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Horticultural Society Autumn Show Saturday September 8th 3-4.30pm (Above)
Prize winners from the Autumn Show September 2018 - See report for full details
Bob our President has produced another stunning poster for this year’s Autumn Show. We all need lots of support and entries to make this another memorable show for everyone to enjoy. We have some great growers amongst us; did you seen the allotment site on our Tatsfield Gardens Tour, domestic goddesses – lots of tips from various cooking programs, artists – I hope you all enjoyed the inspiring and interesting art exhibition back in the summer, flower arrangers – you only need to go to our wonderful Church to see the stunning displays at Christmas, Easter, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Sunday to see such talent. We of course have the WI Ladies and Tatty Knitters as well for the Craft Sections. Hopefully you have also had your Camera at the ready for those magical shots as well? Parents and grandparents please spare the odd hour to help our Junior classes as our Show welcomes all age groups. Of course if you feel unable to enter you are of course most welcome to come along at 3pm or soon after to admire the exhibits, catch up with your fellow villagers and enjoy a well deserved cup of tea for just 50p or a mug for £1.00. all the cakes are priced at a £1 as well. Such good value. Please do support us in any way that you can and we will make you feel most welcome.
TATSFIELD GARDENER IN SEPTEMBER
Our gardens are gradually beginning to recover from the very hot dry spell this summer. We had just 2.2mm (a tiny amount) of rain in June and temperatures as high as 23C; in July we had no rain at all until Friday 29th when the dry spell broke with a violent storm, and by Sunday 31st we had a total rainfall of 29mm (just over an inch and well below the long term average); the hot weather in July peaked with a record high of 35.2C on the Thursday 26th, during this week the night time minimum temperatures hovered just below 20C; August looks like being a fairly average month for rain and temperatures although on the 9th we had 19mm of rain!
Despite the cooler temperatures and some rain, conditions remain serious in our gardens with evidence around the village of drought damage to some trees, shrubs and hedges, cutting back dead branches will make the gardens look tidier but it will be next spring before we know whether the damage is serious enough to require hard cutting back or removal of dead plants. I have lost a number of small shrubs that have been in position for nearly 20 years and have decided that it is time for a clear out. Cutting down and clearing out now is good as it allows time to cultivate the soil, add some much needed compost, deal with any perennial weeds and get ready for planting before the end of the year.
The good news is that yields of some vegetables and fruit trees is very good but our hedgerow fruit was much reduced except for a few areas where there is moisture in the ground.
My lawn was not watered during the dry spell and now has large brown patches of dead grass. I have cut the green bits very close and scarified the whole area in several directions to remove all the dead material – if you don’t have a scarifier use a wire rake, very good exercise! = the bare patches have been sown with a pre-germinated grass seed. Pre-germinating grass seed is very easy to do, mix a handful of grass seed thoroughly in a bucketful of slightly damp sandy soil top dressing mixture; keep it in the bucket, cover it and leave for three or four days then put it into the bare areas firming it gently; water it lightly if the weather is dry and it will be up and growing in about a week.
It has been a super year for many insect species and that includes the wasp! This is a great worry for those who react badly to a wasp sting and it is very wise to have nests treated that are near the house. In general they are not very aggressive and not much interested in humans, but they will react if disturbed! They are gardeners friends like so many of this group of insects so please do not wage war on them unnecessarily! For those of us who have wood burning stoves it is good to remember that the queen wasps will be overwintering in our log stores. To avoid bringing them indoors – and waking them up! – fill your log baskets during the day; it is easy to carefully pick off a sleeping wasp and move her somewhere safe.
15th August 2018
Horticultural Society News for May
Jon Allbutt wrote up an excellent report for the Spring Show in last month’s edition of the Parish Magazine and Kate Bamber supplied some super photos of the exhibits. Thank you to EVERYONE who took the time and trouble to enter. All classes were well supported but of course we have room for plenty more. The Autumn Show is our major event of the year and it is never too early to read through you Year book to get ideas for classes such as handicrafts, domestic, art work, photography, and parents and grandparents please get ideas for the Junior classes during the summer holidays. Watch this space with regards to photographs as it was mentioned that we might be having a workshop in early August if you are interested in the WI Hall. Watch this space!
Thank you SO much once again for supporting the Society at the Plant Sale. We made a good profit for our funds and I’m sure you will agree the bedding plants and vegetables looked amazing and at very good prices. I’m sure you snapped up a bargain? Thank you also if you also provided plants and vegetables which make all the difference as 100% profit. As this is now our only money making event it is very important to keep this event going and it also brings lots of fun, happiness, and sociability due to the extra support of the Fair Trade Group in their generosity in providing teas, coffees and homemade cakes – to die for!
The Society has once again provided the village with £500 for the stunning displays for Tatsfield in Bloom, which we all get a chance to enjoy. They are also always after more volunteers on a Saturday morning, even if you are only free on one occasion. Instructions will be given in a very kind and gentle way at 10am, so do give it a go if you can.
The Society has also provided the wood for the new and very posh composting bins. Phil Brett was in charge of this project and they have been working very hard throughout the winter months. The Composting site is included on the Annual Tatsfield Garden Tour. I hope by the time you read this you will have enjoyed a tranquil Sunday afternoon amble around the village.
As your Chairman I am so grateful for all your added help during the year in selling plants, making teas and coffees at the Shows and being there for the future of our thriving Horticultural Society. If you are able to help or wish to participate at any of our events you are always welcome.
Tatsfield Plant Sale on Westmore Green May 12th
Report from the Chairman
Many thanks for getting up to the Village early this morning for table set up and delivery of plants and to Helen and Ann for joining us.
It all went like ‘clockwork’ when the plants finally arrived and I thought all the tables looked well stocked with a massive variety of plants. Many villagers supported us, and due to Linda’s being closed I thought we did extremely well. I really felt that with the Fair Trade Group, a community feel/feel good morning was had by all.
Please look at Martin’s figures below which are not dissimilar to previous years. It is our only fund raining event of the year, so it makes you realise how much subscriptions and advertising revenue both bring in. Long gone are the summer lunch days!!!
Thank you Jon for all your time and effort in ordering the plants. You could see which ones flew off the tables- mainly hanging basket and container plants. Apologies for mentioning about the vegetables, but we didn’t know how generous Bryan Everest was going to be, because it has been many years since he has brought so much. We must be in his ‘good books’? The leftover vegetables which were small tomato plants and marrows have gone up to the Church for selling at Church teas to add to their funds so not all bad!!! The God’s certainly shined on us this morning and the gardens are finally getting well-watered this afternoon and all the plants will grow like mad! a total sale of £ 678,90 less costs of £ 343.74
means a profit of £ 335.16 so well done to all
Many thanks again team
Tatsfield Horticultural Society Annual Group Visit to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens at Wisley. Sunday April 29th 2018.
I have been visiting the RHS gardens at Wisley for over 50 years as a student, member and professional advisor and never lose that feeling of anticipation as I walk past the turnstiles and into the gardens. The RHS aim to show plants at their very best in situations that a gardener can copy; but that is not all, the Society also carries out extensive trials on new and old favourites alike to check out how they will perform in a garden situation.
Sunday is Members Day when, in the past, a member could expect to meet a few like minded folk as we stroll around admiring the displays, not any more! The success of the Society is such that the membership is now getting close to half a million worldwide and April/May is a very popular time to visit to see the stunning displays of spring flowers.
Our visit this year was on Sunday 28th April, a grey chilly morning with a hint of drizzle in the air but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm!. We set off up the steps and along the newly landscaped walk beneath an arch of metal hoops recently put in and now ready for planting. As we turned up the grass path towards Battleston Hill we looked at the early spring displays along the double perennial borders. The display of Rhododendron, Camellia and Azalea was stunning, the best I have seen for some years. With much note taking and photography we reached to top and walked down the sheltered South facing slope towards the A3 to look at the collection of tender shrubs and trees. It was here that we were able to see the damage done by the spell of cold winter weather in February and March, it will be a while yet before the staff will know if these plants will recover.
The alpine house was a great favourite with a very colourful collection of alpine bulbs and perennials, all labelled of course! The group was fascinated by the planting of the stone troughs around the alpine house; they were very surprised to discover that some of the ‘stone’ troughs were in fact cleverly disguised old white kitchen sinks covered in ‘hypa tufa’ a mixture of cement, peat and a little sand mixed into a stiff dough like mix and smeared over the surface to look just like stone.
We made our way across the rock garden and across to the Bicentennial Glasshouses for a change of scene. The tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones were full of exotic flowers all the way up to the roof high over our heads. The group were now warmed up and hungry so we set off across the gardens in search of one of the many hot and cold food outlets.
Tatsfield Horticultural Society (THS) are affiliated members of the RHS and that membership allows up to 20 folk to visit the gardens for free – a real bargain for our members. This, plus our Gardening Club meetings, our Plant Sale and the Spring and Autumn Shows, our VIP speaker at our AGM, is great value for just £5.00, why not join us? Why not contact our Membership Secretary Christine Stainer on 577803 or email her on email@example.com.
TATSFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
A TALK BY BRYAN EVEREST
7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 13 MARCH
AT THE WI HALL
* A REPEAT APPEARANCE BY ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN GROWERS OF TOP CLASS FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES IN THE AREA.
* BRYAN WILL BE SHARING HIS KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH US. TIPS ON SOWING VEGETABLES THIS SPRING. HOW YOU CAN PRODUCE THE BEST SWEET PEAS THIS SUMMER. GROWING BEAUTIFUL DAHLIAS. HOW TO EXHIBIT DAFFODILS AND TULIPS IN THE SPRING SHOW. AND MUCH MORE.
* ANY PROBLEMS IN YOUR GARDEN? NOT SURE ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF ONE OF YOUR SHRUBS OR TREES? COME WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.
* AS HE ALWAYS DOES, BRYAN WILL BE BRINGING A GENEROUS SUPPLY OF FLOWER AND VEGETABLE PLANTS – ALL TO BE GIVEN AWAY FREE.
ALL WELCOME – ADMISSION £1 (INCLUDING REFRESHMENTS)
Tatsfield Horticultural Society February Garden Club evening hosted by Martin Hazlewood.
Horticultural Society Quiz in the WI Hall on Tuesday February 13th 2018 by Sue Warren
One of our committee members suggested a fun and illustrated quiz to begin our year and improve our knowledge. Martin Hazlewood had prepared the Garden Quiz in advance over the past few months.
Over 32 people attended the Quiz and were placed on tables of 4. Many people already came in teams and everyone else teamed up with other people on the night. Bob, our President decided to be an independent team, determined to beat us all!
We were given a printed copy of questions per table of 4. Many people arrived in teams of 4, and other people just teamed up with friends or joined tables making up more tables. Hopefully some new friendships were made as well. Martin also read out each question in turn, also projecting each question on to a screen. No excuse not to keep up!
The Quiz was split into six sections comprising of Garden History, Gardens and Personalities on Television, Fruit and Vegetables, Pictures of Plants to Name, True and False Questions, and finally Anagrams.
I found the Garden history Section of questions very interesting and luckily knew most of the answers! In the TV Section there were fun questions such as ‘Name the cynical snail in The Magic Roundabout’ and ‘Bill and Ben were the flower pot men, but who was their herbaceous friend’? The fruit and vegetable section included some cooking questions ‘What vegetable is traditionally used in Moussaka’ and ‘What is the Indian dish Dhal made from’? Naming the plants gave me a problem as we all know what a hardy geranium looks like but what is its species name? There were three of these! True or False questions were fun. ‘An Onion got its name from a Precious stone’? True or is it false? ‘Soya bean is the richest natural vegetable food? True or is it false. Finally the anagrams relating to the garden were as follows:- A Sugar Sap, Heed Groans, Tailor Curl Hut, Tattoos Weep and finally Posters Slur Sub. We managed three answers. As you can see the questions were evenly balanced.
After question time, everyone was invited to enjoy cheese and biscuits, homemade sausage rolls, which are one of the classes in the forthcoming spring show, together with red and white wine and teas and coffee.
Lots of final work was done on the missing answers before we swopped the papers around for marking. The Maynard team table won by one point and were award their prizes. Bob was awarded a pot of daffodils as he won the wooden spoon. Sorry Bob but a good reward for a solo effort.
The evening was such a success that everyone went back out in to the dark, cold, damp, and windy evening, with a feeling of happiness and joy at spending such an enjoyable evening amongst friends, some new, having learnt a thing or two!
Yes it will now be a firm fixture on the Garden Club calendar - Tuesday February 12th 2019!
Massive thanks to Martin for all his hard work and expertise in providing our Garden Quiz.
Chairman's Report A.G.M. 2017
My first year as Chairman of the Society has been most enjoyable and inspirational.
We began our year in February on Valentine’s Day with Jon’s talk and slide show on the elusive Tigers of Central India. For someone with whom Tigers are one of my favourite wild animals it was a joy to watch the slides unfold. All the ladies went home with a red rose. In March, Bryan Everest’s talk and colourful slide show of Blossoms and Blooms through the seasons, was a colourful presentation and we all felt invigorated with anticipation of the gardening year ahead. Bryan being Bryan sent us all home with sweet peas plants, onion sets, trays of vegetables, herbaceous plants, trays of annuals to name but a few. He is always most generous to the Society.
In April the sun shone brightly for our Spring Show and we had over 200 exhibits. A truly heady scent from the fantastic array of daffodils and hyacinths added to the atmosphere.
At the end of April, a team of 14 village members enjoyed a complimentary day out at RHS Wisley, kindly guided around the gardens by Jon. There was the added attraction of the May Bank Holiday Fair with over 100 exhibitors.
The Plant Sale followed in May and all the plants, some bought, others donated especially vegetables were all gone within the hour. Thank you everyone for supporting this huge money making event.
June brought forth the 16th Tatsfield Garden Tour. Nichola Stokoe did a brilliant write up for the Society and the gardens were all very different and organised by Bob David. Not an easy job encouraging you all to open your gardens, some of you are here tonight. The gardens were visited by over 100 different people and there was certainly a buzz of excitement round the village not forgetting the road trip to The Old Rectory, where the wild flower meadows were adorned with wild orchids and wild life.
At the end of June the Society hosted an evening social garden visit to Titsey Place. It was a warm and balmy evening and we were greeted by Rhod Jones, the Head Gardener who spoke at last year’s AGM. Rhod gave an interesting tour of the gardens including an insight in to various facts about pests and diseases, composting, plant timings and pruning. The evening concluded with glasses of wine and picnic nibbles.
July and August we took a rest!
Our Autumn Show in September really excelled. Probably the best show for support for 7 years with nearly 400 entries. No other local Society even reached the 300 mark! Massive thanks to the exhibitors, Bob David 49, Britta Erbes 36, CaroleCuddon 28, Brian Ling 21, The Maynard family 20, The Payne Family 17 and Dawn Forrester Groom 15. It took a huge team effort by the committee, volunteers, family and friends in order to make sure everyone enjoyed the day as well. For this I must congratulate my committee without whom none of the shows would be possible. The enjoyment we give the villagers is simply incredible and I would also like to thank my back up team of helpers, many of you are here tonight.
Our last event in October was a garden club evening with Nick Hagon who spoke on the history of Tilgate Park, Autumn colour and planting pots and tubs for autumn. Lots of great ideas but sadly only 18 of you came. We are continuing this event but more support would be fantastic. We have a quiz in February with lots of wine and food to keep us going, so please don’t shy away at what promises to be an interesting and informative evening.
The continued success the Society achieves is wholly down to my hard working committee.
I would also like to thank our sponsors, because it is with their contributions that help support our shows, especially Knights Garden Centres at Woldingham and Warlingham, where you all know you can obtain a 10% discount on horticultural items. We plan to hold a Social event next year to thank them all, as it is with their help that is keeping the Society alive for the future.
I also propose a vote of thanks to Martin. He has worked tirelessly over the years on the Compost Site especially over the move from the Borrough Road site to the new allotment site and would you believe they produced nearly 22,000 litres of black gold this year! No wonder the gardens and allotments of Tatsfield are looking stunning. The 5 DofE volunteers have done extremely well, Adam and Cecily achieving Gold awards and Harry, Josh and Nathan close behind with Silver. Keep going boys as a trip to The Palace is a day to remember forever and a great help for your future achievements in life. Our daughter was a village volunteer in Tatsfield in Bloom with Bob so I can speak from experience.
Over the past year the Society has donated £200 to the Art Group for new display boards, just over £50 for the flower festival which was a massive village event as well, and I’m sure you all enjoyed so much, goodwill donations to retiring committee members at the last AGM. Bob’s special birthday was worthy of a small gift of wine as was Jon’s, get well gift especially after his long awaited hip operation, and of course the leaving present to our vice president Gerald South. The Society has also been a huge support to the new Village Memorial Stone and I think a huge round of applause should go to Dave Bishop for being the driving force. Finally of course and as usual we have donated £500 to Tatsfield in Bloom in which we were awarded another gold award. We sponsored the flower bed outside The Bakery so we can all enjoy money well spent!
I would now like to invite Jon to speak on behalf of the SEiB committee.
Tatsfield Village Horticultural Show Report and Thank You
Thank you everyone for all your hard work in making the show an absolute success. We had the best show for 7 years and nearly topped 400 entries.
Behind the scenes we had Des Bishop putting up the info boards two weeks before in the village centre, and up on the main road. Then it was on to writing up the entry cards on Friday morning with Angela Sawyers, Pam Draper, Kay Longley, Christine Stainer and myself and registering everyone on a spread sheet. Friday evening it was all go with the committee Peter Maynard, Martin Allen, Bob David, Jon Allbutt, Christine Stainer, Carol Gaskell, Angela Sawyers, Roy Bell, and volunteers Gerald South, Neil Warren, Ian Longley, Paul Stainer and Roger Sawyers, collecting the tables and arranging them ready for the show the following morning. A job that was to take less than an hour due to a ‘Team Effort’! Thank you to Alan Armitage for printing of the class titles so clearly.
Saturday morning dawned and the Hall was opened at 8.30am by Peter and Angela. Exhibits began arriving and soon the village hall was transformed in to a show of excellence.
The judges arrived at 10.30am, Rhod Jones the head gardener from Titsey Place and Richard Dering from Sanderstead, both judged the vegetables and flowers independently,
Jan Ling judged the crafts sections and then helped steward, Nigel Shaw judged the art – wow we had 39 masterpieces! and the junior sections, we could do with more entries, so watch this space!?!, Zoe Woodward judged the flower arranging and what a job she had with 16 exhibits this time and the photography sections were judged by Ray Collins who kindly supplied the attached photos. Jon, Martin, Carol, Christine, Angela and myself stewarded the judges and Martin and Gerald had the lap-top out working hard on spreadsheets toting up the points.
Judging finished and then it was up to the Millennium Church Hall for a well-deserved delicious lunch cooked by the WI ladies. Thanks go to Pat Walsh, Doreen Harper, Barbara Piggott, Sue Smale, Margaret Bishop, Sandra Shury, and Stevie Hawtin. VIP guests and vice presidents included David Hodge CBE, Dave Bishop, Phil and Helen Brett, Alan Armitage plus other halves and Melvyn Murgatroyd and all the helpers named before.
At 3pm it was back in the hall and all systems go. Pam, Kay and Lorna were on the raffle Ken Munday stepped in and helped on door duty , volunteer tea ladies, Sue Brown, Sybil Yates, Helen Brett and Jan Maynard helped both Angela and Carol raising £105.00. Martin and Chris Rowson ran the auction. Prize monies were collected from our ‘Banker’ Christine.
Dave Bishop spent an hour in the Hall on Friday setting up the sound system, so I was ready for welcoming each and every one of you, then calling the raffle with over a dozen raffle prizes, thank you for your donations as well, and then David Hodge gave a speech congratulating the Society for all the splendid entries and thanked everyone for coming. David then presented the cups, trophies and medals to 15 different
Prize winners and super photo moments were had thanks to Dave Bishop.
Then the big clean up began. It really helps having non-committee helpers to put the tables away and clear up as by now we are all feeling somewhat weary. Thanks must go to Stuart Payne, Neil Warren, Ian Longley, Paul Stainer and Roger Sawyers plus all the committee. Thanks Carol for the final ‘sweep’.
More committee members and volunteers would be really welcome in the future. If you wish to join the ‘team’ please contact me and you will be a huge help to the Society.
Watch this space!!! Sue Warren Chairman.
Prize winners were as follows:-
Cups and trophies were presented by David Hodge Leader of Surrey County Council. Just under 400 entries. Best for 7 years.
Presidents Challenge Cup - Bob David most points in Horticultural sections
Club Challenge Cup – Bob David most points in vegetable sections
Elizabeth Challenge Cup – Alan Armitage most points in flower sections
The McHugo Trophy – Rita McKay most points in flower arrangement sections
Slatter Trophy – Carol Pearson most points in the crafts sections
Peter Warner Trophy – Carol Gaskell most points in the art sections
Jeff Bloxham Trophy – George Hadden most points in the photography sections
Tom Black Cup – Lerrin Rowson most points in the domestic sections
Tatsfield School Cup – Betty Barker aged 3 most points in the Junior sections
Trophies awarded to the best exhibit in the Show
Harry Shrubb Memorial Trophy – Dahlia - Bob David
Ron Draper Award – Best Vegetable tomatoes - Angela Sawyers
Clark Cup - Best flower arrangement – Kay Longley
Tony Erbes Cup – Best onion exhibit – Peter Maynard
Allotment trophy – Best vegetable from Carol Cuddon –
RHS Banksian Medal – Most points in both shows for horticultural sections -
RHS Grenfell Medal – Most points in both shows for flower arranging sections –
The Betty Henton Memorial trophy- most points in both shows Novice flower arranging sections – Christine Stainer
The Godard trophy – The most points in both shows for a parent and child entries -
he Hadden Family
2017 SUNFLOWER COMPETITION WINNERS
Congratulations to all our sunflower growers for their efforts to produce an impressive selection of sunflowers for the judges to measure this yearcompetition winners this year:
Tallest Plant – Winner Lewis Longley with a plant measuring 2.35metres
Largest Flower – Winner Lewis Longley with a flower measuring 28cm
Well done to George Hadden for a group of big flowers the largest of which was 23cm so no prize this year.
Tallest Plant – Winner Ben Longley with a plant measuring 2.48metres!
Largest flower – Winner Ben Longley with a flower measuring 26cm
Important News Re Sutton Seeds. and Titsey Garden Visit
Please see below.
Tatsfield Horticultural Society
SUTTON SEEDS discount scheme for 2017 members
You will recall that for 2017 we were able to offer to members 50% off All Sutton Seeds and 15% off other Sutton catalogue items by the use of the special discount code available only to members.
We have received the results of your efforts since then and the figures are quite pleasing to both us and Suttons. Please see below the figures of how the group membership worked this year.
Number of members who placed orders: 22
Number of individual orders received: 27
Value of Seed orders before discount: £ 796.04
Value of all orders before discount; £ 1605.71
So from the evidence you can see that the discount system is working and we do hope you will make more of it in the second year, as Suttons are happy with the results they intend to allow us to use it again next year.
Please note that the current Code will expire on the 1st September so I hope you have done your “shopping” before then.
The new code will be available to members as and when it is issued to us or appears in the 2018 Year Book.
Our thanks go to Peter Maynard our Secretary who set this scheme up with Suttons.
Martin Allen-Vice Chairman
Tatsfield Horticultural Society.
Evening Garden Visit to Titsey Place Gardens - reported by Sue Warren
On Wednesday June 28th the Society hosted an evening social Garden Visit to Titsey Place. It was a warm and balmy evening and we were met by Rhod Jones, the Head Gardener at Titsey (for those of you
who came to our AGM you would have been introduced to him there) and received a very warm welcome.
We were given an introductory talk about the history of Titsey, dating back to Roman Times. The Estate follows the London to Lewes Way Roman Road.
The Romans left their mark at Titsey, and there are two Roman sites in the Titsey Park. There are many fresh water springs in the south facing hillside, and as we all know water is a necessary source for survival. Titsey is also mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, which I was very fortunate to see a few days later inside Lincoln Castle.
Fast forwarding on to the present day, the Innes Family now reside at Titsey and they are the first family to live in the big house with children for over 100 years!
Huge improvements have been under taken in the last few years and Rhod was very keen to show us the new lay out of the walled garden. The south facing position
of the protected garden made for some very healthy and early vegetables. The courgettes, marrows and pumpkins were looking marvellous, as was the beetroots,
onions, parsnips, potatoes, leeks to name but a few. Companion planting encouraged bee and insect pollination and there were roses, sunflowers, dahlias, gladioli and sweet peas in abundance.
The restored glass houses were full of interest especially the bananas which Rhod had left for us to see, as they were ready for picking but sadly not enough for us all to sample. The tomatoes were red, and they had been picking them for over a month. Mine are never ready until the end of July.
Rhod also explained that every year is different in the garden. This year, following a warm and dry winter and spring, everything was 3-4 weeks earlier than usual. Of course there is a down side to this, and maybe Autumn will be upon us earlier than normal.
Rhod then took us out in to the grounds, where the vistas were amazing. Fine Sussex cattle adorned the landscape and for a short while we were transformed in to a magical environment.
The rose garden was full of scent and the bushes were under planted in lavender. The herbaceous beds were full of interest and colour, and the newly constructed rock garden was a work in progress.
Rhod gave us an interesting insight to various information, about pests and diseases, composting, planting timings and pruning.
Our evening concluded with refreshments including a glass of wine and picnic nibbles of sandwiches, savoury and ginger biscuits, fruit cakes and of course Victoria Sponge.
A very happy group of Tatsfielder’s returned to Tatsfield, full of enthusiasm and inspiring ideas for their gardens. We did have some ‘first timers’ to Titsey and I know they will be returning
with friends and family again very soon. For those of you who have never visited, please do put it on your ‘Wish’ list. Details are on the inside cover of this magazine.
Finally huge thanks must go to Rhod for his garden knowledge and kindness and to the Innes family for allowing us to visit their beautiful historic grounds and gardens.
Spring Show Report and Prize Winners
WHAT A SCORCHER!
The sun shone brightly on the Saturday of our Spring Show. Over 200 hundred exhibits wowed visitors who turned up en masse to enjoy the flowers, produce, art, craft and domestic classes on display. A truly heady scent from the fantastic array of daffodils and hyacinths added to the atmosphere.
Many thanks are due to the judges who worked for 3 hours selecting items to commend or award prizes to. Nigel Shaw(junior and art), Kate Bamber(photography), Nick Hagen (Horticultural), Trish Richards(domestic), Win Bond(craft) and our chairwoman Sue Warren(flower arrangement) took a huge amount of care over their choices and offered written comments to inspire entrants on to greater things next time.
As always Pat Walsh, Enid Garrad and members of the WI cooked and served a lovely lunch for committee members judges and guests before the show was opened to the public at 3 pm
Congratulations to the trophy winners:
Colgates Challenge Cup (horticulture) Bob David
Sue Warren Trophy (flower arrangement) Val Payne
Theobald Cup (craft) Val Payne
Ray Collins Trophy (photography) Nicola Le Provost
Tom Rushen Cup (domestic) Jan Maynard
Peter Hallam Trophy (Junior) Betty Barker
Derek Weller Cup (Daffodils) Sue Warren
Emily Streets Cup (flower arrangement) Val Payne
Lambert Art Trophy (art) Christine Stainer
Tatol Prize (Best in Show in Art) Jacquie Borsberry
It was good to welcome Caitlin Barry to the show. She displayed and sold her craft items in order to raise money towards her trip to Equador which will feature working on behalf of the environment and communities less fortunate than us. We will see her again at our Plant Sale.
Do join us at Wisley on the 30th April, the Plant Sale on May 13th, the Garden Tour on June 4th, Evening Garden Visit to Titsey on June 28th and our social on 2nd August.
We also hope that you will put in lots of entries to the Autumn Show of 9th September.
Carol Gaskell on behalf of the committee.
2016 SUNFLOWER COMPETITION WINNERS
Many congratulations to all our sunflower competition winners this year:
Tallest Plant – Winner George Hadden (12) with a plant measuring 3.26m
Largest Flower – Winner George Hadden with a flower measuring 28cm (18 cm last year)
Tallest Plant – Winner Zachary Horton (5) with a huge plant measuring 2.6 metres!
Largest flower – Winner Luis Sneddon with a monster flower measuring 32cm
First person to email the ten correct answers by using the Show Entry Page on this website will win £10 Knights Vouchers.
The voucher can be collected at the Autumn Show from our Chairman Sue Warren
Last entry date 31st August 2018.