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The New Year started in style with a members meeting showing that the club has many talented and experienced members on different  aspects of gardening.

Susan Holmes showed us some wonderful slides that she had taken in Devon Gardens including the RHS Rosemoor which is still being developed. The six acre meadow was left to the RHS in a legacy by Lady Anne Berry. You get to the garden by means of a walkway under the road.  The Rose garden in particular looked delightful.

Richard & Caroline Pointz-Wright took us, through some beautiful slides of the Walled garden at Scampston in Yorkshire.  This is a new garden owned by Sir Charles and Lady Legard which opened for the first time in 2004. A high wall runs around the garden and is approximately half a mile long. The garden, which is still being developed, has 'The Spring Box garden' and  'Summer Box garden'. The shrubs will need another year to grow before they can be shaped. The drifts of grass are best seen in Autumn with the tinted seed heads. Visitors are given a list of all the plants for identification, the plants being numbered; this stops the labels from being taken. Plants for sale are cultivated on site and there is also a wonderful restaurant in the grounds.

Denis Holmes then gave a talk and showed us examples of his collection of dwarf Pelargoniums some of which came from a friend in South Africa. All of our hybrids, we were told originated from plants brought home from The Cape area in the Victorian times and given to Kew Gardens. The audience were able to admire the different coloured foliage. Denis says that he plants the flowers out in pots during the Spring where they put on a lovely display all Summer. He then brings them into the greenhouse before the first frosts.

A Gardener's Question Time, with Keith Pierce and Brian Deaville gave helpful advice and tips to the audience and rounded off this very interesting evening.

Members were reminded that the yearly subscriptions of 5 were now due. Membership consists of Monthly meetings with interesting speakers, Spring, Summer and Autumn shows, with competitions and trophies to be won, and discounts from various garden centres throughout the area.

The next meeting will be on Monday 13th February at 7.45 in the URC Hall.  The speaker will be Miss C Gabler talking on Fuchsias,  Refreshments will be served.

New members/ visitors welcome

AN INVITATION FROM BISHOP IAN



On February 2nd 2006 it will be ten years since I began my ministry in Guildford diocese as Bishop of Dorking.

On that evening I shall be presiding at the Eucharist in the Cathedral at 7 pm and the Dean has kindly agreed to preach. We shall be observing the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

I would be delighted if parishes would care to come and join me in the celebration.