Fuchsia image © Shutterstock (Scisetti Alfio)

Fuchsia image © Shutterstock (Scisetti Alfio)

Even non-gardeners have surely noticed the arrival of Spring whether it be the smell of newly-mown grass, tree blossom or even just the dandelions! So it is no surprise that there was plenty of ‘live plant action’ at our April meeting. Our speaker was Kent-based nurseryman Colin Moat who gave us an inspiring visual run through of his recommended plants for shady areas. This turned out to be quite a list of gems, so rather than detail them here, find out more on a separate page here (where you can also download a PDF). Our talks are not just about skulking around in dark shady corners – our next speaker on the 3rd May will be encouraging us beyond the garden gate to the South Downs Way and for our June meeting the focus is on ornamental grasses.

Sylvia Pocock kick-started our Annual Show growing classes with a table of young fuchsia plants and Richard Clarke dispensed seed potatoes for a class on growing potatoes in a bag. What with the raffle, refreshments and the opportunity to book garden outings it was a lively evening all round – we also welcomed and signed up two new members.

Our Annual Show is on Saturday 16th September in the White Hart Barn. It’s open to all but you do need this year’s Annual Show Schedule for the rules and entry form, these are available now (for contacts see www.godstonegardeners.net). Never entered a class at a village show? Well, I’ll leave you with a thought from Alan Titchmarsh’s foreward to new RHS Great British Village Show book ‘Taking part in a village show is the best demonstration that we care about our gardens, our countryside and our rural communities. And if your sponge falls flat and your tomatoes don’t make the grade, don’t worry; you can still take them home and eat them’.

Liz Mercer