Dates for your Diaries

Friday, 6 April, 7pm for 7.15 start Please note slightly earlier start
Using Iris in the Garden by Mrs Sue Marshall
Sue owns and runs “Iris of Sissinghurst” which is located in Marden and opens on specific days each year to coincide with the flowering times of plants. The nursery has a large collection of Iris which have been bred in Kent over the last 90 years. Sue attends local and national shows and also works in collaboration with Cayeux Iris of France, one of the largest iris growers in the world, to present and display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. They have won 3 Gold Medals. She grows all types of Iris: Tall, Intermediate and Short, Bearded Irises, Sibericas, Ensatas and many others for all situations. Early flowering Iris, which are exquisite, will hopefully be available to purchase.

Friday 4, May, 7pm for 7.15m start

The Walled Nursery – Hawkhurst, by Mrs Emma Davies

The Walled Nursery lies on the former Tongswood Estate which dates back to 1273 when Simon de Tonge owned the land. The 2 acre Walled Nursery, with its 13 listed Victorian glasshouses is one of the country’s few remaining intact Victorian walled kitchen gardens. Emma volunteered for Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter whilst studying at Hadlow College, then worked at Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst and at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. In 2010 she and her husband, Monty, bought the Walled Nursery, taking over the guardianship of the glasshouses and the considerable challenge of their restoration. Emma will talk to us about the history of the Walled Nursery, from 1273 to present day, and their hopes for its future. Plants from the nursery will be available to purchase.

I personally have been going to this gem of a nursery for over 20 years, and to see how it has been improved over the years and old damaged greenhouses repaired has been a joy. They sell beautiful plants, I can strongly recommend a visit – nice tearoom too!


Monday, 9 April and Monday, 14 May

The next session will be held on Monday 9 April (to avoid Easter Holiday), and 14 May to avoid Bank Holiday. There is an initial charge of £10 and then about £2.50 per session attended. Any queries to


Thursday, 19 April, 8.45am – 5pm

There are still a few seats left for this lovely outing to Brogdale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival near Faversham and then on to nearby Pheasant Farm, an NGS garden in Oare.. Cost is £32.50 per person to include coach, all admissions and refreshments at Pheasant Farm., full details in Handbook. Non members welcome. Please email with subject field ‘members outings’

Afternoon outing on Tuesday 19th June.
We will meet at Goddards Green, Angley Road in Cranbrook (TN17 3LR) at 2.30pm for this ‘make your own way’ visit. Goddards Green is a 5-acre garden which opens for the NGS. The garden surrounds a 500-year old clothier’s hall and was laid out in the 1920’s. It has been re-designed over the past 25 years to combine traditional and modern planting schemes. There is plenty to see, including water and fern gardens, mixed borders, flowering shrubs, trees and exotics, a birch grove, kitchen garden, arboretum and mature orchard. There is also a small propagation area. The cost of £8.50 per person includes tea/coffee and cakes. Please email if you would like to come on this visit.

Wednesday, 16 May 10am – 12 noon – Getting in Control for Summer
Planting up our pots for summer colour, planting out vegetable seedlings Plant Supports Feeding Pest and disease control.

Saturday, 26 May 10am – 4pm
This is now being held at Tesco, at the front of the store, between the ramp and steps leading up to Highbury Lane. We need as many plants as you can supply, in pots and in good condition. If anyone needs flower pots please email with subject field ‘ charity plant sale’.
Car parking can be arranged in the car park for those helping on the day. Please email if you have any queries or can help on the day.
Our Charities this year are The Social Hub (previously The Day Centre) and Tenterden Counselling Services.


Nurseries including: Primroses from Wildegoose, Monksilver and Swallowfield; Iris of Sissinghurst; sweetpeas from Johnsons; herbs from Invicta and herbaceous from Beth Chatto, Cotswold Garden Flowers, Madrona Nursery, Pelham Plants, Phoenix Perennial, Moore and Moore Plants, Plantbase, Daisy Roots, Rapkyns Nursery; Epimedium from Mill Cottage Plants and Pineview Plants; peonies from Binny Plants; shrubs and trees from The Laurels Nursery. Plus F comme Fleurs from France.
Talks by the Nurserymen will be given at intervals.
Entrance: included within a garden entry ticket (£9.50).
(Free for Friends, Annual Ticket holders and children under 16).
Email: for more info.

It looks like we have a very busy and productive Spring ahead of us. Happy gardening. Jan Parsons