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WHS Members enjoying Ellicar Gardens – Photo: Jean Powley

Woodborough Horticultural Society

What a month we have had! A few weeks ago, our gardens were crying out for rain. Then during the beginning of June it became cooler and then the heavens opened, for days. Some of our flowers may have taken a beating but the rain will certainly have done our lawns some good.

On 14th June some members visited Ellicar Gardens near Gringley on the Hill in the north of Nottinghamshire.  We were most fortunate as the weather stayed dry and we even saw a bit of sunshine. The garden was originally just a field then the owners converted it in to a beautiful five acre garden which has evolved over the last few years. The perennial borders were stunning and there was a lot of interest in the natural pool which was full of water lilies. After looking around the garden some of us sat outside on the patio enjoying refreshments and home-made cakes. It seems a long time that we have been able to do that.

As I write, our annual Rose and Summer Flower Show, which is a member’s only event, has not yet been held but we are certainly looking forward to experiencing the sights and scents of this popular event. The buffet is always good too and don’t forget there is a free raffle.

After the Rose and Summer Flower Show we take a summer break until our Autumn Show which is being held on Saturday 7th September between 2pm and 4pm. We will be having the usual produce sections which include vegetables and fruit, a flower section, a cookery section and a handicraft section.  The subject of the Photography Section is entitled “One of my favourite plants.” So choose your plant and try and think of a creative way of photographing it. The photograph should be 127mm x 177.8mm (5” x 7”) and must not be mounted or framed.

As a personal plea to grandparents and parents, we would love to have more children exhibit at our shows and don’t forget, all children who enter, receive a prize.

The Autumn Show schedules will be distributed to members in due course. If you are not a member, but would like to exhibit, you may still enter as it is an open show. The schedule and entry form may be found on the Woodborough Web site and on our own website. Please support your village gardening society by entering or come along on the afternoon. Not many villages can organise these shows any more so we are still fortunate to be able to do so.

Jean Powley

Gardening tip of the month: Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering.


STOP PRESS In our Rose and Summer Flower Show the results were:

Winner of the Timmermans Rose Bowl – Judith Fox
Winner of the Nag’s Head Trophy – Anna Styles
Winner of the Floralands Trophy – Pat Howells
Thanks to all who exhibited especially the winners of rosettes who were Jan Turton, Alan Filmer, Lynne Cater and Jill Hicking.


Just a few tables left for this amazing evening in the marquee at Colwick Hall. Over 300 tickets already sold.

For information contact Amanda Mellor on 9654856 or Lynne Morgan on 965 4745

Every childhood is worth fighting for.

Flossie Malavialle

Gig in my Garden
Sat 13 July 7.00pm
Smalls Croft, Woodborough

Once again the wonderful and entertaining  French Singer Flossie Malavialle will be singing in my garden on Sat 13 July. Last year was one of the best evenings of the whole year….

Bring a picnic and enjoy her fabulous voice, eclectic mixture of pop,folk blues and jazz. Garden open from 6pm  – with a 7pm concert start.

Entry is £10 and all profits will be going to the NSPCC Nottingham Service Centre.

I am not issuing tickets but please ring/email to reserve a square of grass!  We will go under cover (wherever possible) if the weather is inclement! Cash/cheque on the night or online in advance.

Very nearly at capacity so please contact me urgently if you wish to join us. (50 of us already coming)

Flossie is taking a year off next year so one of the last chances to see her for a while…