The annual plant sale, held on May 14th, proved to be a remarkably successful event for the Society. Once again it was decided to hold the sale on the village green as this venue proved extremely popular last year, attracting many passers-by as well as our regular visitors. A record amount was raised providing a useful boost to the funds and thanks go to everyone who helped at the sale or donated plants.
The second visit of the year took place on June 8th when seventeen members met at Chinthurst Lodge, Wonersh, the garden of Hilary and Michael Goodridge. Parking our cars near the stables we were able to admire the fields in the distance where several horses were grazing and to get an early look at the wonderful array of plants that were on sale. Once everyone had arrived Hilary explained how the garden was laid out and those parts that she was particularly pleased with; also where the tea and cake could be found, a vital part of any garden visit. In front of the house was the "white" garden, the white being provided by lots of Libertia plants as well as Philadelphus, roses, and foxgloves. The new Millennium Garden was full of red and pink roses as well as a round pond full of white waterlilies. A Kitchen garden was very well stocked, with a greenhouse full of tomato plants, a fruit cage and lots of fruit trees. Throughout the garden there were wonderful specimen trees, including a Catalpa and interesting sculptures of animals and birds, many made of wood.
The garden contained many interesting and unusual plants including some ferns which attracted a lot of attention; unfortunately, there were not any of these for sale, but Hilary very kindly dug some up for those who were keen to add them to their own gardens. All the plants were very reasonably priced, and we all returned home with at one or two in the boot of the car.
On Saturday 3rd September the Autumn Show will be held when there will be a chance to see a vast array of fruit and vegetables grown by our members. Do have a look at the schedule for all the classes and hopefully there will be something that you too can exhibit, and maybe win a prize.