Monday, 20 August 2018


Instead of the usual arrangements we have for our Monthly Meetings, this year we shall be presenting our Evening Autumn Show.
The schedule is set out below, and there is an entry form at the end. Full details are in our 2018 Members Handbook.
We do hope you may consider an entry. Despite the very hot weather there is still plenty of interest in the garden.
If you want any further information (or encouragement) please call 01883 715496.

Thursday, 9 August 2018


Borde Hill (near Haywards Heath) is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 200 acres of traditional parkland. It captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate ‘living garden rooms’, fine woodland, parkland, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.

For over 100 years the Garden has evolved with seasonal colour and interest to complement the original plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. The Rose Garden and herbaceous borders add a blaze of colour in the summer, while the sub-tropical Dells offer an air of exotic mystery, and sheltered areas within the mature landscape reveal unexpected delights in every corner.

Of particular interest at the moment is the Emmenopterys Heny1 Tree from China which was grown from seed at Borde Hill. It is now (August 2018) in flower which is a very rare treat. It is understood that BBC Gardeners World have recently visited to film the tree in all its floral delight.

On our late morning visit the gardens were comfortably busy. There is lots to see, and pleasant eateries so you can be refreshed. Click here for the Borde Garden web site.

The House at Borde Hill

Emmenopterys Heny1

The flower of Emmenopterys Heny1

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Blacksmith's Arms Cudham

What a delightful hostelry. Set in the country side more or less behind Biggin Hill Airport. This is where you will find the Blacksmith's Arms.
The gardens are part of the National Gardens Scheme,  but they are on view to all customers.
Here is what is says in the Yellow Book:
"Exceptionally pretty and colourful summer garden set in the grounds of a C17 inn. Unusual varieties of summer bedding plants and annuals, mostly grown and cared for by the landlady. Decking and seating areas surrounded by spectacular hanging baskets and patio displays. Open lawn area with deep colour coordinated beds. We also are proud of our small natural area to attract and sustain wildlife." 
As the photos below show, it is well worth a visit, despite the rigours of the heat wave.
We visited at lunch time and enjoyed a very tasty meal.