Full Programme 2021

Members' 2021 Programme of talks and garden visits 


Please note that this programme will be updated on a regular basis as more details of specific events become available.  In particular we are hoping to run talks via Zoom between January and April.  Once we have the dates for all the garden visits the programme below will be updated.

See section on Garden visits and booking procedures below for details of how to book garden visits etc. For more specific information on visits, please look at the newsletter edition with which the booking forms are circulated.

Wednesday 20th January 7.30pm Zoom talk Patricia Fox, Managing Director, Aralia Gardens Limited will speak on Designing Contemporary Planting Schemes.  Zoom details will be emailed out to members.
Tuesday 16th February 7.30pm Zoom talk - Steve Edney and Louise Dowle will be talking about ' Our Jungly journey with Exotics' . You may remember Steve's talk about the Salutation Garden and this is about his own garden, designed and looked after by his partner Louise with a bit of help from him!  Zoom links to follow.
Thursday 18th February 12 - 2pm TBC Group winter walk at Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8JF.  In line with NGS rules you may book an alternative date for a private visit provided you live in area.
Sunday 21st February 2 - 4pm Sarah Wilson is opening her garden at Shieling in Kingswood for the NGS, for visitors to enjoy the snowdrops, hellebores and many spring flowering shrubs . You need to book a ticket on line and there are a limited number of visitors so do visit the NGS website to book a ticket - please note their Covid rules. Hopefully there will also be tea and cakes and a few plants for sale as well as a seasonal plant list.  
Saturday 13th March 10.30 am AGM followed by talk at 11 am by Harvey Stephens on 'Plants Worthy of Garden Merit'.  Harvey was previously Deputy Keeper of the gardens at Savill Garden and will be donating his fee to Perennial:The Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society, for whom he has volunteered for 20 years.  Zoom details to follow by email.
Saturday 17th April - confirmation of whether live talk or Zoom to be advised nearer the time

Talk - 'From Cinderella to Princess - three gardens makeover on spaces, plant combinations & surprises' - Laura de Beden

Thursday 6th May 11am TBC - Garden visit - Clinton Lodge Gardens, Fletching, East Sussex:  A plantsman’s garden, six acres divided into smaller gardens reflecting periods of English Garden design.  There is plenty to see and hopefully we will enjoy their tulips!  Meeting at 11.00am.  £14 per head including coffee/ tea and cake.  We will begin with refreshments and an introductory talk by Lady Collum on the terrace.  This visit could be combined with a trip to nearby Sheffield Park or some garden nurseries which we will advise nearer the time.  Should be a good day out!  Booking details to follow in due course.
Saturday 22nd May Plant sale - in Anthea's lovely garden in Bookham.  Last year's sales were very popular and this time we're using the money raised to replenish HPS funds (after the free Zoom talks) and also donate to the Old Barn Hall.  Please donate plants!  More details to follow.
1st week in June TBC Group visit to Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8JF
Sunday 27th June Bookham Open Gardens - details to follow nearer the time
Saturday 3rd - Monday 5th July

Three day coach trip Shropshire. Includes return coach travel, 2 nights half board in a hotel with visits to 8 gardens.  See attached flyer and booking form for more details.  You can see a selection of photos of the gardens here.  Book via Elizabeth Toogood  by 28 February 2021.  In case of queries you can call Elizabeth on 01372 721353 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday 3rd August Garden visits to Priory House, Priory Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9RQ and The Savill Garden.  We will start at Priory House at 11am and move onto The Savill Garden at 1pm.  More details to follow in due course.