tracey Bull who is going to advise us on designing a Winter Border. Tracey began her garden business 5 years ago, specialising in creative garden design and planting. She then started teaching gardening workshops on a range of topics. Tracey is the Programme Secretary for Holmbury St Mary Gardening Club and a volunteer with the National Trust and the Parks Department of Waverley Borough Council.

 

Our speaker on Tuesday 9 May was David Standing, Head Gardener at Gilbert White’s Garden in Selbourne. David gave us some worthwhile tips about that very British custom, Cottage Gardening.

 

The May meeting was extremely well attended and we are very pleased to welcome five new members - Linda Baker, Anne and Ted Graham, Julia and Roy Wake.

 

ANNUAL SUMMER BARBECUE 2PM SATURDAY 15 JULY AT MEL AND GILL’S

Don’t miss this wonderful afternoon! A chance to explore two adjoining gardens crammed with plants and vegetables. Plus, all the food you can eat, washed down with whatever tipple takes your fancy. Also, a good chance to socialise with other Members and relax. It is usually a very hot day but there is plenty of shade available. The venue is almost directly opposite Emmanuel Church Hall. Sign-up sheet available at June meeting. Please put your name down if you intend to come so Mel and Gill know how many to cater for. Cost £8, pay on the day.

 

MEMBERS GARDENS VISIT

Every year members have the opportunity to open their garden for the interest of other members. Visits last 20-30 minutes and are usually very social with gasps of admiration at prize blooms or commiserations when the slugs have been out having a party. Whether you have a few pots on the patio, a large country estate or anything in between, please consider opening your garden on the afternoon of Sunday 20 August. It is all about gardening! Please see Barbara for further information.

 

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

Hard to believe but this month brings the longest day of the year, 21 June and the extra light and warmth usually encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth, aided and abetted by the rain. Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes and harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside and plant out summer bedding. Put dry straw or strawberry mats beneath the developing fruits of strawberries to prevent them from rotting when in contact with damp soil. Stake tall or floppy plants. Prune spring-flowering shrubs. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch. Continue to mow your lawn regularly, putting small quantities of clippings on the compost heap to a depth of a few inches each time, and with a layer of drier material in between each layer of clippings.

 

WHERE IS THIS - Just for fun, clue a previous club coach outing!!!!


PICTURE OF THE MONTH  - Wollerton Old Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire        


LOOKING FORWARD


·           SHF – Garden Visit Sunday 18 June 2.00 - 4.00 pm. First time opening to the public! Greenhills House, Tilford Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DZ.  A 3-acre walled garden and grounds. Over the past few years the owners have created several gardens within a garden, including a formal terrace, a rose garden, Italian garden, wildflower meadow with fruit trees, a dry garden and a wooded area. Entrance is free but there will be a collection for the owners chosen charity.


 


·           The Guildford Institute – Thursday 29 June 3.15 pm – 4.15 pm ‘Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Flower Show’ by Steve Bradley, freelance garden writer and broadcaster. This talk will give an insight into aspects of the Show that the visitors and television cameras don't get to see and Steve will share his personal experience of planning and building medal-winning exhibits. Price: Members £5, Non-members £6 - to include a glass of wine. Booking is essential. To purchase tickets for this event telephone 01483 562142.


 


·           The Summer Garden Show at Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS Friday 28 – Sunday 30 July 10am – 5.00pm. With a vast range of exhibitors in Marquees and Gardens to enhance your home and garden, there is something for everyone. Plenty of children's entertainment and lots of fun for all. http://www.thegardenshowonline.com/gardenshow_loseley


 


·           WGC – Visit to Stuart Cottage, Ripley Road, East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7SF. This event was originally booked for last year but got rained off so let us hope it is second time lucky. Refreshments provided. Further details nearer the time. Sunday 6 August afternoon. http://www.stuartcottage.com/


  




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