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Our meeting on Tuesday 8 August is The Summer Show and Social!  There will not be a Speaker so you will have time to look at the exhibits and get to know people you may not have chatted to before.


Your Committee has just been informed that our usual Hall is being used for storage as the Church is being renovated. So, we have been allocated some different rooms and the main kitchen. When you arrive, please register with Peggy as normal and also please make sure you pick up a voting slip. Wherever we end up – the Show will go on!


Please also bring with you a note of the classes you are entering. This will save time so that everyone gets plenty of time for staging. After you have been signed in, go to the table where Keith and Sheila will be sitting to get your unique Exhibitor Number and an Entry Card for each class. Staging will be from 7.20 - 8.00pm. Vases and containers will be provided.

Put your entry card against your staged exhibit making sure the side with your name on is face down. Don’t forget a pen and scissors. Newspaper might also be useful for padding out the container and helping those prize blooms to stand up straight. Entries should be as per the Schedule otherwise your exhibit may not be judged. The Schedule has been posted on the Club website if you have mislaid your email copies.


After everything is staged, we will have a rolling slide show which you can watch as you consume cheese, wine, nibbles and/or non-alcoholic drinks. We will not be serving tea or coffee. During this time, you will also be able to vote for your favourite entry in classes 18 - 23. Judging of these classes must be complete with all voting slips returned to Tim or Keith by 8.45pm. There will also be some fun quizzes and the raffle. All classes are free to enter; there are various cups to be won. Would those of you who won a Cup or Cups last year and have not yet returned them, please bring them along, suitably polished. The Show is just for fun and interest, so don’t miss out! You do not have to exhibit to attend the Social, but it would be great if you could.



Our Speaker on Tuesday 11 July was Mark Saunders who, as expected, gave us an excellent talk on An Almost A to Z of Great Garden Plants. The photographs he showed were quite superb. Mark has been Head Gardener of Fittleworth House, Pulborough since 1997. If you want to see more of the plants he talked about, plus some that he did not, Fittleworth is open under the National Garden Scheme on Wednesday 9 August and Wednesday 16 August 2 - 5pm.



Last date for submission of photographs is at the end of August. This is so the Calendars can be available for purchasing from the October Club meeting. So, start your Christmas shopping early! If possible please submit your photographs in digital format, otherwise hard copy. You can bring them along to the August Club meeting. As many as possible will be reproduced on the Calendar, subject to format and the final decision of the Committee. Please give your photographs to Tim or Keith.



On Sunday 20 August, we shall be visiting the gardens of Drusilla Hodges at Worplesdon Station, Anne Goddard, Leslie Woodhams, Penny Silvester and Brian Sheppard where we will finish our enjoyable afternoon with tea. Please bring something suitable to eat – sweet or savoury – so there is a good mix. Also, only bring a small plateful as there is usually far too much. Directions and timings will be sent out nearer the time. You should plan to be at Worplesdon Station around 2pm.

PICTURE OF THE MONTH  - .Saffrons, Steyning, West Sussex

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

Prune wisteria by cutting back the whippy green shoots of the current year’s growth to five or six leaves. This controls the size of the wisteria, and encourages it to form flower buds rather than green growth. Deadhead flowering plants regularly and keep containers, and new plants well-watered, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater. Collect seed from garden plants. Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready. Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners. Keep ponds, water features and bird baths topped up. Raise the blades on the mower before cutting fine lawns. This will help reduce drought stress. Water houseplants freely when they are in growth. Many conservatory and greenhouse pests will be active during the summer months. Check plants regularly for signs of glasshouse whitefly, leafhopper, red spider mite, mealybugs and scale insects. Cyclamen that have been resting over the summer can be started back into growth for winter blooms. And don’t forget to sit out in your garden and enjoy it!




·           WGC – Sunday 6 August 2pm. Visit to Stuart Cottage, Ripley Road, East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7SF. Coming from Guildford turn left about 3/4 mile after Clandon Regis Golf Club. The road narrows from twin to single lane and the left turn into East Clandon is just after this. Parking is in a large field and access to the garden is from the car park. Cost £8 to include refreshments.


·                     RHS Wisley - Flavoursome Fridays. Every Friday from 14 July to 8 September 1-3pm, try a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden, and pick up some tips on cultivation.


·                     Heritage Open Days – 7 - 10 September. Every year on four days in September, Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.