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Recent and coming treats for gardeners!
 
image Haslemere Gardening Society was formed in 1947 to promote the cultivation and appreciation of gardens and gardening. The Society has the same aims today, encouraging gardening for all ages by holding talks and outings to notable gardens throughout the year.


Once again in 2019 we have a full programme of events with a range of talks from which everyone including even the very experienced gardening members of our Society can learn something new. "Click for Events 2019"

On Tuesday 14th May 2019 members of the Haslemere Gardening Society visited Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens recently re-opened after a long closure. The gardens were first planted in 1801 and contain an outstanding collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and a beautiful rock garden. In the afternoon we moved on to Standen House Gardens which is a beautiful 12 acre estate near Ashdown Forest under the care of the National Trust.

On Monday 17th June members of the Haslemere Gardening Society headed off on the second coach outing of the summer. We were so lucky that the pre-arranged day was the one and only fine and sunny one sandwiched between 2 weeks of almost continuous rain. We drove to Kent where our first destination was the beautiful 7 acre garden of Great Comp which was lovingly restored and tended by Roderick and Joyce Cameron during the later years of the last Century. It is now curated by William Dyson and showcases his love and knowledge of Salvias, many of which were for sale and went home on the coach with us. The garden is designed with sweeping lawns making paths between the beds packed with many and varied shrubs and flowering plants. It was a very peaceful setting disturbed only by the delightful chirping of the many birds. After a very nice, freshly prepared lunch we then headed for a very different garden at Lullingstone Castle, the Family Home of its designer Tom Hart Dyke. We were lucky enough to be shown around his creation by Tom. He started by telling us the story of how the idea for the garden had come to him when, as a young plant hunter in Colombia, he had been held captive for the best part of a year with a price on his head. Luckily he survived this terrifying experience and lived to come home and put his ideas into practice. He guided us through the 19th century Moon Gate into an amazing walled area devised as the different continents and plant areas of the world and full of some the most unusual and exotic specimens collected by the renowned plant hunters of the past. Apart from the open beds there were polytunnels, one filled with cacti and succulents and another with rare orchids. His enthusiasm was so infectious. We were able, again, to purchase plants for our own gardens, which of course we did, and on the way back to the coach to look in the Church with family tombs dating back to the 15th century. The whole day was really enjoyable and we were most grateful to Georgina Trout for finding us such exciting venues and, of course, to the coach driver for making it such a comfortable journey. This outing was the second happening of the Gardening Society in June. Nine days previously was the annual Coffee Morning, this year held at 'Robins'. Sadly the weather was not as kind but a very pleasant morning was had by the many members who came, and while looking round the extensive and pretty garden was not as comfortable as it should have been, the coffee and cakes, the raffle and the plant sale were all a great success.

On Wednesday 17th July 2019 the Haslemere Gardening Society will be visiting Houghton Lodge Gardens & Waitrose Water Gardens at Longstock Park, Stockbridge, Hampshire Houghton Lodge Gardens have been described as 'the jewel of the Test Valley'. It is a Grade II* listed "Cottage Orné", surrounded by mature trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the famous River Test. The walled garden boasts vast espalier fruit trees including 32 different varieties of apple tree. There is a wonderful herb garden and the fruit cage is home to both golden and red raspberries. Vegetables grow in raised beds, and you will see wild flowers, sweet peas and dahlias providing a kaleidoscope of summer and autumn colour. At Longstock Park the Water Gardens cover around seven acres and have been nurtured and developed to become 'The finest water garden in the world' The garden is a true spectacle, hosting an array of plants from around the world with over forty different waterlilies alone. On the day the water gardens will be open solely for our members. The luxury coach departs Liphook Millennium Hall at 8.00am, St Christopher's Green 8.30am and Haslemere Hall at 8.45am. It arrives at Houghton Lodge Gardens at 10.30am, where tea and coffee will be available and included in the price. We will have plenty of time to look round this beautiful garden before we leave for Longstock Park at 12.00 noon arriving at 12.30pm. This will give us an opportunity to look round this outstanding water garden before we drive round to their garden centre for lunch if required. Weather permitting it is possible to walk to the garden centre through their woodland walk, which is slightly uphill. The price per person is £39.50. Guests and non members are welcome. Booking forms can be obtained from Georgina Trout 01428 644860 or by clicking here.

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Discounts from local stores are available to HGS members, as listed on the Membership page of this website. The Committee are always looking at adding benefits for our members.

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Happy gardening to you all.

David Trout (Chairman)