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Our last speaker of the year will be Geoff Hawkins on Tuesday 13 November who will talk to us about Shrubs - the Backbone of Your Garden. Geoff was Head Gardener between 1977 – 2012 at the private estate of Mill Court near Alton, Hampshire. Looking after the 30-acres there allowed him to work in greenhouses, vegetable and fruit gardens, herbaceous and shrub borders as well as looking after the trees, ponds and natural features on the estate. He was a regular expert on LBCs Weekend Matters along with Matthew Biggs and Christine Walkden. Also, a member of the Surrey Guild of Judges and Lecturers.


Our speaker last month was Derek Dexter who made a welcome return to the Club. Derek told us all we ever wanted to hear about fuchsias accompanied by many helpful tips.



Lots of lovely things coming up so bring your chequebook and/or extra cash to treat yourself to some early Christmas presents. One cheque can cover both.

·               Subscriptions for 2019 remain at £12 for the whole year. Always a bargain, you can pay at the November Club meeting and receive your programme of the wonderful events organised for 2019.

·               The annual Club lunch is at a new venue, Clandon Regis Golf Club in West Clandon. Christmas will be well and truly over so beat the winter blues and treat yourself to a lovely lunch in convivial company on Sunday 20 January 2019. Sign up, choose your food and pay at the November Club meeting. £25 for 2 courses and £30 for 3 courses both include coffee and mints. All other drinks at your own expense. 

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

Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock. Plant out winter bedding. Continue to lift dahlia tubers, begonias and gladiolus corms to store dry over the winter months. Remove the dead foliage before storing. Cut back the yellowing foliage of herbaceous perennials, and lift and divide overcrowded clumps to maintain their vigour. Apply grease bands to fruit tree trunks to stop winter moth damage.

Lift parsnips after the first frosts when their flavour will have sweetened. Divide mature clumps of rhubarb once they are dormant. Check fruits in storage and promptly remove any showing signs of disease or rotting. Clean out the greenhouse thoroughly. Wash the glass, the floor and the staging with horticultural disinfectant to kill any overwintering pests and diseases. Put out bird food and fresh water to encourage winter birds into the garden. Winter can be an extremely tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep fresh supplies well topped up.



At this time of year acorns plummet to the ground with a resounding crack. Often some appear ridged and distorted. These are known as 'knopper galls'. When they first form in July or August, they're a green colour and sticky to the touch. After a month or so they become brown and woody. They're caused by a tiny gall wasp called Andricus quercuscalicis, which lays its eggs in the oak buds and causes the oak tree to create galls. The eggs hatch into grubs which feed on a nutritious layer of cells inside the galls. Eventually the grubs pupate and turn into adult wasps


The annual AGM and Inter Club Quiz takes place on Sunday 28 October 2:30 am - 5:00 pm at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, GU3 2DT. This is a lovely hall, easy to find in the centre of the village with plenty of free parking. The AGM is very brief and it is interesting to find out what the SHF does and also what other Gardening Clubs are doing.

The Inter-Club Quiz is good fun with the questions being set by SHF Vice President Brian Deaville who came to judge our Summer Show this year. We need three members to make a team and the questions are in the form of ‘Millionaire’ where four answers to each question are given. Each person in the team selects their answer, if you don’t know just guess! If you don’t want to be in a team, come along anyway. You can still do the quiz and there is a prize for the highest points from a member of the audience. Refreshments are included plus a very good raffle. All in all, this is an excellent afternoon’s entertainment. Please let Barbara know if you would like to be in the Worplesdon Garden Club team.



As many of you are aware the Club supports Worplesdon Station where Club member Drusilla Hodges is in charge. It was time to change the troughs and tubs planted up for the summer and get them ready for spring. Several hundred daffodils were planted in them and also into the garden area further along the platform. The intrepid team who turned up to help on a slightly damp Sunday morning were Sheila Dyke, Vivien Cosgrove, Nicole O’Brien, Keith Wafford and Christine Vigurs. Thanks also to Barbara Boyse for removing the old bedding, Tim Bonnert for his photographic and oak tree removing skills and Drusilla Hodges for supplying the essential tea and cake afterwards. What a team!  


·                     Floral Design Show - Aldershot Floral Design Club Celebrate 65 Years. Normandy Village Hall. Saturday 1 December 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday 2 December 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission £4.


·                     Kew-See the Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights 22 November 2018 to 5 January 2019. Enjoy spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, as you see the wonder of over a million-twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams.


·                     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. Nick’s talk is entitled Revive Your Garden. Not to be missed! Date for your diary – 10 March 2019 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Normandy Village Hall. Tickets available from Barbara £7.50 or pay on the door £10.00.



Don’t miss the Club Christmas Social on Tuesday 11 December. A relaxing evening with games, quizzes, festive refreshments and a free raffle. Rumour has it there may be a Beetle Drive or something similar plus one or two other games guaranteed to keep those little grey cells working.