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Sussex

About the Group

The group meets at two locations:

Henfield Hall, Henfield West Sussex BN5 9DB (map)

Plumpton Village Hall, Westgate, Plumpton Green, East Sussex BN7 3BQ (map)
Contact
Angela Colburn
t. 01323 872399
e. sussex@hardy-plant.org.uk
For full details visit the Sussex Group Website

2017 Programme 

Tuesday 14th February
Snowdrop outing to Wiltshire
 Coach visit to two gardens in Wiltshire opening especially for us to see their displays of snowdrops. 
Sunday February 19th, 2017 at  2 pm.  
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
‘Winter Colour in the Garden – Beating the Winter Blues’
Geoff Hodge

Geoff is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer, author, editor, and radio and T.V. Broadcaster.  
His latest book is R.H.S.Botany for Gardeners, and is now on sale.

Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Book Stall, Raffle, Teas
Sunday March 19th, 2017 at 2 pm  
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
Annual General Meeting
followed at 2-30 approx. by
‘Tales from the Potting Shed’
Mrs Jean Griffin

Trained at both Studley College and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Jean is now often to be found on Radio Surrey & Sussex and Radio Kent on Sunday mornings, and at the moment is both Judge & Trustee for South & South East in Bloom, as well as Lead Verifier at Hadlow College.

Sunday April 23rd, 2017
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
11-00 am
Morning Workshop with Peter Tindley, Fern Propagation from Spores. 

2 pm  
‘Garden & Wood  - developing a Passion for Antique Garden Tools’
Louise Allen and Piers Newth

Louise and Piers met while training at the R.H.S. Gardens, at Wisley, in Surrey.  Their careers continued at Harcourt Arboretum and Oxford Botanic Garden, and Garden & Wood grew from their hobby.

Sunday May 21st, 2017 at 2-30pm
at Plumpton Village Hall, BN7 3BQ
‘Spring into early Summer’
Kevin Hughes of Kevin Hughes Plants

Kevin runs the specialist nursery at Heale House, near Salisbury. He will bring plants for sale. If you would like to pre-order his website is www.healegarden.co.uk
Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Raffle, Teas
Wednesday May 24th, 2017
Garden visit by own cars to gardens at Udimore and Winchelsea, East Sussex. See Sussex Group website for details
Wednesday June 7th, 2017
Outing by coach
to Beth Chatto Gardens and Nursery, Elmstead Market, Essex. 
See Sussex Group website for details
Wednesday July 12th, 2017 at 12 noon.
Summer Picnic at Glyndebourne Opera House Gardens
Glyndebourne, near Lewes, BN8 5UU. See Sussex Group website for details
Tuesday September 12th, 2017
Garden visit by own cars to Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex. See Sussex Group website for details
Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 2-30pm
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
‘Confessions of a Plant Freak’
Nick Macer of Pan Global Plants

Nurseryman Nick has studied plants in the wild from Majorca to Myanmar. He featured on Gardeners’ World last autumn looking at how gardens can make use of their individual microclimates.
Nick will be bringing plants for sale.
Website www.panglobalplants.com if you wish to order for the meeting.
Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Raffle, Teas
Sunday October 22nd,2017 at 2pm
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
‘The wonderful world of Epimediums’
Sally Gregson from Wookey Somerset
Sally has written ‘The Plant Lover's Guide to Epimediums’.
She will be bringing plants for sale.
Website www.millcottageplants.co.uk if you wish to order for the meeting.
We welcome you to BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE to this meeting.
Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Raffle, Teas.
Sunday November 19th at 11am
at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB,
Members’ Lunch
Details in September newsletter.

2016 Programme

Sunday 21st February, 2016 at 2pm
'From Temperate to Tropical, plants for every garden'
Graham Blunt

Plantbase (www.plantbase.co.uk).
Venue – The Henfield Hall BN5 9DB
Members' Plant Display, Members' Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Book Stall, Raffle, Tea/Coffee

Wednesday 16th March, 2016 at 11am and 2.30pm
Talking Plants (booking instructions)
Tim & Pat Ashby invite us to their garden in Amberley

Pat says “Our much-loved garden is small and chaotic, but in spring it can offer daphnes, hamamelis, sarcococcas and camellias, plus drifts of hellebores and early bulbs – all depending on the season, of course. As it is carved out of rising ground with steps and uneven paths, it could be too challenging for members with walking difficulties. Views of the nearby downs, and a lovely old village to explore after your visit.”

Sunday 20th March, 2016 at 2pm
'Wolbeding'
Paul Gallivan

from the National Trust,
Annual General Meeting followed at 2.30pm by the talk
Venue - The Henfield Hall BN5 9DB
Members' Plant Display, Members' Plant Stall, Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Book Stall, Raffle, Tea/Coffee

Sunday 10th April, 2016 at 2 pm at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
'Euphorbias and other vibrant perennials'
Don Witton from Sheffield

Don, a retired teacher, has been a Hardy Planter for over 25 years and holds a National Collection of hardy euphorbias. Don says that although it is early in the year, he hopes to bring plants for sale.
Seedling Swap after tea. The procedure is as follows:

  1. You bring along any seedlings or tiny plants you have left over that you do not need, still in their original compost. They should be clearly labelled with the plant’s name and colour, plus the donor’s name in case of any questions.

  2. The committee provides potting compost, plastic cups, spoons, labels and pencils.

  3. You can help yourself to a scoop of whatever you fancy in a cup of compost and write your own label (do not take the label from the pot!) at a charge of 10p per pot, then take them home to prick out.

  4. Don’t worry if you damage some seedlings, as they would have been discarded anyway.

Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall,Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Book Stall, Raffle, Teas

Tuesday 26th April, 2016 at 11am and 2.30pm
Talking Plants (booking instructions)
Celia Everard invites us to her garden in Fletching

Celia says “Although the garden is at its best in June, spring is filled with much anticipation, neatness and very little disappointment. There are many little gems as well as the early flowering perennials but the highlight (hopefully) will be the wild areas awash with fritillaries.”

Sunday 8th May, 2016 at 2-30 pm at Plumpton Village Hall BN7 3BQ
'The Victorian Garden'
Caroline Ikin

Caroline is a writer and historian specialising in the Victorian era.She will not be not bringing plants for sale.Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall,Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Book Stall, Raffle, Teas

Wednesday 18th May, 2016 at 10-30 am
Garden visit by own cars to Long Barn, Sevenoaks TN14 6NH
Long Barn, near Sevenoaks, was Vita Sackville West’s first garden. It is an exciting garden and we look forward to exploring this historic treasure. Cost of entry and refreshments is £12.00.
Long Barn is now open only to groups. Long Barn is close to Great Comp where you may wish to purchase lunch and enjoy the gardens, and also Dyson’s salvia nursery which is located in the grounds. The postcode is TN15 8QS.

Wednesday 25th May, 2016 at 11am and 2.30pm
Talking Plants (booking instructions)
Alison Truelove invites us to her garden in Hurstpierpoint

Alison says “Two thirds of an acre garden around what was two farm workers cottages. Borders and beds are planted for all year round interest (that's my aim). Lawns and box hedging add a bit of formality. Two areas are left unmown to encourage wild flower to grow and wildlife to visit. Hopefully the alliums and aquilegias will be in full bloom in May when you visit.”

Monday 13th to Friday 17th June, 2016 
Worcestershire Garden Tour
Staying at the Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster (www.stonemanorhotel.co.uk) and travelling by luxury 57 seater Knights Travel coach.
Cost and booking form included in Autumn 2015 newsletter.
Gardens & nurseries include:
Bob Brown's Cotswold Garden Flowers (www.cgf.net)
Ashwood Nurseries (www.ashwoodnurseries.com)
Pump Cottage Garden (www.pumpcottage.org.uk)
Whitlenge Garden (www.whitlenge.co.uk)
Stockton Bury Garden (www.stocktonbury.co.uk)
Stone House Cottage Garden (www.shcn.co.uk)
Meadow Farm Garden and nursery (www.meadowfarm33.co.uk)

Tuesday 28th June, 2016 10-30 am & 2pm
Garden visit by own cars to two Steyning Gardens.
Old Erringham Cottage and 43 Coombe Drove
We will be visiting two exciting gardens in the beautiful village of Steyning, both of which are owned and maintained by Sussex HPS members. We shall split into two groups, divided between the two gardens in the morning; and changing places in the afternoon.The cost is £13.50 which includes the entrance to both gardens and refreshments at both. Please bring a packed lunch or find something to eat at one of the local cafes or public houses. More details when booking.

Thursday 28th July, 2016 
Garden visit by coach to Woolbeding Gardens, Midhurstand Foxglove Cottage, Horsham
We Leave Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB at 9-45 am and arrive at 10-30 for our visit to Woolbeding Gardens, the glorious National Trust garden on the outskirts of Midhurst.We will be given an introductory talk on arrival by Paul Gallivan, head gardener and our speaker in March this year. Then we are free to explore this amazing garden. A small restaurant serving snacks and drinks is located near the entrance, or bring a packed lunch.We leave at 2pm for our coach at 2-15pm sharp to go on to Foxglove Cottage in Horsham, a private garden open this year for the first time for the NGS, owned by a previous Sussex HPS member. If you are a National Trust member the cost for Coach and admission to Foxglove Cottage together with refreshment in the afternoon is £20.00. If not a N.T. member we have been allowed a reduced rate of entry at Woolbeding of £7.30, so the total would be £27.30.This visit is limited to 28 HPS Sussex group members.

Sunday 11th September, 2016 at 2-30 pm at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
'Delightful Daisies'
Dr Andrew Ward

Dr Ward is from Norwell Nurseries, Newark, Nottingham (www.norwellnurseries.co.uk) and will be bringing plants for saleMembers’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant StallTrading Stall, Potting Shed, Raffle, Teas

Sunday 16th October, 2016 at 2-30 pm at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
'Gardens, cakes, charity; what’s not to like? A light hearted look at opening your garden for charity'
Steve Bustin, Sussex HPS member

Steve is a garden writer, journalist (Amateur Gardening and others), and public speaker. He has opened his Brighton garden for the NGS.Members’ Seasonal Plant Display, Members’ Plant Stall,Trading Stall, Potting Shed, Book Stall, Raffle, Teas

Sunday 20th November, 2016 at The Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB
Doors open 10-30 for coffee, then at 11 am
'A Rainbow of Plants and People'
Sue Ward and Jennifer Harmer

Both our speakers are active in the national HPS. Jennifer Harmer is the society’s historian, while Sue Ward, artist, has been described as having “an artist’s eye for putting plants together”. Raffle and Trading Stall followed by lunch at 1 pm
A booking form will be in the September Newsletter.

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