The Haslemere Gardening Society was formed in 1947 and has always aimed at encouraging the love and appreciation of gardening and gardens. Now, as then, there is a great emphasis on "grow your own" and making good use of the area available.
The main difference now, of course, is that the use of chemicals and pesticides is to be avoided whereas just after the war they were greeted with enthusiasm.
The activities of the Society change with the seasons, in the Autumn, Winter and Spring there are a
series of interesting and varied talks, which are given at the Church Hall, Our Lady Of Lourdes,
21 Derby Road, Haslemere, Surrey (GU27 1BS). The entrance is from Weydown Road.
The talks start at 7.45 pm and end around 9.15 pm. Tea and coffee is served afterwards.
Subjects range from ways to improve members' own gardens including propagation, pollination and focusing on various types of plant, to Head Gardeners of rather grander plots describing the joys and pitfalls of their jobs.
During the Summer months there are coach visits to various beautiful gardens in the South of England, usually two gardens per trip where there are always lots of ideas and plants to take back home. Some of the recent trips have included Thenford House, the beautiful garden and arboretum owned by Lord Heseltine and the newly re-opened Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens so spectacular with the Spring colours of the hundreds of Camelias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, not to mention the joy of looking at the amazing miniature village which is on view there.
On a Saturday in the early part of the Summer each year a coffee morning is held in the garden of one of the members. The hours of hard work which this entails is much appreciated by everyone and good weather is fervently hoped for. This year, sadly, it rained, but a good time was had by all. We British are, after all, used to coping with whatever the heavens throw at us.
The final activity of each year is the Christmas Dinner in early December which is usually held at the Georgian Hotel, with a cabaret and raffle, and is a great start to the Festive Season.
The Society's year starts in January with another festive occasion, The Annual General Meeting, when the Members gather in the Catholic Church Hall for the business of the Society followed by a buffet and wine and a talk or demonstration on something like wine producing or, this year, cheese making, with a chance to sample the product under discussion.
All in all, the Society has a full year and the various happenings are always well supported by the members who appreciate the time and hard work put in by the Committee who organise it all. The members of the Society are a very friendly and sociable group of people and new faces are always welcome both as members or visitors."
:   Madeleine Boxall
:   David Trout
:   Roger Smith
:   Anthony Day
:  Wendy Smith
Visits Programme and Bookings
:   Georgina Trout
:   Julia Sisnett
:   Simon Sisnett
:  Angela French
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