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On Thursday 7 March we have a talk entitled 'How to Show' by RHS Judge Barry Newman.we look forward hearing from such a knowledgeable speaker about tips and notes on how to make the most of the products of our gardens at our local show. Doors open at 7.30pm for tea, coffee and chatting, talk starts at 8pm. Non-members are welcome at £1.
What a superb evening we had at February’s talk by Ian McCulloch and his assistant Ali McManus from Silent Pool Distillery. We heard the story of the award-winning gins made at the distillery which is situated in the Surrey hills on the banks of the spring-fed Silent Pool, near Albury. The principal ingredient in gin, juniper berries, once grew abundantly in the Surrey Hills, so it made perfect sense for them to locate here.The unique flavour of their hand crafted gin is obtained by adding 24 botanicals - such as rose petals, kaffir lime leaves, linden, elderflower, where possible sourced locally. Better still was the tasting and opportunity to purchase products on the night. We had an excellent attendance with a nearly full hall - no surprise there!
Saturday 23 March is our Spring Show. Open to all, including non-members, so have a try! Entries to be staged between 11 am and 12.15, Judging 12.30 till 2 pm, Show opens for viewing 2pm, Presentations at 3pm. Tea and cakes will be served from 1.30. pm in our café.
Yesterday 22 members attended the PRUNiNG WORKSHOP AT WEST DEAN GARDENS - Anne Kelly, the Pruning Queen at West Dean,talked to us about all types of rose pruning and demonstrated 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, what a lot of pruning experience and expertise! Apart from the wonderful demo and talk the crocuses and snow drops in the grounds were stunning. A few photos below and more if you click her to our Members page.