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Plant Extravaganza

At 11.58am the plant stall trestle tables were groaning under the weight of the most fabulous donations - dahlias, cosmos, geraniums, courgettes, beans, salvias, petunias with tomatoes abounding, to name a few. The hanging baskets from Flowers by Juliette were also particularly eye catching and gorgeous. The Horticultural Society team all pulled together for a rush at 11.59 and, much to our delight, the rush never stopped.

The afternoon was such fun with everyone pitching in and the plants flying off the tables. I think we raised a record breaking nearly £800 last tally, with more still trickling in. An enormous thanks to everyone who helped with donating plants, transporting plants, setting up, selling, and clearing away. All so hugely appreciated and made the day the success that it was. We hope to see the results at the next Horticultural Show at the Winn Hall on the 17th June. All are welcome for this event which is really just a celebration of our love for our gardens! Please visit our website information about the classes, how to enter and tips on exhibiting. The Early Summer Show will be open to the public from 2pm with prize giving at 3.30pm. Do join us for this beautiful event celebrating the bounty of our gardens.

June Talk - Growing Salvias

In June we will also welcome expert nurserywoman Marina Christopher on Thursday 8 June for her illustrated talk on ‘Growing Salvias’. Marina is an expert on salvias and will discuss various varieties, how to care for them and what suits our soil best. Marina studied Botany, Marine Biology and Ecology followed by 3 years postgraduate research before becoming a nurseryman in 1984. Marina started Phoenix Perennial Plants in 2002. Emphasis has always been to provide a balanced ecosystem, so beneficial wildlife, most notably insects, are provided with ‘cordon bleu’ plants for their delectation. She will also be bringing along a selection of plants for sale as well as copies of her book, Late-Flowering Perennials. The talk will be free to DHHS members and £5 for non-members.

Garden Visit - 2 Chinthurst Lodge

Another garden visit awaits in June as well. This time we visit 2 Chinthurst Lodge in Wonersh and will be in for a treat. This one-acre garden owned by Michael and Hilary Goodridge has been open under the National Garden Scheme for over 30 years now. They are enthusiastic gardeners and have created a truly atmospheric garden, divided into rooms including herbaceous borders, dramatic white garden, specimen trees and shrubs, gravel garden with water feature, small kitchen garden, fruit cage, two wells, ornamental ponds, herb parterre and millennium parterre garden. DHHS Members: £10 per person, Non-Members: £13 per person (to include tea, coffee and cake). For a booking form email

We hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather and are finding time to be in your gardens whether it is planting, weeding or simply enjoying the fruits of your labour. At the time of writing this Chelsea Flower Show will be on, showing us some of the best planting designs and exceptional plants that this country has to offer. Chelsea always provides inspiration and certainly has the ‘wow-factor’ when it comes to planting combinations. One can but dream!

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