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Membership for March 24 - February 2025

To join or renew your membership with Mayfield Horticultural Society, please click the link, download and complete the membership renewal form and either email or post to our Membership Secretary, (details on the form) together with your cheque for £7.50 per member or pay electronically into our bank account: Mayfield Horticultural & Gardeners Association, sort code 20-88-13, account number 10685259, ref: membership. 

July Newsletter 2024


Hello everyone,


Welcome to the monthly newsletter for July.  The weather has finally improved these past two weeks and we hope you are enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures in your gardens, the plants and vegetables certainly have!


Annual June outing to Clinton Lodge Gardens

A group of 28 enjoyed a great day out to lunch at Dennikers Farm Shop and Cafe, followed by a visit to Clinton Lodge Gardens in Fletching. We were given a private tour by Lady Collum, who told us all about the fascinating history and background to the beautiful design. After looking around the many different “rooms” featuring among others herbs, old rose garden, potager and wildflower meadow, we were able to sit outside with delicious tea and homemade cakes. 

Claire Montagu


Mayfield Gardens, National Gardens Scheme weekend, 13 & 14 July 

Five beautiful gardens including the South Street allotments open for the National Gardens Scheme on 13 & 14 July, 11 till 5, when there will be teas and plants for sale at The Oast and Hoopers Farm. Most of these gardens have not been open before in July, so it’s an opportunity to see them at a time  when different plants and shrubs are in flower, and vegetables in their prime.

Tessa Crowe 




Summer Show Saturday 20th July

It’s show time again! There are plenty of classes for adults and children to suit the green fingered, bakers, creative crafters and photographers amongst you. All the budding young gardeners who have grown sunflowers – don’t forget to get a photograph taken to send into us. Get that Lego out to make your models and the seed tray gardens, which many think is the best bit of all the show! If you would like us to print any photos (adults and children), please make sure you have sent them to by Sunday 7 July.

Full details are in the schedules, available in many outlets in the village if you have not picked yours up yet, or on our website If you can submit your entry form before 4pm on Thursday 18th July, that’s great. It just helps us a bit. Instead of the P.O. , please take your forms to either Sew Inspired or The Flower House. You can still enter on the day if you forget!

Bring your prized exhibits to The Scout Hall from 9am and by 11am at the very latest, then come back from 2.30pm to see the wonderful displays, see if you’ve got a rosette, or even a cup! -  and enjoy delicious teas from the Friends of Mayfield Primary School. Entry is free (donations welcome). If you have any questions, please contact us at the email address above.

See you there!

Show Committee – Shirley, Sarah, Nicky, John, Sue and Suzanne

June 2024 Newsletter


Hello everyone, 


Hope you have been enjoying the (slightly!) better weather in May and have had the opportunity to spend time in your gardens and/or allotments. This month’s missive concentrates on garden visiting, a popular pastime of the summer months!


Garden Visit: Wednesday 12th June to Clinton Lodge Gardens in Fletching 


This year’s visit on Wednesday 12th June is to an RHS affiliated garden in Fletching on a private tour, and there a still a few seats available. You don’t need to be a member of the Society to join in on this outing.


A garden of formal and romantic planting, enhancing the character of the 17th century house with a significant eighteenth-century façade. The tree lined lawn overlooks parkland leading to an eye-catching column on the distant hill. 

The garden is of about six acres divided by hedges into smaller gardens reflecting periods of English Garden design. Starting with a small knot garden, an Elizabethan herb garden with camomile paths and turf seats, a potager, wild flower meadow, a pre-Raphaelite allee of white wisteria, clematis and lilies, broad double borders of white and blue, the enclosed garden of old roses trained at nose height so that one can enjoy the scent, and a twentieth century swimming pool encircled by an arcade of apples.

New gardens are continuing: a small, shady glade, a canal garden, an orchard underplanted with crinum and an 18th Century Banqueting Hall.

The day will start in Mayfield at 11.30am and transport will be either in a minibus or shared private cars. First stop will be at midday at Denniker’s Farm Shop and Café for lunch (cost NOT included) and then a short drive to Clinton Lodge for the tour at 2pm. This will take approximately 2-3 hours and include some light refreshments. We should be back in Mayfield by 6pm.


The price of the tour is £14 per person and there will be some modest additional costs for the hire of the minibus or mileage contributions.


To book, please email Claire Montagu at or phone her on 01435 872648.


More Garden Visiting

There are several opportunities this month to gain inspiration for your own gardens and support worthy causes at the same time by visiting private gardens, most of which rarely open to the public or are opening for the first time, plus also enjoying a cup of tea and cake!


Firstly, thIs Sunday 2nd June, six gardens in East Street and The Warren, in aid of the Mayfield Bonfire Society, will be open between 1.30 and 5.00pm, £6, under 16s free. Tea & cake. The perfect chance to visit private gardens not normally open. More info from


Another rare opportunity to visit Tidebrook Manor in Tidebrook, which will also be open on the afternoon of the 2nd, between 2 and 6pm, in aid of Wadhurst Church and part of Wadhurst gardens.  Some of you will have visited last year and will know just how special this garden is.  It should be perfectly possible to visit both the Mayfield Bonfire Society gardens and Tidebrook Manor in the one afternoon.


Finally, the ever-popular Hoopers Farm will be open for the National Gardens Scheme the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday 8th & 9th June, 11 till 5, £6, children free. Tea & cake provided by Mayfield Pre-School. As well as everything else, their meadows should be looking stunning!


Other dates for your diary:


Saturday and Sunday, 13th & 14th July from 11 till 5pm, Mayfield Gardens trail for National Gardens Scheme. Six beautiful gardens, teas served at Hoopers Farm, Vale Road and The Oast, Fletching Street £7.


Saturday 20th July from 2.30 pm, Mayfield Summer Show in Mayfield Scout and Guide Hall. Hopefully you are already making plans for what you will enter in the various classes, some of which are new this year, and which include the largest sunflower which follows on from our Seedy Saturday back in February (children’s class).  Pick up a Show Schedule, which are already available in various outlets in the village.


Tessa Crowe

May 2024 Newsletter

Plant Sale


Our renowned bumper annual Plant Sale will take place on Saturday 11th May from 9.00 - 11.00 am in the Memorial Hall car park. Hundreds of different plants for sale at bargain prices!


Choose from a huge variety of bedding plants, everything you need for pots and borders: petunias, geraniums, lobelia, sweet peas, cornflowers, love-lies-bleeding, marigolds, verbena, snapdragons, cosmos, etc.

Our vegetable plants are second to none! Tons of different tomato plants, including many heritage varieties. In addition, there will be squash, courgettes, beans: runner, broad & french, salad crops, beetroot, kohlrabi, herbs: parsley, basil, lemongrass, chives, rosemary and a lot more.

There will also be a wide variety of perennial plants on offer.


If you have any spare plants that you think will sell, please do donate them to the Horticultural Society: the Plant Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it all helps to keep the Society afloat. You can bring your plants to the Memorial Hall car park on Friday afternoon 2.00 to 3.30 pm or on the day between 8.00 and 9.00 am. If that’s not convenient, please contact me or Shirley Holland to arrange a pick up.


As always, the early bird caches the worm here, so if you want to get the best choice, get there early!


Membership dues


Membership of the Horticultural Society runs from March to February each year. If you have not yet renewed your membership for the current year, you can pay the current fee of £7.50 by bank transfer to: Mayfield Horticultural and Gardener’s Association, Sort Code 20-88-13, Account Number 10685259, Reference: Fee.  Alternatively, you can renew (or join) at any our events such as the upcoming Plant Sale on 11th May.  Contact Louise Pitcher for any queries relating to your membership.


Dates for your diary


Wednesday 12th June, annual outing to Clinton Lodge Gardens in Fletching, £14 plus small cost for travel, contact Claire Montagu for details at


Saturday 20th July from 2.30 pm, Mayfield Summer Show, Mayfield Scout and Guide Hall


Tessa Crowe 

April 2024 newsletter

It was very good to see so many members at our AGM last month and to kick off our gardening year with Simon Sutcliffe’s stimulating talk on Growing for the Chelsea Flower Show. How on earth does he cope with all that stress every year?! 


Tuesday 16th April talk


On Tuesday 16th April at 7.30 for 8.00 pm, we welcome Mike Abel to talk to us for about an hour on pest and disease control in the garden. With pollinator numbers becoming perilously low, it is vital that we all try to garden organically as much as possible, and the talk looks at way of controlling pests in the garden and greenhouse by natural methods, without the use of harmful chemical pesticides. As well as the use of insect predators and parasites, physical methods such as insect proof nets can be very effective. Pheromone traps and non-chemical sprays are also discussed. 


Before recently retiring, Mike worked for a company called Agralan, who market beneficial insects to commercial growers and amateur gardeners, as well as bumble bees for the pollination of glasshouse and poly-tunnel fruit and tomato crops. Prior to that he was a lecturer at the renowned Writtle Agricultural College in Essex, teaching commercial fruit and vegetable crop production. 


He will be bringing some items for sale that are included in the talk, including honey from his own hives.  As this talk is about a subject that provokes the most questions from other gardeners, we are expecting a full house!  If you wish to bring a friend, they can pay £5 at the door.See you there. 


Other News


Member Chris Buxton in Fir Toll Road has any number of Verbena Bonariensis seedlings in his garden veg patch which he is kindly offering free to members! As he is no doubt wishing to prepare his plot imminently, anyone wishing to dig some up should contact Chris at without delay. 


A quick plug for our National Garden Scheme opening at The Oast, Fletching Street TN20 6TN on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28th April, 11-5, entry £5.As long as we don’t get much more rain over the next four weeks, we will be opening!As always, we will have Rapkyns Nursery as well as our own homegrown plants for sale, plus the lovely Friends of Mayfield Primary School providing delicious tea and cake. Fingers crossed for the weather! 


Mayfacs is organising a coach trip to the Chichester Flower Festival on 7th June. . If you are interested, please contact or 873888. 


Future Dates for your diary


  • Saturday 11th May, 9.00-11.00 am, Annual Plant Sale, Memorial Hall Car Park 


  • Wednesday 12th June, annual outing to Clinton Lodge Gardens in Fletching, £14 plus small cost for travel, contact Claire Montagu for details at


  • Saturday 20th July from 2.30 pm, Mayfield Summer Show, Mayfield Scout and Guide Hall 


Happy gardening! 

Tessa Crowe 


March 2024 Newsletter




On Tuesday 19th March, we will hold our annual AGM at Colkins Mill Church. Doors open at 7.00 for membership renewals, join us in a glass of wine or tea/coffee, prior to the (usually brief!) AGM beginning at 7.30. After decades of keeping the fees at £5, renewal fees for this year will be £7.50.


The President’s Report, Agenda, Minutes of last Meeting and Treasurer’s Report was attached to the email sent to members.


Following the AGM, Simon, the owner of How Green Nursery near Sevenoaks will be talking to us about ‘Growing for the Chelsea Flower Show’. Founded 42 years ago, this wholesale Nursery prides itself on growing bespoke plants for garden designers and landscapers and has been growing to order for the big designers at Chelsea for many years. It will be a fascinating insight into the lead up to the famous Show with all its twists and turns along the way. 


Not normally open to the public, there will be a unique opportunity for members to purchase plants from the Nursery on the night.


Dates for your diary:


Tuesday 16th April, 7.30 for 8.00, Colkins Mill Church, Mike Abel on Pest & Disease Control in the Garden


Saturday 11th May, Annual Plant Sale, 9.00 to 11.00 in the Memorial Hall car park (tbc)


Tessa Crowe

February 2024 Newsletter


Death of Steven Moore, Rapkyns Nursery


We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Steven Moore of our local Rapkyns Nursery in Broad Oak on Christmas Eve. He had battled courageously with Motor Neurone Disease for over two years. Please make a donation to the very worthwhile charity MND in his memory if you wish.


Steven was a frequent and welcome figure at our events over many years; his talks were inspiring and packed with decades of knowledge, which he was always generous to share if asked.  Hundreds of us have plants in our gardens that came from his nursery. I’m sure we all wish to send our heartfelt condolences to Morag and his family and to let them know he will be much missed.  We all sincerely hope that Rapkyns will be able to continue.


Seedy Saturday: Seed Swap and Social - Saturday 3rd Feb


Our inaugural Seed Swap and Social event at the Scout Hall was held on Saturday 3rd Feb and it was lovely to see so many there.  We hope that this will become a popular annual event for all members of the wider Community: have a good natter over a hot drink and homemade cake, introduce people both young and old to the joy of growing their own plants and vegetables from seed, swap seed and pick up some seed of tried and tested varieties of vegetables and flowers, spread the word that Mayfield Horticultural Society is here to help you make your gardens and allotments grow! 


Next talk - Friday 16th February at 7.30 pm via Zoom ‘Modern ways of growing Vegetables’ 


Our upcoming Zoom talk from very experienced vegetable grower Ray Broughton is a very timely prod to think about which vegetables you will grow this year and maybe glean some tips on different ways of growing vegetables for success in your garden or allotment. 


It is aimed at both the inexperienced and experienced gardener and discusses modern ways of growing vegetables with a slant towards organic growing. The use of fertilisers to gain maximum benefit will also be covered. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.


This talk is open to all in the community.  Current Members will automatically receive a link for the meeting by email a few days prior to the event, non-members need to pay £5 to receive the link. Please email if you are a non-member and would like to join this very informative talk. Hope to see lots of you there.


Future Dates for your diary


Tuesday 19th March - AGM, Colkins Mill Church, doors open at 7.00, plus talk from How Green Nursery, ‘Growing for the Chelsea Flower Show’

Saturday 11th May - Annual Plant Sale, Memorial Hall car park (tbc) 9.00-11.00


Things are starting to stir in the garden now with snowdrops and hellebores making their presence felt. Not long till Spring! Hope to see lots of you on Saturday.

Tessa Crowe

Newsletter January 2024


Happy New Year and Hello,

Green thumbs, nature enthusiasts and cake lovers!! 🌿🌸


Seedy Saturday is our first community based Seed Sharing & Social Event taking place on Saturday 3rd February 2024 from 10am to 12:30pm in The Scout Hall, Mayfield. 


Whether you're a seasoned gardener, starting out or simply fancy a slice of cake and a chat, everyone is welcome. Entry is free and the event is open to all.


What’s on offer:

🌱Seed Exchange Tables:

Bring your surplus seeds or discover new varieties! 



 Fuel up with hot drinks, delicious homemade cakes and plenty of chat



 Corner: For our young budding gardeners! 


🥀Plant Stall :

we’ll have a few early hardy plants available for sale. 


🗣️Knowledge Sharing:

Join us for seed sowing demonstrations


🎁Raffle and Prizes


Bring Your Seeds:

Have seeds to spare? Bring them along! Even if you don't, your green spirit is more than enough. Don't forget, commercial seed packets are welcome too as long as they’re within “sow by” date!


Spread the Green Love:

Invite your neighbours, friends, and fellow High Weald folk. The more, the merrier!

Mayfield Horticultural Society Committee

December 2023 Newsletter


Happy Christmas to everyone reading this, and especially to our members. We do hope you’ve enjoyed your membership this year, and next year we have some great events and talks lined up for you.


We start on Saturday 3rd February 2024 with our inaugural Social and Seed Swap, to be held in the Mayfield Scout Hall from 10.00 am to 12.30pm, and open to members and non-members alike. Just come in and enjoy tea and cake and catch up with everyone for the New Year; or swap and pick up some free seed; learn how to sow seeds for flowers and vegetables. More in next month’s issue.


If you've bought, but not yet planted, crocus and narcissus bulbs for a spring display, then you’ve probably missed the boat as far as 2024 flowering is concerned. It’s still worth planting them in the garden though as they will almost certainly flower in 2025!  However it’s definitely not too late to plant tulips in December; in fact, with all the wet weather last year most of our own tulips didn’t get planted until at least mid-January and still flowered fine.


Don’t forget to get out in your garden on any dry days in December to just enjoy the fresh air and maybe do a spot of gardening to prepare for next spring. Very uplifting for the spirit!

Tessa Crowe 

November 2023 Newsletter

Hands of Hope

Those who attended in October enjoyed Helen McArdle’s talk about the Hands of Hope Community Garden in Hawkhurst.  There were lots of questions throughout and interest in a visit next year. Would anyone interested in a potential minibus visit please contact me at to give me an idea of the level of interest.


November Zoom Talk

The nights are really drawing in and it’s time to re-start our winter season of Zoom talks.  On Friday 17 November at 7.30pm, Nick Dobson, a former national Fuchsia champion, will be discussing The World of Flowers - looking at Dahlias, Pelargoniums and Fuchsias.  All these underrated plants are currently undergoing a popularity revival, and well-worth considering for your gardens. 


This talk should interest experienced gardeners and well as beginners and will provide a colourful diverting evening even for non-gardeners!  Hope lots of you will join in.


FREE automatic link to members, which will be sent out a few days before the event.

Non members need to pay £5 to receive the link.

Contact if you are a non-member and wish to join in.


Tessa Crowe 


October 2023 Newsletter


It was an excellent talk from Michael Wachter on Foraging last month and we are now going to sail out all the wiser on our walks through our beautiful local countryside!  We sampled hawthorn and sea buckthorn kombucha and chickweed amongst other hedgerow delights and are still alive to tell the tale.   So popular, in fact, that I understand he might be talking to the WI on the same subject: so if you missed it this time round, an opportunity to catch it next year.


The minibus outing to Pineview Plants and Great Comp was also a great success and enjoyed by all. Many plants were purchased along the way and the Great Comp gardens looked splendid in their autumn finery, highly recommended.













October Meeting 


Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th October at Colkins Mill Church, Station Road, 7.30 for 8.00pm. 


There is a change from that advertised in the original schedule - we now have an excellent opportunity to hear from the Hands of Hope charity in Hawkhurst about their community garden project, the Hope Farm Community Garden, which began in 2018 and is restoring and developing a neglected walled garden and 22 acres of AONB land in Hawkhurst.  The aim is to tackle issues such as food poverty, rural isolation and loneliness as well as improving mental, physical and environmental health within the community.  Their achievements to date are already impressive.


This has great relevance for Mayfield and Five Ashes as we extend the fledgling community garden and other projects at the Mayfacs SHED and we hope many of you will attend to find out more.


Colkins Mill Church has a warm, cosy atmosphere and we have had very good feedback about the venue from attendees thus far. Parking doesn’t seem to have been a problem either, but don’t forget that we have permission to park in the Roman Catholic Church car park along Station Road for our meetings as well if you can’t find a space.


Dates for your diary


Cottage Garden Society


One of our members, Jane Hopkinson, is involved with the Cottage Garden Society, and has asked if I would circulate details on their latest talk to be held on 21st October in Punnets Town in case anyone would like to attend. Click for full details.


November meeting


Our November Zoom meeting is with Nick Dobson on Friday 17th November at 7.30pm.  Enjoy an hour in the comfort of your own home (possibly with a glass of something in hand?) as Nick discusses dahlias, pelargoniums and fuchsias. 



Summer Show 2024


As we move into another season, it’s a good time to tell you about the Summer Show 2024! What, you cry, surely not, we’ve not long had the last one! Just read on to find out why. As part of the schedule for next year (Saturday 20 July), we are going to include classes featuring photographs capturing “Gardens throughout the Seasons”.  So start snapping pictures of your garden, individual plants, pots, trees….in fact anything garden related that captures the changing seasons. More updates as the months progress.


Shirley Holland


September 2023 Newsletter



Foraging ‘High Tide’


Ever wanted to sample the fruits of the hedgerows and fields, but not sure what’s good to eat and what’s not? 


Come and listen to Michael Wachter, multi-talented Great Dixter gardener and expert forager, on the High Tide that is September for wild food and crafts.  Sure to be entertaining as well as informative - Michael was a very popular speaker when he talked to us on propagation a few years ago.  Everyone welcome, non-members £5. Tuesday 19th September at Colkins Mill Church, 7.30 for coffee for an 8.00 pm start.


Minibus trip to Pineview Plants and Great Comp 27th September 


This trip is now fully booked with two on a waiting list. We will be leaving Mayfield High Street (bus stop facing Tunbridge Wells) at 9.45 am.


Looking ahead …


We’re in the process of organising a fun social, coffee & cake morning plus Seed Swap for late January, early February 2024, dates and location to be finalised. This will be a good opportunity to get to know your committee and have a chat with other members, or join the Society for the first time (£5 annual membership for 2023/4), as well as share seed of flowers and vegetables with others for the coming year. It’s a good way to obtain seed of good, reliable varieties which some members will have grown in their gardens for years.


Collecting seed


If you’ve never collected seed before, it’s very simple. Preferably collect your ripe seed on a dry morning (you know when it’s ripe when the seed head becomes crisp and brown, and you can often hear the seed ‘rattling’ inside if it has a pod), place into a paper bag or onto kitchen paper for tomatoes.  Store the seed for a few more days, or even longer, in a cool dry place like a shed to let it properly dry out. It’s important not to let it get damp, or it will rot. If you have a lot of seed you may want to line a box with newspaper instead and cover it with newspaper too. Broad and runner beans or peas can be removed from their pod and left to dry on kitchen paper until they are brown and hard. Good flowers to start with are cosmos, poppies, honesty or marigolds.  Once dry, transfer to a sealed envelope and label well with the name and date of collection.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to sow.  Give it a go!


Tessa Crowe 

August 2023 Newsletter



Welcome to the August Newsletter


Summer Show Review 


Well, it was an exhausting but exhilarating day for the organisers at the Summer Show on the 15th July. The forecast 50 mph winds and rain never really materialised but it was breezy enough to require us to hold the teas indoors, making it just a bit of a squeeze in the afternoon!  


The Show holds a very special place in the hearts of Mayfield villagers, who are a gritty bunch and despite the weather, it was thrilling to see so many entries in the different classes: from flowers and veg, photographs and baking to jam-making and children’s classes.  The judges were very complimentary about the standard of the entries, and the Scout Hall looked beautiful, so well done to all who participated. It was super to see so many new names amongst the winners, we hope it has inspired you to enter again next year!  So many people came through the Show in the afternoon - thank you all for your support and generous donations of £200.  The raffle raised £120 as well, it all helps to keep the Show going. 


A big thank you must go to Shirley Holland and her Show Team of Nicky and John Cluny, Sarah Ratcliffe and Sue Lancaster, as well as the main committee, who worked hard throughout the year to make it all happen.

The cupwinners are:

Perpetual Challenge Cup (Tray of Vegetables): Andrew Ratcliffe 

Hulbert-Powell Cup (Best Veg exhibit): Nicky Cluny

Perpetual Challenge Cup (Best fruit): K. White

Perpetual Challenge Cup (Sweet Peas):  Victoria Clarke

Wolstenholme Cup (flowers, novice):  Kate Burgess

Margaret Walsh-Atkins Rose Bowl (Roses):  Nicky Cluny

Sneyd-Kinnersley Cup (Best Flower exhibit): Tessa Crowe 

Perpetual Challenge Cup (Floral Art): Jessica Wood

Monteith Cup (Floral Art): Madelyn Meredith 

Godber Cup (Best domestic exhibit):  Barbara Norman

Allchin Cup (Best craft exhibit):  Idske Hartley

Newington Memorial Cup (Best photo): Shirley Holland 

George Day Memorial Bowl (Posy of flowers-children): Rex Wood

Perpetual Challenge Cup (Miniature garden-children): Rex Wood

William Wicken Cup (Vase of wildflowers-children): Arwen Huxtable

The Children’s Cup (Best exhibit-children): Rex Wood

Sew Inspired Cup (children): Robyn Yea





Minibus trip to Pineview Plants and Great Comp on Wed 27th September 







We had a great talk from Colin Moat of Pineview Plants last autumn, and so we have arranged a visit to his nursery on 27th September, combined with the wonderful gardens at Great Comp just around the corner, and which should be looking good at this time of the year.


We will depart Mayfield at 10.00 (High Street bus stop facing towards Tunbridge Wells), arriving Pineview Plants approx.10.45.  There will be coffee/tea, talk and a tour of the nursery (opportunity to buy plants!). 


Depart Pineview Plants 12.15, arrive Great Comp 12.20. Wander through the gardens, enjoy the late season colour from salvias, dahlias and asters plus their nursery, eat in their cafe (not included in price - picnics not permitted). Depart Great Comp 3.15, arrive Mayfield approx. 4.00.  Price: £12.00 per person, max. group of 20.


Contact Tessa Crowe at or on 872726 to book. Payment must be made with booking to confirm your place.


Tessa Crowe 


July 2023 Newsletter

Mayfield Horticultural Society Summer Show

It's summer show time! Saturday 15 July from 2.30pm in the Scout Hall opening with a fancy dress parade by the children.

Come and spend the afternoon seeing a lovely showcase of flowers, vegetables, craft items, jams, chutneys, cakes, photographs and the fantastic children's entries. Enjoy homemade cakes and tea prepared and served by the Friends of Mayfield Primary School.


You can enter an actual exhibit including your own printed photograph for the photographs 2 classes ("Something beginning with I" and "Summertime and the living is easy"). Everyone loves attending the show, but it is only as good as the entries we get. If every member entered just one item, that would mean over 120 entries!


So, go on, pick up a schedule from The Flower House, The Post Office, Sew Inspired, or from this website and see more details. 


Why not enter, it’s FREE!  You have nothing to lose, and you might just surprise yourself and win something!  You can enter on the day, but you must bring us your entry between 9 and 11am on Saturday 15th July so the judges can do their bit. If you need advice or help, please contact us beforehand or on the day. We are very happy to answer questions, advise you and generally help in whatever way we can.


For more information please email us at

Shirley, Nicky, John, Sarah & Sue (The show committee)


June 2023 Newsletter

Plant Sale

It was a bit nippy to start with, but it didn’t deter the hardy folk of Mayfield who turned out in large numbers for our annual Plant Sale on Saturday 13th May. We sold out of practically everything and had our best year yet, with a surplus after expenses of £1240.11, thus ensuring  that we have enough in the kitty to fund another year.  


So a big thank you to everyone who grew or donated plants, bought plants or helped out on the day, and especially to all of the committee who worked hard to make it a success. We hope you all enjoy and have success growing your new plants.


We also gained some new members on the day: welcome to you all and hope to see you at some of our events this year.


Open gardens in June around Mayfield 


Tidebrook Manor garden in Tidebrook is open in aid of Wadhurst Church on Sunday 4th June, 2-6pm. This is the garden of which Ed Flint, who gave us such a splendid talk on container gardening in April, has been head gardener for over twenty years. Well worth a visit.


Mayfield Gardens are open again for the National Gardens Scheme over the weekend of 10/11 June, 11-5.  Just £8 gains you entry to six beautiful gardens this year, and a great way to while away an afternoon (or two, your ticket is valid over the whole weekend!).  Teas provided at Hoopers Farm (Pre-School) and The Oast (Primary School).


Coach outing to RHS Wisley on Tuesday 20th June

Your last chance to book for this event, just a few seats remaining. There is so much that is new at Wisley, if you haven’t been in the past few years, you definitely need to pay a return visit and check it all out! Only £20 a head including entry.  Non-members are also welcome.  


News from the Show Team:


It's Summer Show time! Saturday 15 July from 2.30pm in the Scout Hall opening with a fancy dress parade by the children.

The fantastic virtual show is making a welcome return this year, alongside the main, vibrant show of vegetables, flowers, craft, jams, cakes, pictures and photographs.

So, pick up a schedule from The Flower House, The Post Office, Sew Inspired or from this website  and see what you, your children or grandchildren can enter. It’s FREE to enter.

The categories for the virtual show are 'Bloomin' Marvellous', 'Around my garden and beyond', 'Too good to Eat' and 'Here's one I made earlier'! Each category has some really great ideas for you to photograph, things like: tallest sunflower, hanging basket, oops a disaster!, my veg plot, a decorated cake, a large craft item, my flower border plus many more! The really important bit is: WE NEED YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS EMAILED TO US BY FRIDAY 30 JUNE to This is because we are getting them all printed and they will be on display at the show on 15th July. This also includes the photographic category in the show, if you want us to print your picture.

Go on, pick up a schedule, enter the show in whatever way you wish and let's celebrate summer, our gardens and our hobbies.

For more information please email us at the address above.

Shirley, Nicky, John, Sarah & Sue (The show committee)


So, plenty to keep us gardeners occupied during flaming June! 

Regards, Tessa Crowe President 


Hi everyone,

Our latest talk on 18th April from Ed Flint and Annie Barnes on container planting and the Stunning Summer Pots demo was a resounding success: so many people turned up it was standing room only and we gained 11 new members; welcome to you all!  The raffled pots were a big hit and thank you to everyone who attended. Looking forward to seeing photos of your pots (including the raffled ones) in the Virtual Show in July!


Ed has asked me to mention that he is talking to another society this coming week in case you want to attend: Wednesday 3rd May at Sandhurst Old School Hall, 7.00 for 7.30 on “Companionable Annuals “ - annuals in the mixed border. Sure to be a winner and very entertaining.




Saturday 13th May, from 9.00am till 12.00

Annual Plant Sale -  Our busiest morning of the year! We will have all the usual suspects for sale, lovingly home-grown for you: hundreds of fruit and veg plants, tomatoes, beans, peas, courgette, squash, strawberries etc.  There will be annuals for pots, hanging baskets and borders like petunias, cosmos, geraniums, sweet peas, lobelia and more, plus lots of perennial plants too: in fact everything you need to make your garden or pots sing this summer. Still the best value plant sale going.  The early bird definitely catches the worm here: last year half our plants had gone within the first half hour! 


As always, we would be very grateful to receive donations of your excess annuals, perennials and veg plants for the Sale. We have been allowed to use the Memorial Hall again to store our plants overnight on Friday so please bring your donated plants to Court Meadow at 2.00 pm on Friday the 12th, or VERY EARLY ie 8.00 am on Saturday the 13th - thank you.


This day is without doubt our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us keep the subs down, so please support.   There will also be an opportunity to renew your membership and pick up a Summer Show Programme on the day. The MAYFACS Shedders will be there to display their wares.


Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 20th June, annual coach outing to RHS Wisley, £20 per person, non-members welcome. To see the flyer click here. Travel in comfort in a luxury coach. Book early to avoid disappointment.  Contact Claire Montagu at or 01435 872648.


Saturday 15th July, Summer Show, to include both Virtual (photographic) and physical entries 



Tessa Crowe

April 2023 Newsletter



Hello everyone,


We hope everyone who attended enjoyed our AGM last week at Colkins Mill Church. We were pleasantly surprised just how cosy and comfortable it all was - and good acoustics too - no need for a microphone!  Those of you who did attend were treated to a very interesting talk from Graham Holland on composting, and we hope it has encouraged you all to get out there and make your own, if you don’t already. There were some really good questions for our Gardener’s Question Time session too, thank you to the panel, hope you found the suggestions useful.


We’d be interested to get your feedback on the evening: venue as well as content.


If you haven’t already renewed your membership, please go to our website for details on how to renew. You can also renew at our next meeting or at the Plant Sale, see below.


Next meeting  


On Tuesday 18th April, 7.30 for 8.00pm, - Colkins Mill Church.   Ed Flint and Annie Barnes, Pots and Container Gardening: a presentation from the Tidebrook Manor gardeners on container gardening and pot displays, inspiration for those with the smallest gardens as well as large. Many of you will know Ed, who has spoken to us a few times over the past few years on a variety of subjects and is always very entertaining as well as an excellent speaker. He lectures at The English Garden School in Chelsea as well as Great Dixter, East Sussex and is one of England’s most talented horticulturalists. 


He and Annie will also do a demonstration of Stunning Summer Pot: each person attending the talk will receive a free raffle ticket to win the pot afterwards.




Future Dates for the diary


Saturday & Sunday, 22nd and 23rd April, Open garden at The Oast, Fletching Street, will be open again to visitors in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Entry £5, children under eighteen free, dogs on a short lead welcome. There will be homemade teas from Mayfield Primary School mums, and plants for sale, both from Rapkyns and our own home-grown plants.


Come and see the ever-increasing display of tulips and spring flowers, shrubs and trees, and support nursing and caring charities at the same time.






Thursday 27th April, an exclusive event at Borde Hill for members of societies affiliated to the RHS - so all of you paid up members are eligible! For those of you interested in going email our membership secretary for our affiliate number, please book direct at




































Saturday 13th May, from 9.00am:  Annual Plant Sale - good news, we have received permission to use the Memorial Hall car park once again. As always, we would be very grateful to receive your excess annuals, perennials and veg plants for sale. This day is without doubt our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us keep the subs down, so please support. There is a slight change to normal procedure this year for those donating plants. Because of the proposed building works, we are unlikely to be able to store plants in the Hall overnight as in previous years; please therefore bring your plants, labelled and already priced, to the Sale early on the day, preferably well before 9.00 - there will be someone there from about 8.00 am. Many thanks.





Tuesday 20th June:  Coach outing to RHS garden Wisley,                                    . As an affiliated society to the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) our members receive free entry to an RHS garden once a year. This makes for a very affordable day out at £20 with the comfort of a luxury coach, and no need to drive! With all the new developments at Wisley over the past few years, this is bound to be an extremely popular day out and is strictly first come, first served. Please contact Claire Montagu to book. Payment is required to confirm your seat.


Phew, if you’re still with me - that was a lot of news! Plenty to look forward to …


Tessa Crowe 


March 2023 Newsletter

Tuesday 21 March AGM, Colkins Mill Church. Doors open 7.00pm, AGM starts 7.30


Membership of Mayfield Horticultural Society has many benefits: free regular meetings with professional speakers, many from the top flight of horticulture; a chance to make new friends with a shared interest; outings, shows, an annual plant sale plus 10% discount at local gardening outlets using your membership card - just one visit could pay for your annual membership!

Everyone is welcome to our AGM - doors will open at 7.00 pm for membership renewal, still an absolute bargain at £5.  FREE glass of wine and nibbles.  The AGM will start promptly at 7.30, usually lasting less than half an hour, quickly followed by our very own MHS Gardeners Question Time with our home-grown panel of experts - your gardening queries answered, plus a compost demonstration. Non-members £5.

Please submit your gardening questions for the panel ahead of time to

Parking for Colkins Mill Church is along Station Road, please park considerately or walk if you live locally!  Please note we have received kind permission from the Roman Catholic Church to use their car park for our meetings.


Future dates for the diary:

Tuesday 18th April, 7.30 for 8.00pm

Ed Flint and Annie Barnes, Pots and Container Gardening, presentation from the Tidebrook Manor gardeners on container gardening and pot displays plus demonstration of a Stunning Summer Pot, to be raffled afterwards.


Saturday 13th May, from 9.00am, Annual Plant Sale, location to be confirmed 


Tessa Crowe 

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