Here are our events planned for 2023 - We do hope you can come and join us as they are well attended events with lots of great company.
Our ever popular annual Quiz Night hosted by Terry Everitt.
We always have a good laugh and it does get a little competitive. Horticultural knowledge not essential
Bring your own refreshments
Tea/coffee served during the break
Entry free for members £5 for non-members
(walk-ins welcome on the night if you have a last minute change of mind, but if you can, do let us know in advance)
Framfield and Blackboys Horticultural Society
"Gardeners Question Time"
Come and ask our panel of "experts" your gardening questions - we will have a panel with a wealth of experience in all aspects of gardening.
Greenbanks Garden, Shepherds Hill, Buxted
Set in a small valley in the undulating landscape of the Low Weald, this garden has been
developed more or less from scratch over a 44-year period. The 10 acres include ornamental
beds of shrubs and herb terraces as an immediate setting to the house, opening out on to a
small lake, ghyll and wild flower meadows, with a sense of increasing wildness. A stream, the
headwaters of the River Uck, flows through the property giving a continuing presence and
sound of water as it moves through wetland habitats and below the bridges.
The garden reflects the Wealden landscape around it. It has never been intended as a show
case but has emerged over the years a place of great tranquility and beauty which is rich in
wildlife; a counterpoint and joy to the busy lives of the owners and creators.
Entry free to members, £5 for non-members. The Society will be providing refreshments
Visit to Clinton Lodge, Fletching
A great opportunity to visit a fabulous 6acre garden of formal and romantic planting, including
a small knot garden, potager, wisteria allee, a wildflower meadow and a wonderful enclosed
old rose garden. Entry £15pp payable in advance, which includes a private tour with Lady Collum herself and refreshments.
Please email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Reference for bacs payments ‘CL + your name’.
Droughts, Deluges and Dust Devils. A talk by Ian Currie - 350 years of weather in the South East
Our weather has always made the headlines, whether through the great storms of 1703 and 1987, severe winters of 1947 and 1963 or temperature records broken in 2019.
Ian will take us through several centuries of weather, with a focus on the south east of England, including hailstones bigger than cricket balls, the Straits of Dover blocked with ice and a tornado ripping through Guildford.
If July seems too far away to wait hear Ian speak, you can catch him on his regular spot on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex's "Dig it" gardening programme.
Entry free for members, £5 for non-members.
Our Annual Summer Show is already in the planning so make sure you put the date in the diary now so you don't miss out.
Denise Taylor has invited us to her Smallholding, Hope Springs in Chiddingly for a summer social.
We will be able to meet the animals, have a tour of the Smallholding and enjoy some of the home produce with a BBQ.
Will be weather dependent and details will follow nearer the time.
Donations would be appreciated.
This ‘English garden planted in a naturalistic style’ was designed and planted by acclaimed Plantswoman, Carolyn McCutchan, over a period of many years from 1968. A tranquil 1.5 acre garden surrounds the 19 th century farmhouse (originally a gamekeeper’s cottage) and a 5.5 acre meadow, with mown paths and seating allows visitors to relax and enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna within. After Carolyn became unwell in 2012, parts of the garden became wild and neglected, but it is now being lovingly restored by Emma Reece, a former student of Carolyn’s.
We have a provisional afternoon booking for this date, but need to have a minimum of 12 to confirm the booking. Cost is £19.50pp to include comprehensive private guided tour and refreshments (£21 for non-members).
Please email Emma at email@example.com before the end of January if you are interested.
Our Annual General Meeting at 7pm followed by a talk from Graham Blunt on Exotic Plants (more details to follow)