Southern Counties

Sarah Wilson

07932 445868

The group meets at the Old Barn Hall, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ. (map)

Public Programme 2023 – 2024

Meetings with invited speakers

The meetings are on Saturdays. The venue is accessible for those in wheelchairs and there is a loop system for the hard of hearing.

We usually* open the doors at 10.00am and free tea and coffee are served. At 10.15am there is a plant sale where you can buy good-quality home-grown plants at very competitive prices. In addition, there is a range of garden sundries, HPS booklets and second-hand gardening books to buy, and a raffle. At about 10.45am, the Chairman will officially start the meeting and a guest speaker will talk for about 1 hour followed by a questions-and-answer session. The topic will relate to plants and gardens.

Saturday 21st October

Talk Kevin Tooher will speak on ‘Euphorbias for Home and
Kevin is a regular guest expert on Radio Kent Sunday Gardening. He currently teaches RHS theory and practical at Coolings Nursery, Hever and Walmer Castles. Kevin is also an RHS trial judge and was a judge on the Euphorbia trial. Plant sale

Saturday 18 November

Talk – Steve Edney will speak on ‘Drought Tolerant Plants‘. Steve was Head Gardener at The Salutation in Kent for 17 years and he and his partner, Lou, won a gold medal at Chelsea and Best in Show at Hampton Court. They have now established and run No Name Nursery, also in Kent. This event is followed by the Members’ Festive Lunch.

2024 programme

Saturday 13 January

Talk Simon Horrill will speak on ‘Springing into Another Year‘. Ideas and musing on where gardens may be moving in the coming year. Simon is a former member of the Royal Ballet and has appeared in several productions in the West End. He recently took a change of path and trained in garden design. Plant sale

Saturday 17th February

Talk Jackie Currie will speak on ‘Ornamental Alliums and How to Grow Them Successfully’. Jackie holds the National Collection of Alliums, and is a true allium expert. Plant sale.

Saturday 16th March

AGM followed by Talk Mark Saunders will speak on ‘Super Seasonal Displays’. Mark is Head Gardener at Fittleworth House near Pulborough. This talk covers displays through the seasons from large flower beds to small pots and looks at creating colour and interest throughout the year. Plant sale.

Saturday 20th April

Talk Peter Smith will speak on ‘Protecting our Pollinators’. Peter is a beekeeper, amateur entomologist and writer. His talk looks at the causes of the huge decline in insect numbers over the past few years, what is being done to help and what we as individuals can also do. Plant and seedling sale.

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