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Visits and Events for 2019

April 6th                           Spring Show 2.30 – 4.00 p.m. 


April 25th                         Speaker, John Wood from Hinton Ampner
                                        7.00 for 7.30 Harting V.H.


May 27th                          Festivities Plant Stall


June 15th                          Midsummer Show, Elsted V.H.
                                        Set-up 3.00-4.30pm, Show 6.00-7.00pm


June 23                            Sculpture in the Garden, at Sue Wright’s garden 11.00 - 4.00


July 7th                             Garden Visit, Clover Farm, Alton

July 21st                           Cream Teas in the Law room.

August 17th                      Summer Show 2.00 – 4.30 p.m.


 Nov. 21st                          AGM, Harting V.H. 7.00 for 7.30pm

15 May 2019Visit to East Malling Research Centre

For my business I recently visited the East Malling Research station of the NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany).

Please see the external link below to the East Malling web site for a full explanation of the centre.

A research station was established on the East Malling site in 1913 on the impetus of local fruit growers. The original buildings are still in use today. Some of the finest and most important research on perennial crops has been conducted on the site, resulting in East Malling’s worldwide reputation. Some of the more well-known developments have been achieved in the areas of plant raising, fruit plant culture (especially the development of rootstocks), fruit breeding, ornamental breeding, fruit storage and the biology and control of pests and diseases

In 2016, East Malling Research became part of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) group.

My company has a large amount of equipment in use at the centre for monitoring and logging soil moisture content, soil temperature, soil electrical conductivity, rainfall, wind conditions, humidity and solar radiation.

I noticed in reception that the site welcomed visits and provided tours, also there are courses for the amateur gardener on skills such as pruning and grafting which may be of interest to some of our members. Information on these is attached in the library section.   



SCULPTURES IN THE GARDEN:  Sunday 23rd June, 11am – 5.00pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit a local garden, featuring the work of Harriet Francis, Cara Wassenberg, Neil Lawson-Baker, Alison Crowther, Jane Hodgson and plaques by Tim Bonner.  These local sculptors have all exhibited around the country and four of them have worked or sold their work abroad.  Working in various different media and with somewhat differing styles, the exhibition will be both delightful and fascinating, providing items to everyone’s taste.

The garden itself already contains some sculptures enhancing the garden which boasts one of the finest views in Sussex, as well as delightful rose walks and arbours, colour themed borders, pleached hedges and a tranquil pond.  A wooded area supports wild flowers, including a number of orchids.

Nyewood House, Nyewood, GU31 5JL – Entry £6.00, children free  - Refreshments throughout the day.  Enquiries: s.warren.wright@gmail.com


GARDEN VISIT: Sunday afternoon 7th July – 1.30pm – 5.00pm –

This is a 3-acre garden with far reaching views.  Featuring herbaceous borders and sloping lawns down to a reflection pond, wild flower meadow, lime avenue, rose and kitchen gardens, also an ornamental grass area.

Those wishing to attend should make their own transport arrangements.

Clover Farm, Shalden Lane, Shalden, Alton, GU34 4DU (approx.. 3 miles north of Alton in the village of Shalden). – Entry £5.00, children free –

Refreshments are available – More info: https://www.ngs.org/uk/find-a-garden/garden/30882


We really hope you will be able to come along to one or both of these events.

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17 April 2019Visit to Malcolm Hutchings Allotment

Malcolm Hutchings, one of our committee members and an expert Dhalia grower has offered to have an open evening at his allotment. This will take place on September 2nd at 18:00. Further information will follow but we all look forward to seeing how Malcolm manages to provide such lovely blooms for our shows.

10 April 2019Spring Show

Harting Horticultural Society hosted its 71st annual Spring Show on Saturday.

Displays of flowers, flower arrangements. cookery, and photography were hosted in the Community Hall on April 6, and a produce stall was also set up.

Cynthia Clue, show secretary, said: “It was a successful show with slightly more entries than previous years and being a fine day meant the support was good too. The refreshments offered went down very well - like always - home made cakes always go down well!”

The spring show has a number of classes, welcoming entries from everyone who would like to take part. As they are open to eveyone, the classes provide children and families with the opportunity to enter.

This year’s winner of the Lady Wallace Challenge Cup was Jim White, while the Charles Cooper Challenge Cup went to Sue Wright.

The Reg Bird Cup for Best Exhibit was awarded to Pauline Newton, while Jane Healey took home The President’s Cup.

In the Junior Classes, Sam Wyatt was named the winner of Mrs Champney’s Burnham Cup.

A full set of results can be seen in the library section.

28 February 2019

Top tips for Spring

Don’t plant your seeds too early in case we have a late Spring, unless you have a greenhouse to protect them;
Make successive sowings of vegetables to ensure a longer season;
Divide bulky perennials;
Nourish your soil with compost and humus;                                                                                   
Make a decision to try and be an organic grower;

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