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Welcome to our Society

We are an active group of gardening enthusiasts based in Burwash, attracting members from the village and surrounding areas.

Our aim is to inform, entertain and interest our members in plant and garden related subjects in a sociable, informal and friendly group setting.

The Society is a great place for sharing knowledge, experience and friendship. If you enjoy growing fruit, vegetables or flowers, flower arranging, cookery, arts and crafts or indeed anything garden related, why not join us?

Find out more About us

Got a question? Contact us

 

Our next event in 2022

Rose and Sweet Pea Show - click here to view details

With Art, Craft Cookery and Junior Classes

Saturday 11th June

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GARDEN VISIT TO RHS WISLEY

30 June 2022

Go to the outing page for more information

SPRING SHOW

Saturday 26th March 2022

Our first show of the year was a great success. It was a pleasant surprise to get so many entries and the new arrangement for refreshments went down well. Also to see the support from the community. 

View photos of award winners here.

Go to the Shows page to view the show results and some photos of the 2021 Virtual Spring Show.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022

The dates for all the Society’s events taking place in 2022 are available here.

PLEASE NOTE

Cost of membership is £3.00 per calendar year which runs from 1 January to 31 December 2022. A new membership form is available here.

STOP PRESS

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation our programme of events is continuously under review.

We will resume face to face meetings  in line with Government guidance.

Please keep checking this site for further updates. Thank you.

"GARDENING UNDER LOCKDOWN IN BURWASH"

by our Chairman Richard Maude-Roxby. Read article here.

The Gardener's Year
Some monthly gardening tips from our President, Philip Cutler

MAY

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Some jobs for this month: -

  • Watch out for late frosts, protect tender plants using fleece.

  • Cut back tender shrubs and sub-shrubs such as Penstemon, Caryopteris and Fuchsia after the danger of frost has passed.

  • Prune wall-trained pyracanthas, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.

Roses

  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses as near to horizontal as possible. This will restrict sap flow causing more side-shoots to grow along the length of stem. Therefore more flowers will be produced.

 

  • Shrub roses don't need much pruning other than to remove damaged, dead or diseased shoots. Older plants may develop bare shoots at the base, these can be shortened and replacement shoots will arise from beneath the pruning cuts.

 

Bulbs

  • Spent potted bulbs can be moved to a sunny, sheltered spot, liquid feed applied and allowed to die back.

  • Divide and replant congested early bulbs, especially snowdrops, to increase plantings.

  • Feed non-flowering narcissi with a potassium rich liquid fertiliser to promote blooms for next year.

  • Don't let potted tulips dry out, water well and add liquid fertiliser to promote growth.

Evergreens

  • Although early Autumn is the best time to plant evergreen shrubs - fatsia, mahonia and evergreen viburnums for example - now is almost as good.

  • Shrubs prone to winter damage such as choisya spring planting is a better time for planting. Create a windbreak of pea sticks or netting strung between stakes for added protection.

Hellebores

  • Oriental hellebores are great plants in the ground or in tall pots.

  • This is a good time to remove the older leaves to showcase the budding flowers and encourage fresh foliage in the spring.

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Potatoes

  • Earth-up as the shoots grow to encourage more tubers to form.

  • First earlies – around late March, second earlies – early to mid-April, maincrops – mid- to late April​.

  • Plant in a sunny position not prone to frost,

  • They can also be planted in large pots or bags.

Robin

  • The European robin, known simply as the robin or robin redbreast in Great Britain, is a small insectivorous passerine bird that belongs to the chat subfamily of the Old World flycatcher family.

  • About 12.5–14.0 cm (4.9–5.5 in) in length, the male and female are similar in colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upper-parts and a whitish belly.

  • It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa; it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.

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Lawn care

  • Disperse worm casts, rake up moss and spike the ground to ensure good drainage.

  • Set mower blades high and mow lawns when grass is about 60mm high.

  • Patch any worn edges or holes using turves.

  • Fill in hollows and level raised areas.

  • Treat with lawn sand to kill moss but leave using fertiliser till next month.