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Our first speaker of the new year on 8th January is Vincent Gradwell who will speak about Familiar Places and Unfamiliar Plants. Sounds very intriguing. Vincent followed a career of Management of Public Parks and Gardens throughout England, after completing his Horticultural Diploma course at RHS Wisley Gardens in the late 60s. In the early years of his career, when working at the City of Liverpool, Botanical Garden he tended tropical plants and orchids in the glasshouses. He is also a judge for the South and South East in Bloom regional competition. A lifelong lover of plants of all types, he enjoys travelling and photographing plants around the world.



Once again 44 members enjoyed a festive evening chatting, eating and supping whilst trying to guess what objects were in the ‘feely’ bags and what items the photographs could possibly be of. New games were a Christmas Quiz and Build a Snowman. As always, a good time was had by all.




We have had a request from Rachel Allen who fundraises for The Therapy Garden, asking if any members have any unwanted new gardening gloves. They work with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties, disabilities etc. and apparently their gloves often go out into the garden and don’t return! If you can help please either drop gloves into them (they are at the back of the Normandy Village Hall car park) or contact Rachel on 01483 813846. Many thanks.


Lunch this year is at a different venue set in 170 acres of prime Surrey parkland in Epsom Road (A246), West Clandon, GU4 7TT. If you have not yet paid, your last chance is at the January Club meeting. There are still a few places available so you can book, choose your food and pay all at the same time. Golf and drinks not included.


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

Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch or take it to your local collection point for recycling. Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins.  Remove old hellebore leaves to make the new blooms more visible as they emerge this spring. Ventilate the greenhouse on any sunny days. Inspect stored tubers of dahlia, tuberous begonia, gladioli and canna for rots or drying out. Begin pruning apple trees and pear trees but leave plums, cherries and apricots unpruned until the summer as pruning these fruit trees now will make them susceptible to silver leaf infections. Start forcing rhubarb. Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season if not already done. Check stakes, ties, fleeces and other supports for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier positions to maximize light. As the weather gets colder, birds find it increasingly difficult to find food. Put out plenty of seed, nuts and fresh water for them each day. They will help eat your pests in the spring and summer.



Tickets now on sale.


            RHS Cardiff Flower Show:                                        12 - 14 April

            RHS Malvern Spring Festival:                                    9 - 12 May

            RHS Chelsea Flower Show:                                       21 - 25 May

            RHS Chatsworth Flower Show:                                 5 - 9 June

            RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival:           1 - 7 July

            RHS Tatton Park Flower Show:                                 17 - 21 July



·                     RSPB - Big Garden Birdwatch 26 - 28 January. Take an hour to watch the birds in your garden or local park. Request your Free Pack and get 20% off in the RSPB shop with free P & P.


·                     Kew Gardens – Orchid Festival. Saturday 9 February - Sunday 10 March in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The 24th annual orchid festival celebrates the culture and colour of Colombia. With a surprise around every corner, you'll spot hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glass ceiling and a floating golden display to honour the legend of El Dorado.


·                     SHF Spring Talk – Nick Bailey will give a talk entitled Revive Your Garden on Sunday 10 March at 2.30pm. Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, GU3 2DT. Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker. He is a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World and during the coverage of the RHS Shows, and was previously the Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Tickets £7.50 in advance or £10 on the door, includes refreshments. Contact Barbara for details and tickets.


·                     WGC – The Annual Coach trip this year is to the newly opened Leonardslee Lakes, Gardens and Dolls House Museum. Saturday 18 May.



Anyone who has not yet paid their 2019 subscription and still wishes to be a Club Member, please pay at the January Club meeting. Cash or cheque. Cost is still just £12.00.