Our July speaker was Pamela Holt who recounted her adventures plant hunting in Peru in the late 1970’s. She explained how she tracked down the rare member of the buttercup family (Laccopetalum giganteum) she was after but it required a lot of determination, resourcefulness and paperwork. If plant hunting sounds too much like hard work then why not try garden visiting? Our July trip to Town Place in Sussex was described as ‘exceptional’ and ‘outstanding’ yet participants simply had to turn up at Godstone on time for the coach! It was a perfect summer evening: the weather was kind and the private three-acre garden, created around an old farmhouse, was everything one imagines an English country garden to be. There were roses, clematis, topiary, lawns, herbaceous borders and an ornamental fish pond but also a secret garden, 800-year-old oak and a potager too. The owners were knowledgeable and charming, then Hey Presto there was a table with wine and nibbles. Thank you Jean Jones and Sylvia Pocock.

Our focus now is the Godstone Annual Show on Saturday 16th September we need everyone in the local area to support it. Let’s all do our bit to keep up the tradition of having a village show and make it a good one. Support us by entering classes – these range from veg, herbs, flowers, floral art, cakes, preserves, photography and crafts. Details and entry forms are on our website (www.godstonegardeners.net) or printed schedules are available from Millennium House, High St, Godstone. Just as valuable is to support us by coming along on the day to admire the handiwork including that of Godstone School. Finish off by tucking into some home-made cake and celebrate being part of a vibrant community.

Liz Mercer