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, ...

Gardeners’ Question Time and Spring Social get together

A most enjoyable and informative event at which our 3 knowledgeable guests answered all manner of gardening questions asked by our inquisitive members. Chairman Ted Perren, Ros Holten and Brian Madders, with a wide spread of expertise and many years of experience between them, dealt expertly with all the puzzles posed and indeed ran out of time before all our many topics were covered. Here are just some of the valuable tips and tricks given in answer to the wide ...

“Dahlias” by Nick Gilbert

Nick Gilbert’s talk (Tuesday 14th February 2017), beautifully illustrated with colourful pictures throughout, was well attended and much appreciated by our membership. It was especially pleasing to see a mix of old friends, new members and visitors… some from further afield than our 2 villages. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"] Nick Gilbert tends D. ‘Chimborazo’. Photograph: Sarah Cuttle (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/21/gardens-give-dahlias-a-chance)[/caption] Nick began by explaining that having taken an interest in dahlias as a child he was inspired to grow them ...

Name that Garden!

Bill Shepley took these wonderful photos in 2015 and they were on the short list for inclusion in the 2015 Woodgreen Shop Calendar. Can you remember where they are? Is it Waterperry or West Dean? [gallery size="medium" link="file" ...