Chiddingfold Horticultural Society
The Chiddingfold Horticultural Society aims through its various activities to encourage all ages and all levels of gardening interest. We take an active part in our local community fostering links with the younger generation at the village school, the allotment group and everyday gardeners. For more information on the village projects we have supported please see our Gallery Page. Our society has been in existence for over 150 years and has seen many changes and styles in that time but always has been a strong part of village life.
We are a friendly and welcoming group meeting every third Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 8.00pm. Details of our dates and activities are on our Calendar Page. We want to encourage interest in all kinds of gardening no matter what type of garden people have or what their level of expertise is. To this end we have selected expert speakers, who at the monthly talks, help people with the traditional skills needed in gardening as well as keeping up with modern trends and new developments.
Membership offers excellent value for money costing only £10 (single) or £18 (joint). This provides many benefits including receiving a discount at many local garden centres, free entry to our three shows and plant sale, workshops and demonstrations. Please look at our Membership Page for full details.
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RHS Advice for October
The autumn chill sets in
Although we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It's a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It's also time to start preparing for early frosts.
Top 10 jobs this month
1 Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
2 Cut back perennials that have died down
3 Divide herbaceous perennials
4 Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory
5 Plant out spring cabbages
6 Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
7 Prune climbing roses
8 Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year
9 Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
10 Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf