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 ...

“Propagating Flowers for Summer”, by Marina Christopher

This talk very nearly didn’t take place due to the unusually heavy snowfall just before. Not least, because Marina lives and propagates at altitude in northern Hampshire, at the end of a long narrow lane, never visited by the gritters. Thankfully the snow melted just in time and Marina was able to visit to explain her very own way of propagating plants, hands-on with live material rather than pretty pictures. She grows them by the thousands, often very unusual or ...

Propagating Flowers for Summer

Tuesday March 20th, 7.30pm Hale Village Hall  Building on the theme and ideas discussed at our last event - Gardener's Question Time, in January, we have more inspiration for getting your garden ready for Summer! We are delighted that author and nurserywoman Marina Christopher will be on hand to offer her advice and experience in making the most of what you already have, by propagating more plants for your garden.  So please do come along to this event, and get creative with the plants you have ...

GQT

In spite of the poor weather, and very little to get us into our gardens just yet,  there was a very good turnout to our first event of 2018, no doubt encouraged more than a little by the prospect of an enjoyable social get-together to set the evening off with a swing. The questions, as ever, came thick and fast, and our very knowledgeable and experienced panel gave much excellent advice. Just some of which follows… Woodash ( potash) is ...

Open Gardens…blooming marvellous yet again

That hardy biennial in the local gardening calendar, our 'open gardens' event, has once more succeeded in attracting a large and appreciative attendance and raised a considerable sum for our chosen charities. Twenty-nine gardens across Hale and Woodgreen were dug, planted, carefully tended, cajolled, watered and mowed, before the crowds arrived on our chosen dates in May and June. Hale first, with its acid soils and early flowering shrubs, followed by Woodgreen 4 weeks later with its later flowering treasures. ...

Annual Show Schedule

The schedule for our Annual Show and entry forms can be picked up from Woodgreen Community Shop. If you live locally, you may have them delivered to your door. Please return forms and entry fees by Wednesday 12th July. To download a copy of the schedule, click here. And for the entry form, click here....

Open Gardens Totals

The total raised by Woodgreen Open Gardens was £2,404.25. When this is added to the money we raised in Hale - £1,882 – we have a grand total of £4,286.25. After a few expenses have been deducted we should still have about £4,000 to distribute to our charities. Well done everyone. Ticket sales for Woodgreen were down from 2015 - £1,901 as opposed to £2,401 – but, because Hale had a really good day, our total this year ...

A great day out at Hale Open Gardens… so much better than Chelsea!

Sunday, 21st May proved to be one of our best Hale open gardens events ever, and not only because the sun shone kindly on members and visitors alike. After much legwork and chivvying by Sharon Barnett, ably assisted by husband David, eleven gardens were volunteered by their owners for display in our biennial charity fund raising event. Whilst the number of gardens may have dropped at the Chelsea Flower Show this year we are pleased to announce a healthy increase, ...