Category Archives: Events in May

What an amazing day…

I was simply bowled over by the response we had.
The sun beat down and the garden dazzled, the moat soothed and the tortoise, the goslings, the ducklings and nesting moorhens charmed us all.
The atmosphere was terrific and I think most people went home with some new plants and great hopes of what could be…
Carol’s tea and cakes were an absolute treat and it was lovely to be supported by friends and family from far and wide.
My greatest thanks go to Carol and Andrew Clay for hosting the event in the grounds of their house, to Carol for baking all those cakes and all the volunteers in the tea room. My gardening girls, Alix Sophie and Emma did a stirling job helping people identify plants and find plants for specific purposes and my friends with not so much plant knowledge, Hannah Clare and Nicky who just stepped in, showed people what to do, handed out seeds and took payment for plants bought.
Thanks to my friends Nicola and Tara for all their pre-prep, to Ty for the flyers and posters and to my boys who were on the gate all afternoon, who helped assemble and pack it all away at the end of the day.
My oh my, what a day! It really was a team effort, tiring but memorable. We had 115 visitors and made £550 which I will present to the charity ‘Mind’ this week.
Of our ‘left over plants’, some will go to Elm Grove Primary School and others to be planted up in empty boarders that could do with some love, on Milner Estate, Brighton.

The Big Day has finally arrived




A Bountiful Day

Lavender,Crocosmia,Acer, Cosmos, Knifophia, Hydrangea, Stachys, Ammi
Leucanthemum, Miscanthus, Achillea, Bamboo, Viburnham, Artichoke, Fuchsia, Fennel, Box, Cornflower, Gladioli, Iris, Chives, Choisya

…to name but a few.

Such a great starter selection for our Plant swap on Sunday.

Thank you Rosi and Ridgeview Estate and everyone at Stanmer Horticulture (Part of Plumpton College) for such generosity and to Sophie for helping me collect them and make sure they got plenty of water this afternoon.



Count down to the big Plant Swap Event (just outside Brighton)

IMG_2336New meet ups this week with the Chelsea fringe in Brighton Group have picked up the excitement for the event. It is now only 3 weeks away…

I had my posters and flyers delivered today (c/o Ty Abiodun), so I will be on the road this weekend to hand them out.

On Tuesday evening I’m having some volunteers around to help make signage and bunting for the event, helped along with a few nibbles and a glass of wine, of course.

I am now on twitter – check out Wendy A Rose, and a Facebook page called Recycling Plants.

We have more plants being offered for swapping

Scabious, Crocosmia lucifer, Irises, Day lilies, House Leeks and Plumpton College have offered quite a few annuals.  Please do join in the conversation of what you might be bringing.

Can’t wait to see you all on the 18th May Newtimber Place, 1 – 5pm BN6 just £2 entry.  If you don’t have a plant to swap just come along to enjoy the garden, tea and cakes.  Carol has started baking already with some gorgeous lemon drizzle cakes..

Proceeds will be going to the charity

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