Annual Show Photos

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September and October Talks

Please note the following changes to our programme: Tuesday 24th September: Hale Village Hall,  7:30pm "The Hillier Gardens throughout the year" - David Jewell of Hillier Gardens Tuesday 29th October:  Woodgreen Village Hall,  7:30pm "For the Love of Snowdrops" - Lyn Miles ...

Annual Show – Important Dates

Entry forms, fees and any photographs for Classes 57-59 must be placed by noon on Tuesday 9th July in the box provided in Woodgreen Community Shop or by post or by hand to Jim Madge, Windhover Cottage, Brook Lane, Woodgreen, SP6 2AZ Late entries will be at the discretion of the Chair at double the usual entry fee. No entries will be accepted after 5.00pm on Thursday July 11th. No late entries accepted for Classes 57-59....

Annual Show 2019

The Show Schedule and entry form are available for download here: Show Schedule 2019 Show Entry Form ...

A Walk on the Wildside?

Hale gardeners show the way 10 lovely but very varied gardens were opened to the public in support of this year’s chosen local charities. If there was a theme it was that our gardeners are heeding the concerns about our environment and the decreasing diversity of plants and wildlife… as climate change and other factors take hold and harm the world in which we live. Working with nature to create naturalistic gardens in tune with their location, with mature trees, ...

Outing to The Savill Garden

We were blessed by just about perfect weather for our trip to The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park: like a summer’s day, but not too hot. The garden looked at its very best and we were shown around by John Anderson for the first hour or so to get our bearings. The food in the Restaurant was very tasty and everything was fairly priced… plants, food, gifts etc. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We even got home ...

Plant Sale

Saturday 13th April, 11:00am - 1:30pm, Woodgreen Village Hall Free Entry As the weather starts to improve, green shoots begin to show and our enthusiasm for gardening perks up again, we all start to look for those little treasures to fill that annoying gap, add to that new border or start the vegetable patch burgeoning. Apart from visiting all the lovely nurseries in the locality what could be better than to pop along for an hour or so to see if ...

Rosy Hardy: Spring Flowering Perennials, 19th March 2019

On her visit Rosy gave lots of great tips and tricks for growing successful Spring Flowers. Here are some of them: Hellebores…Woodland setting, all soil types, except heavy clay. Flower well into April, cut out flower stem when finished. Next years growth and buds will already be showing. Best in semi shade. Look for seedlings to bring on, but have to leave flower shoot to seed first. Hellebore “Walburton Rosemary” a niger/hybrida cross which has a very long flowering ...

Gardeners’ Question Time, 19th Feb 2019

A very enjoyable evening with our 3 very knowledgeable experts yielded lots of good advice in answer to members’ questions: Growing and showing shallots: plant in small pots and keep in a cold greenhouse. feed with onion fertiliser. Transplant in Spring, but don’t bury them. Sit them just on the surface. Thin to 3 or 4. If showing dry them off 7/10 days before the show. Remove loose skins and tie/whip the tops with raffia. Stand in a saucer of ...

A visit to Britain’s “hottest garden”

Claiming to be Britain’s “hottest garden”, with a microclimate some 5°C warmer than the mainland, Ventnor Botanic Garden played host to our annual garden visit.., and certainly lived up to its reputation. With glorious weather throughout the day, and ideal conditions on the water for our ferry trips. our party of 49 enjoyed a full day of garden perambulation, an “around the Island" tour and smooth ferry crossings with spectacular views of the Solent and Southampton Water. Founded originally ...