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Our speaker on Tuesday 14 May is Thomas Stone who, we hope, will tell us all about the Roses of Mottisfont Abbey Gardens. Thomas was raised at Mottisfont, where his father David Stone was Head Gardener and he spent much of his childhood working in the grounds, naturally following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a staff member, learning his skills and training in the ‘old fashioned’ methods used by generations of previous gardeners. There can be no one better to tell us about the roses.

 At our April Club meeting we were pleased to welcome new member Angela Roberts.


Visit the newly opened Leonardslee Lakes, Gardens and Dolls House Museum on Saturday 18 May. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre estate feature outstanding scenery. You can also visit the Rock Garden and Dolls House Museum and see the rare colony of wallabies.

Coach Departure Time

9.00am from Worplesdon Train Station, Prey Heath Road. Free parking.

NOTE: Leonardslee do not accept cash so remember to bring your credit/debit card with you. If you only have cash, you can use the outlet at reception or the Stable Block gift shop to exchange your cash for a card. Simply return the card at the end of the day to receive a cash refund of any remaining money.

In the afternoon we shall visit the NGS garden Saffron Gate near Cranleigh where we shall also have tea. Tickets, inclusive of coach, entrance to Leonardslee and Saffron Gate and afternoon tea are £28.50 per person. You can still sign up and pay at the May Club meeting. Coach Departure Time 9.00am from Worplesdon Train Station.



As you can see members and Committee came up trumps and provided plenty of plants for the Club’s stall at the Guildford Lions Club Easter Fayre and Fairlands Table Top Sale. 


Grateful thanks to all the Committee members who worked long hours growing the plants and attending the events which raised nearly £400.00 for Club funds. This all helps to keep Club subscriptions low and enables free social events and top quality speakers.


This year’s visit is to Shamley Wood House on Sunday 9 June 2:30pm to 5:00pm. Entrance is £5 which will go to the National Garden Scheme. This garden sits high on the North Downs, enjoying beautiful views of the South Downs. Set within approximately 3 acres, there is a large pond and established rose garden. More recent additions include a stream, fire pits, dry garden, heather, vegetable garden and woodland walk. There are several sculptures to find, including pieces of driftwood art. Shamley Wood Estate, Woodhill Lane, Shamley Green, GU5 0SP. Refreshments will be available.  



Onslow still have a few places on their outing to Nymans Garden on Thursday 4 July if any members would like to go. Anyone who is a National Trust member, only has to pay the coach fare of £12.50, otherwise the trip costs £24.50. Contact Val Brayne on 01483 822440 or email



The Chelsea chop (so called because it is usually carried out at the same time as the Chelsea Flower Show) is a pruning method by which you limit the size and control the flowering season of many herbaceous plants. Clumps of perennials can literally be chopped back by one third to a half using shears or secateurs. This will delay the flowering until later in the summer and keep plants shorter and more compact. Pruning back half the stems in the clump means that some will still flower in their natural season, while the rest will take over when the first ones have finished. The quickest option is to simply cut back all the stems by one third, or by half for leggy plants. Alternatively, you could cut back the stems on one side, or cut back every other stem throughout the clump.

Plants that respond well to the Chelsea chop include: Aster, Echinacea, Campanula, Helenium, Helianthus, Nepeta, Phlox, Penstemon, Rudbeckia, Sedum, Solidago. Many other perennials can be treated similarly. Remember, the closer to flowering time you prune, the greater the delay in flowering.