Horticultural Society

Diary of Events 2019
All talks are held in the Village Hall at 8pm. Coffee is served from 7.30pm. Non-Members are welcome to join us for talks (£1 entry), shows and outings.
Thursday 7 February IAN McCULLOCH, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SILENT POOL DISTILLERY - We will hear the story of the award-winning gin and other spirits, made at the distillery on the banks of the spring-fed Silent Pool, near Albury, Surrey.   The principle ingredient in gin, juniper berries, once grew abundantly in the Surrey Hills, so it made perfect sense for them to be based here.  To the juniper they add 24 unique botanicals - such as rose petals, kaffir lime leaves, linden, elderflower - to get just the right combination of flavours.   Where possible they source them locally.  To get the new season off to a good start, and banish winter blues, the evening will include tastings and the opportunity to purchase.
Tuesday 12 February PRUNiNG WORKSHOP AT WEST DEAN GARDENS - Anne Kelly, the Pruning Queen at West Dean, will talk to us about all types of rose pruning and demonstrate how to prune shrub and rambling roses on the Pergola.  The Pergola is planted with roses, honeysuckle, clematis, wisteria and other shrubs, which Anne very carefully prunes and ties.   During the growing season, new growth is tied in weekly.  During the Winter all the plants are detached, pruned and retied that is  two climbers per column, 62 columns, roughly a months work in the winter, so she's got lots of pruning experience and expertise!   £8.75 per person, maximum of 20 people (the cost includes all-day admission to the Gardens).   Click here for booking form.
Satruday 2 March A QUIZ in the Village Hall - 7pm for 7.30 pm
Thursday 7 March HOW TO SHOW RHS JUDGE, BARRY NEWMAN will speak on how to prepare and enter Shows and she will tell us what the Judge looks for. With a great variety of classes to choose from, we hope this will inspire both new and seasoned exhibitors to take part.
Saturday 23 March SPRING SHOW (staging at 11 am, viewing at 2 pm - tea and cakes served from 1.30 pm).
Tuesday 4 April MARCUS DANCER, CLEMATIS SPECIALIST - Marcus Dancer, based in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, has been growing and producing clematis plants for over 30 years.   He will talk to us about how to grow clematis successfully and he will give us a pruning demonstration.   He will bring along plants for sale.
Sunday 19 May FRNHURST REVELS- plants galore on the  Society’s stall
Friday 12 July AFTERNOON VISIT TO FITTLEWORTH HOUSE - CAR SHARE A three acre tranquil country garden featuring working walled kitchen garden with long herbaceous borders and a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Large glasshouse and old potting shed, mixed flower borders, rose beds, rhododendrons and lawns. Magnificent 112ft tall cedar overlooks wisteria covered Grade II listed Georgian house (not open). Wildlife pond, wild garden, long grass areas. Click here for booking form.
Sunday 21 July FERNHURST OPEN GARDENS - FROM 2 - 5.30 PM.  A number of our members will be opeing their gardens during this afternoon - more details nearer the time in the Fernhurst News and this website.
Saturday 7 September AUTUMN SHOW (staging at 11 am, viewing at 2 pm - tea and cakes served from 1.30 pm).
Thursday 3 October LAURA UPHILL, HERBS FOR HEALTH - Laura Uphill will talk to us about her work as a medical herbalist and practitioner of classical Chinese Medicine and the regular walks she arranges in the Midhurst area to find and identify medicinal plants and foods of the hedgerows. Find out how to incorporate herbs into your diet and understand why it is important to eat seasonally and what effect this has on your health.
Thursday 7 November DR REBECCA LOVELL, RESEARCH FELLOW, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER MEDICAL SCHOOL - We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Lovell to tell us about her research which focuses on understanding the ways people’s health and well being can benefit from proximity to and contact with ‘natural’ environments.   She is especially interested in how we can translate evidence of benefit to inform decision making.      She has co-published journal articles on Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and well being in older people and A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening.
Thursday 5 December   AGM at 7.30 pm followed by a talk - A VEGETABLE CELEBRATION WITH ED BROOKS, JULIE JONES, LOUISE BUCHANAN AND GILL KELLETT  - Ed Brooks will talk about how he grows vegetables on an acre of land in Liphook with no chemicals and little carbon.   He supplies our own Crossways Fruiterers in the village and Julie Jones from the Shop will tell us how they source all the wonderful array of veg they sell.    Our Chairman, Louise Buchanan and Committee member, Gill Kellett, who run the Great Little Cookery School together, will show us how to make some simple seasonal canapés using vegetables.  We will then have the chance to sample them with a festive drink!