Tuesday, 7th January (2020) Henfield Hall - 6.30 p.m. for 7 p.m.


Henfield Garden Club, founder member Morfudd Paul will speak to Club members, and share a cake she has brought with her.

This will be followed by a Speaker Evening:

Jo Simmons: ‘The Rise and Fall of Traditional Orchards


We are excited to welcome Jo Simmons, especially as she is a local resident in Henfield.

Jo currently looks after her own traditional orchard in West Sussex. This promises to be a fascinating talk, especially for those interested in planting more fruit trees in our gardens and communities. You may have apple trees already, or may wish to know whether it would be possible to grow a cropping apple tree in your home garden .... Jo has a wealth of knowledge to share. Jo will also be providing us with an 'apple tasting!

Tuesday 4th February at Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Mark Saunders, the Head Gardener at Fittleworth House, will be talking to us about 'An Almost A-Z of Good Garden Plants’


We love Mark’s talks so much that we are welcoming him back for another one. This lecture brings together a selection of great plants for various garden situations and also includes advice on choosing and buying plants. Just imagine how much we can all learn from the Head Gardener of such a beautiful garden........

Dating from the 18th century, Georgian Fittleworth House sits on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It has a fully productive walled kitchen garden, growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. It is home to one of the most magnificent Cedar of Lebanon trees in the South of England. Within its 3-acre site is a 150ft long annual and mixed border, rose borders, a wide range of annuals and beautiful grasses. Nature forms a great part of the way the garden is run and managed, along natural lines.

(there is a Henfield Garden Club car outing to Fittleworth House on Tuesday 7th July).

OUTING (car)

Tuesday 18th February 2020 - morning

Arrival 10.45 a.m. for tea/coffee and scones


A morning visit to The Old Vicarage, Washington, West Sussex RH20 4AS to see the beautiful Elwesii snowdrops. These snowdrops were first found in the mountains near Smyrna by Henry J Elwes, and later became known as Giant Snowdrops.

The Old Vicarage is set in gardens of three and a half acres, around a regency house. There are stunning, uninterrupted, views of the South Downs. This is an NGS garden.

The outing will be followed by a Pub lunch (to be arranged)



Friday 6th March at Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Anne Edwards from the Chelsea Physic Garden


Since 1673 Chelsea Physic Garden has occupied four acres of land on the edge of the Thames. Established by Apothecaries to grow medicinal plants, this extraordinary garden has had wide reaching impact around the world.

The Garden’s location feels special and secret. It is nestled behind walls and positioned close to the River Thames. This location is no accident as back in 1673 the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries chose their Chelsea village site for its proximity to the river to make the most of its warm air currents. It gave them a base to moor their barges, allowing them to conduct plant finding expeditions in surrounding areas and to teach their apprentices to identify plants, those that might cure and those that might kill!

Chelsea Physic Garden houses around 5,000 medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants - its unique microclimate allowed gardeners throughout our history to grow plants not frequently found in the UK.

Also in the grounds is the UK’s largest fruiting olive tree - in 1976 the head gardener collected a record crop of 7lb of ripe olives, which is a London crop record!




Tuesday 7th April at Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Matt Willer, RHS school gardening champion of the year 2018

’The Allotment Project’ THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED'


The story of The Allotment Project is uplifting and encouraging. Matthew’s passion for the environment, sense of teamwork and desire to create a space for young people to escape the day-to-day pressures of secondary school, has inspired all those who work with him.

Despite being a group tutor and full-time history teacher he is totally committed to leading 'The Allotment Project', described by the headteacher as "one of the most educationally complete pieces of work I have ever seen in schools".



Saturday 18th April Henfield Hall (Garden Room) 10 - 12 noon

Plant Sale & Coffee Morning THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED

If you are donating plants please bring them asap after 9 a.m. (please either label the plants or be sure to let us know what they are).


Plants grown by our members will be for sale. There will be LOADS of plants at very good prices - come and find an interesting plant at a bargain price!

We will also have a stall selling secondhand garden tools and garden sundries, along with a cake stall, tombola and more!

Small entry fee includes either tea or coffee, and a biscuit.


OUTING (coach) Depending on Government advice on the current coronavirus/covid-19 status, this event may have to be cancelled ..... watch this space.

Tuesday 28th April - leaving Henfield Hall 8.30am.


a.m. Bilting House, Ashford, Kent: a six acre garden with ha-ha set in a beautiful part of the Stour Valley. Wide variety of rhododendrons, azaleas and ornamental shrubs. Woodland walk with spring bulbs. Mature arboretum with recent planting of specimen trees. Rose garden and herbaceous borders and a Conservatory.


p.m. Doddington Place, Sittingbourne, Kent (lunch and tea will be taken here): a many-gabled house built in 1860 for Sir John Croft of the port and sherry family.

The Pond & Folly Walk: the spring garden has been planted mainly with varieties of malus, magnolia and betula and is underplanted with hundreds of tulips. It is at its best in April/May.

The Woodland Garden contains many acid-loving trees & shrubs including camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, an aralia, Davidia involucrata, Styrax japonicus, eucryphia and acers, as well as many bulbs and herbaceous plants.

Over the winter of 2010/11 the sunken garden was re-designed, and there is also a Rock Garden and some very interesting shaped yew hedges.


OUTING (car) Tuesday 19th May

Arrive at 10.30 a.m.

Depending on Government advice on the current coronavirus/covid-19 status, this event may have to be cancelled ..... watch this space.


Channel View, 52 Brook Barn Way, Goring BN12 6FB

Channel View is a seaside Tudor cottage garden, cleverly blending the traditional, antipodean and subtropical with dense planting, secret rooms and intriguing sight-lines.
There are sunny patios, insect friendly flowers and unusual structures supporting over a hundred roses, clematis and other climbers, as well as brick and flint paths inlaid with thundereggs, radiating from a wildlife pond in the heart of the garden.
Numerous planted hanging baskets and containers, sinuous beds packed with flowers and foliage, with underplanting to ensure a 3D experience. Dense layers of flowers and foliage lure the visitor through hidden rooms around a wildlife pond, under rose arches, along winding paths, into shady patios and past unusual curios.
The owner specialises in propagating plants, so there is always a large number of plants for sale, including unusual plants.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served.


p.m. Old Erringham Cottage, Steyning Road, Shoreham BN43 5FD at: (tbd)

Plantsman's garden set high on the South Downs with panoramic views overlooking the Adur valley. One and a half acres with flower meadow, stream bed and ponds, formal and informal planting areas with over 600 varieties of plants. Many plants grown from seed and coastal climate gives success with tender plants.

Very productive fruit and vegetable garden with glasshouses.

Part of house (which does not open to the public) dates from 1480.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served.


OUTING (coach)

Wednesday 10th June leaving Henfield Hall at 9 a.m.

a.m. Stuart Cottage East Clandon Surrey GU5 0SP


This ½ acre partly walled garden, home to a 16C cottage, has evolved over several years. Herbaceous beds are grouped around the central fountain, offering floral continuity through the seasons with soft harmonious planting supported by a good structure with topiary, a rose/clematis walk and wisteria walk. There is a small orchard and decorative organic kitchen garden with central iron structure supporting apple trees.

Visitors can follow a short winding wisteria walk onto a small paved garden with a lovely Japanese standard wisteria and a wall fountain, then onto the lavender edged terrace to the rose walk which is clad with clematis. Outside the wall is a bed with succession planting starting with hellebores, followed in June by lovely blousy paeonies, then the yellows and oranges of hemerocallis and finally bursting in full colour with cannas, dahlias, abutilons, salvias and many other vibrant shades for late summer. Further on the grass is mown in a chequerboard pattern and camassias and cowslips naturalise in early summer. A border of hydrangeas, a shrubbery and the old brick paths, lead round to the stone flagged garden.

Coffee/tea will be served here.

p.m. Loseley Park Surrey (nr. Guildford)


Comparable with gardens considered national treasures, the Walled Garden - designed by Gertrude Jekyll - covers 2.5 acres and is divided into ‘rooms’ each with its own unique planting scheme and personality.

The redevelopment of the garden commenced in 1993/4 with the Rose Garden and continued with the Herb Garden, Flower Garden, White Garden and, most recently, the organic Vegetable and Cut Flower Garden. The gardens are surrounded by an old wall of similar age to the house and contain a vine walk, a huge spread of wisteria, the moat and moat walk, and the old mulberry tree around which a family prophecy revolves.

The Rose garden has over one thousand bushes, the Flower Garden boasts a maze of pathways and hidden corners and the White Garden contrasts spectacular, showy, blooms with lush yet subtle silver and grey foliage.
There is an extensive Herb Garden, Organic Vegetable Garden with its unusual varieties and, just outside the walls, a wildflower meadow – a haven of calm and tranquillity.

Lunch and tea will be at Loseley Park.


Saturday in June - date/details t.b.c.

Plant Sale/Swap & Coffee morning, Henfield Hall a.m.



4th July 2020

Summer supper and drinks in member’s beautiful garden, starting in the early evening.


More details to follow.

OUTING (car)

Tuesday 7th July

a.m. Dale Park House, Madehurst, Arundel, BN18 0NP (off the A29 Whiteways Lodge)


Set in parkland, enjoying magnificent views to the sea. Relax in the large walled garden which features an impressive 200ft herbaceous border. There is also a sunken gravel garden, mixed borders, a small rose garden, dreamy rose and clematis arches, interesting collection of hostas, foliage plants and shrubs, an orchard and kitchen garden.

Coffee/Tea and cake will be served.

p.m. Fittleworth House, Bedham Lane, Fittleworth, Pulborough, RH20 1JH


Dating from the 18th century, Georgian Fittleworth House sits on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It has a fully productive walled kitchen garden, growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. It is home to one of the most magnificent Cedar of Lebanon trees in the South of England. Within its 3-acre site is a 150ft long annual and mixed border, rose borders, a wide range of annuals and beautiful grasses. Nature forms a great part of the way the garden is run and managed, along natural lines.

(the Head Gardener at Fittleworth House, was a Speaker at Henfield Garden Club on 4th February this year).

Tea/coffee will be served - Henfield Garden Committee will provide cakes. _______________________________________________

OUTING (coach). Leaving Henfield Hall 8.30 a.m.

Wednesday 5th August - all day

RHS Hyde Hall, Essex - Plant Fair


A floral extravaganza set in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Hyde Hall. The show provides a fabulous day out, with specialist nurseries, gardening sundries, expert advice, craft and gifts, live music and tasty food and drink, as well as the chance to explore the garden in full summer bloom.

Shopping Avenue: pick up gardening essentials, decorative items and garden furniture from a diverse selection of garden trade stalls.Enjoy a fabulous range of specialist nurseries, offering a wide variety of quality plants to browse and buy.Each nursery will create a mini display garden, packed with ideas and inspiration for your own garden.

Garden theatre: pop-in for expert gardening tips and advice, gardening talks and a plant crèche.

Eating and drinking: enjoy a delicious array of food and drink from outlets around the show site, including the Lake View pop-up restaurant – serving drinks, snacks and tasty hot food.The Gardeners Rest and Thatched Barn, both in the Hilltop Garden, will also be serving food and drinks.

Live music: during the afternoon as you browse the show and garden.



Sunday August 16th

Afternoon tea in a member’s pretty garden


Members only.

OUTING (coach). Leaving Henfield Hall 9 a.m.

Tuesday 1st September

a.m. South Grange, Quickbourne Lane, Northiam, Rye, TN31 6QY


South Grange is a beautiful Hardy Plant Society members’ garden with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and pots, arranged into a complex garden display for year-round colour and interest.

There are raised vegetable beds, a wildlife pond, a living gazebo, rose arbour, soft fruit cage, an orchard and woodland area.

Morning Tea/Coffee and Cake will be served.

p.m. Merriments Gardens and Nurseries, Hawkhurst Rd, Hurst Green, Etchingham TN19 7RA


Tucked behind tall hedges, Merriments 4-acre RHS Partner Garden is a hidden treasure for garden lovers. Beautiful colour-themed borders of inspiring planting are set amongst the rolling countryside of East Sussex and evolve through the seasons from Spring pastels to the fiery Autumns hues of the many trees.

With a relaxed, classic, contemporary style, you can enjoy both formal and wild plantings, all set on a gently sloping, South facing site with easy access. Many of the plants in our garden are grown on site in our Nursery and are available to buy in the Plant Centre.

Merriments continues to offer advice and guidance through their plant specialists on the shop floor, on hand all week to help you solve garden problems, advise on plants and help gardeners of all experience levels to get the most out of what they take home from Merriments.

Lunch and Tea will be taken here.


Tuesday 6th October Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Val Bourne: 'The Living Jigsaw’


The Living Jigsaw is all about gardening without using chemical props.

Val believes passionately that it’s quite possible to have a beautiful flower-packed garden and help wildlife.

We will hear about how natural gardening works - in the context of much of wildlife being in a terrifying decline - and how vital it is that gardeners behave in a nurturing way in their gardens, which are highly important green spaces.

This talk reflects Val Bourne's eighth book: 'The Living Jigsaw'



Tuesday 3rd November Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Sheila Das (Garden Manager at RHS Wisley): Wellbeing, Wildlife and Food Gardens at RHS Wisley


Sheila, who works in Education, Edibles, Seed & Wellbeing at Wisley, is looking forward to meeting our group and will talk to us about the three new gardens opening in 2020. These are the Wildlife Garden, the World Food Garden, and the Wellbeing Garden. The gardens, which cover almost three acres, were created by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal winning garden designers.



New Members' Evening Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

November, date t.b.c.



Tuesday 8th December Henfield Hall - 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Our Christmas dinner/party