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Our speaker on Tuesday 11 September is Graham Spencer who will explain to us how some of those magnificent plants tempt us to buy them in his talk From Cutting to Garden Centre.


Graham is from Plants For Europe Limited, and has an impressive experience in horticulture. He worked for fifteen years with specialist perennial grower, Croftway Nursery, where he built a detailed knowledge of garden plants, in particular Geranium, Iris and Salvia. During this time, he helped found the Sussex Group of the Hardy Plant Society, and also created and ran more than 50 highly successful plant fairs and garden shows at Parham House, Pashley Manor and West Dean.


As a result, he has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the UK and European garden plant markets so this should prove a very interesting and quite possibly enlightening talk.



The show and social evening was a great success at its new venue in Fairlands Community Hall and was very well attended. Entries were down on previous years - 97 entries from 29 entrants. This is most likely due to the exceptionally hot weather and lack of water this summer. There was not a runner bean or sweet pea in sight. The winners of the Cups are listed below. To see pictures and the full results listing visit the Summer Show page.


                        Eb Terry Challenge Cup                     Barbara Boyse

                        The Cranston Cup                               Vivien Cosgrove

                        Schofield and Slyfield Challenge       Christine Vigurs 

                        Lady Stott Rose Bowl                        Vivien Cosgrove and Susan Gardiner

                        The Challenge Cup                             Melvyn Bates

                        Cottage Garden Cup 1907                  Melvyn Bates and Rene Singh

                        Cottage Garden Cup 1911                  Jean Pickford and Amelia Tilbury

                        The Squirrel Doorstop                         Margaret Parker

                        The Worplesdon Shield                      Valerie Charles

                        Best in Show                                       Christine Vigurs (for Class 8)

                        RHS Banksian Medal                          Barbara Boyse

                        The James Walker Cup                       Melvyn Bates 

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

Cut back, lift and divide summer flowering herbaceous perennials. Replant or pot up divisions and water well. Bring excess plants to the Club Plant Sale. Lift tender perennials such as fuchsias, gazanias, lantanas and abutilons before the frosts arrive. Cut back and store in a frost-free greenhouse to overwinter. Plant prepared hyacinths for Christmas flowering. Pick autumn raspberries and cut out old wood from summer flowering raspberries. Dig up remaining potatoes before the slugs get them. Speed ripening of outdoor tomatoes by laying lifted plants on straw and cover with a cloche or hang in a cool shed. Scarify, aerate and top dress established lawns. Sow grass seed or lay turf as required. Put netting over ponds before leaf fall. Clean birdbaths out with a mild detergent to help prevent the spread of disease. Freeze herbs in ice cube trays for use later. Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering.



The end of the war celebration is on Saturday 15 September 2018. 12noon - 4.30pm. The Club has been invited to attend this event to be held at Cardwell’s Keep. Volunteers are needed to assist on the Club’s stall for an hour or two or longer if you can. Please see Keith if you can help. This is a lovely afternoon out and a colourful spectacle with many local groups and individuals coming together to put on a special free community event.



·                     Wood Street Village Horticultural Society – coach trip to Sheffield Park 20 September. Join the Society for £3 per annum and receive free coach travel. Contact John or Janet Rowland 07789744070 or email or see the website


·                     RHS - Autumn Free Day. Enjoy autumn colour at all four RHS Gardens, with free admission on Tuesday 2 October.


·                     SHF - AGM and Quiz. Normandy Village Hall Sunday 28 October 2:30 am - 5:00 pm. Volunteers wanted to form a team for the Club. Choice of answers for the quiz so you won’t have to think too hard! More for fun than serious. Contact Barbara if you would like more details.


·                     SHF Spring Talk – Nick Bailey. Nick is a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World and during the coverage of the RHS Shows. He was previously the Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Not to be missed! Date for your diary – 10 March 2019 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Normandy Village Hall.



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There is likely to be an immense shortage of bulbs this year especially daffodils and tulips. The irregular

rain patterns experienced during the spring mean that there was not enough water to allow the bulbs to

grow to any size. Limited availability is bound to mean price increases, so if you need bulbs get stocked

up before they run out.