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Monthly Newsletter



Our speaker on Tuesday 8 May is Thomas Stone who 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. Thomas is a Royal Horticultural Society Registered Speaker.


This new legislation comes into effect on 25 May 2018. You will no doubt have already been contacted by any company which holds your private data and asked to give your consent for them to use it. This may simply be a case of you reviewing your preferences. As the Club holds some of your private data you will need to sign a consent form that you agree to this. A form will be circulated at the May Club meeting for you to sign. That is all you have to do and then life at Worplesdon Garden Club, for you, will continue exactly the same.

PICTURE OF THE MONTH Barnsley House near Cirencester, designed by Rosemary Verey


·                     WGC - The Annual Coach trip this year is to Beaulieu in Hampshire on Saturday 7 July.  There are over 800 years of heritage to be seen on the Beaulieu Estate, which has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over four centuries. Many attractions both inside and outside so a busy day whatever the weather.

·                     Bookham Open Gardens Sunday June 17 June - 10am to 5pm. At least 10 varied and attractive private gardens will open. In addition, Gracewell Care Home will open their gardens for the first time. There will be a regular free minibus service to take you between the gardens. Refreshments, plant stall, raffle. Tickets £6.00 buy from the first garden you visit.

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

Watch out for late frosts and protect tender plants. Thin out drifts of hardy annuals and harden off half-hardy plants by leaving them outside during the day and bringing back under cover at night for 7 to 10 days before planting outdoors. Divide hostas as they come into growth. Trim back spreading plants such as aubretia, alyssum and candytuft after they have flowered to encourage fresh new growth and more flowers. Plant asparagus and seed potatoes. Hang pheromone traps in apple and plum trees. Surround strawberries with straw to protect fruit and net them to keep birds off. Ventilate glasshouses on warm days and use blinds or apply shade paint to avoid large fluctuations of temperature. Hang fly traps throughout the greenhouse to monitor levels of whitefly, thrips and other pests. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges. Keep water for the birds topped up.


Sunday 24 June, afternoon visit to Shalford House, Kingsley Green, West Sussex. This 10-acre garden two miles south of Haslemere, owned by Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis has been designed and created from scratch over the last 24 years. It is in a beautiful hilly setting with streams, ponds, waterfall, a sunken garden, azaleas, good late borders, and a walled kitchen garden. A wild flower meadow with orchids, prairie style plantation and a stumpery merge into seven acres of woodland. There is an additional 30-acre arboretum with beech, rhododendrons, bluebells, ponds and specimen trees. Details to follow.


The ‘Beechgrove Garden’ airs on Sunday mornings BBC2 at 7.30am or 8.30am (usually). It’s a refreshing, light hearted approach to gardening and it is interesting to see the differences between gardening in Aberdeenshire and gardening in Surrey. They celebrate 40 years of the garden this year.



Just a reminder that we will be looking for photographs for twelve gardening months so have your camera ready when you go out visiting. Or you might find you have some hidden gems flowering in your own garden, which other Club members would enjoy looking at for a month. Calendars are not just for the summer!



Any ideas or suggestions for what you would like to see in the Newsletter are always welcome. If you would like to contribute to it, perhaps with a story about a garden you have visited or a garden event you think might be of interest to other members please contact Sheila, details on your membership card.