Please contact Aurelle or Gwen if you wish to attend one of the lectures/talks.


Chairman:  Mr. Richard Tabor, 17 Bax Close, Cranleigh GU6 7NB
Secretary:  Mrs. Janet Arm, Redleaf Nursery, Green Lane, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2AP



A very big THANK YOU to all the clubs who sent back the Proxy Ballot Paper – we have received these from over 50 clubs and every single one has voted YES for all the resolutions and the accounts.  We can now move on with the same committee (sadly no new offers to join us) although whether we will manage to hold any events this year still looks in doubt.  Many clubs have also been very generous in giving a donation of at least their usual subscription, and sometimes a lot more!

If you haven’t sent in a ballot please don’t worry now, but we do need details of any change of contacts or email addresses for your club, so there is a form at the end of this Newsletter.

It is now looking extremely unlikely that the covid restrictions will be over by the end of March, and we very much fear that we will have to cancel the following which has already been re-booked from 2020.


Booked for Thursday, 25 March 2021 2.30 pm, Normandy Hall.

If you had bought tickets for the cancelled talk in March 2020 (which are valid for the above) and we have to cancel again, you then will have the choice to hold on to them yet again as they will be valid for the CHRIS BEARDSHAW TALK booked for 10 March 2022.  However, if you don’t wish to come to this, or you require a refund for any other reason, please return your tickets with an s.a.e to the SHF Secretary.

We are obviously trying to find out whether we can book Adam again for 2023, but at the moment he is only doing Virtual talks and given the current circumstances is unable to commit this far ahead.  The hall is also not taking bookings for now.


Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Goodridge and our own President Daphne Foulsham, the SHF has been invited back to both gardens: 2 Chinthurst Lodge, Wonersh from 11.30 am and Vale End Albury from 2.30 pm on Sunday 13 June 2021!  Full details in your next Newsletter.


In 2020, despite the lockdowns we had three new groups join, Bentley Gardening Club, Merstham Horticultural Society and Sanderstead Horticultural Society.  This year Oakley has rejoined, and one new group has joined, Surrey Gardens Trust – go to their website as there are some lovely gardens to visit!

We are sorry to hear this, but not only have Mid Southern Daffodil Group closed this year, but Puttenham and Wanborough Garden Club is closing – like many others they have found it difficult to get new committee members.


Beth, our website co-ordinator, writes:

I have been approached by a hobbyist inventor who has grant of patent for a new kind of plant support.  Not all of us have outdoor gardens and the support is for those who would like to grow some vegetables on a balcony, patio, terrace or similar. The first prototypes are for climbing runner and climbing French beans. To save space these are grown part vertical – part horizontal on a frame 24”X 10”.  Trials have shown that this method can produce enough beans for an average size family.
Anthony is looking for volunteers to try out his invention. There are two models- a two plant and a one plant frame. Each will be provided free of charge with a starter kit (compost, ties, pots, seeds, and fertiliser).
The frames on their own may also have a use for teaching in therapy gardening.
There are a limited number of prototypes available.


Club Events for the next 3 months. 

Many clubs have just held over events/talks booked for 2020 and rebooked for 2021 but these are details of some we have received.   We will try to keep the website updated - this depends on what information we get from you!  As usual we are not listing clubs AGM’s or Garden visits.

February 2021

Restrictions on club meetings mean only Zoom or other Virtual meetings allowed.
18th Dunsfold Zoom talk: Bordering on insanity by Timothy Walker - £4 for guests.

March 2021

3rd Wonersh – Zoom talk: National Garden Scheme. Angela O’Connell
9th Merrow – Talk – (may be Zoom).  Travelogue, by Geoff Hawkins
10th Ashtead – Zoom Gardeners Q.T. with own members. £3 guests.
10th Grayshott – Zoom talk: Making the best of what you have.  Ben Pope
11th Plant Heritage – Zoom talk: The Remarkable Miss Jekyll by Cherril Sands
18th Dunsfold – Zoom talk: Growing vegetables with Mark Saunders – £4 guests. Details above.
27th Thursley – Spring Show.  Format not yet known

April 2021

8th Plant Heritage – Zoom talk: Shrubs of Distinction, by John Negus
13th Merrow  – Talk (may be Zoom). Gardening whatever the weather
14th Ashtead – Talk: Drought and dry gardening, with Kelvin Mason
15th Dunsfold – Zoom talk: Productive Greenhouses by Barnaby Millard
19th Ripley & Dist. – Talk (may be Zoom). Gardens of Japan, by Graham Bowyer       
21st Cheam/Cuddington – Talk: Tales from the potting shed, with Jean Griffin


Hoping for a better year, Borde Hill near Haywards Heath have been busy planting thousands of bulbs,
and have a fabulous line-up of events, including a guided Camellia Heritage Tour at the end of March.
This will be followed by Rose Celebration weeks in June, and some other special events.
For more information check the website