Friday, 27 March 2015

Wednesday 1 April - Monthly Meeting


The world’s leading garden plant conservation charity, bringing together the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists and the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners.

Through the National Plant Collections and the Threatened Plants Project, we encourage the conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles.
Our main conservation vehicle is the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection scheme where individuals or organisations undertake to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Most of the collections are based around a related group, for example a collection of oaks or daffodils. This allows the scheme to develop systematic coverage of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom.

Our speaker on Wednesday 1 April is Jude Lawton from West Malling in Kent,
a retired landscape gardener, now an avid grower of both ornamentals and vegetables.
She is Chair of the Kent group of Plant Heritage and a member of the British Pteridological Society where she serves on the Education Sub committee and is working towards a National Collection of xeric ferns.

Thursday, 5 March 2015


By Roy Eaton
Delivered at her Funeral on 19 June 2014 at 
St Peters Church Limpsfield

One of the last things I heard Rosemary say in Tandridge Heights was she hoped her funeral would not be too mournful, so I don’t intend to be gloomy and I am going to talk about Rosemary’s love of gardening.
Rosemary and Philip moved onto No: 1 Woodland Rise in 1964. The garden was interesting; it surrounded the house on a good sized plot with a fairly steep slope from front to back with a stream at the bottom. Not a lot of work had been done to the garden so it was ripe for design and development, which suited Rosemary completely.
They soon discovered they were surrounded by friendly neighbours most of whom were fond of gardening and were members of the Limpsfield, Oxted & District Horticultural Society. Indeed just up the road lived the Chairman of the Society. Before too long they joined the club and were soon members of the committee. Over the next 30 to 40 years they held many important posts and did much good work.
In those days one of the big events of the year in Oxted was the Societies Summer Show. A marquee, twice the length of St Peter’s nave, for the exhibits and a smaller version alongside were both erected. The latter was for teas and refreshments and was Rosemary’s special domain. She must have been responsible for teas, both summer and autumn shows for the best part of 30 years.
Rosemary provided much of the food, cakes and sponges, scones and delicacies – and quite often a batch of eccles cakes and yummy doughnuts straight form the oven. These sold quickly and those of us with duties to perform in the main marquee were often not in time to catch one.
Now you could describe gardening in three ways:
First, the keen gardener. This is one who has a large garden at home full of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders, rockeries, climbing plants pots of lilies, and a greenhouse full of tomatoes and cucumbers, seedlings and propagated plants. A lovely garden like Rosemary’s – and then the keen gardener takes on an allotment.
Rosemary and Philip had a large allotment at the old Plumbers Arms for many years. They would spend hours in all weathers, digging and sowing, weeding and planting – lots of fruit – harvesting, pruning and fighting the bugs. Rosemary was a keen gardener.
Then there is the knowledgeable gardener who knows the answers to most of the questions in our many quizzes. I always tried to get on Rosemary’s team with a fair chance of winning.
Thirdly there is the good gardener. Someone who provides much of the food for the table for most of the year, from the garden or the allotment – as Rosemary did.  Delicious fruit pies and puddings throughout the year – with the help of the freezer – as well as lovely salads and vegetables.
Philip was married to Rosemary for just short of fifty years, and Andrew their son, lived at home until going to Bristol University. These were two lucky guys – not only all this food from the garden – but Rosemary was we know,  a Masterchef of the highest quality. Frequently for breakfast, a freshly baked loaf would appear straight out of the oven. You could say these fellows lived like Lords.
So Rosemary it is time to say farewell.  You will never be forgotten by your family or friends – and, I hope up there is a heavenly garden for you to enjoy and I hope that in the garden the birds are singing for I know that was your particular delight.

Thank you for listening.
Rosemary and Philips'  front garden