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Our first speaker of the new year on 9th January is Michael Sleigh who will talk to us about Garden and Plant Photography. This talk is based on Michael’s experiences when he spent 18 years as the staff photographer with the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley Garden. He also undertook photography and design work for the RHS and ran their photographic library. He is a tutor at the Guildford Institute, photographer for the Institute and also for the Guildford Society. This is a colourfully illustrated talk looking at garden and plant photography from an amateur’s viewpoint. So, we should be in for some superb photographs, plus some tips on how to take some good ones ourselves. Think Club Calendar 2019.



Once again members enjoyed a festive evening chatting, eating and supping. The new ‘sensory’ games proved very popular, not to mention mind boggling, and the photographs of garden implements from an unusual angle brought forth some very imaginative answers.



Tickets now on sale. Choose from six shows – Cardiff, Chatsworth, Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Malvern Spring Festival and Tatton Park.

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. Clear away any faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them from setting seed. 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.



If you have not yet paid, your last chance is at the January Club meeting.



·                     Savill Garden FREE Entry 1 December – 28 February. Normal car parking charges apply. A tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world, arranged in stunning seasonal displays. The 35 acres of interconnected gardens include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.


·                     RSPB - Big Garden Birdwatch 27 - 29 January. Take an hour to watch the birds in your garden or local park. Request your Free Pack by 29 January and get 20% off in the RSPB shop with free P & P.


·                     RHS - Butterflies in the Glasshouse. Escape to tropical climes from 13 January - 4 March at RHS Wisley. Seek out more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies as they fly freely among the plants in the Tropical Zone of the cathedral like Glasshouse.


·                     Kew Gardens – Orchid Festival. Visit Kew’s 23rd annual Orchid Festival, Saturday 10 February to Sunday 11 March in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Immerse yourself in a celebration of Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life.


·                     SHF Spring Talk – Sunday 4 March 2018 2.30pm at Normandy Village Hall. Tony Kirkham presents his new talk ‘Trees – A Cut Above the Rest’. Tony is the Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is best known for his appearances in the BBC series 'A Year at Kew' and 'The Trees That Made Britain’. You might also have seen him over Christmas in Dame Judi Dench’s ‘Love of Trees’. 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 Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard in Hampshire. There may also be an opportunity for a short boat trip. Put the date in your diary – Saturday 7 July.



Anyone who has not yet paid their 2018 subscription and still wishes to be a Club Member, please pay at the January Club meeting. Cost is still just £12.00. Visitors and new Members always welcome.