Saturday, 10 December 2016


Christmas at Kew
We enjoyed a good AGM on Wednesday 7 December guided by Chairman Rick in his usual diplomatic manner. Following the formalities, we enjoyed mulled wine and a range of tasty refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1 February when we have a special treat with Rhod Jones, Head Gardener of Titsey Estate. Do make a note of the date to be sure not to miss it.

Until then, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and look forward to your support in 2017.

Look what we enjoyed following the AGM

The Membership Secretary is kept busy

Saturday, 3 December 2016


It is with great pleasure that we offer Roy Eaton, our President Emeritus, heartiest congratulations on his 90th Birthday.
Roy is a great garden enthusiast, and must rank as one of the best gardeners in the district. Failing health over the last couple of years means he is not as active as he was, but his garden was always immaculate and a treat to view.
Many gardeners have benefited  from his wisdom and freely given advice.

Over the years Roy has held all the senior positions of office in the Society, and always set about the business of the day with his usual vigour.  
He remains a regular entrant is our monthly competition, and is often a winner. Long may it continue.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

November Monthly Meeting with Simon Ginnaw

We were delighted to welcome Simon on Wednesday 2 November, who delivered a marvellous illustrated talk (with sound effects) that described the Woodland Year.
The photos of woodland, plants, and wild life were beautiful, and were selected from many thousands taken by Simon himself.
Simon after the presentation
Altogether, a wonderful presentation (with the sound of birdsong in the background) that was almost mesmeric and held the attention of everyone throughout.
Do not miss the chance of seeing The Woodland Year if you get the opportunity. We are sure you will not be disappointed.
Simon brought some rare examples of modern taxidermy with him

The November Meeting marked the final entries for the 2016 Monthly Competition. The winners for the year will be announced at the AGM in December, but Sandra's winning entry for this month is well worth a look.
Sandra's winning November entry

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


Simon is coming to talk to us on Wednesday 2 November at 8pm, in the Red Cross Hall, Oxted. Visitors, as well as members are very welcome to join us.
His topic is "Part of the Woodland Year", and this is what he has to say about it.
Woodlands and forests are a place of myths, legends and fairytales!!  Our woodlands are also packed from floor to the highest canopy with wildlife – but they’re not always easy to see.  Using birdsong and music Simon leads the audience on a walk in the woods following the seasons, to discover beautiful butterflies, plentiful birds, and the mysterious creatures of the night.  Discover the secrets of the central character in all this drama – the one on which all the creatures of the forest depend – the trees.

Friday, 30 September 2016

TESSA ALLEN: Wednesday 5 October at 8pm

Tessa (right) with Karen in 2013

For our talk on Wednesday 5 October at the Red Cross Hall, Oxted we are delighted to welcome back Tessa Allen and her topic will be "Winter Colour and Scent".

Tessa teaches horticulture, including RHS ‘Certificate in Horticulture’ and short courses on specific topics. As a gardener of over 30 years experience Tessa likes to put the emphasis on the practical skills of her trade, while explaining ‘why’  the various techniques are successful.
She’s always happy to answer questions on any aspect of gardening, and loves nothing better than working with plants or being in the company of gardeners.

We look forward to seeing you, for what should be an entertaining and enlightening evening.

Thursday, 29 September 2016


Karen went to see this garden, and thought it worth telling us about it, and showing some photos. Here is what shes says:

"Bodnant Gardens nestles in the Snowdonia foothills of North Wales one of the worlds most magical gardens.  Dramatic scenery, historic plant collections, Champion trees and myriad horticultural styles!   An 80 acre paradise established in 1874 by a Victorian entrepreneur and filled with plants collected by famous global explorers including towering american redwoods to beautiful Himalayan primulas poppies and lollies. 

Stunning garden and worth a visit, great cafes too.  Highly recommended.  One of the all time greats!  I think en par with Wisley!!   That's saying something!!"

Monday, 5 September 2016


We are sorry to announce that Russell Bowes is unable to be with us on Wednesday 7 September.

However, we are delighted to say the HILARY NEWMAN has kindly agreed to come along instead.

His talk will be: "Plant Problems and Solutions". We all have plenty of those so it will be  very worth while coming along to Red Cross Hall Oxted at 8pm.

In addition to the usual Monthly Competition we have one of our popular "Pop-Ups". This month it is Dahlias. So, do bring yours along for us to see.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Hurst Green Flower & Produce Show Saturday 3 September 2016

Coming up on Saturday 3 September is the Hurst Green Gardening Club Flower and Produce Show at St Agatha's Hall. This show is always popular and full details of all the classes are set out below. Click on a page to enlarge or to print out a copy.
Entries from LODHS are very welcome. Details of how to enter follow the schedule. Full information can be obtained by clicking here.  

Monday, 1 August 2016

LIMPSFIELD IN BLOOM 2016 (in the sun)

Judging for the 2106 Limpsfield in Bloom South and South East competition took place on 14 July.
The following photos were taken a few days later when walking through the village on a delightful sunny summers day. As always Anne Osbourne and her team have worked their magic to make everything look as good as it can be.
We wish them every success when the results are released on 14 September.
If you get the chance, do take a look and see what has been achieved.
Click on any photo to enlarge.