June 2022 Newsletter
Thanks to everyone who made the Plant Sale such a success on 7th May, including all those of you who contributed and bought plants!
It was a manic couple of hours for those of us on the stalls, and just goes to show that the early bird really does catch the worm. We couldn’t believe it was only 9.30 am and half of the plants had already gone! After expenses, we raised a net total for the Society of over £1150 which is by some margin our best total to date and will greatly help fund our activities for the coming year. Thanks again for all your support.
Summer Outing to Arundel Castle 14th June
Our Summer Outing to Arundel Castle Gardens is on Tuesday 14th June (£25 per person), and is open to members and non-members. There are still a few spaces left on our luxury 50 seater coach but we need to know soonest if you want to come: contact Claire Montagu on 01435 872648 or email Claire.email@example.com. The gardens at Arundel Castle have featured in many TV gardening programmes recently, including the latest series of Carol Klein’s Great British Gardens, and should not be missed!
Click the link for more details.
Summer Show 16th July
Don’t forget to include our Show in your plans this summer on Saturday 16th July. It’s all free to enter again this year. Pick up a schedule from the Post Office, Flower House or Truffles, to see what you, your children, and/or grandchildren could enter! There are loads of different categories for adults and children, not just flowers and veg, but also photography, domestic (baking etc), crafts, children’s classes and creative writing. It’s not terribly serious but actually a really fun thing to do, one of the most enjoyable days in the Mayfield calendar.
Click the link for more details.
Enjoy the glorious month of June in your gardens, hasn’t it been a wonderful Spring? (But we could really do with some proper rain now please!)
May 2022 Newsletter
PLANT SALE 7th MAY 2022
Come and support us in the Memorial Hall car park from 9.00 to 12.00 when we hold our annual fundraiser. We’ll be selling the usual array of bedding plants, perennials and vegetables, everything in fact that you’ll need for your garden this year! Just a few examples: geranium, petunia, sweet peas, ammi majus, lobelia, verbena, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, broad and runner beans, lettuce, herbs. Many others.
SUMMER OUTING TO ARUNDEL CASTLE GARDENS
There are still spaces available for our coach trip on Tuesday 14th June, price £25 per person. Non-members welcome. Please contact Claire Montagu on Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org or 872648 to book or for more information. Payment should be made by 16th May please.
The clock is ticking towards 2.30pm on the 16th July and
THE WONDERFUL MAYFIELD SUMMER SHOW!!
The format is similar to last year but with
LOTS MORE ENTRY CATEGORIES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN!!
Cups and prizes for the best vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, creativity and craft.
PLUS, there’s a fun FANCY DRESS PARADE for anyone to enter.
Pick up your free copy of the Show programme from the Post Office,
the Flower House or Truffles Bakery -
and don’t forget to put the date in your diary,
– that’s 2.30 on 16th July. See you there!!
John & Nicky Cluny, Show Team at Mayfield Horticultural Society
April 2022 Newsletter
Talk on Tuesday 19th April 2022: The English Love Affair with the Iris
On Tuesday 19th April, we welcome back Sue Marshall.
Sue owns and runs Iris of Sissinghurst: a nursery in Marden
specialising, unsurprisingly, in irises! A regular exhibitor at
Chelsea, Sue won a gold medal for her Iris display in 2015.
She will be bringing plants for sale with her and as it will be
very nearly peak Iris time in April, I anticipate plenty of
Memorial Hall, 7.30 for 8.00 pm start.
FREE to members, non-members £2.
Summer Coach Outing, Tuesday 14th June to Arundel Castle Gardens
Arundel Castle has nearly 1000 years of history and its glorious gardens have magnificent views over the Sussex countryside and the river Arun. There are a wonderful variety of landscapes to explore from the Stumpery to the Collector Earl’s garden. Planting interest includes fruit and vegetables, lupins, delphiniums, irises, roses and wildflowers. There are paths wide enough for wheelchairs with a gravel surface and moderate slopes.
Refreshments can be obtained at either the Refectory or Coffee Shop or you are welcome to bring your own picnic.
SCHEDULE: 10am pick up in Mayfield High Street. Leave Arundel at 3pm and arrive back in Mayfield about 4.30pm. COST: £25.00 per person for the cost of a coach and admission (NOT including the castle). Places are limited to 50 people and are open to MHS members as well as non-members.
NB The castle is set on a hill and there are steep paths from the car park to the entrance. Those needing mobility assistance should indicate to Claire when booking so that prior notice can be given to the reception staff who have a small motorised buggy.
If you would like to come on this interesting outing please confirm and pay with email@example.com or ring Claire on 01435 872648 by no later than 16th May 2022.
March 2022 Newsletter
Tuesday 15 March, AGM and Steve Edney - Succession Planting
Join us in the Memorial Hall for a glass of wine or a soft drink and nibbles on Tuesday 15 March. Doors open at 7.00 p.m, the AGM will start at 7.30 (normally a brief and snappy affair!) and Steve Edney will talk at approximately 8.00 p.m. for an hour on Succession Planting. Planting for year-round interest in our gardens can be one of the most difficult aspects of gardening to achieve, but with Steve’s expert guidance we’ll all pick up lots of ideas. Free to members, £2 for non-members.
Steve was the head gardener at the famous Salutation garden in Sandwich for many years, has exhibited at Chelsea, is a great speaker and one of the UK’s most dynamic gardeners. He now runs his own nursery, The No Name Nursery in East Kent, and I understand will be bringing some plants for sale.
We will also be announcing the June 2022 coach outing that night. This year’s promises to be a cracker!
If you are renewing your membership on the night, please allow some extra minutes as we can get quite busy. You can also renew your membership now by bank transfer (Mayfield Horticultural & Gardeners Association, 20-88-13, 10685259, reference ‘fee’ and your surname). If you are using this method, however, and will be attending the AGM, we ask that you pay by the 14th March at the latest so that we can have a printed record available on the evening to hand over your new membership card.
For renewal and new membership - bring with you a complete membership form to ensure we have your correct details. Click the link to get a copy of the form.
February 2022 Newsletter
Charles Dowding (King of No-Dig) Zoom talk on Friday 18th February 2022
We are honoured to have Charles Dowding, the undisputed king of No-dig vegetable growing in the UK, talk to us for an hour on Zoom at 7.30 pm on Friday 18th February on Skills for Successful Growing. He has been a lead innovator of organic and no-dig gardening since 1983, so there is no-one better to give us tips on starting or improving our vegetable plots. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned grower, there’ll be lots of useful information in this talk.
Charles grew up on a dairy farm, graduated from Cambridge and subsequently spent time in France and Zambia before settling up a vegetable growing business on no-dig principles in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He runs a very successful local market garden from there as well as a YouTube channel, has made numerous television appearances and written several books on the subject.
No-dig is a method of cultivation where you don’t use a fork or spade to disturb or loosen the soil in any way. Charles also maintains that this method gives him bigger and better crops of vegetables. Intrigued? Make sure you don’t miss this talk by clicking this link . As Charles is one of the very best speakers in the UK and very much in demand, a small fee of £5 is payable to receive the link for this talk, please reference your payment as Dowding. All the details are on our website. Non-members are welcome too, so please tell your friends about it! The link will be sent out a few days before the talk. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dates for your diary
Our AGM in the Memorial Hall is on Tuesday 15th March with Steve Edney, one of Britain’s most dynamic gardeners, talking on Succession planting: how to keep your garden looking beautiful all year round. Doors will open for registration and membership renewal at 7.00 pm. The AGM will start at 7.30 and Steve’s talk at 8.00 pm.
On Tuesday 19th April at 7.30 for 8.00 pm Sue Marshall of Iris of Sissinghurst, will talk to us about The English love affair with the Iris. More anon.
Our renowned Plant Sale will take place in the Memorial Hall car park on Saturday 7th May, starting at 9.00 am. This is our main fundraiser of the year so please support us by coming and buying some plants, and in the meantime please also have a think about what you could grow for us to sell on the day.
Membership for March 22 - February 2023
To join or renew your membership with Mayfield Horticultural Society, please follow 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 £5.00 per member or pay electronically into our bank account: Mayfield Horticultural & Gardeners Association, sort code 20-88-13, account number 10685259, ref: membership.
January 2022 Newsletter
The weather in January often precludes much gardening, and there aren’t many gardening programmes on the telly, so it’s worth checking out gardening podcasts for entertainment and inspiration during the long, slow winter months. Good things about podcasts are that you can download them to your phone or computer and listen to them at a time to suit you and as often as you like. Many offer a new episode every week. I know a lot of people also listen to them while they’re gardening!
There are old favourites like Gardeners Question Time (GQT) and Gardeners World, but also lots of newer kids on the block. Try these:
Grow, Cook, Eat, a half-hour chat once a week with Sarah Raven and Arthur Parkinson
Get Gardening - Talking Dirty with Alan Gray of East Rushton Old Vicarage and Thordis, they have some great guests
Organic Gardening, especially the November 2021episode
Calling all Vegetable Growers! February’s talk with Charles Dowding
In January and February, our thoughts turn to planning our vegetable plots and allotments for the coming year, and so on Friday 18th February at 7.30 pm, I am really looking forward to watching Charles Dowding for an hour on Zoom, talking to us about ‘Skills for Successful Growing’.
Whether you’re a seasoned grower or just a beginner wondering when and how to get started, there will be plenty for you to take from this talk. Charles is a celebrated market gardener and the undisputed ‘King of No Dig’ in the UK. As well as TV appearances on Gardeners World and the like, he has written many bestselling books on the subject.
You will need to register on our Upcoming Events page to join in the Zoom talk, press the RSVP buttons to allow us to forward the link to you. A fee of £5 is also payable, bank details will be shown on the Upcoming Events page.
Registration will be open from early January 2022.
December 2021 Newsletter
On behalf of your committee, may I wish all our members a lovely festive season and a happy and healthy 2022.
Once again, the year has not been without its challenges, but thanks to your continuing support, I believe we have made a pretty good fist of it! Some great talks on Zoom and in the Hall, a supremely successful Plant Sale in May and a joyous Summer Show in July means we’ve generated enough funds to survive another year!
We do need your support though, and I urge you to participate as often as you can in our organised events and a few may even like to join the committee! Please get in touch if you would like to join our small but friendly band. Your committee works long and hard to put events on in a Covid-safe environment, but if only a few join in or turn up it’s very disappointing and, indeed, demoralising. Numbers for the Summer Show in particular were well down on previous years. On that note, please make sure you visit the Christmas tree festival in St Dunstans church from 28th November to the 5th December, where we have also entered a themed tree, and vote for your favourite! It’s always a very beautiful event.
Continue to check out John Logan’s gardening hints on the Seasonal Tips page, but I will just like to say keep planting tulip bulbs whenever you have a spare moment away from Christmas preparations. There are some great bargains to be had from on-line bulb suppliers and garden centres right now. You can plant tulips right up until the end of December - they look great in pots - it gets you out into the fresh air and you will really appreciate your efforts come Spring!
November 2021 Newsletter
November’s Zoom talk - Friday 19th November at 7.30
We are very lucky to have Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, talk to us once again in the comfort of our own homes, this time on Getting the Garden Ready. Once again, we will be inviting other local societies to join us for this event which will be a fundraiser for Great Dixter, all proceeds going to them, so please give generously.
This look behind the scenes takes us through the planning and preparation involved in getting a garden like Great Dixter ready through the winter for the spring and summer seasons ahead, and will include amongst other things: the garden timetable, composting and soil preparation, timing of seed sowing and pricking out, choosing annuals for adding to the display plus when and how to prune. I notice that the course on this at Great Dixter costs £150, so our suggested minimum donation of £10 is an absolute bargain!
Link now closed for registration. Friday 19th November, 14.00
You will need to register to watch this event, and you can do this now.
Bank details will be shown on the Upcoming Events page.
A transfer to our bank account with your donation will also be required, and the Zoom link will be emailed out to you in the week prior to the event.
We hope as many of you as possible will join us. These talks from Fergus have been really enjoyed by everyone, I have had so much enthusiastic feedback, and it is very kind of him to donate his time.
October 2021 Newsletter
We had to swap the speakers around for September and October 2021 due to availability; here is October’s talk:
Friday, 15th October 2021 - Tulips of Amsterdam
Kathrine Lynn, 7.30 for 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall. Hailing from Ticehurst and formerly a lecturer, Kathrine is a popular local speaker. She’ll be talking about the tulip’s history and take us on a tour of the world-famous Keukenhof gardens in Amsterdam. Prepare for a riot of colour!
September 2021 Newsletter
The weather as I write in August is feeling distinctly autumnal, especially in the mornings when we have had heavy dews and overcast skies. Let’s hope that by the time you read this in September the weather has improved a bit and we have a well-deserved Indian Summer to end the growing year! We haven’t seen much of summer thus far but some of our perennials like phloxes and hydrangeas have really enjoyed the deluge and are having their best year in many.
We have been busy this past month trying to sort out an autumn and winter programme and some of our proposed speakers are very exciting, but a bit slow in coming forward to confirm their slots, I’m still waiting. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they’ve been on holiday! The autumn dates and provisional speakers/subjects currently are:
Friday 17th September via Zoom, 8.00pm Chris of Edibleculture in Faversham ‘Using less plastic in the garden’ (rescheduled from 2020, now on Zoom at the request of the speaker). The link will be sent to members via email.
If you are a non-member you can still join in for a fee of £2 -
go to Upcoming Events to register and pay
Friday 15th October in Memorial Hall 7.30 for 8.00 pm: Katherine Lynn 'Tulips in Amsterdam'
Friday 19th November via Zoom, 8.00 pm: Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter. Subject to be confirmed. Like last year, this will be a fund raising event for Great Dixter with a donation being required to watch the lecture.
These may be switched around according to availability. We have some more exciting speakers pencilled in for next year, including an additional Zoom event in February with the King of ‘No Dig’, Charles Dowding, which will also be ‘pay per view’. More anon.
August 2021 Newsletter
“We’re waiting for the hen to lay another egg!” was the reply to our question as to why their entries weren’t in yet - and it did! - just one of the reasons why we love the Summer Show! It was a glorious summer’s day (thank goodness!) on Saturday 17th July and our COVID-safe arrangements worked beautifully: “Are we entering an exam?” asked one entrant in the morning as they were asked to sit at a row of socially distanced tables in the car park to fill out their entry form. A one-way system around the Hall with separate entry and exit ensured that there was no overcrowding and there was plenty of space for everyone to appreciate the exhibits. Tea and the prizegiving were enjoyed outdoors. Donations raised over £150, which will help towards the cost of putting on the Show.
Although entry numbers were down a little for a variety of reasons, not least this year’s weather, the quality was exceptional. A big thank you is necessary to not only Shirley Holland and her Show Team for seamlessly organising the event for us, but to all of the committee and our volunteers on the day who worked so hard to make it an emphatic success. Thanks also to the Friends of Mayfield Primary School for the wonderful tea and cake in the afternoon; their efforts at various local events this year is helping to renovate the school’s library, and so far with some match funding, they’ve raised about £9,000! We’re very pleased to play a small part in this worthy cause.
The 2021 cup winners were:
Banksian Medal: Shirley Holland
Perpetual Challenge Cup (Vegetables): Ken Audsley
Shelmerdine Cup (Garden Basket): Shirley Holland
Perpetual Challenge Cup (Fruit): Graham Holland
Perpetual Challenge Cup (Sweet Peas): Tessa Crowe
Hulbert-Powell Cup (Best vegetable exhibit): Ken.Audsley
Sneyd-Kinnersley Cup (Best flower exhibit): Sarah Ratcliffe
Margaret Walsh-Atkins Bowl (Roses): Sarah Ratcliffe
Wolstenholme Cup (Roses): Barbara Norman
Monteith Cup (Floral Art): Suzanne Bowe
Allchin Cup (Craft): Jennifer Redfern
Children’s Cup: Esme Cook
George Day Memorial Bowl (age 5-16): Arwen Huxtable
William Wickens Cup: Arwen Huxtable
Perpetual Challenge Cup (Children’s Miniature Garden): Rex Wood
The Mini saga, won by Amanda Robinson, will appear in the September magazine
July 2021 Newsletter
The Show Goes On!
The Mayfield Horticultural Society is delighted to say that the Summer Show 2021
on 17th July is still going ahead. It opens at 2.30pm.
The show committee planned a slimmed down schedule just in case of Covid restrictions still being in place and it will be run in line with the guidelines from the government and from the Memorial Hall and Scout Hall, both Covid secure premises. So, if you have not yet got a copy, pick up a schedule from The Shopping Basket, Truffles, The Flower House, Post Office or MAYFACS Office or we can email you a copy. Contact the Show Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are categories to suit everyone, special cups for anyone to win who has never won one before. It's free to enter and children can enter everything.
We are encouraging people to send in their entry forms ahead of Saturday 17th as it is just really helpful, but it is not essential. So if you wake up on Saturday 17th and find, for example,your flowers are open beautifully, or your veg have ripened just that bit more, bring them along!
We do have to have the mini sagas before and if you want us to print your photographs, they too have to be emailed to us before. The deadline for both of these is Friday 9th July, but full details are in the schedule.
Tea, coffee and cake will be available, organised by Friends of Mayfield Primary School.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.
We hope to see you there!
Shirley, Sarah, Nicky & John
June 2021 Newsletter
Saturday 17th July - Our annual Summer Show!
Members should have received by now their copy of the Show schedule either by email or by post. Hard copies for members and non-members are available from the Shopping Basket, Flower House, Mayfacs office and the Post Office.
We hope to build on the success of last year’s Virtual Show and have a bumper number of entries. It’s FREE and is open to ALL residents, not just members. Please hand your entries in to the Shopping Basket or Mayfacs office by 4.00 pm on 15th July, or you can enter on the day.
Some examples of classes to enter include :
‘My Secret Garden’: flowers and foliage from your garden - for Novices only (someone who has not previously won a cup at our show)
‘WOW’: a single, decorated cake
‘Best of the Bunch’: an arrangement of any home-grown vegetables, your selection of fruit and flowers
For children : a photo ‘An animal or animals’
PLUS the famous Mini Saga: ‘They think it’s all over’ (deadline 9th July)
There are also craft and photography categories: something for everyone in this year’s Show.
May 2021 Newsletter
Plant Sale on Saturday 15 May 9.00 am
As I write this with snow falling in early April it seem the summer is still far away! But - our annual plant sale is just a few weeks away on Saturday 15 May. This year, it will take place in the Memorial Hall car park from 9.00 to 1.00 - please note the change of venue. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please support us!
We are planning to have our usual wide array of home-grown vegetables, bedding and perennial plants for sale at bargain prices! Most will have zero food miles. Vegetables will include: tomatoes, lettuce, various beans, courgettes, kale, cucumber, etc. There will also be a selection of homegrown herbs: mint, chives, sage, rosemary and more. Lots of flowers will be on offer: annuals and bedding plants such as geraniums, marigolds, lobelia, cosmos, snapdragons and more, plus there will be many perennials which will brighten up your garden every year.
Donations of plants for the sale are very welcome too, if you have any plants you think you can spare, please email email@example.com to let me know what you will be donating. Please bring your plants to the Memorial Hall between 10.30-11.30 on Friday 14 May or early on the day of the sale (there will be someone around at the Hall from 8.00 am), or contact me to arrange collection.
This event is aways very popular, as you know. This year please queue in an orderly manner, one person per table at a time, respecting social distancing guidelines. Thank you!
Summer Show Saturday 17th July
It won’t be long now until our Summer Show on 17th July and if you are a member you will be receiving the Schedule of classes soon by email or through the post. Copies of the Show Schedule will also be available at the Plant Sale on 15th May, plus in local shops such as The Shopping Basket, The Flower House and others.
We have tried hard to make the Show very ‘user friendly’ this year, spreading it over the Memorial and Scout Halls, and there will be plenty of classes appealing to everyone of all ages. It’s FREE again to enter, and this can be done on the day rather than in advance, so no excuses not to participate this year! It’s always one of the most popular events in the Mayfield calendar.
April 2021 Newsletter
April’s Talk - What makes a good garden plant?
We are very fortunate indeed to have Ed Flint, head gardener and former Christopher Lloyd protégée stepping back in to talk to us on Zoom on Friday 16th April at 8.00 pm about ‘What makes a good garden plant?’ Ed is highly qualified to spout about such a subject, as for the past twenty years, he and his small team have been making a beautiful garden at Tidebrook Manor just down the road from us - you may have even visited it when it opened for the National Gardens Scheme in the past. He also lectures at the English Garden School in Chelsea and at Great Dixter on ‘the Art and Craft of Gardening’ course, and makes an appearance in this March’s issue of the wonderful Gardens Illustrated magazine. Never scared of voicing an opinion(!), he is an enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable speaker and one of our most talented gardeners.
In this hour-long new talk, he will take us through how to avoid mistakes and what to look for in making good choices when buying plants. There will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Whenever he’s talked to us before, there has always been very good feedback, so I would say ‘Don’t miss this one’ on the 16th. He has also given us a very generous discount on his usual fee to help us out in these difficult times, so it would be good to repay this generosity with a full house. Free to members, a donation please is welcome from non-members (non-members please register on our website to receive the link and our bank details are also on our website under Membership Form).
Plant Sale - Saturday 15th May from 9.00 am in the Memorial Hall car park (note the change of venue for this year)
Summer Show - Saturday 17th July - Memorial and Scout Halls, details to follow
Hopefully we will be back in the Hall for talks from September 2021, although November’s and February’s talks are planned to be on Zoom. If you are not yet on Zoom, download it! It’s easy to do and FREE! Just google ‘download zoom’ and follow the instructions.
Plea for Pots!
We urgently need plant pots for our Plant Sale on 15 May. All pots and modules in good condition (and clean please!) accepted. Feel virtuous, do your bit for the environment and recycle them in the box outside The Oast in Fletching Street next time you’re passing. Many thanks.
March 2021 Newsletter
AGM via Zoom - Tuesday 16 March, 7.30 pm
As you know, we weren’t able to hold the AGM in March 2020 due to Covid. This year we will be holding it via Zoom, starting at 7.30 pm, and followed by Jacqueline Aviolet at about 8.00 pm, who will be talking to us about Herbs: their cultivation and folklore, for approximately an hour. This is a free event. We hope you’ll be able to join us.
Anyone who paid their membership fee last year will be automatically renewed as a full member for the 2021/22 year without further payment necessary. If you did not pay last year, however, please renew your membership now by downloading a membership form and sending it off to Louise Pitcher, membership secretary at 17 Bruce Manor Lane, Wadhurst TN5 6FN together with your cheque for £5 payable to: Mayfield Horticultural Society; or by bank transfer to Mayfield Horticultural & Gardeners Association, sort code: 20-88-13, account no. 10685259 (ref ‘Fee’ and your surname).
We anticipate we’ll be able to hold a full programme of events this year, but of course this will be subject to any Covid-19 restrictions.
Dates for your diary:
Friday 16 April - Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, ‘What makes a good garden plant?’ via Zoom at 8.00 pm FREE
Saturday 15 May (provisional date) - Plant Sale, Mayfield High Street starting at 9.00 am
Saturday 17July - Summer Show, times & format to be confirmed
Check out our new section on Seasonal Gardening Tips from our President, John Logan. We hope you enjoy them.