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Local Couple Open Garden to Raise Money for Charity
Two of our members, Pam and Brian West, will open their garden on 7th July between 1pm and 5pm in aid of the charity ‘Hope4Malawi’.
This is a charity that provides food (£11.00 provides a nutritious porridge for a year!) and schooling for children in Malawi. The cost is £5.00 for adults, which includes tea/coffee and home made cake. Children are free.
Please come if you are able, and pass this information on to any of your friends who are interested in gardening. The address is: 87 Sandy Lane, SM2 7EP. For more information about Hope4Malawi, please see their website: http://www.hope4malawi.org/
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CCHS's Cheam Park Flowerbed Marks 125th Anniversary Celebration
As part of the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of our society in 2018, we approached Sutton Parks Department to secure permission to plant a flowerbed in Cheam Park. Several possible beds were discussed and the major difficulty was that many beds have perennials that cannot be disturbed or moved. We finally decided on a bed that is situated to the left of the newly refurbished building that will be used as a nursery. It has a low wooden fence at the back and borders the path. The ‘Friends of Cheam Park’ also met to give us their stamp of approval.
Before embarking on the planting we had to create a plan of planting that would allow the bed to look attractive throughout the year. Richard Bailey and I put our heads together over several cups of coffee and finalised a planting plan and an order for bulbs and perennials. The hard work began with the digging over the flower bed. It had large clumps of geraniums and an enormous rosemary bush that had to be removed. Ten full black bin bags later it was all gone! We had the help of Rob Baldock and his wife which made the task easier. The border had a strip of turf that butted up to the path which looked scruffy and was full of weeds. We decided to replace the grass with new strips of turf. The next time the four of us met we laid the new turf and finished digging over the bed.
We needed extra help for the planting phase and asked our club members for help. An extra four people met us on a Saturday morning and Richard organised us quickly planting daffodil Actaea, snowdrops, cyclamen, crocus and hyacinths. Sutton gave us two large bags of `Tete a Tete’ and `Golden Harvest’ daffodils which were distributed in clumps of thirty. In the centre of the bed we marked out a large ‘125’ using Ophiopogon Planescens `Nigrescens’ (black grass) and ¬Carex Hachijoenis Evergold’ (variegated grass).
Another planting session was agreed and we planted mixed Ixia and lily of the valley around the ‘125’ and perennials, alliums, leucojum aestivum, astrantia, eringium, `Dryopteris Filix-mas’ ferns and geraniums. At a later date we will plant some bedding for instant colour. We are currently negotiating a plaque which will stand at the front of the bed to explain to the public the reason for the bed being planted.
We will post more photos and information as the bed develops.
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Untangling our Long, Local History – Can You Help?
Cheam & Cuddington Horticultual Society has a long and prestigious history and has always maintained close ties with the local community. We are in the process of putting together as much information as possible about our history. Members old and new, and their families, have shared awards, trophies, photos, memories and memorabilia from the Society. We would certainly appreciate it if you or your family could help us.
We are just getting started, but below is some information and also a bit lifted from May’s newsletter (follow the link under “A Slice of Society History" or look on the back page of this month's newsletter). This contribution was written by Richard Bailey, who is editor of our newsletter, a member of our committee as well as the Royal Horticultural Society's Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. Richard has also been a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show. However,although Richard starts his account in the mid-1970s, we have information and photos from well before that.
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